#10 The Gaslight Anthem – “45″
The Gaslight Anthem are rapidly climbing my list of favorite bands. “45″ is the first single from their newly released fourth LP “Handwritten” (amazing album btw). The hook and riffs are firing on all cylinders. I believe the song is about getting over a girl (guys, haven’t we all been there). Lead singer Brian Fallon has a gift for storytelling; go listen to this track and get lost in the story.
#9 Fitz and The Tantrums – Rich Girls
“The rich girls will break your heart. The poor girls will take you money”, lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick sings on the chorus. The ’60s sounds of Fitz and the Tantrums is refreshing. I recently saw them perform live at FireFly music festival; they are good live especially because they are interactive with their fans. This is currently my favorite song from them.
#8 Passion Pit – It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy
At first listen you might think Passion Pit makes happy music; but there is a dark underbelly. Lead singer Michael Angelakos has been struggling with his battle with bipolar disorder. I can feel his emotion bleed on each track. I saw Passion Pit perform live in April 2012 and I was impressed with how much passion (pun intended) they poured into their show. The lyrics “don’t call me crazy, I’m happy” speaks to me!
#7 Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
The bands new album ‘Beacon’ will be released September 3rd, 2012; this is the first single from that album. Two Door Cinema Club have spoken about the inspiration behind their new single ‘Sleep Alone’, revealing that the track was inspired by singer’s Alex Trimble’s troubled, drug-induced dreams.
#6 Bruce Cockburn – Lovers In A Dangerous Time
“When you’re lovers in a dangerous time…
Sometimes you’re made to feel as if your love’s a crime.
Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.
You’ve got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.”
Bruce Cockburn is a brilliant songwriter; I get sucked in when listening to his lyrics; just like when I’m reading a great book that I don’t want to put down.
#5 Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are
This London synth-pop group is known for a noisy repertoire and hooky dance-floor number. However, this track is on the softer side. It’s a gushy sentiment that puts me in a relaxed mood.
#4 Crystal Fighters – At Home
“Plucky mandolin strings and joyous siren chants create Crystal Fighters’ ‘At Home’, an emotional love tale draped in a rhythmically silky soft melody.” This folk and electronica track by this London five-piece creates an uplifting feeling; go give it a listen and let me know if it gives you this same feeling.
#3 Alabama Shakes – I Ain’t The Same
The undeniable soulful croon of front-woman Brittany Howard makes this band special. These Southern rockers give off a 60′s vibe that (as mentioned earlier with Fitz and The Tantrums) I totally dig!
#2 The xx – Angels
It opens with a familiar echoey guitar that could only be The xx. Angels” is a love song, but one also filled with loss: “And the end comes too soon / Like dreaming of angels / And leaving without them,”
#1 Walk The Moon – Iscariot
When I played this song for the first time I really liked it; then I immediately played it again, and again, and again. 20 mins later I listened to it 4 times in a row; from that point on I was obsessed! Iscariot has an epic build up and explodes during the last two minutes. I’m assuming it’s about Judas Iscariot; who is infamously known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus. Walk The Moon are one of my new favorite bands; the best way to describe them would be “fresh in sound and youthful in heart”. I’m seeing them perform live this weekend (August 10, 2012) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; so stoked!
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