Dizzy Swallows

Feel It Break

May 10th, 2011

Serendipitously timed with yesterday’s bits, NPR Music has posted a First Listen of Austra‘s upcoming album, Feel It Break, in its glorious entirety. Hear it here. Lead singer Katie Stelmanis’ operatic training peeks through in the music’s classical undertones and in the clarity of her laser sharp voice. When combined with the album’s danceable, beat heavy synth-pop, resistance is futile.

“For me, music should be a release,” Stelmanis says. “I used to write songs with the intention that people would listen to it in their headphones when they needed to escape. Now, I keep the same mentality, but also want people to be able to dance and completely lose themselves in a more physical way. If I can emotionally stimulate the mind and the body through music, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something significant.”

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So Beautiful Or So What

April 7th, 2011

My first musical memory is of Paul Simon’s “The Coast“. My first tape (remember those?) was Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, from which I would play “Cecilia” as loudly as possible whilst leaping about on a hapless armchair. Imagine my joy, therefore, when those good old folks at NPR Music posted a First Listen of Paul Simon’s new album, So Beautiful Or So What. Armchairs the world over, look out. Have a listen yourself.

This is Simon’s first album since 2006’s Surprise. I don’t disagree with the NPR critics in their evaluation of So Beautiful Or So What as “his best since Graceland, from the opener (‘Getting Ready for Christmas Day’) to the closing title track.” The fusion of African syncopation, gospel, Indian rhythms, and bayou-style guitar comes together in that heart swelling, unmistakable way only classic Paul Simon can. The … Continue reading

Smart Flesh

February 15th, 2011

I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to share this with you my dears! Head over to NRP’s “First Listen” section to hear a sneak, um, listen of The Low Anthem‘s new album, Smart Flesh. Rife with haunting melancholy, singing saws, rustic folk and flavors of good old rock and roll, this new album by the Rhode Island locals is a triumph. The album will be streaming in its entirety until Feb. 22nd.

The first time I heard one of The Low Anthem’s songs, it was being covered by Joe Pug. Off the band’s old album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, this song will remain close to my heart and I’ve added it so you can sample this great band long after the NPR link is defunct.

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The People’s Key

February 1st, 2011

Hello lovelies! Free streaming music is usually what gets me through the afternoon dull-drums (ah Grooveshark, what would I do without you?) and today I have a special treat for all you Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst fans out there. Right now on NPR’s First Listen you can hear Bright Eyes new album The People’s Key in it entirety! I’ve gone through the album twice already and have to say it is perfection.

The NPR folks are of the opinion that it is the finest album yet to come out of Bright Eyes, and Oberst’s solo work. I have to say that I’m pretty partial to Conor’s 2008 self titled solo album, and Bright Eyes 2005 album, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, but hey, that’s just me. I do like the adventurous nature of this new album, with its more experimental sound that somehow makes me think of Tom Waits.

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