Archive for ‘Music’

February 8, 2011

Cee-lo Green – Fool For You (alternate version)

The album cut of Cee-lo’s “Fool for You” was already flawless. A highlight of a very solid album (Lady Killer). How do you do it baby / keep it coming indeed. I didn’t think having Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire on the track could be topped, but this alternate version with Melanie Fiona has a wonderful, sexy give-and-take that I’m also digging.

Cee Lo Green – Melanie Fiona – Fool For You (Radio Rip) by melaniefionaworld

(Heads up from Pretty Much Amazing)

February 4, 2011

Eric & Magill

[mp3/stream] Eric & Magill – Should We All Wake Up
[mp3/stream] Eric & Magill – Grandpa’s Pink Wine

You might not have heard of Eric Osterman and Ryan Weber, the low-key duo known as Eric & Magill, but you need to know. This is honest, heartfelt music they’re making. Weber, a talented multi-instrumentalist, corralled the support of his friend Osterman and a variety of other musicians he knew from Shearwater, The Dirty Projectors, Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, Owen, Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz, American Football, Via Tania, Headlights, Sufjan Stevens, and Maritime to put together All Those I Know. Pretty impressive, right? The praise for the results is not obliging, however, but richly deserved.

All Those I Know is an album to be spun at dusk, outdoors, which makes the album cover literal in a way most actually aren’t. You can file it under “electrofolk” or “awesome”. The lead-in title track sets up the album’s provisions- misty, stomp-along acoustic pop- nicely. On “Should We All Wake Up”, the muted, weary vocals served up over simple acoustic guitar manage to compel, especially when Lussia Kamberian Weber’s lilting voice chimes in. With “You Make It So Good”, the band veers left just before shoegaze territory. Echoed voices and percussion add to a calming, dreamy affect. “Grandpa’s Pink Wine” and “Pontoon Boats” just might be my favorites, the former with its fuzzy tones and plethora of synths, the latter with gorgeous vocals and whistle, but it’s hard to say on an album this precisely, consistently moving.

You can download the entire record at no cost (or support them however much you can) at their Bandcamp site. AT NO COST. There is no reason you shouldn’t be listening to them.

February 4, 2011

Lupe Fiasco – Words I Never Said

It’s so loud inside my head / with words I should have said / as I drown in my regrets / I can’t take back the words I never said

This track completely BLEW ME AWAY and I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s not that I dislike Lupe, though I notice that seems to be a trend lately (?) even with his record label, holding this album up for years, but… wow. He is on point here in verse and delivery. I feel like there are scorch marks on the side of my face now. This is music that is pointedly saying something even as it lays an inescapable hook on you. And Skylar Gray is used to great effect here, I love the chorus (interestingly, I’m unmoved by the chorus of  Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home”).

They keep you on the bottom then tease you with the upper-crust

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February 4, 2011

The Dears – 5 Chords

Basically, a ripping hook-laden pop-rock singalong track off of the upcoming Dears album. I cannot get enough of it. It feels a little vintage Arcade Fire to me, and that’s not a bad thought at all. I am always horrible at identifying actual instruments used in a song, and this is definitely an instance where I wish I wasn’t because there are so many interesting sounds here. Well, what I am pretty sure is a synth makes a cool ZONG ZONG sound over the verses. It’s such a full track, something you can sink your teeth into.

We should be home tonight / We’ll hold each other tight / I will with all my might

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February 2, 2011

Dan Black, You’re My Only Hope

Everything Dan Black touches turns to pop magic, including this track by Sydney dancefloor princes Chris Stracey and Jack Glass aka Bag Raiders. Check it out after the jump.

When I see your face, it’s like sunlight dripping…

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January 31, 2011

Music, please, let me clear my throat

You know that I am alwaysalways looking for music that warms the side of my face like a slab of classic Motown soul, right? This track this track this track. I feel like repeating words all smushed up togetherintype is the only way of getting at the joy and swerve of this song. Musiq Soulchild is vibrating on a higher frequency and there’s a dash of Swizz Beatz, like your mother pairs your meal with vegetables to be extra nutritious.

Musiq Soulchild feat. Swizz Beatz – Anything

January 31, 2011

Punching holes in a music box

Everyone across the pond is buzzing about Hannah Peel, and with good reason. She’s a unique talent poised to have appeal to everyone savvy to the UK folk landscape, perhaps beyond. Her voice is neither flimsy nor husky, but takes a clear, lilting path in-between the two extremes. Her melodies are pretty, but also eerie enough that they are never cloying. Everything about her is perfectly balanced. For instance, lyrically you might consider her folk efforts more traditional (on her new LP she tackles tales of loneliness and rejection, and an Irish traditional from the 19th century), but sonically she is looking forward with the help of producer Mike Lindsay (of Tunng) and  synthesizers. In the rich layers of her music, piano and string arrangements meet all sorts of electronic flourishes and textures. Know it now if you don’t already: she is a talent to watch out for.

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January 24, 2011

Pick up the stones, they are safe in yr hands

Meet Fallulah, aka singer-songwriter Maria Apetri. Hailing from Copenhagen, she released her first full-length album The Black Cat Neighbourhood in 2010 and is now poised to swoop in and entrap your heart, or at least your ears, on a grand scale. She considers herself a mixture of indie rock and folk, but I’d describe her music as densely layered, uniquely atmospheric pop. Clearly evident is the influence of all the trips she took with her family as a child to festivals in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Macedonia, when her Romanian father choreographed Balkan dances for her mother. “Use It for Good” is like a haunted, lilting waltz. Think Natasha Khan come back down to earth, but drifting through like a tumbleweed in black lace, and with folksy stringed instruments in hand.

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January 16, 2011

I Will Keep Following the Sirens (or is it Silence, I can’t tell)

Twin Shadow remixing Oh Land? Be right back, quietly sobbing. (You should know about me that: I love Oh Land and constantly talk about how she is going to be the next big thing, I loved Twin Shadow’s album Forget last year. A lot.)

Anyway, this version of the track strips away some of the warmth/whimsy of the original, but the compensation you get is a ton of new interesting sounds. I loved how tracks on Forget had a twinkle and chime that almost could set your teeth on edge but instead veer into hypnotic. Some of that magic is dusted on here, along with a more conventional dance-ready aspect. He also pushes her voice upwards to echo against the proverbial ceiling. The result: Oh Land sounds more beguiling that ever.

White Nights – Twin Shadow Remix by OhLand

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January 16, 2011

You Know How I Feel About Justin Vernon

You cannot resist the lilting sound of her voice, it moves like a ribbon fluttering in the wind. I love the simple but stunning accompaniment, and how it shifts a little over halfway to something with more weight as Justin Vernon adds his vocals.

Lia Ices – Daphne

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