It’s hard to keep up with myself, how has another Music Monday come around already? The weekend was a pretty big one for music, I think it’s a pretty good effort to manage to see five bands in a day, I’ve been feeling a little more like listening to guitars and soft vocals recently and a mixture of the familiar and the new, which I suppose is fairly standard for me really.
1. Volume 3 – She & Him
I’ve been listening to She & Him a lot recently, which I guess is why they’re here. I totally didn’t ‘get’ Zooey’s voice when I first gave them a listen after falling in love with ‘New Girl’, but now I do and I love her more than ever. Their songs have a lovely, old-fashioned tone that I can’t get enough of and this album is even better than the previous two, I just think the production is much more in point. I’m excited to see if they make the trip over to the United Kingdom to perhaps do a few live shows here, it would be good if they weren’t at The O2 too (or were generally away from London).
2. For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver
I watched ‘Place Beyond the Pines’ last weekend and after hearing ‘The Wolves’ during the end credits, I decided they needed a little more credit and attention than I’d given them previously. I mean sure, ‘Skinny Love’ is a great song, but it’s far from their best and ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ as an album is just so easy to get immersed in.
3. Pedestrian Verse – Frightened Rabbit
I get the feeling I’ve been feeling a little deeper than I feel like I actually have, in a musical sense anyway. ‘Pedestrian Verse’ seemed to be unavailable on Spotify for ages and although I’ve listened to it properly in Moon’s car a few times, it’s only recently that I’ve been able to properly take it in, and I’d definitely say it lives up to everyone’s hype.
4. Shallow Bed – Dry the River
This is kind of a given, I’m not excited to hear more new things now as the songs on Shallow Bed were old to me even before the album came out (can’t believe I just said that), and their new stuff is exciting. The same, but some how different with a little more Americana influence, I sure hope they play more of their new songs when we see them again in a couple of weeks!
5. Third Generation Hymnal – Venna
These guys were a total accidental find, and you can definitely skip ‘Oh No’, a creepy, annoying track, but they have a beautiful version of Sara Siskind’s ‘Lovin’s For Fools’, a song I can’t get enough of and am in love with since (sorry, not sorry for mentioning them again) hearing Dry the River’s version. It’s just so full of desperation, it’s beautiful.
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