Todd Terje - Johnny and Mary (ft. Bryan Ferry)

Sound: Slow, Sultry Voice, Electronic

How I Feel When Listening to It:

This track tho. Been on loop for a few days. Bryan Ferry’s sultry voice against the slow beat. I just want to sit and watch the day go by me in a Zach Braff montage.

I did a smudge of research and found out Todd Terje is a disco producer. When an artist known for one movement flips around and goes in the other direction it can be so interesting. All of Will Ferrell’s serious work is fantastic. So a disco producer can nail at chilled out song. 

Also this is a cover. File this under ‘Mad World’. Take synth tracks and bring in some emotion for a current day hit. 

The War On Drugs - An Ocean In Between The Waves

Sound: Indie Rock, Experimental, Americana, Blues-y kinda?

How I Feel When Listening to It:

I can’t get enough of seven minute tracks. Take a pop song, or indie song and give it room to breathe. It feels good. Take away the importance of the chorus and just keep playing. It feels closest to the concert experience at home: let the musicians go on their tangents, we’ll make it back to the song eventually. Enjoy the ride, you know?

And what a good ride this is. The riffs feel like America. Should I be wearing a Budweiser shirt on a harley when listening to this song? Probably. Am I wearing a uniqlo shirt and riding the subway instead? Yeah. But it’s all the same because I am right there feeling it. 

Conner Youngblood - The Warpath

Sound: Indie, Electronic, Chilllll, Mandolin???

How I Feel When Listening to It:

A million incredible songs came to the surface in the past 2 weeks. A fucking million. And this is one of them.

I know nothing about Conner Youngblood. I know that I fucking groooooove when this track comes on though. And thats what matters.

Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

Sound: Pop, Synth, AMAZING Voice, Indie Rock?

How I Feel When Listening to It:

I was with chamberlain​ today and he mentioned this performance. HOLY SHIT. The last time I saw a performance that good was The National on Jimmy Fallon doing Terrible Love. (which has now been removed from the internet?

The song is very good. The band is very good. BUT THE LEAD SINGER. His voice was a mystery! WHO IS THAT MAN. And now that I have finally seen him, I am zero percent disappointed. Those eyes, those hips, that swagger. His intensity rivals Stanley in Streetcar. Simply amazing.

(If you are new to Future Islands check out Walking Through That Door and Tin Man.)