The Sounds are a great band that have been a personal favorite of mine for a while. They are a Swedish indie rock band that formed in 1999. With heavy use of electronics along with traditional rock and adding a spice of female vocals this band a has very unique sound. They remind me of bands like The Cars, Blondie, and Garbage. This song Shake Shake Shake is the first single released off of their newest album, the album is still untitled and with out a release date. However Shake Shake Shake is a very catchy song that is a great sample of how The Sounds are evolving as a band, without losing any of the high energy their music contains.
Amanda Bloom is an artist that is breaking down the barriers to traditional music. With her captivating voice and vocal style, listeners cannot help but be drawn into the raw passion of the music.
Track ‘Fallacy’, is a rather stripped down track with just vocals and piano, however don’t let that fool you. The simplicity of the instrumentation adds to the emotion of the song and makes it hit with more impact.
Amanda’s vocal ability really is showcased on this track, listeners are impressed with the large range her voice can reach. She has fantastic control that allows for soft breathy vocals one moment and raw power the next.
Overall ‘Fallacy’ is an amazing example of songwriting at its best. It takes the listener on a journey and leaves them longing for more.
Pick Me Up is an up beat track with down beat lyrics. The song features layers of Casio PT-20 (a small keyboard ideal for bedroom pop) these instrumental verses build into an explosive chorus with big drums, singing E bowed guitar and simple repeating lyrics. “You pick me up and then you drop me I fall. It hurts so bad I don’t even want to get up at all and I don’t know if I can dust this one off.” This is in reference to the one you love the most being able to hurt you the worst. It is also a literal reference for me personally to my older brother dropping me as a child resulting in a broken leg. This is off My 18th release Spill Your Guts a collaborative split featuring Tabor Mountain. Though seasoned from past musical projects this is only Tabor’s 3rd release as a solo act. The above video is almost 100% self shot with the exception of the finally image of an imploding building. My wife helped my frame the final shot. The new album is available on limited edition cassettes as well as digital download released on my own label
Ascension Recordings & Publications http://caseychisholm.bandcamp.com/album/spill-your-guts
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Pentatonix has made a small name for themselves by being an acappella group that covers modern music as well as writing their own. The five person ensemble has produced interesting music and sounds with the use of simply their voices and showcases the wide range of abilities found in each member. After an amazing cover done with Lindsey Sterling on the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, the group gained much notoriety.
The newest song they have put out is a Daft Punk Medley taking several of Daft Punk’s more popular songs and combining them into one artfully done showcase that gives honor to Daft Punk while still highlighting Pentatonix’s own unique sound. The video to go along with this song was done in a very space-age Tron style which accompanies the futuristic sound that the music portrays very well. Typical of electronic-type music in general, Pentatronix has done an excellent job in capturing the feeling of being in an ultramodern, high-tech environment in one song and video.
This song is not only a perfect way to introduce someone to the genre that Daft Punk helped to define, but also serves as an ambassador for acappella groups that are often overlooked in today’s society.
A Great Big World found some success, after releasing a 6 song EP from their successful kickstarter campaign, with their song “This is a New Year” being sung by the cast of Glee. They then licensed songs to be used in various tv shows. One of the songs being the original version of “Say Something” that caught the attention of female pop icon, Christina Aguilera, so much so that she wanted to be part of the record. Instead of re-working the song into a duet, Christina refrains from using her power house vocals to compliment the soft piano driven track with a whisper harmony which showcases both raw emotional vocals of both artists.
Passenger’s album, “All the Little Lights” has English charm and outstanding instrumentals! “Let Her Go” was the first song I heard from Passenger. The message in the lyrics is worth listening to. ‘Let Her Go’ gives the listener a sad yet benevolent feeling that makes it easy to enjoy. The mood could stand to be less nostalgic, but the over all song is perfect in my opinion (especially for changing seasons in fall.)
Badly Drawn Boy is a personal favorite of mine and an artist that I feel doesn’t get the recognition his amazing music deserves. You may be thinking that this sound familiar and maybe you do recognize the sound but can’t place it. This is because Badly Drawn Boy has mostly been the go to artist for a fair amount of British television shows and movies; the most popular example of this being the 2002 movie About a Boy. To me this song has a rare effect of being able to make me feel happy and sad at the same time and I personally feel this a beautiful experience. The closest artist I could compare this to is the late Elliot Smith.