Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Songs on a Saturday Morning (471-490)

As part of my ongoing effort to improve the range of my cultural consumption, I'm casting out for new things to listen to. Part one and an explanation of this musical escapade can be found here. You'll need to search for the rest yourselves.

471. Laura Marling - 'Alpha Shallows' - I love, love, love her 'Mexico' but have yet to find anything of hers I like as much. This is good, though, with a foreign, centuries old folky feel. Love the sticky friction of fingers sliding on the acoustic strings. 
472. Justin Hopkins - 'Love on the Radio' - Cheery.
473. Paloma Faith - 'Let Your Love Walk In' - A Lovely Husband lady. Not loving this as much as some of the others of hers I've heard playing on his computer.
474. James Vincent McMorrow - 'Higher Love' - Not technically a new song, but a lovely, stripped back cover.
475. Passenger - 'Let Her Go' - Sounds like a teenager in the first few verses.
476. Sharon Von Etten - 'Serpents'.


477. Mykonos - 'Fleet Foxes' - Lovely Husband just called out from the kitchen that he loves this song. He's telling me a story about Rage and Denmark while cooking a risotto. It sounds terribly familiar to me but I don't think I've ever listened to it the whole way through before. 
478. Mumford & Sons - 'Timshel' - Glorious and sad and hopeful.
479. The Civil Wars - '20 Years' - Feels more folky than just about all the other folk I listen to. Lovely.
480. The Head and the Heart - 'Down in the Valley' - Captivating but kept hoping for less of the almost spoken lyrics and more of his captivating singing voice, especially once he hit the higher register with his 'oh, oh's'.
481. Peter and Kerry - 'Knees' - Seriously impressed with the incorporation of the word 'puke' into such a lovely song. Heartbeat steady and harmonies raw but sweet.
482. Ray LaMontagne - 'You Are The Best Thing' - That old school upbeat Motown sound.  
483. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - 'Repo Man' - Bluesy but his voice doesn't seem quite rough enough to carry this off - more wispy smoke than whiskey.
484. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - 'Stars' - Lovely voice but not a terribly captivating song.
485. The Decemberists - 'Don't Carry It All' - Great blues harp intro. 
486. Nick Drake - 'One of These Things First'.
487. Keaton Henson - 'Small Hands' - Stripped back and simple but really, really sweet. The vibrato warbles can sometimes grate.
488. Joni Mitchell - 'You Turn Me On I'm a Radio' - classic.
489. Patrick Watson - 'Into Giants'.
490. Switzerland - 'Bison'.

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