I realized I left these songs off the list because I learned about them so early in the year. And because I’m forgetful. Super great stuff though.
Jim James – State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
He’s such a great mood creator, and this syncopated tune is so soothing, so mellow.
“I use my state of the art
Now don’t you forget it
It ain’t using me ”
The Lone Bellow – Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold
Supremely thrilling tight upper-register harmonies and huge energy right from the get-go. Not a bad “storytelling” song either.
“Green eyes and a heart of gold, all our
Money’s gone and the house is cold
And it’s alright.”
Telekinesis – Power Lines
I would probably not enjoy Telekinesis at all were it not for this massive album opener. With this track I understood the huge potential and musical power of this artist. I was literally just scrolling through Rdio, pulled it up, and fell in love after this first track.
“When I was young I thought I was a power line.”
Ivan and Alyosha – Running for Cover
A nice folksy harmony song with a huge swell and build for each chorus.
“If I could see the garden place /
Before the fall, would things have changed? ”