Monday, 19 July 2010

#MusicMonday - Songs in 140 Characters (Or Less) | Recommendation Run

"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

So it's been a while since #MusicMondays last surfaced here, what with the World Cup posts and summer freebie notifications, but I feel a penchant to unearth its still twitching corpse and ram a few thousand volts through it, nonetheless. 

To switch it up a bit however, let's introduce the random factor and allow Last.FM's recommendations radio to pick the songs in line for some succinct analysis. I'll simply set it to play and dispense summary justice as it pops into my grey matter. Here goes....

Somewhat plodding musically but brimming w/ attitude & Doves-esque confidence vocally. Derivative but encouraging a listen of other material. 

Plants & AnimalsFaerie Dance [Stream via Secret City Records Band Page] 
Loose, lilting pysch-indie that sounds exactly as its lyrics describe; a slightly surreal, aimless wander through the woods. Rather alluring.

Blind Pilot - Paint or Pollen 
Pleasant but ultimately bland sounding acoustic folk-type number. Seems like there are now scores of similar chaps plowing this furrow, no?

Horse Feathers - Walking & Running
...and another. That said, this is short, subtle beauty in a Bon Iver vein. Seems to be the voice, which conveys substantial heart in 2 mins. 

Very lo-fi, submerged sound that seems out of context, as though it requires the album experience to make sense. One for the headphones.

Another psychedelically inclined indie-rock number which again feels like it shouldn't stand alone. Pretty but understated. Pretty understated?

So, Last.FM appears to think I need to kick back and listen to a metric shitton of lackadaisical indie with druggy leanings. Not entirely complaining but there is of course very little time to get sucked into such activities, unless one's parents are funding the NYC lifestyle. Which they are not right here. 

The other difficulty lies in the songs it selects not necessarily being readily available in MP3 or video format, so here are some alternatives from the same bands where this wasn't the case. 

MP3: Horse Feathers - Belly of June (via Insound)
Taken from the new LP Thistled Spring - BUY
MP3: The Ruby Suns - Cranberry (via Insound) 
Taken from the new LP Fight Softly - BUY

MP3: GAYNGS - The Gaudy Side of Town (via Jagjaguwar) 
MP3: GAYNGS - Faded High (via Jagjaguwar) 
Taken from the new LP Related - BUY

Thoughts? Waste of time or intriguing music suggestion engine experiment? you can let rip, I've a thick hide. Comment or Facebook us up. 

At the very least, I'll be looking into some more Plants & Animals.

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