After last week’s hiatus, I was very happy to make a new acquaintance in The Mountain Goats and their pro wrestling themed album Beat The Champ. The song writing is inspiring, and the mixture of skilled instrumentation and whimsical lyrics is genius. This particular track features some nice brass that makes things even better, and the line “I personally will stab you in the eye with an foreign object” which could very well be one of the best lines ever written.
Having been featured before, it’s not a secret I enjoy the music Death Cab for Cutie puts out. This track, which is taken from their upcoming album Kintsugi, is my favorite so far of the singles that they have released leading up to the new album. Apart from what usually makes a track by Death Cab for Cutie great, such as captivating lyrics and thoughtful instrumentation, this has a few interesting quirks added throughout that I find functions as the cherry on top of an already great track.
The early trend for 2015 continues with another strong track from a very talented male singer and guitarist. This track, which I found on the EP Other Sides, features the strong vocals of James Bey and a very nice sound with a guitar that is borderline blues. At times, the singing reminded me a lot of the way Michael Jackson would use his voice to convey emotion, especially around the 2:15 mark. It’s not a complicated track, but that’s pretty much the whole point.
Manchester Orchestra is a fairly new acquaintance to me, but when the band released an acoustic version of their latest album I was definitely hooked! The original version of this track is also very good, but the reimagined version is a step up, and perfect for the season we currently find ourselves in on the northern hemisphere.
During a recent trip to Boston, I listened to the radio when this track came on. I had never heard this song nor did I know the band and I was very happily surprised. The track has a great rhythmic structure, which is what got me instantly hooked.
It may have an intro that’s slightly longer than 4 minutes and 30 seconds, but that’s part of the reason why I love this track. There is, of course, a radio edit, but without the full instrumental section I feel this track loses some of its appeal.