Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Radical Face

Sometimes EDM becomes a little too much, and you need music that brings you back down to reality. When this rare situation occurs, I usually head to Massive Attack, Portishead or Agnes Obel for some down to Earth tunes. But just the other day I downloaded Radical Faces (Ben Cooper) new album Family Tree: The Roots and falling in love doesn't even begin to describe my feelings towards his music. This man is one word: brilliant.This is some of the most beautiful, depressing, haunting but tangible music I have ever laid my ears on. Please do yourselves a favor and dwell in the lonely emotions of your soul during these bleak days before Christmas. This album for sure wins the award for best pre-Christmas album. Allow me to introduce you...

Radical Face - Kin

This song brought tears to my eyes the very first time I heard it. The storm in the beginning leads to a solemn anthem of wonder and the dark piano that comes later absolutely tore my heartstrings out. This song is the definition of sublime. How is such a grizzly mans voice so unbelievably beautiful? Blows me away.

Radical Face - Black Eyes

A much more folky sound is absolutely approved of. Somehow Ben Cooper never ever fails to hit every single heart wrenching note in his songs. You know there are those songs where you say "oh I wish they went up an octave here" or "they should have had a low piano riff here"...he hits all of them perfectly.

Radical Face - Welcome Home

This is from his previous album Ghost, which is the song I heard on an episode of Skins UK when I had nothing better to do with my nights that I spent alone over the summer. The chorus elevates and explodes into a symphony of his voice. And for some reason whenever an artist has clapping throughout their songs, it excites the audience a bit when they hear it and we all just want to sing along so badly.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Darker Ones Florence and the Machine / Yelawolf feat. FeFe Dobson / Nadia Ali / Alex Clare / CSS

Florence and the Machine - No Light, No Light (Breakage Remix)

As I have said many times before, the best remixes stem from any Florence and the Machine song. As soon as I heard this, chills completely covered my body and I immediately wanted to do something illegal. It's been a while since I've heard such a dark re-edit, and this song is absolutely perfect for it. The bridge is undoubtedly the best part of the song, the instrumentals get raised up and then that extremely low synth cuts in and just makes the song purely raw. Perfection.

Yelawolf feat. FeFe Dobson - Animal (Produced by Diplo)

Saw FeFe Dobson on the track, saw that Diplo produced it, and I immediately gave it a go. And it did not fail me one bit. I'm always pretty hesitant about any Yelawolf track because I usually just can't stand rap, but this here is one hell of a fun song. The beat is exactly what you would expect knowing that Diplo had something to do with it, and knowing that FeFe Dobson is back up and running just makes it that much better.

CSS feat. Ssion - City Grrrl

CSS will always have a remotely special place in my heart because no female can get as badass as she is. This song is the EPITOME of what I used to write about when I worked in NYC. The city has a special gift of making people want to be anything but good. It makes people want to get into trouble, wear a lot of black and ripped lace, and be unnecessarily angry. It's so great. And CSS completely captured that feeling in this one banger track. The beat in the chorus is fantastic and makes the point of the song come through so much louder. However, this Ssion that is on this sounds like a toned down Jeffry Star, so that automatically threw me off a bit, but...I liked the message too much to be affected by such a small detail. Heads up girl, you can rule this place.

Alex Clare - Caroline

The other songs I have from Alex Clare are fantastic remixes that darken the song just to how I like it. This is absolutely dark enough for my taste without any outside influence. You all know how much I love the piano, and when it's played like this with an overlaying beat and his unique voice, mmm so good.

Spencer Hill feat. Nadia Ali - Believe It (CAZETTE Androids Sound Hot Remix)

This would seem a little lighter than the occurring theme I have throughout this post. But something about this beat makes it fit into this category so well. I'm really starting to like this Nadia Ali girl. Her music is finding it's way into a nice little nook into my iTunes. Anyway, Cazette did a really good job editing this song.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Perfect Winter Clothes

ModCloth - Evening Sleighride Dress $119

ShopNastyGal - Kate Faux Fur Coat $118

ShopNastyGal - Roosevelt Dress $128

ShopNastyGal - Abbey Faux Fur Coat $68

ModCloth - Always A List Coat $174

ModCloth - Betsey Johnson But Darling Coat $347

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rebecca & Fiona

I have a really unhealthy, completely addictive obsession with Rebecca and Fiona. After finding them through Kaskade's song 'Turn it Down,' I have dedicated the past couple weeks to downloading absolutely everything they have put out. I kind of want to be them. DJs. Females. Swedish. Gorgeous. They are absolutely the alpha female, everything that I want to be. But since that is impossible, I will do the next best thing; write and blog the shit out of them.
If you aren't familiar with 'Turn it Down,' I will provide you with the means to a really exciting end.

I also was able to get their album, 'I Love You Man.' This is the best album I have heard in a while, probably because it was so highly anticipated in my head and heart, but it succeeded in being successful in my book.

Some of my favorites from their album.

Rebecca and Fiona - Giliap

By far my favorite from the album. This song is the definition of the background music to when I go to my happy place.

Rebecca and Fiona - Jane Doe

Beat is absolutely fantastic, also have a really weird Swedish Harajuku video to match. Watch it HERE.

Rebecca and Fiona - We Are Girls

Okay the beat right before chorus is absolutely wonderful, but it reminds me so much of some computer game, can ANYONE think of what it is? It's driving me insane. Also, think musically when they say "we still want to play," it makes the song a little bit better. This better inspire a ton of female DJs...

Rebecca and Fiona - Golden Gate

And if all of that isn't enough, here is a documentary my brothers friend found. I can't understand Swedish for the life of me, but it's whatever because they are just so aesthetically pleasing in themselves, and I want their hair and all of their clothes. I'm also going to start wearing blue lipstick.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Moody Tunes : Agnes Obel / The Jezabels / Zebra and Snake / Owen / James Blake / Radical Face

Agnes Obel - Riverside

I have a group (trillion) of songs under a specific playlist that I hold very dear to my heart and ears, I've shared some of them, they're the ones that you can listen to while not doing anything, yet the song is able to do so much in your head. This song by Agnes Obel is without a doubt one of them. Her voice is innocent and helpless, the piano is haunting, and the overall tone of it is nothing but complete beauty.

Radical Face - Pound of Flesh

Ben Cooper is possibly my newest go-to artist when I'm feeling a little off. This song was the first I had heard from him, but after sleuthing a bit, I decided that I love him. His song 'Ghost Towns' is gorgeous, as well. There is not one fault in the entirety of this song. There are so many songs that are almost there, but they take the wrong octave direction and it throws you off a bit...this one, not at all. The chorus is beautiful, his voice is adorable, and the lyrics are brilliant. Perfect for the fall season.

The Jezabels - Try Colour

Cranberries. Was that your first thought when you listened to it, too? Cause it was definitely mine. This song is so different than what I would normally post, but those drums sucked me right into her unbelievable voice. I haven't heard a range like that from a new artist in quite a while. The chorus is so tastey, and her voice is for sure what makes this song.

Zebra & Snake - Empty Love

MY BOYS! Zebra and Snake I have missed you guys for far too long. I love their music when I'm driving or I'm just having a lazy morning and lying in my bed. Everything they produce is so fresh and so exciting. You can always count on the end of the song to just explode with musical colour, and they do not fail you on this one, even though it's just an empty love song...

Owen - Too Many Moons

The violins in this song is what captivated me. It totally reminds me of that song 'Ra Ra Riot' remix of Absofacto titled 'Each Year.' Those little songs that just make you overly happy, and then you get mad because you don't want to be. Listen to the plucking throughout this song, it's marvelous. Major kudos.

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

Oh my goodness this has been lost in my iTunes forever. I can't believe I have never put this up, but this song is so subtly sexy, and I can't wait to listen to it in an apartment in the city late at night looking out at all the lights. His voice is so unique, and those water sounds that replay throughout the song are magical.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

Richard Wagner - Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

The other day I finally saw the highly anticipated movie that has been referred to as "a beautiful movie about the end of the world," 'Melancholia.' Do not ask questions about how I saw it, just be jealous that I did. It was unbelievable. I love to death movies that make you question your person hood afterwards, movies that make you think about absolutely everything. It was the most beautiful movie I've seen in a while, aesthetically speaking, and the entire idea of Melancholia that runs throughout was all too comfortable.  Here are some unbelievable stills from the movie, along with Richard Wagner's Prelude to Tristan & Isolde that runs so hauntingly throughout.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I know places we can go...

(Girl & Dolls

I had a dream last night, one that I can't recall all of the details, but it consisted of this house, rather, mansion. The mansion was dark and stone and very cold, but the details of the rooms were unbelievable. The curtains were thick faded pink velvet with gold accents, there were mirrors on the walls with heavy gold frames, there were softly lit lamps, and I remember the staircase the best. They were spiral stairs, with elaborate detailing on the railings and the window that was over the staircase displayed quite a dewey morning, or evening, I can't be too sure, but it was beautiful. When I woke up I tried to go back to sleep to go there again, but I could not retrieve my dream. When Lykke Li talks about knowing places she can go, is it OK if those places are in our heads?

Kaskade / The Golden Filter / Avicii / Celebrity Murder Party

Kaskade feat. Haley - Llove

For sure my favorite song of these past couple weeks. Kaskade is on a freaking role lately. As soon as I saw that he did a song with Haley I knew it would get me, she did that song 'Only You' with Tiesto a couple of years ago that still rips my heart out to this day. This one has that longing synth right in the chorus that takes your breath right away. And her voice is just so breathily melancholic. I really can't say enough amazing things about this song, except that it makes me want to be alone somewhere far away and very, very dark.

The Golden Filter - Kill Me

I know I am pounding The Golden Filter down your throats but this one may have just beaten out 'Mother' for my top fave. There is that little twinkle of a sound that throws the song out of reality and into some dream like's brilliant, really. Such simple beats to start with, then her voice just rings you in and then they just release that hefty beat on you around 2:55. Killer.

Avicii - Fade Into Darkness

My brother sent me the video to this song originally, and I was a bit skeptical at first, but after 76 views of the video because the girl in it is five lbs and super blonde and gorgeous, I fell in love. Also, the lyrics just hit that little secret bit of depression we all have lingering, we all know that we want to fade into darkness sometimes.

Celebrity Murder Party - Raindance

Super random raver status tune. Kind of has a 70's beginning beat to it, then it transitions to this trancey super danceable tune that I can not stop bobbing my head to.

Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey - Room for Happiness

I could probably say the exact same amount of good things about this song as I did the last Kaskade song. I've heard this Skylar Grey girl on some other track with Eminem or something, and I remember liking very much what I heard. And she totally does not disappoint in this song one bit, her voice is beautiful, the vocal range is way too high for a normal person, and Kaskade's beat is absolutely soothing.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Clock Opera - Lesson No. 7

So Justice - 'Stress' of them. I normally do not agree with anything Clock Opera, but this song jumped out and grabbed me. Enjoy, my little friends.