I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday and I'd missed my flight to Toronto. [I secretly want to miss my flight- it's in the negative double digits there, I'm NOT excited...] That's how frazzled I am. The first six weeks of the year are always a blur. It's a mess of work and travel [for work], so I get little time to actually enjoy the trappings of home and a good home cooked meal. I'm usually too busy or tired to cook. Maybe that's why the only recipes I can come up with lately are cocktails, hmm...
But one of the simple pleasures in life I can take with me anywhere is music. I'm that person who would make mix tapes on cassette if she still had access to all the necessary tools [she doesn't]. But I do make myself a mean mix on the iPhone.
Aside from racking up my frequent flier miles over the next couple weeks, I'm also using this time to catch up on some new music that has come out as of late. Normally I stay on top of what's up and coming, but it's up and came, and I'm still struggling to stay on top of what's new.
This mix was collected from albums that came out this January [a couple are from European artists, and they may have had these albums come out in Europe sometime in 2013, but I was too lazy to research that thoroughly]. It's a mix of loud and soft, inventive and [slightly] generic, which I like. I find mixes where all the songs sound the same to be a bore. I like a progression of sound and emotion in any album really.
So enough of the overanalyzing...I highly suggest checking out some of these artists. You've probably heard of some, but I tried to get some new names in there. There's really not a ton of music that comes out this time of year; most albums seem to be dropping [did I just say that? WHO AM I?!] in March, just in time for my birthday, naturally. If you have any good recommendations for new [or old] music that I should be listening to while I wait in the security line at Hartsfield
This album got mixed reviews, but I bought it anyway. I've always really enjoyed YTG live, and I cannot get the hook of this song out of my head. The sound is a departure from their last album, and I don't care. It's got me hooked.
'...it's about time, I'm on a tightrope.'
The hook is incredibly cheesy, so sue me. This is the first single off their EP, and as far as I can see from my extremely brief research, this looks to be their first release. It doesn't immediately ring any bells of another artist, and after hearing this song over and over again on XM's Alt Nation, and somehow still wasn't sick of it, I downloaded it.
I'm new to Phantogram, having only started listening to them a few months ago. But I've worn out their last album like a bad habit, so I was pleased to see a new one is slated to come out soon. The pre-order came with two songs, so I pulled the $7.99 trigger [it helps when you have an infinite supply of iTunes gift cards at your disposal...] and I'm intrigued. I have to wait to hear the entire album, but what I've heard so far isn't bad, but I still love their old stuff more. But this is growing on me...
Well hello, old faithful. It's been too long. There are some bands I will support no matter what they're putting out. It could be garbage, and I'll still buy it, because they represent my formative years and will forever hold a special place in my heart. TBS is one such band. It's more mellow than what I loved about TBS most, but for me the sound still feels like home.
I read this about the release of this album, and had to download a couple songs out of intrigue. Singer Annie Clark said, 'I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.' I love that. Not to mention, listen to the first couple lines. So ridiculous [in the best way].
Allright, let it be known here; I'm a HUGE Paramore fan. Like 'I could probably belt every lyric to every song' kind of fan. And I got this Weird Kids song on a sampler, and thought, 'well now this sounds like an old Paramore demo.' You probably don't want to hear that as an artist, but the lead singer reminds me of Misery Business Hayley Williams. I'd really need to listen to more to give a better review of them, but it's catchy as hell and short and simple. And will put me in a good mood for being in freezing Canada for a few days.
This is one of those, 'I feel like I'm in the middle of a happy Prius commercial, and I like it' kind of songs. The rest of their album has an a predominant 80's, echo-y kind of vibe, and so I haven't decided if I like it enough to spend the remaining $8.99 on it, jury's still out. But I do enjoy this track quite a bit.
Here comes the quieter portion of the mix. There's something very haunting and Bon Iver-esque about Mr. McMorrow. He's Irish and bearded, so naturally I'm already in love. He has one of those 'you sing so much higher than I ever could, and somehow that's really hot' voices. This song switches to almost a Marvin Gaye 'Let's Get it On' vibe. Mmhmm...
Upon first listening to it, this song was immediately placed on my sleep mix. It's awfully befitting of such a spot, [the title and lyrics don't lie]. I just said the last song was haunting, and this is too. I have a very eclectic taste that ranges from loud and almost screaming punk pop to super mellow, sleepy music like this. Haunting Punk Pop? That's a genre I'm sure.
He's totally British Gavin DeGraw [and probably better, because he's SUPER young]. I just love the soul in his voice; you can hear the raw hurt and rasp and it's just so good. Most of his songs are much more upbeat, so of course my favorite one is the really broken down track. He's already huge in Europe, but he's beginning to show up more and more here, and for good reason.