Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 8/21/21: Manchester Orchestra joins with ‘Telepath’

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Bastille is back at No. 1 this week on the Alt18 Countdown with the haunting “Distorted Light Beam.” Can you make sense of these opening lyrics?

It isn’t enough to start a riot
Distort the light beam until I like me
It isn’t enough, if this is real life
I’ll stick to dreaming, come see what I see

Catchy chorus, though.

UPDATE: Here’s a good analysis of the lyrics. Thanks, SlaX from Discord.

MÃ¥neskin continues their rise up the countdown with “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” reaching No. 5. Twenty One Pilots, Modest Mouse and Glass Animals continue shuffling among the Top 5, while Sir Sly continues to bounce up and down the Alt18 with “Welcome the Pressure.”

Manchester Orchestra appears ready for another long stay on the countdown with the excellent “Telepath” joining at No. 15.

Vance Joy is back with “Missing Piece,” Billie Eilish with “NDA,” Walk the Moon with “Can You Handle My Love??” and Saint Motel with “It’s All Happening.” Justus Bennetts, The Band CAMINO, Foo Fighters, Bleachers and Atlas Genius all drop off this week.

Here’s the AltCharts countdown on Spotify.

Alt18 Countdown, 8/21/21

18. Vance Joy, Missing Piece

17. Arrested Youth, Find My Own Way

16. Lorde, Solar Power

15. Manchester Orchestra, Telepath

14. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

13. Billie Eilish, NDA

12. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love??

11. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

10. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

9. Cannons, Bad Dream

8. Cold War Kids, What You Say

7. Milky Chance, Colorado

6. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure


4. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

3. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

2. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday

1. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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