Press Play Friday: Fresh Music (8/31/12)

Obscure Rhymes

Hello! I didn’t see you come in. Please, have a seat. We’re about to get started. For this Press Play, we’re diving deep into the music heartland, showcasing three exceedingly different artists who have been flying under the radar. Though they’ve been around for a while, the following tracks remain as unknown and obscure as their creators. Theses are songs you (probably, most likely) have never heard before. Which, as you know, is just the way we like it, here at Kim the FanGirl.

Released in 2008, this Alt-Pop track from brother/sister duo, Mother Mother, will take you in and never let you go. It’s the epitome of an earworm. A love song of a different kind, Arms Tonite is an upbeat tune, while concealing within it a restrained sadness. Quirky in lyrical value. High-spirited in tone. Original, fun, and fluid harmonies. Unique melodies. As you can so obviously tell, I’m seriously crushing on this song. It won’t leave me alone! I love it, though. It’s adorable.

I have to admit, this next song is not a usual pick for me. An infusion of Pop and Dance (Yes, I said Dance), Amsterdam was as much of a surprise for me as it will likely be for you. Also from 2008, the track from Ella Riot (A.k.a. My Dear Disco) takes stylized synthesizers and intricate lyrical patterns, fusing them with sequences of unusual vocal strains. Weirdly distracting, as you probably will find its uniquely worded and darkly enthusiastic chorus running around in your mind persistently, Amsterdam takes the idea of a story song and twists it to fit its own purpose. The group generates pristine harmonies, developing the focal point of the amusing melody. Amsterdam takes away the apprehension some might feel with Dance music and removes it from view, creating a more likeable alternative.

As the youngest tune of the bunch, Tattoo Girl, by The Hundred Days, still has the potential to break out of total music limbo. It would be a perfect fit for a certain Fae-inspired drama on SyFy. It’s very Lost Girl. Crashing symbols and a catchy chorus combine to become a one of those newfangled love songs that hand out more complaints than compliments. The tune is unsuspecting at first, but when the first signs of his tattooed girl appear, the song transforms into something different – the track comes alive. With each repetition of the song, you’ll find it slowly transforming into an everyday favorite.


There are so many good songs floating around, I just had to share with all of you. Here are a few that are currently on my playlist. Get ready to Download This!

1. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

2. Madness – Muse

3. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris (Feat. Florence Welch)

4. Fiya Wata – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

5. Doorway – Civil Twilight

Don’t forget I want YOUR music suggestions! You can Tweet, Facebook, or E-mail your suggestions to me. And you can always leave your song, artist, or album suggestions in the comments below!

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? Do you prefer Soundcloud to YouTube? Tell me in the comments!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    Never heard of Mother Mother. Sort of a 60s sound going on in Arms Tonight?
    Must look up “Doorway” by Civil Twilight. I love “Letter from the Sky”/

    1. Civil Twilight is one of my favorites. I definitely recommend checking out their new album. Amazing! “Shape of a Sound” is also a must listen.

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