Press Play Friday: Fresh Music (6/8/12)

Love Songs

Here at Kim the FanGirl, we have a vast love for new music. You know this. You understand. Whether it be from our favorite artists or some new emerging talent, we always have time for some Fresh Music. This week brings us a group of artists in a collection most unusual; each voice vastly different from the next. A sweet, soulful voice from one well-known. Another, famous for her individual style. A Pop-Rock boy band from Melbourne. It’s an eclectic group of styles and sounds. Most will probably find an artist from their extensive playlists here. A new song. A new album. I can guarantee, you’ll be pressing that download button in no time.

Can Sara Bareilles ever do wrong? The answer would be a resounding, no. Two years after releasing Kaleidoscope Heart, our Pop Princess is back with a new EP. Entitled Once Upon Another Time, Sara transforms our perceptions, presenting us with a softer, more organic sound. Stripped down to the bare essentials, Sara stuns us with her raw, soulful vocals. Her voice is awe-inspiring. The tone is a bit more melancholy. The lyrics are more introspective. I’m in love with every Sara Bareilles album and this is no exception.

Sweet As Whole is unsuspecting at first, transforming into a beautifully hilarious expulsion of thoughts, almost Jason Mraz-esque. Lie to Me is a sweet mixture of Pop and R&B; the rhythm of words, entrancing. With classic Sara Bareilles style, Bright Lights and Cityscapes will have your heart melting. Piano focused with self-deprecating lyrics; it’s everything you want out of a ballad. The short album’s title track features Sara’s flawless voice in a heavy-hearted serenade, beautiful and intense. The final piece to this puzzle, Stay. I really have no words. A Jazz infusion. Heartbreaking, but hopeful. Sweet and wistful. It’s just . . . gah! You know what? Maybe you should just listen to it. Yeah, do that.

Our next artist has been around for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I watched (500) Days of Summer that I finally took notice. How is just one sensational track off the new album from Regina Spektor. The blues ballad is full of longing; hoping a lost love will begin again. The song is accentuated by heavy piano rhythms and Spektor’s usual sporadic spots of falsetto notes. Emotional, but calm. Sentimental, but truthful. It’s easily my favorite track on the record.

The Temper Trap is another artist I fell in love with after (500) Days of Summer. Their Sweet Disposition was something unique – not quite pop, nor pure electric sound. Need Your Love is the first single from their sophomore album. A Pop-Rock fusion with a Scissor Sisters vibe, the song could possibly be the next summer hit. The dance track is a somewhat eighties throwback, though hardly noticed, except for the precious harmonies which cover the chorus of “I need your love. I need you now.” A beach side serenade, Need Your Love is a perfect accompaniment for those hot summer nights. The track is energetic, without being overproduced. If you love that different sound so familiar with The Temper Trap, you will assuredly love this song.

What did you think of the songs featured in this week’s Press Play Friday? 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!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    Thanks for the music Kim, as always. Stay is a lovely, romantic song, reminds me of Love Actually for some reason when I listen to it.
    Hadn’t heard of The Temper Trap before but I like what I’m hearing.

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂

      ‘Love Actually’ is such a great movie. Once you said that, the song does kinda remind me of it.

  2. Elle says:

    Kim, in case you didn’t know, you are my favourite blogger! Your posts almost always just seem to be very timely and relevant to my life/interests which I guess which is why I follow you! Just this week I had Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” on repeat. I even created a themed radio station with them on Jango.

    And yes, Sara Barielles can do no wrong! Gosh I love her! I had no idea about the new EP but I am listening to it as I write this and it is sooo unbeleivably touching and I don’t even know what she’s saying. Just her tone and the vocal and musical clarity and intensity just touches something inside me. Just whoa! No words. It’s sooo good!! And once again this past week (maybe last) I had her performance of “Love won’t let you get away” and “Sleepy People” with Seth McFarlane on replay. If you haven’t seen them. Definitely go check them out.

    And just last night I finally watched 500 days of summer and heard Regina Spektor and remembered how awesome she is. Thanks for the musical update!!!!

    1. Wow. Thank you so much for your kind words. Great comments, like this one, are like oxygen for writers. I’m so glad you like what you find here. 🙂

      Yes! Her tone and clarity on this EP is unbelievable. The songs are beautiful and a little different from what we’re used to hearing from her. It just makes me wonder when we’ll be able to hear a full album. I really hope we won’t have to wait too long. I don’t think I’ll make it another year if she keeps teasing us with songs like these. No, I haven’t heard those, but I will definitely check them out.

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