23 August, 2010

Sweet Sounds Right Now

Dawes, "When My Time Comes" - http://www.myspace.com/dawestheband
If you like Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, and/or the Avett Brothers, there is no way you won't like the tight harmonies, vaulting chorus, and ponderous lyrics displayed by this California foursome. Check out the music video as well.

The Civil Wars - http://www.myspace.com/thecivilwars
I didn't highlight a single track because they're all worth listening to. But the one I repeat the most is "From This Valley," a live track that I found on Grooveshark. This duo sings with an intimacy and intensity that bring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova to mind - just a little "countrified." When I listen to duos like this, I find myself feeling a bit jealous -- I want to know what it feels like, that "Ah-HA!" moment when you discover your perfect vocal and stylistic match.

Christy Danner - http://www.wix.com/christydanner/Christy%20Danner%20Music
I have such talented friends. Christy goes to my church. We bonded over a mutual love of the supremely excellent band Hem. Christy recently released her first album, "Turning Corners." All of it is beautiful - I am amazed by her poise and maturity, and the delicate, precise tones of her voice do remind me of Hem's own Sally Ellison. Two tracks of which I'm particularly fond are "Mercy" and "Brennan's Song," which Christy wrote for her nephew. Since that track isn't streaming on her website, you could just buy the whole album...hint hint...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the civil wars - dance me to the end of love. breathtaking. Thanks, gin.

a.s.