I can’t even believe that for as much as I love music, I have yet to do a music-related blog entry. I finally feel like I have some decent music taste so why not share it with you all? (That was a little backhanded compliment to me, from me—did you see what I did there…)
I am drawn to music that I wouldn’t be able to make myself. Granted, I can’t make music at all but I’m really drawn to the nuances in songs that take it from being only okay to being something truly magical. Spotify is pretty much the best invention ever (I say that a lot, I think). It completely changed the way I listen to music. I used to have to rely on friends and the old standby, NPR, to find good new music. While NPR is still trusty, Spotify recommends obscure bands that I may not have found on my own (and when I say “on my own” what I really mean is Under the Radar Magazine). If you don’t have Spotify, I highly recommend you get it. I happily pay for my subscription every month so I can listen to it outside wi-fi (like at work). The picks below are just some of the songs/bands that would show up on my top plays because they’re on constantly.
From the top:
Haerts – Their song “Wings” has pretty much been on repeat since I found it. It’s produced by St. Lucia (whom I love) and there’s the perfect mix of 80’s pop and synthy-electronic. I don’t normally get into girl singers (cause I hold them to a higher standard when it comes to music – their voices all sound the same to me) but this girl is a mixture of The Bangles and Gwen Stefani. I am really into it and I can’t wait till they release an EP or a full-length album because I want more!
Bronze Radio Return – Up, On & Over. Amaze. I can listen to this entire album which is a rarity for me. They have a great mixture of twang, tambourine and banjo without being country. It’s easily my go-to when I’m at work and I want something fun.
Pacific Air – I don’t remember how I found them. I decided to give a listen recently and have been playing it often since. I think it was the song Sunshine that converted me. They’re kind of My Morning Jacket meets Temper Trap.
The National – Obvi this had to be on here. I started playing High Violet two years too late, so to say I eagerly anticipated this album would be an understatement. Trouble Will Find me is the perfect follow up to an album I enjoyed so well. I can’t stop listening to Humiliation and I Should Live in Salt (and Demons). I think if I ever met Matt Berninger, I’d ask him what the heck he’s singing about. I never have any idea. For example, I recently read that Humiliation is about drones ruining a dinner party — I would have never guessed that. Whether I know what he’s singing about or not, I love the melancholy sound and Matt Berninger’s baritone; it compliments the music, which itself is unfussy and stands on its own beautifully.
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams. This is another indie-country album that I can listen to from beginning to end. There are a few surprises (the percussion is a really nice touch) and it just makes this album solid.
Fitz & the Tantrums – Okay, okay—I know all the cool kids have been listening to Fitz forevs but I’m just now getting on that train. It’s a super fun summer album. The Walker is heavy on repeat around here. In the car with the windows down, in the apt while I’m cleaning; it’s catchy and gets stuck in my head. Listen to it.
The Neighbourhood – Album: I Love You. Thank you NPR for this one! Sweater Weather was the first song I heard and it’s probably number two in my Spotify top plays (after Wings, of course). This album is hard to describe. It doesn’t sound like anything I’ve listened to in a while cause it’s kind of hip-hop meets indie pop. It’s produced really well and I was really surprised to like this album as much as I do. Try it out so you can say you got in on the ground floor.
Jeff Buckley – Oldie but always good. Grace is an album I can revisit time and time again—and I have recently. Lover, You Should Have Come Over may be one of the best songs written (I know saying that is a tall order). He just sings it with such conviction (as he does most of the songs on the album), raw passion and honesty. Jeff Buckley was a huge talent and it’s easy to hear why.