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Song Of The Week #49

I had a hard time deciding which song to post, seeing as these guys have such a wide arsenal of kick-ass songs to choose from.

Monogamy –  I Heart Sharks

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In the end I opted to go for the song that originally introduced me to them.

I Heart Sharks is a German/British indietronica three-piece consisting of vocalist Pierre Bee, guitarist Simon Wangemann and drummer Georg Steinmaier. After having released a couple of  singles and supported acts such as Cobra Starship and Friendly Fire, the electro-indie group released their debut Summers in October 0f 2011 to mostly positive reviews.

You don’t know it, but this is what you’re actually looking for when you go hunting down throbbing rhythms and stormy synth-lead tunes.

Monogomy is the second track on their album Summers.

Enjoy!

 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #48

Today’s earworm:

Bizness – tUnE-yArDs

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Tune-yards is the musical prowess of New England lo-fi songwriter Merrill Garbus. After releasing her 2009 debut BiRd-BrAiNs (recorded via handheld voice recorder) to a wide pallet of positive praise, Garbus managed to sign up to record label 4AD (to which the Pixies were signed) and afterwards launch her sophomore LP WhoKill in 2011.

Seeing as how the track showcases some severe African influence via robust and bold singing coupled with big thunder-drum booms and tribal beats, it probably doesn’t come off as a surprise that Garbus spent her college years in Kenya. To study pirates. Instead however, she chose to bless us with tUnE-yArDs – a group that’s as fun to listen to as it is to type out (yeah, not really, but what they do in quirky spelling they  make up for with fantastic music).

Bizness is the sixth track on WhoKill.

Enjoy!

 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #47

So today I feel like snatching a song from another blog, because that’s how much I like it.

Purple Yellow Red and Blue – Portugal. The Man

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Portugal. The Man enthusiasts rejoice – the alaskan psych-rock group has just dropped their second single from their upcoming Evil Friends album (set for release in June 4 of this year).

I’ve always enjoyed Portugal. The Man, and this track I’m glad to say doesn’t disappoint in heightening the PTM experience – Purple Yellow Red Blue is a pop-funk tune that just screams for attention with it’s infectious drum snap, falsetto cries and groovy bass lines.

A happy to thanks to The Sound Of Flying Kiwi for the  introduction, and be sure to check the blog out – great site, it’s pretty much blasphemy it doesn’t have more followers.

Purple Yellow Red Blue is the second single off Portugal. The Man’s upcoming album Evil Friends.

Enjoy!

 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #46

So I was reviewing my stats from last year and apparently my most popular post is still my very first post –  Top Ten Covers. It turns out, covers are still a big subject on the internet and I thought, why not renew the topic again?

Midnight City – Trails And Ways

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This is easily one of my favourite cover works. Seriously, ‘eargasmic’ is the appropriate word.

Trails & Ways are an Oakland-based four-piece that focuses on bassanova dream pop. The group gained widespread (and well-deserved) popularity due to their fantastic covers – having covered ‘Animal’ by Miike Snow, ‘Nunca’ by Ghost Beach and ‘Sure Things’ by Miguel, Trails and Ways practically took the blogosphere by storm, spreading on the indie charts like wildfire and impressing many.

Midnight City is a cover of the M83 song of the same name, and is found on Trails & Way’s ‘Sure Thing’ single.

Enjoy!

 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #45

The following tune has just about been dominating my replay button for the past couple of weeks or so.

Milk – The Bronze Medal

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I first came across these guys when they released this beautiful home session track (‘Go Easy’) and since then I’ve kinda been really hooked.

The Bronze Medal are a five-piece alternative band based in Bristol. While still relatively new, they have managed (and not surprisingly so) to be dubbed “Masters of indie slow-build” by such high-placed people as The Times, and have even managed to grab the attention of the BBC.

Now I’ll admit, the song is somewhat depressing, but it’s definitely of the good variety. Sweet, soft and  tranquil melodies ebbing and flowing with the distant drums and gentle guitar harmonies, all of which lace over the poignant vocals of lead singer Robin Southewell – this my friends, is the stuff music is made of.

Enjoy!

 – Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #44

Sweet, sweet nostalgia – I welcome you. Ladies n’ gents, presenting:

Curfews – Snowmine

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Ever since the release of their debut ‘Laminate Pet Animal’ I’ve been pretty much in love with this group. For several reasons, really, but I think it’s their afrobeat soundscape and prominent tribal influences that just keep me coming back for more.

Snowmine (a reference to the snowy minefields that the lead singer and his grandfather used to trek through in the Korean War) is a psychedelic, atmospheric indie-pop quintet hailing from Brooklyn. As each band member had their roots in either the jazz or the classical scene, the band decided fairly early they didn’t want to become a ‘laptop band’ and thus chose to pursue the indie pop path. I for one, am happy they did.

Curfews is on Vol. 2, Episode 10 in the Shaking Through 2011 Series.

Enjoy!

– Jonathan

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Song Of The Week #43

Prepare yourself for musical relaxation.

I Wanted You To Stay On The Other Side – Summer Heart

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This is one of those songs I wouldn’t mind putting on repeat for an afternoon or two. On listening to this, I usually find myself thinking of the beach – the rush of waves, heat of summer days and the general overall chill atmosphere. ‘Bliss’ is, I believe, the appropriate word. This anonymous reviewer pretty much summed up Summer Heart when he said:

“Fall into a whirl of vision and harmony with Swede, David Alexander aka Summer Heart. He provides chill dream pop vibes with mellow vocals that still gives a scintillating increase of your heartbeat.”

What can I say, that’s really all there is to it.

I Wanted You To Stay On The Other Side is the third track to their 2012 album About A Feeling.

Enjoy!

 – Jonathan

Update: For those who didn’t notice, I’ve finally done something I should have done ages ago: embedded the player so we don’t need to deal with those pesky links. Cool.

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Song Of The Week #42

You know, I never really appreciated Twitter until it introduced me to

Constant Surprises – Little Dragon

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That is, more specifically, until one of its users (MuteMath) tweeted this tune and set forth a chain of events that eventually resulted in me sitting behind this keyboard. Admittedly, this type of chill, electronica/soul-ish  music isn’t usually my cup of tea, but something about this one draws me towards it over and over.

Little Dragon are a Swedish downbeat group made up of high-school friends Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Källgren Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand. Their name is an ode to the fuming tantrums which the lead singer, Nagano, occasionally suffers while in the recording studio.

To date, the group has released three studio albums along with a handful of EPs.

Constant Surprises is the fifth track on their 2007 self-titled debut album.

Listen here.

Enjoy!

– Jonathan

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