There are so many good excuses and so many bad excuses for why why I haven’t posted in almost a month. Good reasons is that I’ve been traversing the South for the past nine days. I drove down from Boston with two good friends (20 hours in the car does test friendships) while listening to mostly country and the Talking Heads (Pyscho Killer–“Fa fa fa fa far fa fa fa fa far”) and hit Memphis for Beale St Music Festival where I saw the Spin Doctors, the Pixies, Lindsey Stirling, AWOLNATION, and the Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips BLEW MY MIND with their show! Here are a few pictures to make you jealous.
And here are the new awesome tracks I’ve discovered recently.
Oh Wonder–Midnight Moon
Oh Wonder never ceases to amaze. The once mysterious group is continuing to uphold their promise to release a new song every month. Midnight Moon is their April release (yes, I haven’t posted much in a month), which deviates a little bit from the style of their other songs. It starts out as a slower ballad and launches into a relaxed, yet memorable chorus. Their male-female vocal combination is heavenly…like chocolate and caramel.
Purity Ring–Begin Again
Purity Ring, the Canadian Megan James and Corin Roddick duo, took the music world by storm five years ago, pushing the genre boundaries of electronic music. They are still going strong today with their Another Eternity album, a monumental work of music art. Begin Again features James’ processed candy-sounding vocals, riding on top of a darker feeling track, blending together into the expectant feel that the title suggests.
FRANKIE–Problems Problems (Blu J Remix)
FRANKIE is a new young California-bred talent in the music world, with strong catchy vocals, bringing together inspiration from many pop music divas, giving her a vintage feel. It’s very hard for me to decide if I like the original or DJ duo Blu J’s remix better. The original is a strong song on its own, but Blu J adds a lot more dynamic to the song, making the calm verses build into a very big chorus. Listen to them both for yourself and tell me which you like better!
HONNE–Top to Toe
This song has a laid-back groove, with vocals that layer more and more throughout the song, building it into a full-sounding love song. The top to toe metaphor is cute and original, giving the romantic lyrics a unique maturity. HONNE is another duo from the UK, solid yet unique in the way they blend soul with electronic sounds. They explain their band name to Clash Magazine in an interview, saying “It’s an expression that’s unique to Japan and it means ‘the true feelings that you would only show to your closest companions.'”
The Knocks–Collect My Love (feat. Alex Newell)
This is the second single the NYC duo, the Knocks, have released from their new EP, all of which are strong, unique tracks. Their 80s vintage feel oozes through the speakers with grainy authenticity. The track features the big and bold vocals of Alex Newell, made famous from acting on glee. The hooks are catchy, and underneath the pop beat, this song’s base is very soulful.