WOW! Somebody subscribed to me, and while I'm not quite sure who they are and it was probably an accident, it's okay, they just reminded me that I haven't updated this thing in a really long time! So here's what I've been listening to lately:
Now, I'd actually heard of this band before, I just never bothered to listen to any other of their songs because of one particular song of theirs that didn't really appeal to me. Somebody recommended them to me again, so I decided to give them another try and the first song I listened to was Bloodbuzz Ohio and I absolutely LOVED it! The lead singer has such a deep voice, it immediately grabs my attention, and their music was so relaxing as well. I decided to keep going after that one song, and I discovered my song of the month: Lemonworld. It's not just the melody of the song, or the general sweetness/melancholy of the mood of the song (though it's not like Lily Allen or anything, it's not high pitched with all that jazz, it's just the feeling it evokes, like two really close sisters), it's the lyrics! The second part of the first verse, I gave my heart to the army, the only sentimental thing I could think of, with cousins and colours and somewhere overseas, but it'll take a better war to kill a college man like me, really just made me think of Generation Kill, which is my 'obsession of the year', and they're just such poignant lyrics to me, especially the first two lines. Other good songs are Little Faith and Afraid of Everyone.
Florence + The Machine:
This has really just been the month of me giving artists a second chance. The first Florence + The Machine song I ever heard was Kiss With A Fist and it didn't seem like anything special to me, so I let it go, but I think I was watching a TV show, and a song came on that I liked, and I looked it up and it happened to be Dog Days Are Coming. That was the first song in my rediscovery. What came next after some hesitant youtube searching in case my liking of the song was a fluke was Drumming Song, and then after I searched some more and couldn't find any other I liked. But then I was watching ANOTHER tv show, and Cosmic Love came on, and I loved that one too! Those are pretty much the only songs I like though.
Following the earlier trend, I had known about Jamie T before and quite liked one of his most popular songs; Sheila, but was hesitant to explore further because of my general not liking of hip hop for a few years. Now I've gotten over that, and it's really just the KIND of hip hop that turns me off sometimes, so I went looking for my songs. Honestly, the better the lyrics, and the more thought-provoking they are, the more likely I am to like a rap song, which was why I liked Sheila in the first place. After listening to a few songs, I realized that Jamie T was really quite a lot of fun! He was clever in his lyrics, and though the first song I mentioned was about three deaths (one by drowning, one got shot, and one of a drug overdose when she was trying to kill herself to get away from an abusive father), it was strangely upbeat. If You've Got The Money made me laugh, as did Salvador, Chaka Demus was a lot of fun to listen to and Sticks and Stones was such a sincere rap of misspent childhood! He really is fantastic, I appreciate cleverness in my artists.
Kick Push by Lupe Fiasco:
I found out about this song after reading a fantastic Generation Kill fic, and loved it's sense of whimsy and the repetition of 'I'm sorry there's no skating here, and so we kick, push, kick push...' Just like Jamie T, Lupe Fiasco writes terribly clever lyrics.
After the Storm by Mumford & Sons:
I got this one when I was surfing an Alexander Skarsgard tumblr, and somebody had posted this song because it was on his iTunes list thing he did for True Blood or something and I ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT! Now, I had to give it some time in the beginning, but the chorus is absolutely fantastic. I just brings me an older time, when things were hard or something, though the lyrics may not suggest that. They're generally a fantastic band, I also very much enjoy White Blank Page by them.
Hurt (and others) by Johnny Cash:
I came across this particular song when I was looking for the end song of the Generation Kill mini-series (gosh I do talk about it a lot, oh dear), which happened to be The Man Comes Around, which I really liked. I listened to Hurt which BLEW MY MIND with it's awesomeness, and it's melancholy, and I never would have known it was a Nine Inch Nails (not a fan) cover if I hadn't searched for the lyrics. Another awesome song is I Hung My Head, which has a pretty bleak story, but Cash sings it with such soul.
The album Strict Joy by The Swell Season:
Ah, my male+female duet addiction comes into play again. The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the Oscar-winning movie Once, which won best music or something when it came out. They are precisely my cup of tea! The first song I really fell in love with was High Horses, after Falling Slowly evidently from the movie (but it isn't on the album). They make amazing music, that's almost reminiscent of Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan. In These Arms has some of the best opening lyrics I've ever heard. Another fantastic song by both of them, though it's under Glen Hansard's band's name The Frames and not on the album is When Your Mind's Made Up. Now THAT is a song that knows how to build up to an awesome climax.
Transatlanticism, Marching Bands of Manhattan, Brothers on a Hotel Bed and Title and Registration by Death Cab for Cutie:
Tranatlanticism I heard in the trailer for the movie Beastly and THE LYRICS. OH MY GOD I CAN'T EVEN. THEY ARE POETRY EVEN WITHOUT THE MUSIC. It just spiralled on from there, and so those four songs are my relaxation songs.
That isn't even a fraction of the new music I've been listening to, but it is the stuff I've loved the most.