Thanks to the polar vortex, it's slated to be an extra-brutal summer; while you wait for the sweaty radio bangers to arrive, stay cool with some of our favorite tracks from the final days of spring

By Leah Greenblatt
May 23, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ought, ”Habit”
Every time a really good art-rock bell rings, David Byrne gets his wings (or smiles mysteriously, at least).

The Fresh & Onlys, ”Animal of One”
San Francisco psych rock excellently updated, with extra reverb.

EMA, ”3Jane”
A mod-goth mood piece as horizon-spanning as singer Erika M. Anderson’s native South Dakota.

Swans, ”Screen Shot”
Bow down to the dark overlords of post-rock (and say hi to guest vocalist St. Vincent).

Courtney Barnett, ”History Eraser”
The wry Aussie’s surreal, loping ode to wayward youth is pure slack-rock poetry.

Le1f, ”Hey”
Ridiculously crisp flow and popping bass to make you “lick your fingers like Fritos.”

Vic Mensa, ”Down on My Luck”
The Internet’s latest gift: a 20-year-old whiz kid rapping silkily over house beats circa the year of his birth.

Ratking Feat. King Krule, ”So Sick Stories”
Because why wouldn’t Harlem’s heavily hyped rap crew enlist a U.K. indie wunderkind?

Robyn & Röyksopp, ”Do It Again”
So much Sweden! So many synths! So hitting the repeat button again.

La Sera, ”Storm’s End”
Girl-group harmonies and Tarantino-movie guitars straight from a SoCal garage.

Ray LaMontagne, ”Pick Up a Gun”
The gauzy melody sounds like he’s weaving daisies into his beard; the lyrics are brutal.

Amen Dunes, ”Lilac in Hand”
A spare, clattering CinemaScope folk dream that unfolds more with each listen.

Damon Albarn, ”The History of a Cheating Heart”
Heartfelt balladry is a new look for the older, wiser Britpop hero. He wears it well.

Alice Boman, ”Waiting”
A song so fragile and forlorn, you’ll wonder if summer even comes to Sweden.