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There is not much that I love more in this world than good music. In fact, my friend Ilana says that I have an unreasonable need to constantly have music playing around me. But, you see, nothing in the world, besides perhaps a great book or movie, inspires me more than music. And this summer, thanks largely to being assigned sign out duty with Ben Burns at work, has been a summer filled with more musical discoveries than ever before. It really is beautiful.
I could talk for days about how amazing some artists are and these are no exception. But instead of rambling on and on about how these singers and bands break boundaries and blow my mind, I figured it would be best to give you a sampling of their songs. So, if you're a fan of amazing music I recommend that you give these a listen.
Here is what has made up the soundtrack to my summer:
As my friend, Nicola, once said: Bear's Den is the perfect fireside band. The band's amazing lyrics combined with their haunting sound creates something that I've never experienced before, and that everyone should. It was difficult to pick just a few but here are probably my top four most played songs: "Above the Clouds of Pompeii", "When You Break", "Agape" and "Isaac"
Everyone knows the song "Take Me To Church" but not many know the rest of Hozier. I have to admit, my best friend told me that I should start listening to him about a year ago and I just shrugged it off, thinking that I would eventually. I didn't realize that I was missing out on some of the best music I've heard in a long time. The raw emotion in his voice and the beauty of his songs is something gets deep into your bones and makes you feel as though it's a part of you. Here are some of the best: "Work Song" and "Like Real People Do",
Sleeping At Last
I'm not ashamed to say that I learned about this man from one of the Twilight soundtracks. He sings the song "Turning Page", which is hands down amazing and the song that plays in the wedding scene. Say what you will about those movies but they have damn good soundtracks. Anyways, so my sister and I started to listen to his other music recently and, surprise surprise, it's amazing. Like crazy amazing. Like make you want to cry because nothing should be that beautiful amazing.
He has a ridiculous amount of music out there, but by far his best EP is one called "Light". Take a gander. Here are the songs "Light", "You Are Enough", "Turning Page" and "The Projectionist" (my all-time favorite because, lyrics).
I learned about the staves via the documentary, "Austin to Boston", which I was turned on to by Ben Burns. It is a film about Bear's Den and several other musicians, including the Staves, who travel in VW Vans across the U.S. on tour together. It's amazing. Watch it. And it was there that I learned about this trio of women who, when you hear them harmonize, you'll wonder if you're being serenaded by angels. No joke. Their harmonizing it on point.
Here are the songs "Black and White" and "Wisely and Slow".
Ok, many of you already know that I am a fan of Passenger and have been for a little while. But since January my love for this man has grown exponentially. He is hands-down one of the best lyricists I've ever known. He is a true poet and I could talk days on end about his talent and the complete honesty of his music. It's unlike anything I've ever heard before and he doesn't just sing silly love songs. He's awesome. Really pay attention to the lyrics.
Here are some of my favorites: "The Wrong Direction", "Whispers", "Riding to New York" and "Fear of Fear".
Choosing these were very difficult, so I have to also say that you should listen to, "Holes", "All the Little Lights", "Things That Stop You Dreaming", "Scare Away the Dark", "Heart's On Fire", "Catch in the Dark", "Start a Fire", and like a bunch more...sorry.
Of Monsters and Men
So I've always loved Of Monsters and Men, ever since they came out with their first album a few years back. I knew they were releasing a new album since there were posters for it covering the metros in Paris towards the end of my stay but then I came to the U.S. and I didn't really hear anyone talking about it so it just fluttered from my mind.
Then Burns and I remembered this album, entitled "Under the Skin", and played it a few weeks ago during Sign Out at work. Long story short: IT'S AMAZING.
I know I've been saying that a lot this blog post, but trust me.
It's also nothing like the other artists I've posted thus far. It's louder and more of something I would work out to, which I do. I get to the gym, put this album on and go. It's great.
Some of my favorite from the album are "Hunger", "Human", "We Sink", and "Wolves Without Teeth".
My good friend and roommate, Victoria, introduced me to this band of 6 and boy am I glad. They're great. They are also on the louder, more upbeat side and we will be seeing them live in Brooklyn on Tuesday for $20. Those are the perks of loving artists more unknown.
This is a powerful band, perfect for blasting in the car ride home from work and to start you off I've put some of their more well-known songs, "Bottom of the the River", "Dance in the Graveyard", "Scared" and "Chasing Twisters".
Hope that you enjoyed at least some of these artists. I've been finding more and more artists every week and it's been great, the best summer for music since I can remember!
Here's one more song for good measure!
Thank you for reading,
Song of the Day
"Moving Forward" by Colony House
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.