Untitled mix #2
First Half of 2014
Ryn Weaver - “OctaHate” [self-released]
Kodaline - “All I Want
Album: The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack [Atlantic; 2014]
Genre: Pop Rock
Well this song dates back to 2012. And apparently I’m not that guy who reads YA novels (ok not MOST YA novels), but gobble up the soundtracks to the movie adaptations like the candy they are. (Hunger Games Catching Fire and Divergent were great soundtracks, for the record).
I do think if the song stayed like it did at the beginning it would have been ok, but kinda boring. When the drama got amped up at the end and the instrumentation really kicked in (see 3:18 on), it became great.
Double Bonus: Ellie Goulding covered it.
Jack White - “Would You Fight For My Love?”Album: Lazaretto [Third Man; 2014]
Genre: Blues Rock
Jack White’s Lazaretto also came out last Tuesday. He’s been on a bit of a foot-in-mouth tour the past year, so I’ll say he doesn’t come off as the most likeable guy. But unless you’re R. Kelly (or similar level issues), I try and look past transgressions of that sort to focus on the music.
The album is okay, but I really liked this. Has a sort of Rocky Horror vibe while driving forward.
First Aid Kit - “Cedar Lane”
Album: Stay Gold [Columbia; 2014]
Genre: Americana? Can You Be That and Swedish?
Stay Gold came out last Tuesday. I liked a pretty large portion of this album (see also “Silver Lining”, “Stay Gold”, and “ A Long Time Ago”). It’s probably their best album thus far, but I do think I have to be in the right mood for the twang and steel guitar going on. Still, excellent song and excellent album. (Especially 3:30 on. Amazing.)
So, lately I’ve been trying to listen to music while working at my desk and doing work. I’ve felt doubly productive as I’ve been getting stuff done, while finally doing justice to things which only received a cursory listen (if that). Sometimes I feel like I’ve made myself into a music director at a radio station at the rate I acquire to listen to things.I mean, I have three levels of listening going here. Anyways, what follows are some of the best songs I’ve heard this week.
HalfNoise - “Mountain”
Album: Volcano Crowe [TBA; 2014]
Genre: Power Pop
Well this was an excellent accidental find. Former drummer of Paramore is readying his second solo release and this is the first cut from it. Really catchy. Also, clearly written by someone who understands percussion. Layering drums in the right way instead of the Imagine Dragons way, if you catch my meaning.
Devonté Hynes - “Palo Alto”
Album: Palo Alto [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Domino; 2014]
Genre: Synth Funk
The “title track” from the Palo Alto soundtrack is written/performed by Devonté Hynes aka Blood Orange aka Lightspeed Champion. It doesn’t deviate too far from what he has been doing lately, with a funk guitar line (though this one is a little slower, but balanced by a faster piano part). It has a smooth feel and give off a bit of a nostalgic 80s vibe while still sounding somewhat modern. I’d look into if that is due to Hynes doing what he does or the time the movie supposedly takes place, but I think I might be Franco’d out for life.
Sharon Van Etten - “Your Love Is Killing Me”
Album: Are We There [Jagjaguar; 2014]
Genre: Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Nice staccato action on the snare in the chorus. More piano driven than past efforts, but adds something nice. Overall a strong album, but this high is not as high as the last album.