This is that kinda acoustic lo-fi that sounds like its made in a basement and breaks you wide open.
I’ve had this album on repeat for days. I love it.
I don’t know much about Lauren O’Connell, other than that I heard her cover Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and fell in love with her voice. After more investigation, I found she’s a terrific cover artist. Her originals are pretty neat, too.
But it’s her cover of Paul Simon’s Graceland that got her attention on this site. It’s one of the few covers that’s better than the original. I always liked it as a sweet little pop song, but when O’Connell sings it she breaks my heart wide open. “Losing love is like a window to your heart/Everybody sees your blown apart.” I had never really understood that until I heard her sing it.
Check out some great songs below, and support the artist by buying her albums! Her latest, Quitters, is below, after her “Covers” album. Then, the video of her performing “Graceland.”
I never really liked the song “Young Folks,” but I love this. Who knew all it needed was a backbeat?
New Ras Kass!
And even better: New Joey Bada$$!!!!
I’m really not sure what to say about Lila Rose‘s “We Animals.” I like it. That’s for damn sure. I really like it. But classifying it? Stacking in the genre cube? That’s hard. It feels like pop, it feels like mood rock, it feels indie. It sounds like Adele. It sounds like Sinead O’Connor. It sounds like R&B. Great record. Here’s the single:
And last but not least, a pretty funny video from a new indie band. Totally DIY. Check it out!
Today, I’m spotlighting two really solid EP releases on Bandcamp. I’m loving both of them.
The first is Too Cool Kids’ newest, Epidemic. It’s that kind of high energy pop you get from Franz Ferdinand or Bloc Party.
The second, by Chalk and Numbers, is more of a garage band girl sound. But it’s great, too.
Nate Harar’s album falls solidly in the “indie” camp. The vocals are slightly hoarse and swell with regularity, backed by a touch of echo; the music is driven by the drums but kept alive by the lead guitar; and the dude comes from Brooklyn.
I want to say it’s lo-fi, but it almost feels slick. Those two things don’t often coincide, and rarely does the combination yield a positive outcome. But this is a good one.
Here’s what he’s offering to your ears for free…