Today Death Cab released their fourth single from their upcoming album Kintsugi [pre-order here] , due out March 31st on Atlantic Records. The track is called “Little Wanderer” and it’s a sweet yet sad account of being in love with someone who is far away. Benjamin Gibbard is such a great story teller. When I closed my eyes and listened to this song I could see the story play out on the inside of my eyelids. Poor Ben having trouble with network connections and opposite sleeping schedules trying to stay in touch with his “little wanderer” who is away on a grand adventure while he stays home, being quietly supportive, and waits for her “but someone’s gotta be the lighthouse and that someone’s gotta be me”. So many movies come to mind: Going the Distance, Like Crazy, and Boys & Girls. And in most of these movies there’s almost always resentment which isn’t so present in this song when he sings “you’re my little wanderer, won’t you wander back to me” and “standing tall on your horizon, guiding you home to me” who knew Death Cab could be so romantic?
With the closing line “when our eyes meet passed security, we embrace in the baggage claim, when we kiss in the baggage claim” I cant help but think of the iconic end scene of Garden State…
“Little Wanderer” is my second favorite thus far from the new album which I never thought I’d say after hearing “No Room in Frame” wand “Black Sun which are both incredible too. Now that I’ve rambled it’s time for YOU to listen to the track and see how you feel about it. Check it out below and I hope all my fellow music lovers out there have a great Monday!
Aussie band Tame Impala has released a new track after 2 years of silence! It’s titled “Let it Happen” and it’s from their upcoming third studio album which is still in the works. There is now word on an album title or a release date as of yet but just listening to this track, I know this album will be just as good if not better than their 2012 album “Lonerism”. Check out Let it Happen and share your thoughts!
That’s right people, Purity Ring released their newest album in 2 years, Another Eternity. First let’s stop and stare at the beauty that is this album cover….oooh ahh ok we’re done. Having only given it a quick once over so far I can say that I prefer their 2012 album ‘Shrines”. They still sound amazing but how could anyone ever top “Lofticries” (amiright)?? Check out the new album below and let me know what you think!
As you may have heard, Sufjan Stevens has a new album titled “Carrie & Lowell” coming out March 31st (you can pre-order it here). Along with that he’s planned a tour. Check out the first single from the album “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”. Is it just me or do you hear bits of Iron & Wine’s version of “Such Great Heights“?
Hot Chip has announced a new upcoming album called “Why Make Sense” (great name right?). The new album will drop May 18th. If you pre-order it you can get an instant download of the first single “Huarache Lights”. Check out the track below!
What a way to start of 2015! One of my absolute favorite groups Death Cab For Cutie have announced their upcoming album Kintsugi! After learning that founding member Chris Walla had made the decision to leave the band after 17 years, it kind of left all of us fans unsure of the future of DCFC. Luckily Walla decided to hang around for one more album. Today they announced to Rolling Stone the name and tracklist of the album. Bassist Nick Harmer explained the name by saying:
“Kintsugi is a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It’s making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally. In the West, if you break an heirloom, you either throw it away or you make the repair as invisible as possible, but there’s this artistic movement in Japan where the repair of it, the damage of it, is more important as part of the history of something than repairing it to its original state.” (source: RollingStone.com)
Basically saying that instead of making their next album a clean slate after Chris Walla’s departure, they are making that a part of this new musical chapter. After 17 years I imagine it’d be hard to do it any other way. That’s one thing that is really genuine and inspiring about this band in particular. Gibbard went on to say: Continue reading →
First of all…FINALLY! I have been waiting for this day. This Tuesday the always quirky and incredible English band Alt-J released their sophomore studio album: This Is All Yours”. As of right now the only place I have been able to stream it is on Spotify (one of my favorite music streaming services). From start to finish I was really happy with this album. I absolutely loved the singles that the band released earlier on this year (Every Other Freckle, Left Hand Free, and Hunger of the Pine). My favorite thing about these singles is how different they are from each other. I think that same concept applies to the album as a whole. Most of it is very mellow and slow, which I think is a great way for Alt-J to go, they are good at this sound in my opinion. And then there are the other tracks (mainly Every Other Freckle and Left Hand Free) that are very funky and upbeat. Personally I would’ve liked to see a few more of these kinds of tracks on the album. One question I have is..what on earth is “Nara” and how can I get there because the music that takes place there is beyond beautiful. My favorite of these “Nara” songs would be “Arrival In Nara” which kind of reminds of a mix of Sufjan Stevens and the score music from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (do you hear it too?). All in all I thought this was a great album and I don’t feel at all disappointing. Have a listen below and let me know what you think!