3 Songs We Liked in 2015

A-96922-1327587078.jpegLately, there have been amazing new releases by indie music bands and artists. Some have managed to earn large audiences whereas others have done averagely. All the same, some bands have produced influential songs in the near past, which has placed them in the global arena. If you are looking for great indie music, we could not mind to help you make this choice. Below are some of the best songs, which you will like.

Winching the Night Way (here is the Youtube video) is among the best latest indie songs. It was released in 2007 through the album Chutes Too Narrow, under Sub Pop label. The track was purely pop and its primary artist was The Shins under the leadership of James Mercer. The band had become popular back in 2001, after they released their debut album “Oh, Inverted World”. The Chutes Too Narrow album was rated 9.2 and it had over 170 ratings.

Another hit indie song is Our Love To Admire, which was released in 2007 in the album “Turn on the Bright Lights”, by Interpol (listen of Last.fm). The song was entirely rock and it hit from the very first day it was released to the market. Interpol is another indie band, which is a success, even if they are not signed to a major label.

More recently a new indie singer has been established. Lisbon Soul is creating a name for itself. Its pop song Love in Reverse has been very successful (listen it on Lisbon Soul Youtube official account or on Lisbon Soul Bandcamp account). Even if it was just released in 2015, the song has found its way to the hearts of several listeners and has received positive reviews. Up to date the song, has earned numerous downloads and views on Spotify among other music streaming sites where the song has been uploaded.

If you would want to refresh your music playlists or better still add some songs, you should consider these three tracks.

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Oceanside by Reputante

Oceanside-ReputanteOceanside by Reputante is an album full of quality, only five songs but real feeling, not to miss. All the stories seems coming out from a fairy-tale, during those nights when sleep lingers to arrive.

Lock Me Up” and “Deep September Eyes” are a real pleasure, so simple and linear in the verse-chorus-verse structure that is quite simple to get and absord all the emotions of the album itself.

“Safe and Sound” is like the two songs above also if does not have the same immediate impact. Not a problem anyway as the song can be really appreciated in all its explosion second after second. At the end is a nice song which worth more than a listening.

The last song of the album, “Neighbor”, go almost unnoticed, let’s say a 6 out of 10.

If we would look for a negative point in this album, it may be the fourth song, “Sing to You”, which is quite similar to the theme of the japanise anime “Anne of Green Gables”. Anyway, it is just a small token to pay (more than willingly to be honest) for a good dip in a past.

Reputante group is formed by James Levy (voice), Emiliano Ortiz (guitar), Jimmy Giannopoulos (bass) and Raviv Ullman (drums). Someone says that Levy is an unreliable narrator who does not know who to love and who to hate. That’s true but we need to remember that he has grown artistically in New York City so he knows limits and extensions of the new romantic music, how to filter it and how to get only the best.

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Top ten songs to hear while you’re running

Top-ten-songsWhether you use treadmill in a gym or at home or you prefer going out to run in the park, this kind of sport is definitely nice and healthy. Some people do it to lose weight, other to de-stress from work/life problems, other to keep healthy, some run to try to join the next marathon in a big city such as New York or London. Whatever is the reason to run, a pair of headphones which plays good music is the best way to “do it better”.

At this point, which might be the most suitable songs to run? The choice is subjective and depends from anyone’s preference. Anyway here is a list of 10 songs made with the help of Rockol UK, which, in our opinion, can not miss in your MP3 player when you are going to run.

  1. “Eye of the Tiger”, Survivor (well, it’s not a surprise as it has always been chosen in the Rocky III movie)
  2. “Audio, Video, Disco”, Justice
  3. “Waiting for the Man”, The Velvet Underground
  4. “Electric Feel”, MGMT
  5. “Rock and Roll”, Led Zeppelin
  6. “I Ran ( So Far Away)”, A Flock of Seagulls
  7. “No Cars Go”, Arcade Fire
  8. “The Last Time”, The Rolling Stones
  9. “We are the champions”, The Queen
  10. “Wake Up”, Rage Against the Machine

Choosing the right song while you’re running help you to feel less fatigue and to “push” more and more. Those songs can also be very helpful in other situations, such as going to the gym to lift weights.

Music has always been very important in sport, so choose the best songs for you and go.

Top ten records to hear while you’re driving

musicDrive a car alone is a think not anyone like to do. In both cases (if you are like a Formula 1 driver or if you usually prefer take public transports but sometimes you need to drive) here a list of the best ten records you can hear while you are driving.

We start our compilation with “Good Life (Remix)” By Faith Evans, a song which comes from “The Fast and The Furious” movie, which is all about cars and speed. This song is ideal to have a good time while driving, both if you are alone in the car or are enjoying someone’s else presence.

Judas Priest by Green Manalishi is another good song to drive, quite old but still high in our chart. If you can, prefer the live version, like the one played in Dallas in 1986. It is a high energy song, perfect for driving for miles and miles.

Burn by Deep Purple is the third song in the compilation, very energy and ideal to drive, alone or with other people. In this case both the album version and a live version are good. On the fourth place we put Smoke on the Water and at the fifth place Stormbringer, both by Deep Purple.

Highway Star by Metal Church is at the sixth place. As you can imagine from the song’s name, it is “born” to the heard in a car.

Let’s go to the bottom part of our chart with “Blindsided” by Bon Iver, ideal if you’re driving in a rainy day, “Like A Rolling Stone” of Bob Dylan, an always-green song, “Foolin’ ” by Devendra Banhart, ideal during hot summer days and “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, for all of those who are driving to go out for the first appointment.

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Dieci by Terje Nordgarden

dieciDieci” is a very nice folk-blues album made by Terje Nordgarden, a norwegian singer and songwriter who comes from the classical american school of songwriting. The album is played by Terje Nordgarden (vocals, guitar) and by the italians Caudullo Marcello (guitar) and Massimo Ferrarotto (percussion).

Thanks to the prodigious vocal abilities of singer-songwriter Nordgarden, this album is a real tribute to italian song. Nordgarden, indeed, attends regularly in Italy since 2003, so he speaks very well italian language also if some “north european” accent.

“Dieci” is a successful work: the original style of the songs is quite various. The particular Nordgarden pronunciation of italian language makes this album quite particular and very nice to hear.

The first track “Non è la California” is the best song of this work: the distorted guitars emphasize a well-assimilated text by Nordgarden. The second “La mia rivoluzione” is another song particularly felt by the performer. Initially, is deliberately ethereal and a bit “untied” for almost half of its length, then Terje gives a “new life” to the song at its middle.

Very nice and romantic is “Invisibile“, intimate music and lyrics, the song is performed with just piano and voice.

Among all the songs, “Miele” is probably the one most similar, in terms of sounds, to norwegian sonorities that have been produced by musicians coming from the land of Nordgarden.

La realtà non esiste” written by Claudio Rocchi, who passed away a few months ago, was perhaps the most difficult song of the entire album due to the originalits that have always distinguished the author. The result was an honest job.

“Dieci” is an intimate album to listen alone or with good friends to take your time, enjoy and relax.

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Top ten records to hear when you break up

top-musicWhen a love story goes to an end is a bad period for both the persons who decided to break up. Let’s have a look at the best songs to hear to try to feel better, also if it can be quite difficult.

Too much love kill you by Queen and Brian May, with a tremendously deep and touching lyrics, full of metaphors and expressions that seem to reflect any person who has broken up with someone else. Both the versions, the one played the Queen only and the one played by Brian May are very nice to hear. The last one have more simple arrangements in respect to the Queen version, at the end is a personal choice.

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. The music is ideal to hear in a negative period such as the one just after a separation.

The End by The Doors. The title of the says it all, is the song which maybe best reflects the end of a love story. Above all is a song that helps you to understand that is not the and of everything, as all the rest of your life keep going.

Here is the rest of the our top 10 songs to hear when you break up and you are trying to ascend.

    • Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
    • Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake
    • Single Ladies by Beyoncé
    • No Scrubs by TLC
    • Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe
    • You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
    • Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Surfing Strange by the Swearin

musicSurfing Strange” is the second album made by the Swearin, indie band from Philadelphia, composed by Allison Crutchfield (vocals, guitar), his twin sister Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee, Kyle Gilbride (vocals, guitar) Keith Spencer (bass) and Jeff Bolt (drums).

Muses are the same as the album debut (it’s name was “Swearin”, as the band itself): Pixies and Breeders. Same players but different way of play. If “Swearin” (2012) was a quite dynamic album, “Surfing Strange” (2013) plays in the defense line but with the same intensity, with a still effective result.

After the good start of 2012, many have been waiting for this second album with pretty high expectations, which have not been disattended. “Surfing Strange” gives us a further taste of what is the real potential of this band.

The real strength of these guys are to create curiosity with great pieces of music, such as “Gold Dust In The Sack” and “Watered Down”. They also want to create some of the most intimate and confessional lyrics ever, such as those in “Loretta’s Flowers” and “Curdled”.

Very particular are songs like “Melanoma” and “Echo Locate”, which seemingly calm but are ready to explode, thanks also to the sweet voice of Allison Crutchfield.

At the end of the disc is quite spontaneous to demand: when will the next one? Of course, we’ll always expect always something more.

As said by Allison Crutchfield at Stereogum “In the first album all the songs wer over, in this album ( Surfing Strange) not all are necessarily finished”. Basically, a different way to approach to the music which does not disappoint at all.

One Breath by Anna Calvi

One-Breath-Anna-CalviOne Breath by Anna Calvi is a really great job, full of talent and ideas. This second album by Anna Calvi is the right follower to the first one, which given to the music world a debut that bordered on perfection. The album has been recorded in France and mixed in Texas.

This album is, if possible, even more ambitious than the first one. The entire work brings Anna in unexplored territories, from the 80s to the hard -rock. Compared with the first album, this second work increase the instrumentation used and becomes a more complex production, by keeping the fundamentals of her style, from the vocal power to the ability in playing guitar.

One Breath” keep in mind what done in the first album (Suddenly, Tristan and Eliza are the songs) without offering a sudden changes of pace and atmosphere (Cry, Piece By Piece and Love Of My Life are the songs). All this means that the disk appears, on the whole, a little “schizophrenic”, although the class of the author cannot be put in discussion. The album offers accelerations up to hysterical moments mixed with more calm and relaxing atmospheres, almost angelic, without forgetting everything in between.

One of the best song in the album is “One Breath“, the seventh one, which talks about the time befose you have to open yourself. It talks about how this moment can be terrifying and scary, especially if you never did it before. It is also a moment full of hope, because whatever has to happen has not yet happened.

If you are looking for an album great to hear, with good sonorities and nice lyrics, “One Breath” is the one, as you will stand in front of another great job.

Girls In Hawaii by Everest

Girls-In-Hawaii-EverestEverest” is heavily influenced by the death in a car accident of the drummer Denis Wielemans, brother of singer and guitarist Antione. The event, which took place in 2010, has understandably stretched the creative process and the gestation of the album, which was started in 2009 and ended in 2012. This album has been produced with the financial support of the music department of the Wallonia, a Brussels region.

Starring are Christophe Léonard (guitar, keyboards), Antoine Wielemans (vocals, guitar), Daniel Offermann (bass), Lionel Vancauwenberghe (vocals, guitar), Brice Vancauwenberghe (guitar) and Boris Gronemberger (drums).

The first thing to notice while hearing this album is the atmosphere of melancholy, that pervades every song. Virtually all texts refer to Denis. The acoustic guitar is the real winning instrument of this album.

Is not possible talk about this album without imagining what might have happened after the car accident. “Everest” is at the same time a dignified and discreet cry of pain from a group of friends for Denis. For this reason is not possible to classify the album with a single word, such as “good” or “bad”, although it is always clear that the writing skills of this Brussels band remains untouched. As said, to fully understand this album, which can donate real and strong emotions, is needed to understand feelings before and after that accident.

The phrase “This is a chance to maybe grow up”, from “Wars”, the last song of the album, is the most significant statement of the album itself.

As said from the band “we have called this record “Everest” not only in reference to the mountain, but especially in reference to what happened to us in the last 4 years, which is a thing too big to be described in words”.

Curiosity by Wampire

Curiosity-WampireEric Phipps and Rocky Tinder are the two founding members of Wampire, a nice indie group, who play with Browning Cole, Kevin Rafn and Andrew Meininger.

This music group is part of the emerging music scene in Portland. Founded in 2007 as a electronic project, have become known in the house party of their city. In the beginning, their goal was to produce music that was danceable as possible.

Among the best album released by this group we can see “Curiosity” (2013), preceded by the single “The Hearse”.

The Wampire have wanted to give the album a retro impression, with old school synth and guitar riffs associated with accordions in reeds that give a gloomy and grim atmosphere. “Curiosity” is a various work with different changes in style, switching from “fast” pieces to those more slow and sensual as ballads.

The Hearse“, which is the first piece in the album, introduces us to the world of Wampire with a song full of energy in a ghostly atmosphere. In the second track, “Orchards” the songs resembles to  a western film, with a background at a slower pace. In the song the sound is very nice at all levels, unique and with nice lyrics. By talking about lyrics we say that they are a possible limitation of the entire work, as none of the songs tell stories or messages as the words are only used as a complement.

“Giants” has a variety of sounds and probably is the best song in the album. “Curiosity“, the song which gives the name to the album, has an impetuous beginning thanks to the guitar. After a break we have a more quiet and reflective tones with resumes a more frantic pace.

The album is also quite fast and concise, as the nine tracks last for about thirty minutes.