M83 Featuring Susanne Sundfor - Oblivion
The movie was good, not great. But the soundtrack… was amazing! Immediately when I heard it during the movie I thought of TRON, which is what the studio was going for, just with a more appropriate band than Daft Punk. M83 nailed it, sealed it, and shot it into space. This song was their overture though, and ever since the credits I cannot stop listening to it!
Conor Maynard Ft. Wiley - Animal
I heard this on a friend’s iTunes random a couple nights ago and dismissed it as another one-hit wonder anonymity. But after listening to it again, as well as a few other songs on the album (Lift Off with Pharrell, Mary Go Round, Take Off, and Better Than You) I found he was far better produced than the regular iTunes riffraff fighting for discovery. After describing him as a Britain’s answer to Bieber (a title I’m sure he fervently resents), with JT’s timbre and Usher’s vocal chops and style; in other words the best possible outcome Bieber, instead of the juvenile bane of the airwaves we’re stuck with, I was surprised to find that’s nearly word for word how the critics describe him. Not sure if that makes me an excellent judge, or yet another critic sheep. Bahhh!
Ellie Goulding - Burn
As usual my Ellie’s created another summer hit. Just like the first album, I wasn’t such a fan of the launch single, but the first single of the re-released edition is a smash. I also love that lights have become a theme of hers.
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
So despite making a music video with my friends on our vacation set to the One Direction’s Kiss You, this was the song of the trip. And not because anyone had it on their i-Devices, but because it was playing in every restaurant, bar, club, and kayak shop. At first I thought it was a new single by Maroon 5 given the Brit’s uncanny Levine-esque timbre, but after learning who it was I was excited for the whole new album. Definitely the new song of pre-summer antics!
BT, Nadia Ali, & Arty - Must Be the Love
Here’s my Friday night jam. I thought the video was really sweet, and boosted my spirits after a romantically tragic day (otherwise work was okay), until the end, lol, that brought me back down again since it was similar to aforementioned tragedy. Still a great song though by some musically gifted people!
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark
I wasn’t a huge fan when Fall Out Boy came onto the scene. It was back when hipster music started to become cool and so mainstream was anti-cool. I didn’t like the frenetic nature of their lyrics and frankly most of From Under the Cork Tree annoyed me. But by Infinity on High I came around, and it is still one of those albums I love putting on every now and then that never gets old. Very good for being productive in the evening. Folie a Deux kind of lost me, I think because, like Panic!, with whom I had the same on-again-off-again relationship, they tried to return to their previous sound. But if “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” is any indication of the sound of their next album, it would imply they’re circling back around to the Infinity sound, for which I am very excited.
The Downtown Fiction - I Just Wanna Run
This came up on my 2000’s post-rock station on Pandora. It doesn’t always get the mix right, but this was one of the songs where it definitely did (that I didn’t know of already). Pretty catchy for an up and coming band.
Breathe Carolina - Hit and Run
My morning jam, listening to it on repeat because it’s as addictive as my iced venti quad soy no whip white mocha. Despite objections by (what I’m’ assuming) are post-emo hipsters that they’re too commercialized (see “cliche”) and have abandoned their signature screamo, I believe they have matured as a band into a formidable hard-electronica production duo.
Marianas Trench - Haven’t Had Enough
So many good memories were made last night to this song. I’ve been obsessed with their new CD the past couple weeks, it’s so catchy. All of it. Then by random coincidence, as I was extolling my love for them to a friend, our mutual friend sent us a picture from backstage at their concert in Calgary with Josh Ramsay (the lead singer, who also wrote Call Me Maybe). Then said friend visited us the next day in Arizona and we had quite a few karaoke sessions in the car on the way out to Halloween clubbing. Sadly they have virtually no presence in the US right now, but they should. They definitely should. Or I should move to Canadia already.
Alphabeat - Express Non-Stop
Okay, so this is the album sampler, and not one of the videos for the two singles, but since I got it yesterday I only stopped listening when I slept (and a polysomnograph might indicate otherwise). I love every song for it’s unique take on a different 80’s hit, but especially Younger Than Yesterday (due to my weakness for deceptive cadences and minor chords), and less so for the album’s namesake song. My conclusion is that Broadway should forget Mamma Mia and write a new Alphabeat musical.