June 2, 2011
A Great Song You Just Discovered.
Here are the staff picks:
Leeann Ward: “The Last Bus” – Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
One of my favorite moments is when I put my iPod on shuffle and discover a song that I’ve never heard before and fall in love with it. Such an occasion occurred a few weeks ago. I’ve had this Zoe Muth album for quite some time, but as often happens, I bought the album and hadn’t gotten around to listening to it yet.
The song has my favorite kind of gentle instrumentation and Muth’s performance exudes the kind of melancholy that is easy to get wrapped up in, which is a testament to a well interpreted and well crafted song.
P.S. The whole album is highly worth checking out.
Dan Milliken: “Lost Horizons” – Gin Blossoms
I knew them as the band behind two of my favorite 90’s singles, “Found Out About You” and “Follow You Down,” but I’d never listened through one of their albums until I happened upon a used copy of New Miserable Experience a few weeks ago. “Lost Horizons” is the opening track, and it’s a killer marriage of depressive angst and jaunty power-pop: “I’ll drink enough of anything to make this world look new again / I’m drunk, drunk, drunk in the gardens and the graves.”
Tara Seetharam: “One and Only” – Adele
Love this album, love this song. The lyrics are simple and its sentiment isn’t groundbreaking, but its vocal nuances and gorgeous throwback arrangement make it an instant favorite for me. I can’t get enough of the fierce tenacity in Adele’s performance and how sweetly it contrasts with the song’s soothing vibe.
Kevin Coyne: “Racing the Angels” – Matraca Berg
From her exquisite new album The Dreaming Fields, this is the highlight among highlights. A real heartbreaker, Berg is mourning her husband’s death alongside the death of the woman that she used to be. Enjoy it by the songwriter now, and by a nineties artist with great taste on some future album. My money’s on Yearwood.