NOTE: The above embed is the official music video, but the song itself is about 2 minutes longer than it.
I like this song overall. It’s got a nice, ambient, main beat. The various notes sprinkled throughout the first half give it just the right amount of added noise to not make it too repetitive. The alternating notes that open the second half has this cool, almost “electronic rain” sound. What I don’t really like though is the last 90 seconds – which aren’t part of the video embedded above. This last part just doesn’t have the same feel as the rest of the song, almost like it was added on (which, considering this song was originally conceived as two separate songs, it might’ve been). Still, it’s worth listening to for those first two-thirds.
Wow, did I like this song. The main guitar riff is ridiculously infectious. The drum section has a commanding, but not overbearing feel. A song about a breakup shouldn’t put me in such a good mood, but the two different vocalists (one female, one male) make it work so well.
So today we have a piece of environmental-themed rock music. The verses themselves are about the problems in the world – “with guns blazing all around, is it really worth dying for?” – while the chorus is a call for people to do good. The guitar section gives the hopeful feel of a better tomorrow, which really shines (no pun intended) through during the chorus along with Todd’s voice.
“Lock ‘N’ Load” is presumably the single from an upcoming self-titled album from The Dead Daisies. With Slash involved, I was expecting good things from the guitar section, and this song didn’t disappoint. The main riff is engaging, and the solo also draws you in. Following the solo is a more toned down section, which I quite liked as a lead-in to the song’s ending.
“I Was Not There” is from Terry Malts’ upcoming album, Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere. The guitar is the real focus here. It has a good hook that keeps the song energetic, and I liked when it alone was playing at the intro and partway into the song. The drum section is fast and enjoyable and plays off the guitar well. This is an overall fun, catchy punk piece.
The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website. Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere will be released September 10, 2013 and will be available from Amazon.com.
“Natural Selection” comes from Alexander’s upcoming album, Aeropop. It begins with a one minute introductory piano-lead piece. This opening is quite serene in nature and gives the song a relaxing start. In the next part, the piano becomes sharper and serves as the main beat while other instruments (and the vocalists) gradually join in. By the time the guitars enter, the song has built up to an appealing combination of sounds that carry it to the final part of the song. This final part is another slow piano piece that serves as nice way to end the song.
“Floating” comes from Nadine’s upcoming album, Love Your Dum And Mad. This is the demo version of the song, and since the album hasn’t been released yet I don’t know what changed between this and the final track. Nadine sings about how uninteresting everyday life can be. It’s a rather slow song, with a straightforward but kind of dense drum beat. The acoustic guitar is rather minimalistic, with the frequent sounds of what almost seems like a computer breaking down. It all combines into a rather intriguing, but slightly unnerving song, especially for the last 90 seconds which are done instrumentally.
NOTE: The above embed is a live version of this song.
“Lonely” comes from Mean Lady’s upcoming album, Love Now. The first minute of piano playing gives the impression of a slow, somber song. Past that, it picks up with a fun combination of piano playing and clapping, becoming more upbeat. Which is ironic considering the song is about loneliness.
“Chocolate” comes from The 1975’s upcoming self-titled debut album and their previously released EP, Music for Cars. This is a very pop-sounding song. The light guitar gives it an upbeat, easy-going feel. Though this goes away for the quick pause in the latter half of the song (which admittedly made me think the song was ending early the first time I heard it), it comes back for one more short rousing finale.
The song is currently available to download for free from the USA iTunes store. Expired. The 1975 is planned to be released September 9, 2013.
“Wasis” comes from Deep Forest’s upcoming album, Deep Africa. The nearly seven minute long song can really be split into two parts: the slower, more somber first half, and the faster, more upbeat second half. The first half has two voices: one that sounded quieter and sadder, which I didn’t like all that much. The other voice was stronger and more mystical, and helped me like this part of the song more. The second half however, features a wide variety of instruments that helps give the song a special kind of atmosphere. While I definitely prefer this more active second half, I can also hear how the slower first half is used to build up to it.