Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New songs for the first day of spring!

Happy First of Spring everyone!! Here are two songs that will hopefully get you in the mood for the season:

"Diane Young" by Vampire Weekend: It's Elvis! It's The Police! It's The Black Keys! No, it's Vampire Weekend!! And they've got a brand new song that kinda sounds like a combination of the three musicians I just mentioned. The "Elvis" in question is Presley, for those wondering, not Costello (though knowing VW, they were probably influenced by him here as well). "Diane Young" is a unique, catchy song that somehow manages to sound as "retro" as it does current! One minute you're hearing rockabilly beats and surf guitars, and by the next, you're hearing more of a fuzzed out garage rock sound backed by a beat box. The name "Diane Young" in the song is actually a play on words of the phrase "dyin' young". What a clever bunch Ezra Koenig and company turned out to be!

"Recovery" by Frank Turner: Frank Turner's somewhat ordinary name belies his extraordinary talent! This ex-punk-rocker turned folk-rocker's latest song, "Recovery", has sped up both the adult alt charts and regular alt charts within a week, and it's not hard to see why once you listen to it! The lyrics are delivered in a dry but catchy manner, and include memorably offbeat lines like "And like every boring blues song I get swallowed by the pain, so I fumble for your figure in the darkness just to make it go away". Its sound is like a cross between Ben Folds and Oasis, but there's still enough of a "current" sound in the song to balance out its '90s alt-pop influences. To top it all off, the chorus of the song is one of the most irresistible choruses I have heard in a long time! No complaints about this song, except, why couldn't this guy have chosen a cooler stage name than "Frank Turner"?! Oh well, still a great song nonetheless!!