събота, 26 ноември 2011 г.

Gem Club - Twins

Alright you crazy indie kids, today it's time to slow down and sulk. And doing so is just so much more enjoyable when you have the right soundtrack. Today we're looking at Gem Club's song 'Twins', which impressed me from the first couple of notes the first time I heard it. I just had to stop everything I was doing and just immerse myself in it, and that's definitely a sign of awesome songwriting right there.

The melody is simple and the lyrics are short and powerful. They're about finding someone and the end of solitude, but this song mostly makes me want to be alone. I kinda want to spend a day playing it on a loop while swimming in a pool at night by myself. Depressing? Maybe. I say soothing.

сряда, 16 ноември 2011 г.

Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened

Deerhunter. Deerhunter. Deer. Hunter. God, that's such a cool band name to pronounce. Like Radiohead or Chairlift. It's just so badass, I love it.

But what I love even more is this song. I've had it in my music folder for over two years now and it never seemed like anything special to me, but now I can't get enough of it. The secret - it became my go-to dance song. It's just so energetic and awesome, you can't sit still while listening to it - the beat is amazing, the rhythm is spot-on and the lyrics punch my brain in the face.

"Only when you learn that there's no way out
You learn to talk, you learn to shout
Focus on the depth that was never there
Eliminate what you can't repair"

It's one of those songs that you just need to sing as loud as you can. And I'm currently on a mission to reach my neighbors' boiling point, so you just know I'll be playing this song on a loop for the next two weeks.

понеделник, 14 ноември 2011 г.

Hockey - Too Fake

To be fair, there isn't much I know about Hockey. Not the sport, but the band (although I'm certainly not an expert on the former, as well) - my half-assed research consisted of looking them up on several sites just for this article. Don't judge me for my laziness - I'm just not the kind of person who's interested by bands themselves, unless they consistently make amazing songs. I prefer to have a little bit of as many musicians as possible - this preference actually eventually led me to indie music, and I assume that's true for the most of you, as well.

Alright, back to Hackey. I mean Hockey. Originally consisting of singer Benjamin Grubin, guitarist Brian Stuart White, bassist Jeremy Reynolds, drummer Anthony Stassi and keyboardist Ryan Dolliver, the band received wide recognition for their debut single "Too Fake", which was released in the UK in 2009. It's also the song that they're best known for and man, oh, man, I can see why.

I just can't get enough of it. It might be one of those tracks that you listen to non-stop for a week and get tired of afterwards, but I'm sure as hell going to enjoy the hell out of it until then. It's incredibly catchy and perfect for that "Just woke up" playlist (wait… you don't have one?). I especially like the little half-sing, half-talk they have going on before each chorus, that's a nice touch.

In my opinion, not every great song has to be incredibly deep and life-changing. Sometimes you just need something light and cheerful to brighten your day - your Neon Trees' Animal and your Little Comets' One Night in October. And making these kinds of songs is definitely not as easy as you might assume. But Hockey has a knack for it, and I give them props for that.

събота, 5 ноември 2011 г.

Elephantom 101

Okay, I have a confession to make. I am not a huge fan of Grizzly Bear. I know it's such a hip thing to love that band and as a fan of popular indie trends I'm basically required to enjoy it as well, but I guess it's just not my cup of tea. But boy, do they know how to choose their favorite bands.

Elephantom is a Boston-based band that DIY-ed their first album Swim. Toward the Sun. in 2009 and tossed a CD of it on the stage during a Grizzly Bear show in Vancouver. To their surprise, the band actually sent them an email back praising their music and saying: "we are in Vancouver all listening…thanks so much for sharing this with us. I hope you guys go far.”

Afterwards word on the band that Grizzly Bear was endorsing got out and Elephantom started to get the attention of indie fans and bloggers everywhere. And it's no wonder why - the rich sound of the songs and the wide variety of emotions that they encompass, as well as the wonderful lyrical content of the tracks makes for a wonderful music experience. It's unlike anything I've ever heard (although it's been compared to Danish band Efterklang) and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to hear something different.

‘Citizen of the Earth’ is a perfect choice for a first listen because it actually does sound like an introduction to something epic and grand. It also has one of the best openings I’ve ever heard in a song. Vocalist Trudie Kaiser’s voice reminds me of Genevieve Schatzof Company of Thieves in that they both sound incredibly seductive, which shows the amount of passion they have for their music. You can’t fake this stuff.

I really really hope this band gets more attention. I am desperately trying to get my hands on a CD although they offer most of their tracks online for free. And come on, Elephantom, Spotify is your friend, use it and you’ll get the recognition you so deserve.