Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Smith Westerns - All Die Young
You know a song is going to be epic when introduced by organ AND piano. The guitar licks and multi layered vocals in the chorus do nothing but contribute to this grandoise feel, and the result is a track that sounds like it could have been written by the Beatles themselves - although it somehow manages to retain a contemporary feel to it....the lo-fi tinged vocals probably explaining this somewhat. A real singalong....chanting of impending death has never felt so good.
Wiz Khalifa - G'd Up
It's safe to say that Wiz Khalifa is a big fan of kush. According to G'd Up he even wears kush cologne. So probably not a great dude to walk through airport customs with then. But while the sniffer dogs may not love his vibe, blogs are, and with the buzz dying down around Kanye and Cudi following the releases of their excellent album's last year, Wiz Khalifa's stock seems to be on the up n' up. Hip Hop's next royalty?
Cold War Kids - Louder Than Ever
Certainly a grower, this one. It didn't grab me initially, but Nathan Willet's unmistakable tones contribute to a track, especially the chorus, which nestles its way into your head and ain't going nowhere fast. A teaster ahead of upcoming album Mine Is Yours - out Jan 25th via Downtown.
Ducktails - Killin The Vibe
I knew I'd like this track from the first bar of the opening riff, and from there it just goes from strength to strength with a deliciously melodic vocal line over the top, and some great harmonies to go along with it. The lack of chorus makes for a refreshing structure, and the general 'vibe' of the song is perfectly chilled. Oh, and for those who are thinking the track sounds much like something that Real Estate may conjure up, then the fact that Ducktails is the solo project of Real Estate's guitarist Matthew Mondanile should go some way to explaining that.
Kisses - Bermuda
I'm never too proud to admit when I've completely missed something, with Kisses' 2010 album The Heart of the Nightlife being a prime example. Bermuda is my favorite track off this release and, as it was posted by 104 blogs according to HypeM, it suggests that I've actively tried to avoid it. It's got a summer sunset vibe to it, and a chorus chord progression that comes from nowhere and pushes all kinds of buttons for me.