My friend and I have decided to host a weekly “song-off” where we sit on a porch, smoke a cigar and listen to new and interesting tunes we’ve found over the week.
Nothing is off-limits as far as genres. Below are some of the songs we explored during our two-hour session.
What have you been listening to? Let me know in the comments below.
“The More You Use It” by Parquet Courts
Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts have released a new EP called “Tally All the Things You Broke.” The song “The More it Works” has been in my head all week. Punky and long-winded.
“Colossus” by Of Montreal
Kevin Barnes is at it again with Of Montreal’s most accessible album in years. “Lousy With Sylvanbriar” is available from Polyvinyl Records in a ton of formats, including 180-gram “sea glass green” vinyl. I’m digging the lyrics and sound of “Colossus.”
“Freight Train Heart/Stone Wall Love” by Scott Miller
Knoxville’s Scott Miller has released “Big Big World,” his latest album. The 10-songs show, well, a more worldly Miller with tunes gaining influences from the far flung Sahara to the mountains of East Tennessee. (Listen to the song in the Spotify playlist below)
“The Runaround” by Wild Child
An indie-folk band from Austin, TX, Wild Child was introduced to me from a representative of All Eyes Media in Nashville. According to a bio on the site, Wild Child’s founding members Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins first met in 2009 while touring with a Danish act called “The Migrant.” A review of their new album “Runaround” in American Songwriter says of the band: “this music is childlike in all the best ways although few would go so far as to call it wild. It is optimistic though and you’ll probably find yourself tapping your foot to songs with memorable melodies.” The title track is featured below.
“Hey Doreen” by Lucius
According to their website, Lucius is “a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion.” The Brooklyn-based band will release their debut “Wildewoman” on Oct. 15 in North America. If the song “Hey Doreen” is any indication, they have a promising career.
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