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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Playlist No. 42

 

GUYS! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Holy whirlwind of life….I have been non-stop. Not to mention, January 1st was A Musical Mind‘s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!? Wow. Amazing. I can’t begin to thank everyone for tuning in, staying super dedicated with following me and my crazy musical journey. Discovering new bands, music, shows, and more.. It means the world, and I am so grateful for you all! I definitely am guilty of not posting a whole bunch anymore, and having all the reasons why…but ya know, whatever. It happens – and hey, I’m here now! ;)

 

So, let’s get right into today’s playlist! I’ve been recently obsessed with this Seattle/NY based band: MDE IN HEIGHTS! Their dreamy, euphoric r&b-pop is melodic, enchanting and just plain mesmerizing. I can’t seem to get enough.

 

 

Some songs, you can listen to passively and completely forget about them…there are some that resonate with you, but only for a couple of minutes or so, after which they seem to disappear into the atmosphere. Then, there are songs that resonate through your whole body and when they end you dissolve with it. MDE IN HEIGHTS does exactly this to me, and hopefully to you too.

 

These tracks hit you. They captivate you. In the perfect moment, with the perfect emotion tagging along. This track, “Skylark Interabang?!, is one of those tracks.

 

Kelsey Bulkin‘s ethereal vocals float over Sufjan Stevens’ beautiful sample of “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”. The track starts off simply with the Sufjan sample. Not only is this one of my favourite Sufjan songs, but with Bulkin’s soft, dreamy vocals…their sounds just melt together in an angelic, delicious concoction.

 

So, check ’em out below. I posted 7 of my favourite tracks at the moment and I’m sure I’ll post another playlist soon with more of their tracks I love!

 

Enjoy! And have the happiest Monday! xo

 

Album Review: Noah Gundersen “Ledges”

Hello, and happy Saturday! It has been quite some time since I’ve had the chance to sit down and actually concoct a Saturday blog post. The summer can do that, ya know? Early mornings to go to the pool, or beach…or just out in general. But today is a bit rainy, a bit gloomy…so what better time than now? Let’s jump right in!

 

Noah Gundersen. To simply say this Washington-native is talented would be a travesty of sorts. Okay, okay..maybe not THAT serious, but he is gifted beyond measure. His long awaited full-length album: “Ledges“, finally arrived in February 2014 and man, was it ever welcomed.

 

The 24-year old singer/songwriter shares history of his life with us, diving into vulnerable tales of love, heartache, death, and devotion, all immersed with a sense of familial intimacy. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. Gundersen’s sister Abby (her solo stuff is beeeeautiful as well) sings and plays strings, his brother provides drums, and various friends and relatives sing on the record. Besides, blood is thicker than water.

 

The album opens with “Poor Man’s Son” which is a slow and striving tune. After a few minutes it slowly transitions into what seems like a modified version of “Down to the River to Pray”. It was a one-take recording, and it carries that raw, intense, almost aggressive emotion with it, all while lingering on some beautiful harmonies. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, check out the live recording of this track:

 

Some of my favourite tracks on this album are:

 

Ledges:


Poison VineFirst Defeat and Liberator.

 

I think there’s a pattern in the last three tracks, causing me to love them so (not to mention having them on repeat). They are incredibly emotional, (mind you, the whole album is) and it’s shown in the harmonious belting out of lyrics towards the end. One of my favourite elements of this album is the family participation. These last three tracks wouldn’t be what they are without Abby’s vocals and harmonies – they’re just simply beautiful.

 

I won’t really give any more away, because I really do want you all to take the time to listen to the whole album. Noah’s ability to write, sing with such vigor and passion, and create timeless, mature and heart-wrenching tracks is unsurpassable. I will continue to listen to the Ledges album, as well as play my favourite songs over and over again until I get fed up…which will be never. So, on we go….

 

P.s. Here’s the official music video for “Ledges” – directed by my good Nashville buddy Cale Glendening. (Nothing short of amazing.)