Recent Musical Obsessions
It’s starting off to be a really great year for music. Here’s the albums (yes, I still call them albums!) that I haven’t been able to get enough of lately: St. Vincent – St. Vincent St. Vincent is Annie Clark, a unique performer with a past that includes being a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens touring band. Why I’ve always enjoyed her previous albums, this new self-titled work grabbed me immediately. While not for the faint of heart (especially lyrically) she says her music straddles the line between accessibility and lunatic fringe, which I think is a fantastic description. While it’s got your standard rock song structure, there’s also tons of distortion, sharp tempo changes and crazy Bjork-like vocals. I cannot stop myself from cranking up the volume when I listen. Beck- Morning Phase This is definitely a return to form for Beck. He’s called it the companion piece to 2002’s Sea Change and it sounds like it. I may be a bit biased since Sea Change is one of my all-time favorite albums, but I think this lives up to the hype. It’s Beck at his folksiest finest; no jokes or electronic flourishes here. It’s an album examining extreme loss and heartache, lyrically and musically. The music tends to wash over you and you really get a sense of Beck’s emotions when you listen. Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long See You Tomorrow For whatever reasons, I love almost any British indie rock groups, and Bombay Bicycle Club is my latest obsession. This new album grabbed me immediately and I cannot stop listening to it over and over. At times it reminds me a bit of Radiohead, Alt-J or Babybird. The music is pretty standard rock songs at their core, but they add enough of a twist to keep it really interesting. Electronic drippings, vocal play between female & male voices, and for one song even some authentic Indian sounds add to their uniqueness. The whole album has a really great groove to it that makes me want to get up and dance.