Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May I...

Sounds floating around that have been captivating me up to and through this marvelous month of May...

The Lumineers 


and when she stood, she stood tall...

Hometown: Denver, CO

Influences: Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead


A certain peace and ease flows over me while listening to this trio. Their sound transports me to a forgiving place. I'm not exactly sure what it is about them. They give me a feeling of acceptance with the present and a strange trust in the future. A fuck you to the daily tornado that twists inside. Give me this and a glass of wine and i'm feeling divine..








Alabama Shakes


hold on...

Hometown: Athens, AL

Description:
"WATCH AS THE SHAKES PULL SHAPES AND BEND SPOONS WITH 42 DECIBELS OF STEEL,TUBE AND RAW HUMAN LUNG POWER. WATCH AS THE SHAKES TEACH YA WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW: THE MATADOR, THE BOOT KNOCK, THE HIP DIP, THE FULL BODY SEIZURE, THE ONE-LEGGED FOX TROT,THE THUNDERBIRD,THE COBRA SNAKE,THE PRE-APOCALYPTIC STRUT, THE POST-APOCALYPTIC STRUT, THE REVERSE RAIN DANCE AND MORE.... WATCH AS THE SHAKES WATCH YOU FOR MOVEMENT, READING YOUR MIND, GIVING YOU WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT ON TIME. THERE WILL BE SWEAT. THERE WILL UNCONTROLLABLE TOE TAPPIN, NECK SNAPPIN AND ATTENTION GRABBIN. THERE WILL BE ROCK AND ROLL and SOUL. THIS IS THE JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE ELECTRIC INDIAN LIGHT SHOW. PREPARE YOUR EYELIDS. TAPE THEM OPEN SO YOUR EYES BELIEVE. PREPARE YOUR EAR HOLES BECAUSE WE WILL BE COMING FOR THEM BRAINS."


Simply put, unreal soul that keeps me believing in the truth of this animal being. This woman is a badass.







You Won't


it always ends the same...

Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Description: 
"sticks out from the monotony of repetitive acoustic warbling to bring something truly rare to their genre. Rooted in Josh Ardnouse’s twangy singing style, the duo brings to mind Bob Dylan’s earlier works, giving every tune and beautiful lyric a raw and heartfelt edge. Additionally, to create the whimsical instrumentation found on their new album, Skeptic Goodbye, Ardnouse and band mate Raky Sastri incorporate everything from electric and acoustic guitar to street signs and other non-musical objects. Self-produced and recorded in the Massachusetts woods, the release doesn’t use any over-produced vocals or overly fine-tuned guitars. In its stead are clap-a-long tunes, pure guitar and vocal pairings stripped down with love and layered ethereal sounds."



These boys put an enormous smile on my face and they make my heart race. I fell in love instantly when I first came across them. They combine honesty and innocence, reminiscent of childhood days, with a witty matured mindset that hasn't totally given up and given into this worlds jaded nature. They speak of the timeless cravings of the heart that we all somehow grow to neglect or annihilate. They seem to be laid back dudes who have grown up but still hold onto an understanding of what it means to enjoy what you're doing and not lose a certain fragility. Their catchy yet insightful nature is what captivates me. They're not trying to be anything but themselves. 







Daughter


throw me in a landfill...

Hometown: North London

Description: 
"Elena and Igor have an ear to create space within their music, moments where their instruments can breath and the listener can fully appreciate the beauty that is being played out before them. The poignant combination of Elena's lingering vocals and the delicate acoustic/electric guitars demonstrate how simplicity in music is something to be applauded."

This lady has an incredibly captivating voice. It voids your core to the point where all you can do is sit silently and let it float right on through you. A refreshingly poignant and stunningly heartbreaking sound. The first time I heard the track 'Landfill' my heart skipped a few beats.

'Landfill'





Of Monsters and Men



my head is an animal...

Hometown: Reykjavík, Iceland

Description: 
"We used to be birds but now we're monsters" -OMAM

"Of Monsters and Men is an amiable group of day dreamers who craft folkie pop songs. Their music is as fantastical as it is pretty. For inspiration, they often reference random stories they’ve read. The chanting, tribal “Six Weeks” was inspired by the true tale of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, seemingly left for dead after 86ing a bear that attacked him." 



This band is infectious. Initially I was only mildly intrigued. I haven't stopped listening to their record 'My Head Is An Animal' for over a month and a half now. Each track has a life of its own expressed through a unique tale told. It's like reading a childhood storybook that emotes wisdom of past lives and difficult adventures to come. Their songs touch the fragile angles of the heart, whether it be confusion pertaining to the instability and insanity we sometimes feel that stirs in our minds, or the conflict placed within our hearts. Almost everyday I catch myself totally entranced by this band. A guilty fan. 












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