Uh, so I majorly dropped the ball on this blog. But I promise I’m going to try and fix that, and start posting more…even if it’s just unnecessary commentary on pop culture and music posts. So, here are some tracks I’ve really been enjoying these past few weeks:
1) Sunshine – Atlas And Arrows
I’ve probably posted them in the last one too, because I absolutely love them. It’s indie/baroque folk paired with interesting vocals – she has such a distinctive voice and I love listening to them. They haven’t released anything new in quite some time unfortunately, but I’m looking forward to new stuff. There’s sense of hopefulness infused in all their sounds that I can’t get enough of.
2) Yours (ft. PB Kaya) – TÂCHES
I love this new trend of chill EDM that’s cropped up in the past year or so. It’s not super dancey music, it’s music for you to have in the background as you chill with your friends, or when you just want to relax and escape. Cool vocals paired with a sultry beat, this track makes me think of driving along the beach or just relaxing in the sun.
3) Perfection – Oh Land
Oh Land was one of those singers who gained a surprising amount of traction in a really short time about a year or two. There was a point when her music was being featured on a bunch of different television shows and getting a ton of airplay but then she sort of…disappeared. Although there are other tracks of hers that are more popular, this one remains my favorite. It keeps in with the theme of somewhat darker vibe, almost haunting and with creepy lyrics to go with. You’d think that would make this song uncomfortable, but with the strings and bass with her saccharine sweet vocals, there’s a juxtaposition of creepy and catchy that’s kind of irresistible.
4) Heartstrings – Leighton Meester
Blair Waldorf was by and far my favorite character on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester had just the right hint of sass and vulnerability to make her character memorable and luckily she imbues her music with those same qualities to create this track. Her vocals are soft and complex, and the simplicity of the other instruments make this a super interesting track. She had some misses earlier in her music career (she did a track with Robin Thicke! I can’t believe I forgot about this) but this new direction is pretty great.
B, I miss you.
5) U – Micky Ekko
Speaking of strong vocalists, Mikky Ekko has fast become a staple in my playlists. His work on Rihanna’s track Stay was definitely great but his other tracks are also pretty great. U was one of those surprise tracks where I didn’t realize what exactly I was listening to at first, but the more I listened, the more I liked. His tracks have a lot of different elements and he’s not afraid to experiment vocally and they pay off. Plus, his lyrics have this honesty you can’t help but love.
6) Holiday Home – Catch Bees
I discovered their album randomly awhile ago, and they’ve remained in my iTunes since then. I love, love love male & female vocals, and the string accompaniment on this track elevates it to another level. It’s one of those songs I want playing in the background as the guy and the girl in that romantic comedy run towards each other at the end and embrace.
7) Little Bit (Cosmo’s Midnight Remix) – Lykke Li
I saw Cosmo’s Midnight perform a year or two ago, and I loved their cool vibe. They have the perfect mix of music where you kind of want to dance but you’re just as content sitting in a lounge and just chilling while listening to this. This remix has a great summer vibe while still honoring the original track and Lykke Li’s fabulous vocals.