I try to keep up-to-date with good but lesser-known new and independent bands. In the next series of posts, I will review and recommend some of the music I have come across recently. To avoid confusion, song titles will appear first, and artists will appear second, in parentheses...
Today's playlist has a few mellow songs I've been enjoying...
Not Alone (Ben Taylor). I would classify this in the singer-songwriter genre. This song has all the elements that make songs popular: an overall pleasing sound, nice composition, good vocals. It is a simple, understated song.
Underwater (Joshua Radin): Joshua is an american singer/songwriter. This song is no doubt boosting his fame, as evidenced by his recent announcement of European and North American Tour dates for Fall 2012. I like this song's acoustic sound. Probably because of my interest in aqutic ecology, I also like the references to going under water. Definitely worth a listen. I imagine this song will get lots of radio play, though I haven't heard it on any of my local stations as yet.
Made of Stone (Matt Corby): Phantom of the Opera meets The Doors. This song has a very interesting composition. A wide range of vocal techniques are used, such that it comes across as almost experimental.
Let Her Go (Passenger): For me, this song has a bit of a 2005 James Blunt feel to it. Good vocals, nice acoustic sound.
Home (Phillip Phillips): Phillips shot into stardom while winning the 11th season of American Idol. In this song, first heard on the TV program, he shows off the slight raspiness of his refined voice to great effect. This song has received much critical acclaim and, if you haven't already heard it, is worth a listen
Love Don't Let me Down (Liam Titcomb): This song has a Don Henley sound to it. I love the banjo. Excellent song. Liam is touring all over Canada this fall, and this song will get some play.
Richer Than We Know (Liam Titcomb): Another great song from this artist. This somewhat more mellow than Love Don't Let Me Down. I like the Toronto references. Song's momentum builds nicely to the chorus. Well put together, and has meaningful lyrics.