Some fresh new music I recommend checking out!
My favorite thing about music is when you “meet” a song that just gets you – deep, down to the core of who you are and what you’ve experienced. It’s a real kind of magic; a type of audible medicine. The following songs speak to me on a personal level for various reasons during various times.
Here’s some new tunes I came across this past week that I recommend checking out.
A very different sound from the lads of Kodaline. It’s more pop-leaning, instead of their usual rock sound. I’m partial to the rock, but I still like this.
Olly Alexander has one of the sexiest voices out there today.
Some Latin flair from the vocal genius.
I wish I was strong enough to say these words to a few people in my life.
Slowing things down a bit with this lovely, reflective track by England’s Lucy Rose.
A fun, upbeat, rock jam from the English singer-songwriter.
I heard a LOT of good music across multiple genres lately so figured I’d create this list instead of individual posts. Also, sometimes (often) it’s hard to come up with ways to describe music, and I’m kind of lazy right now. But most of the time, music doesn’t need any explanation – it just needs you to listen. And you should definitely listen to these songs.
Here’s a list of some solid cover songs I’ve landed on recently plus a Boyce Avenue one I’ve loved for some time now.
Such a beautiful, slow-downed version of the original.
LOVE me a good, solid Boyce Avenue cover. This take of MJ’s “Will You Be There” (from the 90’s Free Willy movie, ah nostalgia!), is probably my favorite of all his covers. And he has a lot.
This is such a gorgeous song to begin with and when you throw Brett Dennen’s unique voice on top of that, you have yourself a brilliant cover.
A fun, acoustic version of one of the most fun songs of all time.
I’ve always thought this song had such a great tune – the version I’m most familiar with is the Stars On 54, dance version – and this subdued version proves that this song is timeless.
I find this song very melancholic but it’s one of my favorite Beatles songs and this is a great take on the original. FYI I highly recommend listening to more of Imaginary Future if you haven’t – he recorded some other covers worth checking out.
I don’t have much faith in friendship these days, but Joshua Radin is one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, bonus points for him being a really nice guy (at least he was the night I met him briefly back when I worked in the biz, as they call it), and this cover is super sweet like him.
SEAWAVES is another artist that not only has created some beautiful covers (like this one), but has some good, original tunes to listen to as well.
This post was inspired by listening (crying) to Sam Smith’s most recent work of art, The Thrill Of It All. I’ll admit that I wasn’t blown away by his first single off the album, “Too Good At Goodbyes”, however I consistently find that I like non-singles better (for all artists) and this time was no different. Highlights of the album for me were: “Pray”, “Nothing Left For You”, “Scars” and “The Thrill of It All”. But the song that made me weep like a baby was the album’s final track, “One Day At A Time.” Any adjectives I write here would not do the song justice so I won’t even try to describe it. But aside from the cigarette mention in the chorus lyrics (because smokers are jokers), it’s a pretty perfect song.
ANYWAYS, I was inspired to listen to my Soul Food playlist on Spotify after hearing Sam’s album and I gotta say, sometimes you need to add a little soul to your musical diet. I often find this playlist too intense to listen to because of the emotions it forces out of me, but the music and raw talent of these artists is worth the emotional pain. Below, are some of the most lyrically touching and vocally mesmerizing songs I’ve ever heard.
Parson James “Waiting Game” – Those first few piano notes and I’m already done. Listen to this song with tissues. You’ve been warned.
Joss Stone “Free Me (2017)” – Joss’s (Joss’?) voice is one-of-a-kind.
Sam Smith “Nirvana” – My favorite song of Sam’s.
Samm Henshaw “Only Wanna Be With You (Unplugged)” – I stumbled upon this song recently and have never looked back. The epitome of a love song, this has become one of my all-time favorites.
Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” – Doing a complete 180 here, this is the epitome of a heartbreak song. I mean, the painfully beautiful way Tobias belts it out is so good it’s almost unfair. Like, can you throw some of your talent my way, babe?
CeeLo Green “Fuck You” – Some may not classify this honest, to-the-point song as soul but this is my blog and I DEFINITELY do. I mean, I play this song and I’m instantly feeling better about everything. The same thing happens when I eat chocolate chip cookies… or cheese fries. Hands down one of the best songs to ever happen to pop music.
As a race, I think we’re failing ourselves and the future. This planet, this place that we call home, is so precious and we’re just making everything harder for ourselves as a whole. We humans overthink everything, fight about everything, and make a big deal out of everything. At the end of the day, none of us have forever, so why can’t we all just be kind and learn to live with one another in peace now? I know it’s wishful thinking but we’re all thinking it… or at least many of us are.
Anyways, when it gets too noisy and busy out in the world I like to listen to music that puts me in a more relaxed and calm state of mind. Instrumental music, in particular for me, creates that sense of zen. Songs don’t need words to tell a story, after all.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite instrumental pieces: