Recommended songs for the week of Dec. 16: Find tunes on the web by Beth Orton, and others

By Ryan Dombal
December 16, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

Download This: Songs by Beth Orton, and others

BETH ORTON, ”CONCEIVED”
Folkie BETH ORTON is set to release her fourth studio album, Comfort of Strangers, on Feb. 7. This first single is an au naturel charmer that highlights her haunting, one-of-a-kind voice. Buy the track on iTunes

THE WEATHER MACHINES, ”THE LAST STOP”
A fresh-faced foursome from South Dakota, this band crafts finely chiseled, Elvis Costello-style guitar-pop with aplomb. Check out this track, which finds them at their tightly wound best. Download it for free at the Weather Machines’ site

LOW DEEP FT. GHETTO, DEMON, DOCTOR, SEAC & KANO, ”GET SET”
An ambitious, quick-flow relay, this track features rambunctious rhymes from some of the fiercest MCs coming out of England?s berserk grime scene, including scene-stealer Kano. Buy it at emusic

WE ARE THE FURY, ”BETTER OFF THIS WAY”
Unhinged vocals and rampaging distortion run amok on this scorcher, a stand-out from Ohio’s We Are the Fury. Think Guns N’ Roses meets Bowie meets reckless abandon. Download it for free at We Are the Fury’s site

(Some of this week’s links may expire after Dec. 23, 2005.)

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