here they are:
"Guesthouse" by The David Wax Museum: The David Wax Museum is one of the only bands I've ever known to combine folk, rock, and world music, and perhaps THE only band to combine all those that originated in the 2010's. In late 2012, they took adult alt radio by storm with the exotic sounding but relentlessly chipper "Harder Before It Gets Easier". Their latest song, "Guesthouse", also combines rock, folk, and world music, though it seems like they've been influenced by circus music here as well. The swirly, psychedelic organ of the song sounds kind of like the sort of organ you'd be likely to hear on a merry-go-round. The "guest" part of the title comes from how David Wax has apparently felt like a "guest" within the Mexican music community he has both studied about and performed with.
"Smooth Sailin'" by Leon Bridges: Leon's passionate, soul infused ballad, "Coming Home", arrived in February of this year, and it couldn't have arrived at a better time! The more energetic vibe of Leon's latest tune, "Smooth Sailin'", seems more fit for summer than fall, but fans of '60s soul music will probably enjoy the Otis Redding-ish sound of "Smooth Sailin'" just as much as the Sam Cooke-ish sound of "Coming Home". Smooth sailin', fast toe-tappin'!
"The Life You Chose" by Jason Isbell: Jason Isbell probably surprised many a listener of adult alt radio in spring of this year with the adult alt radio mega-hit, "24 Frames". Isbell has made music for quite a while now, but none of his songs have gotten as much attention as "24 Frames". The secret formula for that song's success is actually similar to what makes "The Life You Chose" an interesting song to listen to. Both songs are bittersweet country/folk-rock tunes concerning the struggle between the way life is for Jason and the way life used to be for him. "The Life You Chose" is a mostly major key song, though, unlike "24 Frames", which alternates between major and minor key. "The Life You Chose" is probably also more wistful than melancholy, but listeners are still likely to experience heartache when listening to the song.