this page will be dedicated to music i dig. basically, i will probably throw some songs up here for download that are tickling me at the moment; or, i will make some random comment about music i hate or love; or, I will just blabber on about anything related to blowing, beating, bowing, strumming, keying, picking, and what have you. music is good. here goes.
I find it rare that a contemporary singer/songwriter truly captures my attention. Armand Margjeka, however, has pricked my ears with his first single off the album “Margo, Margo.” Originally from a small town in Albania, the musician shows a keen ability to merge his own roots with the folk and rock roots of his adopted home here in the US. The result is a crafty musical journey that borders on passionate sappiness yet remains steady and grounded.
I hate when a band slips under my radar. Actually, since my radar is fairly limited in scope, my guess is that many bands escape my searches. I should say I hate when I miss out on a band like The War on Drugs. If Bob Dylan went on a depression induced bender, actually sang instead of mumbled, and set his vocals and lyrics to lo-fi fuzziness, this would be the result: ”The History of Plastic”. Brilliant.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an impressive single called “Grey Ship” from a striking new artist, EMA. Since then, I have eagerly awaited her album, Past Life Martyred Saints, which is due to be released on May 10th. Adding fuel to the anticipatory fire, her third single “Milkman” is a noise-filled ride that douses you in lovely discomfort. As before, I am enraptured with this song’s intensity and passion.
Sorry about this….scroll down for the new music!!! Just wanted to keep this stuff and get the page working properly, ya know?
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it has been awhile since an artist i have never heard of, or been associated with any bands or scenes i have known of, has boiled and binged my blood into listening bliss; but Erika Anderson, under the moniker EMA, has slipped some salient stimulation into my auditory senses. her first single, Grey Ship (click for .mp3 download), constructs a gripping, pleading journey along a surreal landscape in three distinct parts (movements?) that shackle you in uncomfortable, unnerving bliss. it’s sorta like Patti Smith got Enya drunk.
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i am not sure how to take this one but find myself obsessed with it. in fact, i find myself listening to it daily: The Electronic Anthology Project - “I Dim Our Angst in Agony”.
Built to Spill’s frontman Doug Martsch decided it would be cool to re-release seven of BTS’s songs as synth-pop. what? why? but then again, why not? it may just be some big swindle, but the results are pretty cool and don’t seem to take away from the originals. in my mind, it is all fun.
I am on a roll here…I am not so much finding music as it is finding me. I just happened across this photo and thought, “Is that a freakin’ owl?” Little did I know at the time that my owl-curious nature would provide me with an amazing remix of Agnes Obel’s “Riverside” single, released in December of last year. I am a little pissed off that this song was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” but whatever, the music and lyrics are haunting, if not a little forced. Nevertheless, the remix seems to push through those small lapses with downtempo beats that give the composition more unity and precision. A delicious way to end the week.