George Barnett – 17 Days

17 Days front cover by Mikey Welsh

The Brit was 17 when he wrote the tracks for the album. He also played many of instruments used — drums, bass, guitars, piano, trumpets, harmonica.  The dexterity reminds me of Gotye. 17 Days was “recorded in a bedroom, a living room, a bungalow, a church.”

There is a very fresh energy in this album — best of pop but swerved in a fresh organic energy. I don’t know what that means, but try some of my favorites from the album and you might find out.

 

 

To hear more tracks like Apocolade, The other girl interlude, Thoughts, and definitely the namesake track itself, 17 Days, wander over here.

Two tracks of the day

Easy and upbeat. Probably not the best description for these two songs but it’s close, although that is how I could describe many songs. They are not possible to embed here so below is a little preview and you can hear it full with a click.

Independence Day by The Working Hour

and

Picture This by HAM

 

Whaling – Best of Freelance Whales

It seems to me there is a lot of this indie pop rock with smooth male synth voices going around. What made it once unique is now getting a bit common.

If you like this style of music, like me, it just means you have to set your filters better. One band that passed is Freelance Whales.

Best three songs of theirs: 

1. Generator ^ First Floor

2. Starring

3. Broken Horses

Peter Pan runs through the jungle

A quirky release from Down Under. Jinja Safari’s most entertaining song and video yet. The carefree Australian band offers “dreamy folk pop,” and works in the Forest Rock genre. I don’t know what that means but I like it!

Peter Pan was the lead single from their self-titled EP last year. You understand how dreamy folk pop is an apt description for the track within seconds after you play it. No idea why they are running around with torches at twilight in a dense forest but Smokey the Bear is gonna’ be friggin mad! Maybe that’s who they are running from…

Indie folk and jelly beans

I know I’ve already told you about the amazing hummability (it is a word, at least here) of the indie folk band Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes. However, I had not covered their entire album before, just Home.

After tasting their new album Up from Below for days and giving each track enough time to settle, here are some more amazing tracks besides Home.

  1. Jade – reminds me a bit of Peace Train by Cat Stevens!
  2. Simplest Love – subtle. Kind of like a country boy serenading Juliet.
  3. Brother – song for peace.
Om Nashi Me is very catchy, though its first half buildup is stronger than the rest. And give Come In Please a hear just for its last one minute. You won’t regret it.
Now, for the Jelly beans. A very hard-to-believe concept was a stop-motion music video that took 22 months to finish. Why did it take so long? Its background was made completely with jellybeans. No effects! Check it out over at John’s amazing post. For me, its making-of video is more fascinating than the song itself (no offence).

Young love singin’

This is what it sounds like when young love sings — free, true, and gushy.

Two pretty romantic songs by The Mostar Diving Club. Though both the titles may seem similar they talk about different stages of louve. Again, might as well save it for Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve to present to your special buddy.

[If romance blows and you’d rather want a carefree song to hum to the next time you go for a walk, or skip stones, Honey Tree is the ticket.]

A scene from Waiting for Forever

The movie the videos are from is also romantic (Waiting for Forever)  but only if you appreciate indie films, because then you are also endowed with patience. Though a bit predictable, the journey of the character to get there keeps you gently engaged. If you’re a cotton ball then maybe even root for him. The film is definitely better than many other romantic movies that come under the tag of romance but add a lot of other unnecessary ingredients.

Now, who else wants to shop for a bowler hat with me?

Worlds Apart

Worlds Collide

Home

You do get a warm sense of easy friendship and comfort when you hear this, particularly at the chorus. It’s like a cross between a country, broadway, folk, and classic-feel-good. Yet it’s got a contemporary zing.

Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros