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The Mighty Rio Grande – This Will Destroy You

25 Jul

My Current Favourite Film

 

Moneyball is a top film – I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’m a sucker for an uplifting sports film, and Moneyball ticks all the boxes. Loser baseball team, check. Lack of funds, check. Beating the system, check. Heartbreaking loss at the end, check! But another aspect of the film that is strong is definitely the soundtrack, and of all the accompanying score, This Will Destroy You’s input fits the film most appropriately.

Mid Jam Sesh

There are no words to this song, but there definitely shouldn’t be. It’s perfect the way it is. This song swells, rises, and drops majestically. The heavy beat of the drum resonates, every note seems to have a reason for being there. By being 11 minutes long, this no longer conforms to the now generation’s idea of a 1 minute song being plenty, but the range of this song is phenomenal. That first drum snare at the start is enough to hook you. If I could ever write the soundtrack to my life, this would be played over all the epic moments (to think, there are embarrassingly few epic moments in my life so far, I will try and jazz up my life ASAP). It’s summer – take 15 minutes out of your day, crank this up, and just enjoy.

 

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Up All Night – Oliver Tank

20 Jul

Tanked!

Oliver Tank is the master of trancy-calm-pop. Exhibit a: Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion, which Jonah reviewed and – long title aside – is beautiful. Up All Night runs in the same vein and delights in its tenderness. It’s three minutes of wonder and intimacy as Tank mixes sentimentality with a soothing blend of space-out. Seriously, there are scuba diving noises on this one, folks. Which makes me really, really miss scuba diving. But the same level of intimacy with oneself and an escape into a dream world can be found on Up All Night. Surprise contrast after the jump!:

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Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio

20 Jul

The boys from Brooklyn

TV on the Radio are my favourite band – fact. I have followed them through every album, been to as many of their gigs as I can, and generally irritated everyone I know with my comments of “mate, mate, give this a listen”. Well finally I have the opportunity to share their talent with you, our learned audience.

This little band from Brooklyn have gained much critical acclaim from their albums “Return to Cookie Mountain” and “Dear Science”, but still haven’t propelled themselves into the universal acclaim that I believe thy deserve. But enough of my rant, let’s move onto the song at hand.

Already a classy video

Wolf Like Me just makes me want to drive – drive off down a dusty American highway and not look back. The swell of the song before it breaks into a slower section always draws me into attempting to sing like Tunde, and I never do achieve that rasping, emotion driven voice that he so easily sings with. There are so many aspects to this song that work alone, but put together they form in my opinion one of the best rock style songs of recent years. This is certainly a song that makes you want to do, so do watch it, and then see what you make of it.

Ask – The Smiths

13 Jul

The Smiths are pretty much the greatest Britpop band of all time. If you haven’t bought their entire catalog and listened through completely, you really ought to (that seemed to be ramping up to something more than it did). Continue reading

Grand Optimist (Live) – City and Colour

11 Jul

Colour! But no city.

I stumbled on this while trawling through live YouTube videos (it’s no surprise that this is coming after yesterday’s post . . .) and was amazed. I’ve liked City and Colour for a long time but this live session confirms that. It’s heartfelt but not overwrought. A perfect mix of sentimentality and restraint. Take a listen and check out the live cover of Fragile Bird after the jumppedy jump:

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Gonna Make My Own Money – Deap Valley

9 Jul

Deap, dude.

Whatever you were expecting from Deap Valley, who are ‘fast becoming the stuff of legend,’ forget it. These guys create scorching beats that are perfect from a seasonal rock out. Seriously. That they’re accompanied by a crazily chaotic video shot by Pablo Balderas adds to their allure. Check them out  below:

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The Theory Of Relativity – Stars

8 Jul

Stars have a new album. Amazingly it’s their sixth and it will be called The North. Their ludicrously catchy first single is right below!

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