Here they are:
“Man On Fire” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros: A deceptively cheerful, naïve sounding band, whose biggest hit so far has been the surprise 2010 indie/alt hit “Home”, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros were loved by indie fans from the time they debuted in late 2009. Their faux-‘60s Mamas and Papas-meets-Simon and Garfunkel type folk-pop/rock sound has only gained them more fans ever since then! Unlike “Home” and “40 Day Dream”, both of which were merely happy sounding songs with dark lyrical content, “Man On Fire” seems to evoke joyful emotions both in its child-like, clap-along sound, and in its simplistic choice of words (“Man on fire/Walking down the street/Got one guitar/two dancing feet”). Is this really reason for the initial fans of Ed and The Zeros to complain?! I think not!! It’s rare to find songs that bear even a slight resemblance to rock music that make one think of “Sesame Street” more than The Stones, so I say embrace the opportunity to hear songs like this one!
“Myth” by Beach House: Continuing their tradition of one-word song titles (“Norway”, “Zebra”), the hypnotically dreamy indie duo known as Beach House are back with another song, “Myth”, that will put you to sleep in a charmingly trippy way just like how most of their songs tend to. “Myth” seems to go for a bit more of a studio-based sound than “Norway” and “Zebra” did, but Beach House still retain their trademark “psychedelic lullaby” type sound, as lead singer Victoria Legrand urgently sings, “Help me today” in its chorus, in a way that is pleading, yet irresistible, like the voice of a siren from Greek mythology in human form! I can’t help but feel like I’m floating on the most delicate, billowy clouds every time I hear “Myth”. It is a magical song that is not “magical” in the cheesy way. “Myth” is a pure, unadulterated stardust fantasy of a song!