Ben Folds - Gracie
Ben Folds penned this song for his daughter, Gracie shortly after completing the Rockin’ The Suburbs LP in 2001ish, but the track had to wait four years before it was released since it missed the deadline for the record.
The melody is easy to remember (and play on piano) and the lyrics show a more sensitive side to Folds’ witty writing style.
Just Go Indigo
Joe Neptune - Just Go, Indigo
Joe Neptune consists of Melbournians, Nick Vorrath and Jarrad Brown. The two members are also apart of the group Custom Kings but in 2009 they worked on recording the duo’s only album to date, No Time To Grow Up.
There are plenty of memorable melodies and interesting folk arrangements, including Just Go, Indigo; a melancholic track which has classic songwriter sensibilities.
James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier
This song emerged a few weeks ago and even though it has been floating around for a while now, it still maintains its immediate appeal.
James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish songwriter who has more in common with Bon Iver than your regular humble, bearded songwriter.
That falsetto. Amazing, but also entirely his own style. His album Post Tropical is due out January 2014, but for now, we can be contended this blissful single.
Ages - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
It seems like ages since we last heard a cover this good (pun intended). But this classical guitar piece is truly an exotic, sensual guitar licking song.
Ages' version of Fog will teleport you back to the cobbled streets of a Tuscan village, or a sunny Spanish villa.
If you dig it, download it below.
Download - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
Radical Face - Reminders
Ben Cooper has released his second instalment in The Family Tree trilogy project. The album, The Branches, contains his melodic songwriting and intricate storytelling of the fictional family we were introduced to on The Roots two years ago.
It is difficult to pick a favourite upon first listen, so I’ve uploaded the song I have been listening to while writing this review. If you are unfamiliar with Cooper’s other work, be sure to check out some of the similar posts recommended under this one and his other band, Electric President.
It’s wishful thinking, but an Australian tour would sure be nice. If it never eventuates, at least we have these amazing recordings to keep us occupied in the meantime!
Bon Iver - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
When you have grown so comfortable with an album, listening to it can be like visiting an old friend.
Bon Iver's debut 2008 album For Emma, Forever Ago, has become a favourite with many listeners, so any cover or remix is likely going to encounter a deal of scrutiny. Adapting a classic song can be like transforming a novel into a film - often it provides quick entertainment at the expense of resonance and personal significance. However, there are always exceptions to this, and there are also exceptions to the rule when it comes to adapting songs.
Thankfully, the Belfast duo Owsey & Resotone have maintained most of the original tracks and added subtle ambient touches to enhance the emotion and mood of the song. It is currently still available for free download, so get in quick before the mp3 vanishes!
Download - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
Emilíana Torrini - Caterpillar
It’s been a good 5 long years since Emilíana Torrini released her last album and 3 years since she had another kid but fans were finally rewarded last week with the release of the Icelandic songstress’ new long player Tookah. The track listing averages at just under two songs per year of absence (9 tracks) but I am currently 3/4 of the way through and thankfully there are no fillers thus far.
If you’re the kind of awesome person I know you are, you will enjoy this song. And if you’re rapt with Caterpillar (get it?) you can rest assured that the rest of Tookah will be right up your musical alley.
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
Emerging from obscurity this year comes Milky Chance, a German artist with strong songwriter skills that will please both genders. Guys will appreciate the guitar driven melody and girls will appreciate the pop sensibilities and range of Milky’s croon.
This song is easy to listen to and it is surprising how the pace transforms a fairly bittersweet ballad into an upbeat romantic declaration of love. Stolen Dance definitely has dancefloor appeal and DJs are already mixing the tune for their own sets.
Download - Stolen Dance
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