Tom Krell, better known as How To Dress Well, has the silky smooth vox you wish you had. This track by him is dreamy, and is a complete toe tapper, but too bad most people can’t sing along and fully reach his towering notes. Not really new music, but I’ve been hearing it a ton on the radio (KCRW here in LA) and I can’t deny it’s one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a while. His most recent album came out late last month and Pitchfork obviously liked it, giving it a sterling 8.8 and best new music. Heed their advice and mine as well and keep this guy on your radar.
Archive for July, 2014
SHOTS FIRED! Okay, so full disclosure, I don’t keep up with hip hop at all, so when I heard that songs like this exist, I was baffled. I’m familiar with the genre of Christian Rap, but to tell me this song falls under that umbrella without listening to the lyrics, I would call you crazy (or Lecrae-crae). Lecrae draws elements from some heavy hitters and no doubt steps on some toes in the process. His message in this song is simple, we’re better than this. We can do better than the garbage we are producing, we can do better than boasting about our money, cars, and women, we can do better than just seeking worldly pleasures. Lecrae chooses to talk about things that matter while pointing the finger at the rap industry and how they choose to talk about “Nuthin.” Enjoy and aim higher!
So let’s flash back a couple weeks ago when I wrote my last post on Phox, and I told myself I wanted to also post on Jenny Lewis, but then I watched the music video and it didn’t really speak to me. The song is catchy (no doubt it’s gotten stuck in my head at least a dozen times over), but it’s pretty simple, and was lacking something. Guys, Jenny Lewis heard my moans and answered with this. Cross-dressing actresses ain’t your cup of tea? Good thing the song is still infectious as hell and will coat your morning (and probably most of your afternoon) with its whimsical, female baritone vocals. The only thing that irks me is I look nothing like these actresses as men (and that Kristen Stewart looks better as a dude)…does that mean I’m not a man? We’ll discuss this at a later time, but until then, enjoy!
There is certainly no shortage of strong female vox featured on this blog. I was never really a fan of female leads growing up and now I have made a complete 180. This is a track that could make anyone fall in love with female leads. The emotion you get from Monica Martin is nothing short of amazing. The clarinet, the quick clean guitar riffs, and drum solos all make this a standout in a world of indie destined for electronics adverts. Take a listen to this and possibly pick up their self-titled debut that just dropped a couple weeks ago.
CRUNCHY GOODNESS! The intro to this amazing track is long and entrancing. British producer Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) certainly has some talent. His music is influenced by the likes of Boards of Canada (haven’t listened to them enough to comment on this) and Daft Punk (this is evident in the last third of the song). I first heard this song on our local NPR station in LA during one of their bits and it’s stuck with me. Hopefully it sticks with you and I’ll gladly take any “thank yous” below. Enjoy.