Little May has been slowly but surely taking over the USA. With subtle harmonies and sweet melodies combined with an absolutely electric live show, they’re high in the running for the next big thing. We asked the Australian trio to tell us their favorite songs to listen to on tour, and they made one incredible playlist. Check out the tracks below and be sure to do yourself a favor and see these amazing ladies live. Those lucky enough to being going to Bonnarroo can catch them there, while the rest of us have our chance at Rough Trade NYC on 6/13.
Sufjan Stevens – The Only Thing
I’ve always been a big Sufjan fan, and I am in love with his new album, Carrie & Lowell. I think this is my favourite song from it — it is heartbreakingly beautiful. The instrumental section is so beautiful that it makes me cry every time.
Amen Dunes – Splits are Parted
I first heard Amen Dunes on the radio while I was driving around Sydney, and I was immediately taken by it. While we’ve been touring, I’ve been listening to the album Love, and this song is my definite favourite. It is quite meditative but also has a raw intensity to it. It makes me feel like I’m wandering through a cold misty forest searching for someone.
Animal Collective – In The Flowers
I’ve been listening to a lot of Animal Collective on this tour and have fallen in love with this song. I love the slow build, that it doesn’t give too much away. There are so many layers of strange sounds and percussive elements floating in and out that support the melodies perfectly. I can listen to this song on repeat for hours.
alt-J – Warm Foothills
This song has a very calming affect on me, it is so warm and gentle and peaceful. The split vocals with Marika Hackman are stunning. The first time I heard this song, I wigged out because it seems like it would be so clunky, but it actually just works so well and flows so smoothly. The production of this song is so perfectly suited to the music.
Arcade Fire – Afterlife
I absolutely love Arcade Fire and have been listening to the older albums a lot on this tour, but this song is in a league of it’s own for me. I love the production on the track — the different layers of sounds and swirling synths — but it also has a sense of desperation and hopelessness that actually makes me feel really sad.
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
I listened to Phosphorescent on repeat for the entire flight from Sydney to LA on my way over for this tour; Matthew Houck’s voice is so beautiful and it was the perfect soundtrack to my 14-hour attempt at sleep. This is one of those songs that makes me feel immense sadness, but a kind of sadness that is actually kind of cathartic and hopeful.
Gang Of Youths – Benevolence Riots
I have been following Gang Of Youths for a while and am in love with their debut album, The Positions. This track actually didn’t make it onto the album, but it’s one of my favourites. The bridge of this song is incredible; it builds up with chant-like vocals and different layers of voices and guitars swirling around in the background.
Szymon – Golden
One of the albums that I am most looking forward to this year would be Szymon’s debut, Tigersapp. The entire album was produced by him in his bedroom, which blows me away as the two songs that have been released so far are incredible. This song has the most stunning soundscapes, it makes me feel like I’m floating in a magical ocean.
The Vaccines – If You Wanna
We’ve played a couple of shows with The Vaccines on this tour, at the Gentlemen Of The Road Seaside Heights stopover, and also supporting them in Washington D.C. They are so awesome live — they seriously nail the catchy indie-pop/rock and I love it. This is one of my favourites.
Panda Bear – Boys Latin
I listened to Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper a lot last summer at home before this tour, so listening to it again now brings back memories of driving down the coast and lying in the sun, which makes me happy.