Happy Wednesday, and post-Halloween AND NOVEMBER you guys! Can’t believe it’s already November…only 49 sleeps until Christmas. That’s wild.
So, not sure how familiar you all are with these two Indiana sisters, Lily & Madeleine, but you MUST listen to their newest album “Fumes”. If you’re a fan of Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit, Arcade Fire…and beautiful, striking harmonies, you’ll love them. Not to mention their record label, Asthmatic Kitty, is THE prestigious indie label started by none other than mister Sufjan Stevens. I mean, you HAVE to at least have ’em on your radar. ;)
So, here are a couple of tunes below that I’m loving, taken from their SoundCloud:
YOU GUYS!!!! I apologize (a million times) for being late on my Monday Playlist! A day late….oops. Life has been so amazingly crazy, so so so good though! I am moving Friday into a new place along with spending a lot of time with my sweet boyfriend (yes, that’s correct, you read right.)…and well, WORK AND LIFE TAKE OVER!
Okay, enough of the dramatics, but really. Here’s the playlist, and it’s just one band I have been loving lately: Coral Bones! They simply cannot make a disinteresting song, at least in my opinion! Melodies, harmonies…guitar, vocals…all of it. So good.
So, here ya go, enjoy the tracks! Have a great Tuesday!
Seinabo Sey has, for whatever reason (actually, all the possible positive reasons that attribute this single), made it impossible for me not to play this “Younger” track repeatedly. There is something quite special about this Swedish singer’s debut single that really moves you. It’s enlightening, and in essence, uplifting; the mixture of Seinabo’s powerful vocals, the catchy pop melody, and it’s epic symphonic, trance-infused sonics…create this one-of-a-kind legendary (in my opinion) single.
This is one of the prettier music videos I’ve watched in awhile. I love how the song and video congruently capture the essence of youth. The simplicity in just enjoying life. The sunlight, nature, friends, laughter and the little things. It’s perfect.
If you have any doubts about this song or video, check out the music video to it below. You will not be disappointed.
Ok, so, this album. Let’s get into it. First off, let’s chat about the album artwork which I am diggin’ quite a bit! Its inspiration is originally from the 19th Century British artist Eadweard Muybridge, known for his photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. That being said, BBC really captured Muybridge well and put a real modern-pop, almost retro-like spin on the artwork. Circles, an almost gem-tone range of colours – greens, blues and purples – pretty reminiscent of the 70’s, which in turn, just makes me love it that much more.
I’m going to go ahead and say that I do not have a least favourite track on this album, because they are seriously all so well done and unique in their own ways – there’s a track with Bollywood samples in it, yep..really! Apparently So Long, See You Tomorrow was inspired by frontman Jack Steadman’s travels, lots of fresh perspectives – culturally and experimentally. Bombay Bicycle Club never ceases to amaze me in how they can so easily change musical climates. From boisterous indie rock, to folk, to pop and beautiful ballads, they truly are the chameleon of bands.
Here are my favourite tracks from the album:
1. Overdone – In my opinion, such a fitting song for the albums opener. It’s dramatic, almost aggressive entrance is comprised of crazy countermelodies, lots of synth and well, simply put..just a whole lot going on. In the best way though, it truly is a symphony to the ears.
2. Carry Me – Another fast-paced, dub-like instrumentally aggressive track, with some slower, periodic bridge ‘breaks’. Super catchy, optimistic and a definite toe-tapper. I’ve always loved what BBC does with guest female vocals, and this is a perfect example. This track, along with most of the album, carries scintillating harmonies. Fantastic!
3. Home By Now – I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t my top pick off the album, alongside Luna. Lucy Rose absolutely crushes with her powerful female presence as she harmonizes along Steadman. I mean, I may be a bit biased cus I absolutely adore Lucy and her vocals, but you just can’t deny the girl talent. She is wonderful. Anyway, this particular track has a an old school r&b/hip-hop vibe to it, while still keeping it’s infectious melody. I have listened to it probably more than 10 times already. Nothing short of amazing!
4. Luna – Gosh, this song. One of the catchiest tunes of 2014 so far. The melody is contagiously addictive, the sweet bass riffs mixed with the edgier drum patterns really make this the “banger” everyone is calling it. Rae Morris (kinda like the new Lucy Rose, with a bit of a stronger vocal presence) is whom you hear on this tune, and boy does she ever make the song what it is – sensational.
There you have it, a lil album review, with my top 4 tracks! Trust me, though; all of the songs are amazing! You can check them all out on the Spotify playlist attached below!