Archive | January 2013

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

While I’m not too familiar with his previous ventures (particularly his work with Fleet Foxes), I can definitely say that Josh Tillman’s latest work under the moniker of Father John Misty is a worth checking out. The 2nd single off the album Fear Fun, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is a bit emotionally depressing on a lyrical level, but makes for an enjoyable listen as Tillman’s vocals float smoothly over its laid-back guitar rifted beat. Download the track below and be sure to check out the rest of Fear Fun as well.

Saigon – Believe It

The phrase “you win some, you lose some” is one we’ve heard time and time again. As much as we’d love to experience more “wins” (i.e. a dream job right out of college, finding love at first sight, etc.), in life rather than “losses,” life is rarely ever that kind. For every winning moment in which we savor the sweet taste of victory, it always seems like we have to endure three more spoonfuls of losing before we even come close to getting what it is we really want. When those wins stop coming for a long period of time, the gravity of your negative situation can start to take a toll on your optimism and cause you to slump. Yes, it’s tough to stay positive during such stretches, but unless you keep believing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and keep doing all you can to get to where you want to be, you’ll never reach your desired destination.

Although creative differences between Saigon and his former record label probably kept him from realizing his full potential as an artist, they didn’t stop his wonderful debut album The Greatest Story Never Told from seeing the light of day. The anthemic Just-Blaze produced “Believe It” should serve as a reminder for you to never stop believing in yourself.

You gotta believe it (best believe if you dream it)

Oh, you better believe it (you too can achieve it).”

Coupled with Just Blaze’s production, Saigon’s lyrical account of overcoming his own obstacles is sure to inspire you to keep getting back up whenever life knocks you down.

Bonobo – Cirrus

If there was ever a specific genre of music made for Sunday evenings, it’s probably downtempo. Minimal lyrics & the most chill of electronic beats make it the perfect kind of music to relax and unwind to before you get back to your weekly grind.

One of my personal favorite downtempo artists, Bonobo (real name Simon Green) recently announced that his new album The North Borders will be dropping on April 1st. The first single off the album, “Cirrus” literally feels like a trip with all the exotic instruments it has going on in its beat. The absence of lyrics only adds to its trippyness as it provides more leeway for you to zone out and get lost in your own thoughts. Peep the track below.

Beataucue – Slow Down (feat. Kenzie May) (DWNTWN Remix)

As fun as going out on the weekend is, it doesn’t hurt to just hang out and chill at home on a night where the rest of the world is out & about. If anything, it’s a chance for you to stop, look, and appreciate all the good things you have going on in your life.

While it’s something that seems relatively easy to do, setting aside enough time to actually do so during the week can be a bit challenging because of how fast time flies when you’re busy with work or school. Your mind gets preoccupied with all the stuff you need to get done. Before you know it, it’s already the weekend and you’re ready to go out and hit the town without any hesitation whatsoever. Once that starts becoming routine, how do you stop and find the time to engage in some thoughtful self-reflection?

While that question is ultimately up to you to answer, one simple solution may be to just do as today’s song says and just slow down by taking the time to appreciate the beautiful things in your life.

Polka-dotted supersonic butterfly

shining like a diamond in the rain of mine.”

There’s beauty all around you if you just slow down a little bit and take the time to recognize it. Assuming you’re at home tonight, chill out, enjoy today’s song, and reflect on all the things in your life you have to be thankful for.

HAIM – Don’t Save Me

It’s pretty amazing what a good song can do to brighten the mood of an otherwise depressing rainy day. Los Angeles band HAIM has been making noise on the music blogosphere since summer of last year when they dropped their first EP Forever. As “Don’t Save Me” (the 1st single off their yet-to-be-titled debut album) so wonderfully shows, what makes this quartet stand out is their feel-good pop/rock sound. While the current catalogue of songs they have under their belt is a bit short at the moment, HAIM is certainly a band you’ll want to be watching if you’re in need of a fresh California sound to listen to.

Disclosure – White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge)

AlunaGeorge is certainly wasting no time building their buzz for 2013. Fresh off the release of their new single “Diver” at the start of the year, the London act was enlisted by fellow buzzworthy act garage-house duo Disclosure to assist in the creation of their latest single “White Noise.” It’s a song that’s bound to put a pep in your step as Aluna Francis’ vocals float smoothly over the track’s bouncy-beat. While it probably would’ve been more appropriate to save this song for the weekend, I simply couldn’t resist depriving you of its awesomeness any longer. Give it a listen and definitely add it to your list of jams for the weekend.

Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz

January is certainly shaping up to be a good month for music as far as album releases go. The latest of 2013’s most anticipated albums to be released, Toro Y Moi’s Anything in Return finally dropped today and man is it something else! Departing from the signature chillwave sound featured on his first two albums, Mr. Bundick decided to go for a more smooth and sophisticated sound on his latest effort. Rest assured though, the new musical direction he’s going in does not disappoint.

One of my personal favorite tracks off the album, “Rose Quartz” gets you right from the get go. With a series of synths that’s easy on the ears, smooth transitions, and a nice touch of voice samples, Toro Y Moi gives us a song that’s not only eargasmic, but also exemplary of just how good a ear he has for piecing sounds together. If you were at all skeptical about the new direction he was heading in with his music, “Rose Quartz,” as well as the rest of Anything in Return, can surely put those fears to rest.

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