Introducing The Mary Onettes – the most underrated band out of Jönköping, Sweden. “Puzzles” is the latest release from Islands, their highly anticipated second full-length studio album due out on November 4th. I did a search for the lyrics and…nada, zilch, zero, nothin’.
I’m lost on one line. (I could be lost on others, too.) Take a listen and feel free to draw your own conclusions…
Andrew Bryant to Recycled Love Songs on the track “Chicago Wind” from the album Galilee:
“I married my wife 4 years ago and started touring and playing songs a couple years before that. The main theme of the song is about the stresses between being on the road while having a wife at home. As an artist, it’s often hard to balance the fulfillment of doing what you (more…)
Lo-fi (Low Fidelity)= A term used to describe music in which the sound is of a lower quality than the usual standard. The qualities of lo-fi are usually achieved by either degrading the quality of the recorded audio, or using certain equipment.
LO-FI! All the cool kids are doing it! With emo fashion in 70′s time warp (dare I say, 50′s?), it comes as no shock that lo-fi is the new black of indie music.
The mouse-clicking-nerd-at-his-computer-desk that remixes several good songs, into one good song, is now being overshadowed by the comeback of original songs and traditional instruments. Remember those?…acoustic guitars…snare drums. Yes, these instruments may still sit at the feet of the mouse-clicking-nerd-at-his-computer-desk *that also sings!*, but damn these little gems do sound good. (GarageBand, the Apple recording software that boasts the tag line “Musicians wanted: No experience necessary”, is used by Nathan Williams of WAVVES to record songs *see Spin’s “Hot New Band: Wavves”).I personally respect artists that play their own instruments, but I also like any song that sounds good regardless of how it was made.
The fact that lo-fi indie songs are gaining so much popularity over the past few months doesn’t baffle me. What has me scratching my head in a Homer doh!-like fashion, is the abundance of “THEY SUCK LIVE!” comments being spewed by Indienites all over YouTube vids and blog posts. It’s like saying “Dude, he sucks!” after watching a performance from the Chipmunk rapper. You know the guy… he’s been featured in popular radio rap hits like Akon’s-”Lonely”, and he just scored a hit role in the indie world with Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead”. Yes, he even sings in different languages! Does this high-pitched vibrato-voiced rodent ever sleep? He could sell out stadiums! That is, if he were a performer, and not a popular method of vocal distortion…
In a nutshell (pun-intended): Support the lo-fi band you like by purchasing their albums or going to their shows and having a sing along, but don’t expect their performance to “sound the same” live. Listening to lo-fi in the 2000′s is like getting a new shirt that looks like it’s from the thrift store: It feels a bit pretentious, but people are buying it (myself included).
The world was on fire,
no one could save me but you.
Strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you.
No, I don’t want to fall in love.
This love is only gonna break your heart… (more…)
Good day, folks! My name is Douglas Martin, and today I’ve decided to introduce a song to Recycled Love Songs= my own cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End,” which should serve as a pep talk for any of you that need a pick-me-up as far as matters of the heart go. Don’t worry, little one, your time will come soon.
*Disclaimer- The lyrics do happen to contain the words “f*** California”. I spent last weekend in Cali and had a delightful time…I just happen to really like this song, and it just happens to say “f*** California”.
Real instruments rather than “mouse clicks”, new fashioned broken-hearted love lyrics, and a voice that delivers words with enough emotion that you truly believe they were felt, before they were written…. The music from No Through Road speaks volumes in a way that one cay say- Man, I’ve been there. “Party to Survive” is the first single off of the Australian band’s new album Winner due out soon (stay tuned). This isn’t one of those “one hit wonder” bands either. You can download some of their other great tracks on the No Through Road website now.