Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

Music Discovery: a musician who completely changes the way you hear, see and experience music. Cheers to 2020!

The Civil Wars

The female-male vocals within this duo, along with their folksy/ twang/indie sound bring many textures to their music. Their tracks are done with such grace and poise, that it feels like the music is physically moving, causing it to flood through the listener.

Where to start listening:  “Poison & Wine,” “Falling,” “I Had Me a Girl”

James Blake

I can safely say I’ve never heard another musician who sounds anything even close to James Blake. His ethereal vocals and incredible use of sound – not to mention his frequent collaborations with artists from every genre – produce exquisite albums, each guaranteed to let your mind drift off to the best parts of outer space.

Where to start listening: “Retrograde,” “The Wilhelm Scream,” “I Need a Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver)”

Alabama Shakes

You’ve got funk, soul and good ol’ rock ‘n roll vibes with Alabama Shakes. But the real star is Brittany Howard’s bad ass vocals – they tell so many stories with each and every lyric. Completely untouchable.

Where to start listening: “Hold On,” “Don’t Wanna Fight,” “This Feeling”

Hozier

This Irish indie-rocker’s music is all power. Whether it’s with a full backing band, or just him and his guitar, his voice is always the strongest instrument. His music alone allows him to say so much; the listener remains forever moved.

Where to start listening: “Work Song,” “Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples),” “Movement”

London Grammar

A 3-person band, led by Hannah Reid’s stunning vocals, which carry a heaviness and wisdom far beyond her years. It’s nearly impossible to resist the pull of their music, which means you’re bound to get all wrapped up into it. You’ll thank me later.

Where to start listening: “Hey Now,” “Wasting My Young Years,” “Everyone Else”

Billie Eilish

I first heard a relatively unheard of Eilish perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and she blew me away. She continues to fascinate with her music, as there’s no one out there doing anything like her – from both a sound and vocal perspective. And she just turned 18 (!)

Where to start listening: “Everything I Wanted,” “Ocean Eyes,” “Bad Guy”

Florence + the Machine

There’s a magnitude to their music, an orchestral vibe that goes hand in hand with Florence’s dynamic vocals, dramatic lyrics, and whimsical demeanor. You often feel like you’re floating through their songs, watching them unfold. A truly glorious musical experience.

Where to start listening: “Dog Days Are Over,” “You’ve Got the Love,” “Long & Lost”

Bastille

It’s pretty hard to categorize Bastille’s music: it’s pop, indie, rock, electronic, but mostly so much fun. Their lyrics make you think, their sound makes you move, but most importantly, their music is infectious – once you start listening, you won’t be able to stop.

Where to start listening: Their first album, Bad Blood (or the extended version, All This Bad Blood.)

Gary Clark Jr.

Soulful, beautiful, thoughtful music. tClark knows just how to dig right in and get you to feel every emotion possible with his velvety smooth voice, and incredible guitar licks. You’ll be instantly swept away.

Where to start listening: “Things Are Changin’,” “The Life,” “You Saved Me”

The xx

I am always in awe of everything these guys do. It’s perfect music, lyrically, musically and emotionally. You feel everything all over, in your bones, and just when they’ve broken you to pieces, they bring you back to life. Their music simultaneously hurts so bad, and makes you dance. Truly sensational

Where to start listening: All 3 of their albums – The xx, Coexist and I See You – in their entirety.

 

If you’ve never had a summer playlist/mixtape, then you haven’t really lived. Here’s a look at some of the best tracks to commemorate the summer of 2019 (so far.)

“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is a phenom. She’s barely 17 and already eons ahead of the game, making music no one else is, and doing it better than anyone else out there. This track does a little dance with the dark side in us all.

“Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza feat. Goodboys

An ode to 90s dance music, this track is sure to have all those past summer memories surface, and also help you create some new ones.

“Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

No summer music list is complete without a latin track. It makes you feel like you’re partying on the beach, soaking up the sun and having the time of your life. Total vacay mode.

“Do You Remember” by Chance the Rapper feat. Death Cab for Cutie

It’s the musical collaboration you never knew you needed or wanted. The contrasting vocals make it appealing to all music fans, and makes you thing of all the summers past.

“Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont

Reminiscent of 80s synth-pop era, this track is perfect for any summer road trip. It has freedom written all over it.

March is one of those months that falls right in the middle of things, this kind of unpredictable lull, which is neither here nor there. The good thing about that is it allows me to take a deep dive into all the new music out there. Here’s what I’ve found.

“Turn the Light” by Karen O and Danger Mouse

Super songstress Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) combined forces with producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse (of many projects) to create a collaboration album titled Lux Prima. This track brings the best of both these musical powerhouses to light.

“Here With Me” by Marshmello feat. Chvrches

Marshmello has already established he can make a hit single. But adding the distinct, beautiful vocals of Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry instantly takes the track to another level. Really dig this one.

“Bury A Friend” by Billie Eilish

Okay, so I just want to point out that I’ve been talking about the incomparable Eilish since 2017. Well, now she’s a grown up 17 year old, and recently released her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The entire album is better than anything out there. This track is just the start.

“All Over Now” by The Cranberries

Admittedly, it took me a while to listen to this one. It’s off the Cranberries’ forthcoming album In the End, which is also the last album recorded with lead singer Dolores O’Riordan (RIP.) Her voice is unchanged, expressive as ever, and just makes me miss her even more.

“Dinner & Diatribes” by Hozier

Hozier has one of my favourite vocals out there. He’s soulful, powerful, emotional, and his voice has its own distinctive sound. This track off his most recent album, Wasteland, Baby! is killer.

“Love It If We Made It” by The 1975

Fun track, fun band, fun album (A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.)