I wasn't planning to make this post for a while, because I haven't finished listening to some of the albums these are from (the perils of shuffle and a really big backlog), but I figured I ought to make a substantive post after the last post at LJ (and a locked post after that), just to demonstrate. So here's a bunch of new-to-me music that I've been liking lately.
- Metric, Fantasies: a number of songs, particularly "Blindness," which is nicely creepy and rich with narrative (Google [*], YouTube) and "Satellite Mind," which is catchy and mildly NSFW (Google, YouTube). Alt rock (and with a female singer).
- Muse, "Uprising" (Google, YouTube): bass line, baby. More alt rock.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Why Walk When You Can Fly" (YouTube): and now for something completely different, a gorgeous pop song. I first heard it without the piano intro and I like it better that way.
- Tracy Grammer, "Gypsy Rose" (YouTube, live): more gorgeous vocals, this time further on the folk side of things. Also, a song that would be very different if you gender-reversed it; I keep meaning to do a post about cover songs that are interesting that way.
- Band of Horses, Infinite Arms, particularly "Laredo" (Stereogum): pop rock, nice harmonies.
- Josh Ritter, "Long Shadows" (YouTube). Simple (for Ritter, who seems to specialize in songs with eight million words) but lovely. Chad also likes "Lantern" from that album (YouTube), which is growing on me.
- The Gaslight Anthem, "The Diamond Street Church Choir" (YouTube, live acoustic): reminds me of 80s rock, in a good way.
- The New Pornographers, "A Bite Out of My Bed" (YouTube): I have no idea how to describe this other than catchy.
- The National, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Google, YouTube): I seem to be on a run of "songs whose titles or meanings I don't really understand, but like anyway." Slow, pretty alt rock.
- Sara Bareilles, "King of Anything" (YouTube): I think this is going to be the best-known song on this list. Upbeat pop rock with piano.
[*] I think the Google links ought to give you, at the top of the page, a music-only option for listening in full for the first time through.
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