Bon Iver’s music transcends the normal conceptions people have of music. Two people, two voices, and a piano is all Justin Vernon needs to create magic.
Stop what you’re doing, dim the lights, get under your sheets and invest the next 24 minutes of your life in watching this video – you will not regret it.
1. Hinnom, TX
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
With A Paw In My Face, The Field have managed to slice-and-dice Lionel Richie’s classic song Hello and transform it into a minimalist ambient techno masterpiece. In fact, the only distinguishable allusion to Richie’s original occurs in the final 10 seconds of the track; a conclusive, cathartic release in the wake of the upbeat franticness of the track.
Download: The Field – A Paw In My Face
Although today’s leap day (Feb 29) makes Winter a little bit longer, Spring is right around the corner. Pirate Stereo’s remix of Believin Gets Hard welcomes the warmer weather with its addicting bass, airy synths, and catchy 80s-esque melodies. Hear and download the goodness below.
Download: Inigo Jones – Believin Gets Hard (Pirate Stereo ‘It Ain’t Easy’ Remix)
After spending close to a year with Destroyer’s amazing album Kaputt, I’ve decided that my favorite track on it is Suicide Demo For Kara Walker, a stunning 8-minute epic that just about sums up the soft-rock/smooth jazz vibe that encompasses the album. Rivaling the trumpet-and-piano-generated emotion one would expect from a Miles Davis record, Suicide Demo is a beautiful exploration into a hazy world of shadows and hopelessness. However, the track isn’t as a despondent as the title suggests: a swirl of clever alliterations and wordplay, woodwinds, synths, guitars, and soulful female backing vocals makes Suicide Demo an absolute joy to listen to.
“Poor child you’re never going to make it / New York City just wants to see you naked / And they will…”
Download: Destroyer – Suicide Demo for Kara Walker
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If 16 year-old French phenom Madeon has been making waves in the electro/disco scene, California’s Hype Machine babies Foster The People have been taking over the indie pop world by tsunami. And they should be, with the otherworldy hooks they’ve managed to forge in commercial-ready tracks like Pumped Up Kicks and Helena Beat. Call It What You Want is my favorite track off the soon-to-be-released Torches and possesses hooks a many. Expect more ear candy from these guys in years to come.
Try: Foster The People – Call It What You Want (Treasure Fingers Remix)
One year later edit: As you likely know by now, Foster The People blew up last year following this post (posted Last March 2011), and thus the internet police made me delete the original track. So instead, check out Treasure Fingers’ remix of the song (which I enjoy more than the original).
The long dénouement of winter is upon us, and without the right music in check, there could be some casualties. Chris Malinchak’s gorgeous deep house tracks have been keeping me going in these times of windchill and frostbite. ‘Another Day’ is tailored for the East Coast winter, but would not sound out of place in the California heat. Check it out, along with another great Malinchak track, below.
P.S. Still Sound Music is back in action
Download: Chris Malinchak – Another Day
Download: Chris Malinchak – Accolade
Sorry for the absence! Been pretty busy over the last few weeks catching up with friends & family, playing golf and going on trips, but Beirut’s latest drop East Harlem was too good not to share with you all. East Harlem is a bubbly, upbeat uke-driven pop song that I’ll be playing all summer long. Beirut’s third album is due this summer and if this is any indication of what is to come, we’ll be in for something special. Check the track out below.
Download: Beirut – East Harlem