Press Play Friday is back!
Attention all music lovers: I’m back from a rather long music sabbatical – that mostly consisted of listening only to Florence + The Machine for days on end – with some new music, in another edition of Press Play Friday! All right. Please save your applause until the end. For those new to the game, Press Play Friday is your one-stop shop for discovering the latest in music, with featured artists and fresh song suggestions. This week, I’ve searched my extensive iTunes Library for something extra special for you. Grab your headphones, because some of your favorite artists are here, giving you the latest additions to their exclusive repertoires; launching introductions to new albums. For the music obsessed – like myself – some tunes may be familiar. For others, this will be the perfect opportunity to FanGirl or nerd-out about a familiar musician or group. Whatever the case, I want to hear what you think of this fresh music.
Anyone in the mood for some Fun.? While most are just hopping on the Fun. train, I’ve had the fortunate experience of being a fan for a while now – ever since seeing them open for Jack’s Mannequin two years ago. After gaining moderate success with their first album, Aim and Ignite, the group is, once again, bringing their signature style into the mix, debuting their sophomore album, Some Nights. The title track of the album is an anthem of sorts, awarding us with the unique sound Fun. is known for. With a chorus of voices, sweeping melodies, and an electro-pop style, the song is a definite highlight on the new record.
Another track on the album that, I think, deserves an honorable mention: Carry On (another anthem) starts soft and sweet, eventually transitioning into a power-house, with a very Queen-esque guitar solo. Melodic refrains, a closing company with a relentless hymn, bring the song to life. The entire album is worthy of multiple listens, but this tune, you will undoubtedly love.
Up next, it’s Civil Twilight; a band which I frequently call “epic.” The featured PPF artists will finally debut their sophomore album on March 26, 2012 for all eager fans to enjoy. Fire Escape is the first single off the new record, which is entitled Holy Weather. The group is one of my personal favorites, and I must admit, the track does not disappoint. Fire Escape is on par with any of the previously released songs from the group, bringing passion and epic rock to alternative music.
Brilliant musician. Fan-favorite. One of the hardest working men in music today. Jack White is here with a new project, a solo album: Blunderbuss (Available April 24, 2012). Our first introduction to the record, Love Interruption, is a possible earworm for many, including me. The sharp lyrics, effortless guitar sound, and the charming finesse of Mr. White, hold you and keep you for countless revisits to the track.
I can assure you, this soundtrack, without doubt, will be on your future shopping list. The Hunger Games Official Motion Picture Soundtrack (which is expected March 20, 2012) is set to be one of the best albums released this year. Included are all-star musicians: Maroon 5 (A weird choice), Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Neko Case (Love her!), Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, and Glen Hansard (Which I will admit, after seeing him listed, I had a minor FanGirl meltdown). Also amongst these amazing artists, The Decemberists (Another of my favorites), who contribute the song, One Engine. The track is somewhat different from what we are used to hearing from the group, but still holds true to their alternative-folk roots.
What did you think of the featured songs above? Are there any new albums you are looking forward to? Do you have any music recommendations for me? What songs and artists have you been listening to recently? Tell me in the comments!