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Music We Loved This Week: Silversun Pickups, Mac Miller, Majical Cloudz and more

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Rebekkah Drake

Yep, FKA twigs blew our minds with that 16 minute EP-release video—scratch that, she’s still blowing our minds with it—but here’s what else we’ve been obsessed with all week.

Silversun Pickups, “Nightlight” music video

Silversun Pickups! The alt-rock outfit returned after three years with a blistering track and a near-8 minute, haunting short film that just won’t quit. Who knew getting swept up and chanting base truths like, “We only want it with the lights out!” would be so…fun? —MV

Chance the Rapper & Noname Gypsy, “Israel (Sparring)”

From his ebullient contribution to Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf to stellar guest verses with the likes of Action Bronson to a joyful collaborative project with Lil B, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is currently an unstoppable force. On this low key one-off with frequent collaborator Noname Gypsy, Chance brings his clever cadences to a smooth beat. —ERB

Glass Animals, “Gold Lime”

Oxford, England-based indie rockers Glass Animals stay in their own orbit, but somehow seem to make everything sound like a genre-bender. On “Gold Lime,” the quartet covers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Gold Lion” and Erykah Badu’s “The Healer” simultaneously for a result that’s hazy, gooey goodness, again. —MV

Wavves, “Heavy Metal Detox”

This year Nathan Williams, the frontman for SoCal pop punkers Wavves, released a Sweet Valley split EP with MNDR, a debut LP with his new project Spirit Club, and a short collaborative album with noise rockers Cloud Nothings. He’s still chugging along, with Wavves’ appropriately-titled fifth LP V set for release Oct. 2. Opener “Heavy Metal Detox” is the third cut Wavves has released from the album—following the excellent “Flamezesz” and “Way Too Much”—and like Williams’ best work, it’s tailor made for cheap beer and beaches. —ERB

Moon Boots, “Utopia” (feat. Janelle Kroll)

Moon Boots (Peter Dougherty) makes futuristic dance tunes to match his name, and Janelle Kroll guests on his original track. Her vocals are as entrancing as the beats she soars over. —MV

Majical Cloudz, “Silver Car Crash”

If you’re planning on enjoying your weekend, maybe save this one for Monday. With Impersonator, the Montreal duo put out one of 2013’s saddest—but also beautiful—records, and they announced Wednesday that they’ll return Oct. 16 with Are You Alone? “I want to kiss you inside a car that’s crashing, and we will both die laughing,” singer Devon Welsh croons on the album’s first single, proving Majical Cloudz is picking up right where they left off. —ERB

Mac Miller, “100 Grandkids” music video

“100 Grandkids” is an awesome track. It comes with quips like “What’s God without a little O.D.?” and “You put the Ho in Honest babe.” It dips into P. Diddy’s “Bad Boys For Life”—but what’s better? His wacky accompanying video. Mac Miller playing the moon in a children’s school play? Check. —MV

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