Listen to this: New singles from Feist and Weezer

By Nicholas Jennings

Winter may be rudely sticking around, but that hasn’t stopped two critically acclaimed artists, Feist and Weezer, from releasing singles this week that seem tailor-made for summer. Both songs take an almost hedonistic approach to warm-weather delights, applying a wild, rock-oriented sound to lyrics about those lazy, hazy, crazy days. Summer pleasure? As Feist sings, “That’s what we’re here for!”

Feist

“Pleasure”

It’s been six long years since the Canadian pop singer released a new song. The title track from her forthcoming album, “Pleasure” begins as a stark, guitar-driven tune that builds into a rowdier rock number. “We know enough to admit it’s my pleasure,” Feist growls ominously on the chorus, “And your pleasure.”

Feist has taken to her Facebook page to promote “Pleasure” with video clips from such classic films as Jules & Jim, Shallow Grave and Videodrome.

Weezer

“Feels Like Summer”

Deliberately crafted for warmer weather, the latest single from Weezer mixes stadium rock with EDM elements. Its got all the ingredients for a summer smash: a na-na-na intro, catchy keyboard riff, swaying rhythm and plenty of Rivers Cuomo’s soaring falsetto. The song will be featured on the band’s 11th album later this year.

The Los Angeles rock band admitted in a cheeky tweet that it has bypassed spring entirely with the blatantly summer-themed song.

Hello music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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