What have I been listening to recently?

Posted in Downloads, Music, Streaming Playlists by netscheri on July 13, 2008

Just a little playlist. WordPress is anti-embedding, apparently – so click on the ‘Pop-Out Player’ button.

Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll – The Killers: From their B-sides and rarities album ‘Sawdust’. This seems more like a track from ‘Sam’s Town’ than ‘Hot Fuss’. Nostalgic, retro and retrospective, overarching, dramatic. The lyrics are characteristic of The Killers – modern, expressive, colloquial yet with a touch of the poetic. Download.
The Bucket – Kings of Leon: From their 2005 album ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’. Not the most poetic lyrics, but lyrics-as-poetry probably wouldn’t suit the style of the music. However, in saying that, the words of the chorus are evocative with the contrast of the mundane and the extraordinary. Wonderful, inspiring, almost poignant chorus. It sounds almost yearning. The vocalists voice and how he sings is very interesting, and the instrumentalists are quite solid as well. Download.
Low Happening – Howling Bells: From their 2006 self-titled debut album.  Good vocals, good instruments, good melodies, good style….insipid lyrics. Though the lyrics for this song aren’t that bad, and the line ‘my love shot right through you’ is rather catchy, other songs feature such lines as ‘broken bones may hurt but a broken heart will never mend’, sung with all the gravity of a serious revelation. Download.
Razorblade – The Strokes: From their 2006 album ‘First Impressions of Earth’. I love, admire, Julian Casablanca’s voice. It’s raw and for loss of a better word, expressive. Also love the intertwining of the guitar and vocal melody. I’m glad that distortion is used less for the vocals on this album than on their previous albums. Download.
The Call – Regina Spektor: From the original soundtrack for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The lyrics and general mood of the song fits the movie qutie well. I’ve always felt, though, that the strength of Regina Spektor’s appeal lay not so much in her actual voice but in the musicality, composition and arrangement of her songs. Not a great song, but pretty good. Download.


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