The only band I associate with Christian rock is Relient K. I think there’s a certain stigma that non-religious folk connote with Christian music and after being exposed to the spirituality of some songs, I think I can appreciate the way Christian music can bring people with similar beliefs together. Someone on Facebook posted this song and I was surprised by Monsters Calling Home’s gorgeous melodies and songwriting, while at the same time citing God as a strong inspiration. I think this song’s story is eerie, touching, folksy, and reminds me of Freelance Whales and Fleet Foxes. I am really excited that it’s a group of Asians trying to get into the indie folk rock scene. ‘Foxbeard’ made me speechless the first time I listened to it, and I can’t wait to follow them grow.
I was approximately 17 years old when I fell in love with Shiny Toy Guns’ ‘Le Disko,’ a very Euro grunge, pop song a la The Lovemakers. It’s been years since I’ve even though of them and they have recently released a single that is the complete opposite. It’s a catchy tune with some fantastic falsettos and mellow synths. I think I have some good reason to investigate more of their music. Smooth.
While I don’t live by Pitchfork reviews, but Ryan Dombal has it spot on with Jessie Ware’s debut LP. Ware brings you into a dream, beginning with the stunningly ethereal ‘Devotion’ and immediately waking you up with my one of my favorite tracks of the summer ‘Wildest Moments.’ ‘Night Light’ is rich with Ware’s sensual crooning, pairing well with string instruments and classic electric guitar. I’m still listening to the entire thing but I’ve snatched it up on iTunes and you should too. I can already tell it’s a worthwhile album to start the school year.
The latest track off of their debut LP “The Heist,” ‘Thrift Shop’ has one of the funkier beats I’ve heard in a while. Macklemore pokes fun at rappers who pay outrageous amounts of money on material objects (“They be like oh, that Gucci, that’s hella tight, I’m like, yo, that’s fifty dollars for a t-shirt”) while declaring his love for bargain shopping. Not many rappers could think of a concept like this, let alone pull it off, but Macklemore makes it work.
Music video has been released for this wonderful new track. Check it out.
I’ve been a big fan of Asher Roth since he dropped his first mixtape, The Greenhouse Effect, in 2008. Although I was slightly disappointed by his debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle, almost everything he’s released since then has been great. His latest track, ‘The World Is Not Enough,” is no exception. Sampling Charles Bradley’s ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’ and featuring his usual solid lyricism, this track is definitely going to be on repeat for a while. Enjoy!
I am so darn excited about Sea Wolf’s new album (dropping Sept. 11). As I’ve mentioned, I wasn’t a fan of his last project, but with the slow teasing releases of ‘Old World Romance’ tracks, I’m getting more and more excited. A teaser of a song titled ‘Priscilla’ is on YouTube but the song is officially streaming on a Black Book Magazine web article. He returns to his earthy and rustic tones, highlighting these gorgeous, mellow guitar riffs. He sings “What’s it for?” with desperation and swelling string instruments and guitar in the background. I cannot wait to buy this as soon as it’s out. Click here for the stream.