Need a perfect sing along song for the summer? Well here ya go!
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The Antlers blew me away with their emotionally heavy concept album Hospice but I was sadly a little disappointed with their most recent record Burst Apart. I just wasn’t feeling all of the album. I did think the last three tracks on it were excellent though. I’m happy to say this new song “Drift Drive” reminds me of the best parts of Hospice. The aching horns, the gentle guitar and piano playing, and lead singer Peter Silberman’s stellar falsetto create quite a beautiful song. “Drift Drive” comes off an upcoming EP called Undersea which is a intended to be a miniature concept album about water. Check it out July 24th!
Cat Power’s new song “Ruin” is very energetic and has a pop rock sound. It’s a new sound for Chan Marshall (Cat Power) because she traditionally has been known to be more of a folk pop artist, but she handles this new direction of sound with flying colors. The piano playing and the drums keep this song upbeat. It has a punk flavor to it as well which reminds me of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. I haven’t really listened to much of Cat Power’s music before but “Ruin” is making me want to explore her back catalogue and it’s getting me excited for her upcoming album Sun which will be released Sept. 4.
Listen to “Ruin” here.
Man oh man this new Purity Ring track is sweet. It’s a beautiful dance track and easily one of the best songs of the year. It kind of reminds me of Phantogram’s recent song “Don’t Move” (also great). Megan James’ vocals are very easy on the ears, and when she sings the great line “My little ribs around you” you can sense the intimacy she’s trying to communicate with this song. If the songs on Purity Ring’s new album are as good as this one we might have one of the best albums of 2012 on our hands.
Amanda Mair is a promising new pop artist from Sweden. She’s only 17 and her vocals sound great. Her debut self-titled record has beautiful down-tempo piano ballads and upbeat pop tracks. I hope she writes some of her own lyrics on her next album but the lyrics she sings on her debut are good. Mair’s sweet and delicate vocals are what makes her an artist worth checking out.
Listen to “Doubt” here.
I’m loving this new Dirty Projector’s song. It has a Beach Boys vibe, is very charming, and might be there most chill song to date. The instrumentation is simple for most of the song with hand clapping and guitar. There is also a string section in the middle of the song that keep things interesting and weird which Dirty Projectors are so good at with their music. This song is about searching in life and not forgetting to dance along the way.
Dirty Projector’s new album Swing Lo Magellan comes out July 9.
Fiona Apple’s song “Anything We Want” has quickly become one of my favorite songs of the year. It’s one of the best love songs I’ve heard in awhile. The lyrics are great, some highlights are: “Let’s pretend we’re eight years old playing hooky, I draw on the wall and you can play UFC rookie” and, “I kept touching my neck to guide your eye to where I wanted you to kiss me when we find some time alone”.
Listen to “Anything We Want” here.
Listen to Fiona Apple’s new album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do here.
Marissa Nadler is a talented singer songwriter who has a very beautiful, haunting voice. Apostle is a song that that stuck out to me from her new album The Sister. It’s a very hypnotic track. In it Nadler sings of an alcohol problem and the complicated feelings that arise with an affair. When Nadler sings the line, “I’m home” in such a drawn out way she captures my attention like no other song this year.
Listen to the Apostle here.