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.
Air Review - Young
It has been two years since the ill chill pill site was founded with absolutely no knowledge of html, no expensive marketing campaigns and no agenda. I can proudly say two years on, that the site is slowly getting more comprehensive when looking back over the archive of posts we’ve shared about the good music out there.
Here is a nice song from the Dallas based quintet Air Review. Young has an interesting song structure, catchy whistling and a chorus without words.
Paul Simon - Rewrite
It’s not hard to love this song. Big name musician aside, Rewrite is a songwriting masterpiece regardless of the performer.
An acoustic guitar, a 12-stringed kora and a bass djembe embellish the track. Simon’s love affair with west African music has permeated in much of his music since the seminal 1987 record, Graceland.
Simon’s expansive and equally impressive back catalogue means that it’s easy for a song such as Rewrite to be lost to obscurity. Then again, his noteworthiness means that this song will probably have more exposure than if it were penned by a lesser-known artist.
Rewrite appeared to Simon’s latest studio effort, the 2011 album So Beautiful, So What.
The Story (KING cover)
Astronauts, etc. - The Story (KING Cover)
Who is King? I have no idea. However, I do know that Astronauts, etc. is the one-man-band project of Anthony Ferarro. According to Indie Music Filter, he is due to release something later this Winter.
But you can download most of his material for free from his Soundcloud page.
The Story is one of my favourite songs by Astronauts, etc. It has a warm texture which mash together nicely with Ferarrio’s falsetto. It is the kind of song that you should consider throwing on when you’re having a bath or going for a drive to soak up the ambiance and smooth keys.
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