The Summer is quickly turning to Fall and the nights are getting cooler and cooler. With the temperature change comes a difference in the wind: its also cooler and brings in the feeling of Summer nostalgia.
This morning I turned on Songza at work, to listen to some new and fresh tunes, and I discovered “Purple” by California Wives. Its a little different than what I normally post on here, but I thought it would be a nice fresh change. I’m coming to the end of my time living on Jeju Island in South Korea and I’m about to embark on a three month trip through South East Asia. To me, the beautifully filling guitar tracks in “Purple” create the feeling of soaring. When you combine it with the first lyric of the song “It’s all purple and blue on the top of the wall”, it creates an image of being high above the ground, looking down reflectively and taking it all in. I love it.
California Wives are a Chicago-based band that recently partnered with Sharpie to debut their video for “Purple”. You can check it out below. Support them if you love them.
After the critical success and musical authenticity of the self-titled first album by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, I was anxiously waiting to hear how their sound would differ on their follow up album. Their first album had such a simple folk sound that was accessible to so many people and as a result, made people want to sing out in rejoice to anthems like “Home”, which is definitely the most well-known track on that album. One of the things I love about this band is that they have about 10 people playing instruments and singing, yet they’ve perfectly orchestrated themselves in a way that maintains a free-spirited, simple folk sound that connects you to a greater feeling of rural roots.
The second studio album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, named Here, exudes energy and love as you listen. They have successfully maintained their free-spirited sound that makes you feel like everything is a celebration, but even more, they have gotten better. Their sound is crystallized and refined, which is probably a result of their success on the first album. They also sound more confident on this album. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that most people love their refreshing sound?
Start to finish, this album is phenomenal. Their album art beautiful captures the kaleidoscope of energy that streams from your speakers as you listen to this album. The first three tracks of the album have the most energy, but every track is a full, unique journey through several emotions and feelings. I love the way every track builds and develops and unravels itself as it progresses, usually before it reels itself in at the end for a nice finish. “Man on Fire” is a great example of this, with a nice quiet start that builds into a great celebration and an easy ending.
One more thing I want to touch on. The sounds on this album are so unique. There is a diversity of instruments and vocal stylings that you will continue to explore in various depths as you listen to this album more. There are layers on this album that feel like they are just waiting to be discovered.
I am so happy that such talented musicians and artists have created something so beautiful again. I feel so fortunate that music is still being made like it is on this album. On Here, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes have really established themselves as a beautiful force in the music industry and the world. It is so cool, and I am so pleased to see that they are doing what they are. It’s just plain awesome.
Please enjoy this album with your windows open and be ready to feel good.
While cruising on the Hype Machine this morning I found this new track (or at least new to me) by Wintersleep, the Canadian indie rockers who brought us great songs like “Weighty Ghost” (remember that one?) and received a Juno award in 2008.
I have to say that it always excites me to learn about great Canadian musicians, and also to see their success and be able to share some of their talents with whoever chooses to read earphone adventures. It makes me proud of Canada!!
Anyway, back to Wintersleep. These rockers have a new LP coming out mid-June – only a month away! Their sound is fresh on this new track but they also sound familiar, possibly because you can hear similarities between the sound of “Nothing Is Anything” and their older material. It has a breath of fresh air though, and makes me think of a warm Summer day with a cool breeze. I picture myself blaring this tune while I drive across the mountain on Jeju with the windows down and the sun shining. Or maybe during a Canadian West Coast road trip through the Rockies? Mmm. Sounds great to me.
Check out this track and let me know what you think. Wintersleep releases Hello Hum, their new album, on June 12th and also has a free track for download on their website right now. I also embedded it below for you :)
I found this track on The Hype Machine and I love it. Its got momentum that doesn’t stop, but an easy sound that is just enough to give you a bit of energy and tap into your heart chords at the same time. It also features Greg Laswell on a track that’s a little more upbeat than anything I’ve heard from him before.
This NY-NY three-man-band is cool and fun, just like their name. I dig these guys and their mixed up retro indie sound.
“Why Am I The One” has a crisp and clean sound and these guys have a great contemporary rock sound that also has some retro influences that sound a lot like Queen and The Beach Boys. I think I’ll just let you experience this song and let you make up your own mind on this one.
And if you need another track to get a good impression, check our their initial single, “We Are Young”, featuring Janelle Monae. Its another great track, which is also from their newest album, Some Nights. I’ve just started listening to the entire album, and it sounds cool.
They’ve got lots of North American tour dates scheduled, including Toronto (for all my Canadian friends back home)! You can also coordinate rideshare through their website, so check it out!
I am so pleased to share some music from my fellow Canadians…in fact, Torontonians!
Young Empires is based out of Toronto and damn, they are good. Robert Aaron Ellingson, Jake Palahnuk and Matthew Vlahovich make the trio who play electronic/indie/dance/world beats. They formed the band in October 2009, and have high-energy music with catchy hooks that just make you want to move. You definitely need to check these guys out, especially the live video below…amazing!!!