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Song Of The Week #31

While researching about this song, I got quite startled. You see, for the longest time I’d thought the band was named Youth, and the song titled Daughter. Nope. As is the case with many (many, many, many) indie bands – I mixed band name with song title. I felt like an idiot.

Daughter – Youth

The Wild Youth EP

It has been a very long time since a song’s lyrics have caught my attention. Normally I’m very shallow with lyrical criticism; if music and melody are enjoyable, then I don’t usually care what the lyrics are about. Having said that, I couldn’t help but feel chills when I heard Elena Tonra sing “And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones./’Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs/Setting fire to our insides for fun/Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong”. This coupled with the explosion of tribal drums and melancholic guitar lines that take place right after was enough to bring out the goosebumps.

Yes, Daughter is a gem among the indie folk scene.

Daughter is an english indie band formed by Elena Tonra. Originally a solo project, daughter eventually evolved into a three-piece with the addition of members Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella. To date, they have released two Eps (His Young Heart in April, 2011, and The Wild Youth in October, 2012) – with a few of their tracks having been featured on shows such as TheVampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy and Skins.

Youth is the fourth track on their Ep The Wild Youth, released in October of this year.

Listen here.


 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #30

It is worth noting that ‘Jonathan’ is not the name of a seventeen year old girl. That will, however, be far from enough to prevent me from enjoying this wonderful tune.

Broken Social Scene – Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl

You Forgot It In People

While being a devoted fan to Stars, Metric and Feist, it occurred to me relatively late to check out the one thing they all had in common: Broken Social Scene. As a result, i’ve known Broken Social Scene for only a year. Nevertheless, in that short space of time  this musical ‘supergroup’ have quickly climbed up the ladder into being one of my favorite acts – and for a good reason.

Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock, musical collective that was started in 1999 by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. The duo released their debut Feel Good Lost in 2001, with much of the album having received plenty of contribution from friends Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Leslie Feist and Evan Cranley. By the time their second album, You Forgot It In People, came out  in 2002, Broken Social Scene had branched out to an 11-piece collective.

Well, what have I to complain? Three of my favorite vocalists in one group – almost too good to be true.

Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl is the seventh track on their sophomore album You Forgot It In People (2002).


P.s: Congratulations on surviving the apocalypse!

– Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #29

Every now and then I enjoy listening to tracks which showcase a more relaxing atmosphere. Although an insanely energetic song is a wonderful thing, not all songs need contain thumping bass lines, or screeching guitar roles laced over the heavy bashes of the drum.

The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone


Calming synths, simple beats and drowsy voices over echoing harmonies. Yes, I trust ‘relaxing’ adequately describes this tune.

The Postal Service was an American indie electronic group consisting of Death Cab For Cutie lead vocalist Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello.

After having contributed to the backing vocals on Tamborello’s (stage name: Dntel) album Life Is Full Of Possibilities, Gibbard and Tamborello decided that more collabs must be done, and thus was born The Postal Service.

Fun fact: The band’s name was given due to the way they worked on songs. Tamborello would send digital files of instrumentals to Gibbard, Gibbard would edit, add vocals and send the finished piece back via the postal service.

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight is the opening track to their 2003 debut album Give Up.

Listen here.


 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #28

I’m a sucker for individual-feeling and unique-sounding artists. ‘Nuff said.

Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Well no, actually, far from enough.

Stars is a Canadian indie pop band that was formed by friends Amy Millan, Chris Seligman, Torquil Campbell and Evan Cranley in 2000. To date, the band’s musical style has been praised as “breath-takingly effervescent” and “beautiful, eloquent indie pop”.

I seem to be going through a canadian music phase at the moment. Forget Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson and Drake – this is what Canada really has to offer, along with legends such as Leslie Feist, Emily Haines of Metric, The Broken Social Scene (of which Evan Cranley is a permanent member) and Coeur de Pirate.

I discovered these guys quite by accident, really. As is often the case with me, a mistaken click on a strange link led me to this group [insert Success Kid meme here]. Needless to say I am now a dedicated fan. This song is one of my absolute favorites ever – from the melancholic string arrangements and  magnificent guitar build-up to the chilling vocals, the song simply echoes musical bliss.

Your Ex-Lover is Dead is the opening track to Star’s third studio album Set Yourself On Fire, released in 2004.

Listen here.


 – Jonathan

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