Posts tagged ‘Acoustic’

Getting It On by Sales


There is something so honest, so engaging about “Getting It On” by Sales.  The Florida duo released their first EP back in September, full of acoustic, simply constructed melodies.  In a world where synth is king, it’s refreshing to hear a group so bare in its instrumentals and so intent on exposing emotions in the simplest manner.  “Getting It On” is disarming in its intimacy and gets better with every listen.  So keep listening.  Enjoy.

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Pharaohs by Voyageur


Voyageur sort of snuck onto the scene with its debut EP a few months ago.  The vocals were impactful and promising and held us at bay until one of Voyageur’s newest tracks, “Pharaohs,”  an acoustic track that is stripped down to the bare bones, and has more of an emotional blow than an entire orchestra or stadium rock band.  Just a piano as support, “Pharaohs” echoes love and loneliness about as good as any other heartbreaking track out there.  If you have heartstrings, Voyageur is pulling all of them.  Enjoy.

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We Don’t Know by The Merrys


What better way to wish you a merry new year than by making The Merrys our last entry of the year.  “We Don’t Know,” the debut single from brother/sister duo, Jordan and Ellie, is a massive folk/pop track that, like a mountain, consumes the entire landscape until it crumbles into the horizon as the song shifts from raucous choruses to delicate harmonies that reveal the vulnerability of the Merrys’ lyrics.  “We Don’t Know” has an unshakable familiarity that reminds you of growing up in a small town…or wishing you grew up in one.  Warm up to The Merrys on the cold new year.  Their music works better than hot chocolate.  Enjoy.

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Advanced Falconry by Mutual Benefit


Songs rarely reach such heartwarming, comforting heights as those by folk outfit, Mutual Benefit.  The 7 track debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond, released on October 25th, is an experiment in capturing a natural, deconstructed approach to each song while still having every component embrace and encircle the other.  The rustic tones and humble choruses generate a familial element, as though you are joining a family as they play songs together after Thanksgiving dinner.  “Advanced Falconry,” the first single off of Love’s Crushing Diamond, is about as good as a love poem can get (And oh the way she moves / always on the run / and to look into her eyes / will make a fool of anyone), and is enhanced by a fragile, patient melody that melts into the background.   Man, I really need a hug right now.  Enjoy.

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Boardwalks by Little May


When the weather shifts towards the fall, we look for things that make us feel warm and comfortable.  Little May can help with the transition.  The Sydney-based trio’s debut single, “Boardwalks,” has every ingredient to put us at ease (angelic harmonies, rich acoustic guitars, back porch sing-a-long melody).  The threesome don’t shy away from being a mirror of their influences, from Fleetwood Mac to First Aid Kit to Fleet Foxes.  And when your influences are this good, there’s no way you can be bad.  Their debut EP is due out by the end of this year so until then, cozy up and enjoy.

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Sons & Daughters by Allman Brown


Sometimes, it’s just nice to take a break from the synth pop dominated world and remind ourselves that music not born from a computer still exists.  Today, that break comes in the form of “Sons & Daughters” by the London-based artist, Allman Brown.  Brown’s music borders on folk, with rich acoustic tones, somber melodies and personal, honest stories.  “Sons & Daughters” starts like any standard folk song until indie pop artist, Liz Lawrence, joins in, adding an intimate texture that is both warm and exhilarating.  Ok, you can return to your synth pop now.  Enjoy.

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Singular Focus – Hero by Family of the Year

There are so many songs called “Hero” that the title alone is enough to make you cringe.  However, Family of the Year, the L.A.-based quartet, puts a more honest spin on their “Hero,” with a song about not wanting to live up the expectations that come with being the better man.  (Let me go, I don’t wanna be your hero/ I don’t wanna be a big man, Just wanna fight like everyone else.)  What makes “Hero” such a striking song off of FotY’s sophomore album, Loma Vista, is that it is a soft, acoustic stripped down track stuck in the middle of a rollicking, nostalgic record.  Enjoy.


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