Today I’m doing a blog swap with the lovely Jessica! You can check out my post on her blog today as well. We both wrote about our adventures sharing music together via Dropbox these last couple weeks which has been SO much fun!
Hello Press Play readers! If we haven’t “met” yet, I am Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine. I blog mainly about books and music, but you can sometimes catch a glimpse of my two small boys and one big one…who are all pretty cute if you ask me. I also host the Book Chat every Thursday, which I’m sure you’ve seen Melissa’s posts before. We would love more people to join in, so jump in anytime!
My absolute favorite part about blogging is the amazing people I meet. Melissa and I have been blog friends for a while now, and I honestly don’t know if there is another person alive with more similar interests as mine. When you get to connect to people based on like interests and similar tastes, it results in the most rewarding friendships.
Recently, Melissa invited me to share music with her using a program called Dropbox. It’s basically like a virtual mailbox that lives somewhere in space. I put music into it, and she can download it. Then, she puts music in it that I can download. It’s completely safe and legal (I think). It’s great because we’re not just doing it to “steal” music, but to expose each other to new sounds and artists. Rather than burn a CD and send it out to her via snail mail, I can just shoot her a tweet and say “Hey Mel, check out this band!” and BAM she has the album to listen to instantly. Then, we can promote those bands here on our blogs and everybody wins.
Today, I want to share my favorites that Melissa has sent me. Here is a short list of some of the stuff I received…
Anthony Green – Beautiful Things
Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise
Ed Sheeran – +
But there are two specifically that I want to talk about…
1. Young the Giant – Young the Giant.
I had heard YtG on the radio a bit and I knew they were a band to listen for. Songs such as “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment” are easily marketable songs that we will be hearing much more of in the future. However, they don’t quite showcase the singers voice like I wish they would. He is so unique. He’s totally a crooner in a rock band! Don’t believe me? Listen to “I Got”. He’s like the Michael Buble of indie Rock. Such an incredibly fresh sound that never gets old. I like their popular songs, but I LOVE the rest of this album. And let me tell you, I was stoked when I found out they would be at Bonnaroo this year! (as will I)
Young the Giant may sound like just another mainstream rock band by their singles, but I promise this band has something special in their lead singer. Do give them a listen.
2. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
Oh man, oh man, oh man. This is easily one of my new favorite bands. I cannot say enough about how much I love this album, but I’ll give it a shot. I heard their single “Little Talks” a lot on XMU and Alt Nation back in November. I was immediately obsessed with that song. However, I never gave the rest of the album a chance. I have a fear sometimes when I fall in love with one song, that the rest of the album won’t live up to it. That is NOT the case here. “Little Talks” isn’t even the best song on the album. Let’s talk about their sound. The two lead singers, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson (they’re from Iceland), have these voices that blend so well. Raggi has a sweet, husky voice that sends me away with “Sloom” every time. And Nanna’s voice, while not overbearing, is so gentle and almost timid. There’s a moment in the first song, “Dirty Paws”, where they crescendo into the emotional, yelling line and every time, I get chills. This band owes a lot to their percussionist too, I believe. Every song has a powerful tempo that supports the soft voices and sinewy instruments.
Let’s talk about the song “Lakehouse” for a moment. What is it about this song?! When Melissa told me she listened to them sound-check with this song, I was drooling with jealousy. Best song on the album I tell you. They invite you in with this sweet guitar melody and simple harmony…pause in the music…then BAM, the band joins in and I’m swept away. This song soars. Once again, the percussionist owns it. Then Nanna joins in with the line “Can you chase the fire away” and it slays me. Her voice. Okay, stop reading this, and just go listen to it and I promise you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Basically, their sound is humble and honest. They are a stellar team and they work together seamlessly. There are so many moments in this album when I literally hush everyone in the room with me, and we just listen. Particularly to the instrumental refrain in “Yellow Light”. So beautiful.
Thank you Melissa! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I have a whole new list of albums that Melissa has sent me that I cannot wait to really explore. I’m so glad she introduced me to Dropbox. It really gives us the opportunity to find & share new music while also becoming even closer friends. If you haven’t used it yet, I recommend you try it.
Thanks to Melissa for having me on the blog today…hope we can do it again soon!