Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Here is a video you should watch. It features, up and coming singer songwriter, Lianne la Havas strolling through the streets of Paris belting out her soulful, folky music. That was all I needed to see to get hooked. Is Your Love Big Enough? continues to showcase Leanne’s talent for songwriting with slow jazzy songs like “Lost & Found,” and upbeat funky songs like the title track “Is Your Love Big Enough?,” and everything in between. Clearly this girl is a very talented guitar player and a great singer and I think this album is a fantastic collection of songs that could lead to some big things in the future for Lianne La Havas.
Kimbra got pretty popular for providing some guest vocals on Somebody That I Used to Know for Gotye, but now she’s showing that she is quite capable by herself. Vows is incredibly catchy, especially the opening track “Settle Down.” Even though my favorite track is the opening the quality doesn’t fall after. Things are kept interesting with string arrangements and all other sorts of interesting instrumentation. The biggest draw throughout is Kimbra herself, she’s got some great variation in her style and delivery, and clearly some talent in the songwriting side of things as well. Overall this is a fantastic debut and shows a lot of promise for this Australian performer.
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Well it’s been much too long since I’ve had any sort of updates here, I’ve been pretty darn lazy since school got out, but I want to keep this blog going so here we are with another weekly dig. Japandroids released their sophomore album today, Celebration Rock. After a couple of listens through it doesn’t seem like much has changed since Post-Nothing, and I can’t say that I wanted it to. This Canadian duo has delivered more angsty, fuzzy, garage rock that you can’t help but nod your head to. In fact this album is gloriously uplifting in a way that only punk rock can be, and does as good a job as any album has at living up to it’s name. So take these eight songs and crank em up, because whatever you’re up to this summer this rock celebration will only make it better.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada
This week I’m upping the ante from one song to two, but these two songs span almost a half hour. Godspeed, for those of you unfamiliar, are a post-rock band (instrumental), although Godspeed like to augment their instrumentation with samples of all kinds of things from interviews with random people, to announcements from a gas station intercom. They tend to be a bit on the stranger side. The second track, “BBF3,” features some such sampling in the form of an interview filled with eccentric ramblings about the downfall of the US, and this interview really drives this whole EP. The opening track, “Moya,” is captivating with some fantastic chelo and violin work perfectly leading into “BBF3.” If you’ve never listened to, or heard of, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, this would be a prime starting point to see if you would enjoy them.
mewithoutYou – ‘February 1878’
There is only one song here, but this one song is a new one from mewithoutYou and I can’t think of anything that could have made me more excited today. It’s a preview off of the upcoming album Ten Stories set to be released on May 15th. Instantly you can tell that this album is probably going to be more similar to Brother, Sister and Catch For Us The Foxes, because there is an intensity in this song that wasn’t anywhere throughout all of their last release It’s All Crazy…. ‘February 1878’ is brooding and menacing, and all the while feels like it could explode into madness at any time. It’s an awesome song and now has me counting down the days till May 15th.
Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
This is coming a few days late, but hopefully this album will make up for it. All Hour Cymbals is full of all kinds of good stuff from great vocal harmonization’s to hand claps, and all of it tinged with a bit of a psychedelic edge. The first three tracks are super strong and really get things moving. “2080” is the last punch of that opening trifecta, and I just wanted to highlight that song because of how it ends, in an epic chant of leaving pain behind and moving on in life (Unless you read the lyrics it’s going to be next to impossible to understand what they’re saying). What Yeasayer have done here is put together this collection that’s really a perfect album to welcome spring. It’s brimming with positivity and warmth and is just a lot of fun to listen to.
“It’s a New Year,
I’m glad to be here
It’s a fresh spring,
So let’s sing.”
The Black Keys – Brothers
I’ve had friends tell me to check out The Black Keys, they knew I would like them, heck even I knew I would enjoy them, but it was just something that took me a long time to get around to. Things finally clicked when I first viewed the music video for “Lonely Boy”. The Black Keys are bringing back old school rock, bluesy rock. They’ve been doing it for a long time actually. It’s worth it to check out.Brothers is loaded with great songs. “Howlin’ for You,” “Next Girl,” “Ten Cent Pistol” are all fantastic. Seriously, do yourself a favor and at least listen to those songs.