New music, anyone?
Press Play Friday is back with another Fresh Music edition! Prepare, music nerds, to squee. This week, I’ve collected some of the newest tracks from a few of our favorite artists and mixed in a couple of mint-condition tunes from an up-in-coming singer/songwriter ensemble. It’s a hodgepodge of sorts, each one an accomplished virtuoso in their genre. All of our previously featured artists have new albums on the horizon – putting an end to the tortuous wait for many fans – while the newest inclusion to this ragtag group is already making a splash in the music world.
Ho Hey was one of the first tracks to be released off of the debut album from singer/songwriter group, The Lumineers. I’m not ashamed to admit, I’ve had this song on repeat for the past week. Its easy simplicity, combined with a melodious, singable foot-tapping chorus, make this sweet chantey a perfect road-trip love song. You’ll find yourself softly singing this quick, fun tune randomly throughout your day, putting a smile on your face in no time. Of course, one must give honorable mention to the introductory track from the group’s self-titled record. Flowers In Your Hair boasts the same kind of catchy chorus as Ho Hey. The vigorous drum beat and guitar work ceremoniously together to create another unforgettable track from The Lumineers.
It’s been almost four years since alternative rockers, Keane, released their last full-length album. Since then, fans have been more than eager to get their hands on another quintessential record from the group. That’s probably why the announcement of Strangeland – which is expected to be released May 8th – came with a chorus of cheers and ample amounts of confetti. Keane always brings a unique brand of alternative style with every track, and the first single off the new album, Silenced by the Night, is no different. There is a quaint familiarity to the song, one that is elementary and specific to Keane. Yet, there is growth and innovation within the lyrics and melody. The tune will undoubtedly fill the void in your contemporary playlist.
He’s been one-half of the popular singing/songwriting duo, The Swell Season. Now Glen Hansard is about to debut his first solo album, Rhythm and Repose. Set to be released on June 19th, the record is a fresh start for this resounding voice. Though the heartbreaking soulful sounds of Philander had been the first video to be released to the public, Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting will be the first official taste we receive off R&R. Hansard’s voice is smooth and strong, singing – pleading – to his lover. The melodies are lighthearted, while the harmonies are addictive and sublime. If this teaser track is anything like the rest of the album, I’m sure Rhythm and Repose will be nothing less than spectacular.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros bring back their own brand of sixties fueled tunes with That’s What’s Up, from their new album, Here (May 29th, 2012). This knee slapping, hand clapping tale is another fun track from the group. It’s hard not to smile when you hear the shimmy of the tambourine or the homespun harmonies; the rustic stylings of the electric guitar; the charming, lovey-dovey lyrics. All combine to create a jovial jingle anyone could love.
There have been so many good songs released in the past few weeks, I just had to share with all of you. Here are a few songs/albums that are currently on my playlist. Get ready to Download This!
1. Too Close – Alex Clare
2. Payphone – Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa
3. Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
4. Hearts A Mess – Gotye
5. Patchwork Girlfriend – Punch Brothers
6. Don’t Know How – honeyhoney
7. Pumped Up Kicks (Cover) – Charlotte Sometimes
8. You Fckn Did It (Live) – Jason Mraz
9. Mtv Unplugged – Florence + The Machine
10. Newsies: The Musical – Original Broadway Cast
11. Midnight In Paris – Motion Picture Soundtrack
What did you think of the featured songs above? Are there any new albums you are looking forward to? What songs and artists have you been listening to recently? Tell me in the comments!