Second-String To A Dream

5 Sep

.

Mother Falcon – “Fireflies” [mp3]

Like an upbeat Quick Said The Bird, Mother Falcon are incredibly talented musicians who understand the importance of being part of a whole. Nothing escapes from the ether yet at the same time every note in this song is incredible. The vocal round-about does me in more than any other aspect of “Fireflies” reminding me of a mature Lydia who at one point in time I was obsessed with.

.

.

Scattered Trees – “Sympathy” [mp3]

This is the title track from Scattered Trees absolutely incredible album which was penned after the death of lead singer Nate Eiesland’s father. The entire album embodies every aspect of emotion possible. As with some of the greatest art ever created if you give an artist something so powerful they need to find a release, a way to make sense of things uncontrollable, somehow it manifests into something great.

.

.

Youth Lagoon – “July” [mp3]

Youth Lagoon’s new album “The Year Of Hibernation” comes out on the 27th. This is one of two free tracks they’ve handed out from it (I’ll be featuring “cannons” on the next post). The strength of “July” is how they slow play it until two and a half minutes in and then begin transforming it into this explosion of foot tapping pent up emotion that doesn’t let up until it has developed into this “intenses plénitude atmosphériques” that dissipates into a vacuum of longing. Trevor Powers has figured it out.

.

.

Motel Motel – “Coffee” [mp3]

From the opening “wait until i get home before you walk out my life” to the “I don’t need your help I can feel helpless on my own” of the bridge “Coffee” is a song that deals with a break up from the bands perspective. From line to line you get a full take on a typical adult relationship of thinking we need someone, to realizing we need that person only until we find someone we need more, and dealing with the balancing act of the lives we choose and the people who come along after those choices who are expected to sit on the sidelines playing second-string to a dream. Basically it’s the indie version of kiss’ “Beth

.

.

Neighbors –“August” [mp3]

I’ve been keeping an eye on Neighbors ever since I came across “Hooligans” last February. “From the first clap in you can tell “August” is going in a direction you want to follow. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for nearly a half hour now and it’s yet to lose the magnetism.Neighbors’ entire EP of the same title is just as attention-demanding as this song,  get it for free through their Bandcamp. “-(via)

.

.

White Life – “Time Is Wasting” [mp3]

This is the most addicting track I’ve heard in months. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, when this song comes on I’m dancing. Two notes from the opening synth and I start telling myself  “Not this time. You’re not dancing this time” then out of nowhere Kevin Cronin shows up and is holding my hand reminding me “I can’t fight this feeling anymore” and suddenly I’m in some lame eighties movie dancing while hanging clothes up. I picture my roommates walking in “are you dancing with the swiffer?”  “um,no. Were YOU dancing with the swiffer?” then without warning I’m playing air-guitar along with the sickest sounding lead in a pop song since I hit puberty.

.

.

JJ – “New Work” [mp3]

If I said two words; the first being “Swedish” what would the second be? Yes pop music and swedes go together like chucks and thirty year old men who think they’re still relevant. What? Would you have preferred sluts and Ke$ha or maybe gay pride rallies and Lady Gaga? The point is “New Work”  is another example of world dominance from a country I couldn’t find on a globe if my life depended on it. I’m guessing it’s not in Africa or the middle-east and probably not in Texas… “I’d like to phone a friend Regis .” This song does prove that if you take Jay-Z and that chick without any talent off of  “New York” and then let someone with actual mixing skills get their hands a little dirty it actually begins to sound rather good. Although, if i have to sit through the last thirty seconds of talking at the end of this track one more time I may never listen to it again…just quit talking. “this is my life yadayadayada cool sweet whatever.Holy annoying delay batman. ( I first heard it here)

.

.

Boots Electric – “Boots Electric Theme” [mp3]

Basically this song should be called Eagles Of Death Metal go Pop. Why is Jesse Hughes so good at dissecting genre’s and then creatively turning them on themselves? It’s like forcing someone on acid to stare into a mirror. Hell I don’t even like AC/DC but the sample-esque lead is a nice touch.

I probably like this video so much because of a running stoned conversation that took place between three of my friends that encompassed all of 2003.

.

.

Everything Everything – “Airstrike On Your Forehead (MY KZ UR BF demo)”[mp3]

There’s a vast rift between what this song sounds like and what’s being said. You can figure it out for yourself.

.

.

.

.

.

Dawn Landes – “Young Girl” [mp3]

This is the first I’ve heard from Dawn Landes. I’ve gathered enough about her to be suspect about her “talent” since she’s got an audio engineers background. which is basically the music version of “those who can’t write edit.” She’s married to Josh Ritter who rides the fence of respect with me. It’s just hard to dig someone when you’re not sure whether their overall ambition is artistic or for recognition. I know from reading that it would probably seem that I’m being negative. I promise I’m not. If I didn’t respect this song I wouldn’t promote or try to get others to listen to it. I’m just saying that Dawn Landes is on my radar and the jury’s out until I hear what the next album sounds like.

.

.

Summer Camp – “Better Off Without You” [mp3]

I REALLY like this song. I’m nervous that some worthless WB / MTV show whose target audience is basically teenage girls with down syndrome will end up destroying this for me. It just sounds like one of those songs you’d hear playing over some commercial advertising the next weeks episode of “The Hills” where after a break up some unimportant person is going to be crying until they black out drunk in a limo. I kind of hope this ends up being on the new “footloose” movie though because that seems like an ideal fit.

.

.

Look, Stranger! – “If You’re Listening”[mp3]

Here’s another solid song from Look, Stranger! . When did they start sounding all GQ? They wear it well.

.

.

.

.

.

White Arrows – “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen Cover) [mp3]

I spent most of my life hating “the boss” and then one morning something just clicked and ever since I’ve been a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. I’ve heard enough covers of this song to make me nauseous, or at least should make me nauseous, I still give each one a chance though. As with most “I’m On Fire” covers this one sounds nearly identical to the original but I appreciate the White Arrows seventies punk-pop twangish touch  which actually adds to the song where as most often when bands try to accent Springsteen you can’t help but scratch you head and ask “why.”

.

.

All songs are for promotion only. I do not own any of these songs. If you like one of the songs get to know the band, check out a show, buy the vinyl or at least tell a friend. If you are/represent an artist whose music is on this page and would like it removed just send me an email and I’ll be more than happy to both remove it and recommend them in a negative light from now until the rapture. If there’s anything I’m missing or missing the point on let me know.

Don’t be scared of the comments section.

2 Responses to “Second-String To A Dream”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. All That Wanted To Catch Fire Would Have Been Consumed, « Heycoolkid! - September 8, 2011

    […] I promised on Monday, here is Youth Lagoon’s “Cannons.” This and “July” are such great […]

  2. Heycoolkid!’s Best Songs Of 2011 « Heycoolkid! - December 21, 2011

    […] Like an upbeat Quick Said The Bird, Mother Falcon are incredibly talented musicians who understand the importance of being part of a whole. Nothing escapes from the ether yet at the same time every note in this song is astonishingly fitting. The vocal round-about does me in more than any other aspect of “Fireflies” reminding me of a mature Lydia who at one point in time I was obsessed with. (Via) […]

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: