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Just like the previous post was just about 2 great songs, here's another one. Cities & States have released a few nice songs throughout the year, but Ghost Town is surely the finest. It's easy-going indiepop that's not groundbreaking, but pleasently on the ears. And ain't that what music is all about..?
Sometimes a song is just a good song. New Hands have succesfully crafted two and were kind enough to share it with the world. Not a clue of they can see the number of plays the songs get on their bandcamp-page, but i succesfully added about 7 or 8 in the last 2 hours, and i would probably add another few dozens if i didn't download the tracks just now. Hope this young band comes up with more of this, cuz if i'm enjoying it, i can't be alone..!
Perfectly beautiful in a whole different way than my previous described love for The White album is this 4-track EP by The Alabama Shakes. But not an inch less beautiful. One of the best voices i've heard all year supported by an extremely talented band has made this EP a 14-minute trip i can take over and over again. The Alabama Shakes are definately on their way to greatness, cuz there's no way this band is not gonna make themselves millions of new fans. This is an EP best played as loud as your stereo can take, whatever time of day it is. But it doesn't really matter how, when of where you'll play this, just as long as you listen to it. It deserves to be heard. Simply brilliant EP, can't wait to hear more!
It is such a strange thing that this incredibly beautiful folk album was released mid-summer. On July 29th to be precise. That albumcover of a home in the snow fits perfectly, as this EP is best enjoyed in the deep dark cold night. I know it, cuz i've been doing it for a few weeks now. These 6 songs are each beauties in their own way and one can only hope that this Danish 3-piece band releases more material soon. If you like the softer Fleet Foxes-tracks, this is the best band to listen to, and me personally i can't get enough of what The White Album has released. Dare i use the word Masterpiece? I dare. With a capital M!
Been listening to this Cannon Bros-track for some time now and i really like it. It's part of a 6-track EP released August last year, so it's a little older than most stuff on the blog, but it's to good to ignore. Besides, it seems they're releasing a debut album in the near future, so that does make this a legit moment to write about it, cuz the other 5 tracks of that (free) EP are as good as this one and if the band releases an album with the same high quality songs it's gonna be a good one. Check out their bandcamp-page for the full free album. It's worth it!
One of the best new albums that has been released this year is the relaxed indiepop album "Days" by Real Estate.
It's Real was released as a 1st single earlier this year and is a great way of getting to know the band. It's an up-tempo song with energizing guitars and smooth vocals. The songs makes it pretty much impossible to sit still and brings out the sun no matter how cold the day is.
Album-opener Easy has the same positive vibe to it and when i 1st heard the album and this track i already knew this was gonna be a good 41-minute trip. After the 1st complete listen i was even more sure that this is a golden album. There are a few more songs like these 2 on the album, but there's also a few different strokes on it. The instrumental Kinder Blumen is something unexpected, but the easy riffs makes this a perfect fit for the album & i find myself humming the tune on a daily bases.
My favourite track of the album is All The Same, the finishing touch. It's a 7-minute trip that takes us through everything good that Real Estate has to offer. It starts off as another fine tune, but ends up being a seemingly endless instrumental trip, that'll continue for another 4 minutes. Making it a perfect moment to end the album with and inspire you to play it again right after the last note has died.
This is the perfect waking-up album, it doesn't matter how you wake up, once you hear these fine tunes your day will brighten up and all you need to do to keep it that way it get yourself a new dose of this fantastic album.
After a morning of sweet relaxing i'm off to work in 20 minutes and so i need to get myself in gear. What better way to make this happen than some more moveable/danceable music? This cool track by Casiokids makes it impossible to sit still, with the sweet synths & vocals. Their album is said to hold more of these nice tracks, but unfortunately the album is not being released in Europe untill January 2012 (except for their home-country Norway, where it's already been released). Good thing we had this track to dance away on..
Thursday is the ultimate chill-day for me. As i sleep late, work late & am usually already a little tired from having worked more than i've slept over the days before. Music on Thursday is usually accordingly chilled out, with this brand new track by Blackbird Blackbird as a good starter for this Thursday morning. Coffee, an extended breakfast & relaxing tunes, i'm loving this!
Apparantly November 1st is Music Day or something, cuz i've heard so many new and amazing music today. I've heard a few albums for the 1st time that'll definately get a mention here somewhere soon, but the most beautiful song i've heard (and you have no idea how big of an achievement that actually is today) is this raw solo-version of All You Have To Do by Anton Walgrave. I read a review on his 5th album somewhere an got interested, when visiting his website i found an album-version and a solo live version of this amazing song. And after hearing both version 5 or 6 times, this one is clearly the best. Visit his site though to hear more great tracks from his new album As You Are.
While trying to wake myself up for another day at the office, i stumbled upon this great track on All Things Go, a great blog with great music. This amazing pumped-up track by Fixers woke me up with a kick & will definately keep me going for the rest of the long day ahead of me. They're releasing an EP on December 5th, so there's a good chance they'll be coming back here @pluginbabynl.
The 2nd single by Australian duo Big Scary is a perfect way to start a new week with. It's fun, danceable and a little noisy, but not too much. A great Monday Morning Kick-Off if it were up to me (and guess what, it is up to me..). Have a good week!