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Listen Both Ways

This one’s for Kelsey (and probably any other fans of Florence & The Machine, Of Monsters & Men, The Hush Sound, anything indie/folk/soul/big band/pop really).

Click To Download Full Album “Running From A Gamble”

 

The Chicago based quartet is really growing on me, and it hasn’t taken long. Their energy and life pops without coming across as overbearing or annoying, as many female-fronted electrifolk acts have the tendency to do. Fronted by vocalist/founding member Genevieve Schatz, she is urgent and powerful in her message; all the while, maintaining an attractively creepy tone with eccentric syllable pronunciation. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that for 4 minutes in a coffee shop, my life turns into a musical episode of a sitcom and this will be what everyone is belting. Put this on to help discover the wonders of caffeine.

W

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Candadian Folk-Pop goes Minimal goes Glitchstep

Some backstory: the soulful British singer/producer James Blake released an 11 track self-titled album in February of last year. He has a distinct style that fuses the icy chill of minimalist with the groove and feeling of R&B. Categorized as Dubstep/Post-Dubstep, this a silly misnomer made by silly people. This label doesn’t do his uniqueness justice, and would turn off many a listener who are looking for more depth in their electronic music.

30 seconds into track one and I was already sold. It’s a brilliant album that magnificently ebbs and flows with expertise; one that you’ll leave on repeat because the songs provide something fresh each listen.  Contained in this album is his rendition of a Feist track, “Limit To Your Love.” He slows down the already melancholy tone to a creeping pace, giving the listener time for contemplation and tension to squirm. The bass submerges into something primal at points in the song; it feels tasteful and creative.

Here is James Blake’s version:

For fans of Inception, below is a remix of the cover, sampling Blake’s vocals but redefining the structure of the song. The beat is different, the flow is different. There are at least a half dozen remixes of this song on youtube and this was only one that seemed to do it justice. To create a successful cover, the artist must take only the best aspects of the original and turn the rest into their own work. This gets more complicated as the song delineates from its origins. Put this on while reanimating.

W

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The accordion is such a polarizing instrument. When used properly it creates a soft, subtle tonal layer that plays off the acoustics of the rest of the performance. When used improperly, it is comparable to scratching cats with chalkboards. Yes, using the whole chalkboard to scratch a cat – it would sound horrendous.

Luckily, I have included an example of the former as the first in a weekly series of proper covers.

What do you want to hear covered?

-W

What The Folk?

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alascA: Never Cry Wolf

This one’s cold and creepy- natural instruments provide a soft texture against the grain of the electric swells. Hope is found inside this collision of sound.

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Excellence is brought upon by commitment. Those who commit to the facts of their ideal life will always have a direction. Many complain of the exhaustive effort of giving up smoking cigarettes. They have trouble with the idea of changing their life, to committing to the idea that they can become a person who doesn’t want and doesn’t need to smoke. Once the destination has been established, every choice from then on must be made with the intent to reach that place. This place, this ideal life, will become clearer with time.
The next step is so very essential, because it’s the only way to stay focused. My goal is to spread knowledge and culture to those with their eyes open in the dark. Every decision that I make with regards to this future version of myself must be made so as to increase the likelihood of this future.
I don’t have any psychic abilities; connection to the universe is a choice to make. I chose to take off the hood, to lift my chin up towards the light and let my feet follow themselves.

-W

What is your ideal vision?

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