I just discovered Twin Shadow this past week and immediately fell in love. Twin Shadow is the stage name of George Lewis Jr. who released his debut “Forget” in late 2010. In particular, I think the album is perfect for the summer. It’s got a little of that relaxed, beachy feel, and some peppy synths to keep it light, airy, and fun. The track I chose starts out with a nice hand-drum beat and lone, deep, brassy synth. George’s soft, poetic lyrics layer in, questioning the subject on whether they have any emotion. In particular, “Do you sigh yourself awake?” I find to be quite visual and interesting. The track starts to pick up at this point, adding in a woozy synth, dripping in 80’s luster. This is a fantastic debut that I would highly recommend giving a listen to.
Check out the full track here!
Alright, time to try something a little different – the full song! Yes, this is a big shift in style, but it’s time to try something new. Let me know what you think!
Today’s song comes from the collaborative album of Thao & Mirah. These two very different folky, singers have come together to create something great. Mirah is more whimsical and sweet, whereas Thao is a little rougher, slightly sultry. The highlights of this song are where the two playfully sing into and over one other. Not to mention tUnE – YaRdS has done a great job with the production. The rimshots on the drums carried throughout the piece keep the energy up and again tie into that playfulness. Overall a great opening song from a dynamic duo that should play together more often.
What a crazy, music weekend! I saw today’s band open for Cut Copy last night. Both completely blew me away. Cut Copy was just fantastic, and Holy Ghost! was great considering I had heard nearly nothing about them prior. The track I chose comes from their debut, self-titled album and is a fun drawn out, Junior Boys meets LCD Soundsystem number. The quick, deep bass line adds a sense of urgency and impatience that they are singing against. When the higher pitched, echo of a synth jumps in things really start to pick up. The track continues to build on these two focal sounds adding to the ardor of youth. Overall a good start for a young, up-and-coming band.
Check out the full track here!
Chew Lips are a new discovery. Released back in Jan. 2010 (yes, I’m behind the times on this one), today’s sample comes from the opening of their first single “Play Together”. After a very brief synth line sets the tone, we jump right into my selection. I was very surprised by lead singer Tigs’ vocals; a cross between Debbie Harry and Karen O. Once she started singing I was hooked, I really love the sultry quality she brings to the light, fuzzy synth line. The beat carries on throughout the rest of the track and there’s a nice breakdown with amped up vocals. Overall a fun, catchy tune and solid introduction to Chew Lips. Given a few years, these three could be doing some great things.
Let’s try something different today – check out their video for “Play Together” here.
The Submarines were a pleasant discovery for me this past week. Today’s song comes from a remix album of 2009’s “Honeysuckle.” What I really love about the AmpLive remix is that much of The Submarine’s style, especially Blake Hazard’s vocals, are preserved. The original song has a slow, stroll like tempo with drawn out, honeyed vocals accented with bits of whimsical noises. AmpLive has sped up the tempo giving it a more hip-hop/jazzy feel. In the sample I selected, the vocals start out to be more in line with the original and are quickly punched up with the fuzzy bass. The beat really complements Blake’s voice giving the piece a new fresh step.
Thanks to David B. and Whitney S. for separately and simultaneously tuning me into The Submarines! Check out the full remix here, or venture to see them live at Slim’s on Saturday, April 9 (I’ll be there).
It’s going to be a rainy week so I thought I’d review my favorite rainy day song. This song also comes from one of my favorite albums, “Set Yourself on Fire”, released in 2004. Today’s sample is the opening track of the albm and really helps set the atmosphere. I really love the tension and longing that this song brings. The sample opens with Amy and Torquil harmonizing for the first time. These two play off of each other so well, you can really feel their chemistry. The song takes a sullen turn with a brief instrumental break and you’re brought back to the brooding romance and pained vocals. I highly recommend giving this one a listen, and then venturing further to the entire album.
More can be found here.