Song obsession friday! (for the week ending April 25)

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me):
James Hunter – Hand It Over (mp3) (out in June, artist’s website)

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I got sent this album and I popped it in. I was pretty skeptical, but actually he seems to do new-music-that-sounds-old really well. The production on this track was really catchy. I like the horns, strings and percussion.

Keith:
Victorian English Gentleman’s Club – My Son Spells Backward (mp3) (buy)

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So I’m not trying to shill for emusic (ahem, uh, my id is zaxxon25), but I’ve come to enjoy the process of browsing through their stacks for import or small label stuff that I just wouldn’t connect with otherwise. One fine find is this effort by the Victorian English Gentleman’s Club. The full-length combines an overdriven bass/spindly guitar sound borrowed from late 80’s US alt-rock with a nervy art-punk vibe out of the early 80’s UK scene. That leads to deceptively complex yet quite catchy confections like this winner.

Oz:
Port O’Brien – Close the Lid (mp3) (pre-order)

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Port O’Brien’s upcoming release is the best album I’ve heard this year. This song will burrow into your skin. That’s all I’ve got – I think my wife is going into labor…

Natalie:
The Silent Comedy – Daisy (mp3) (not available buy other merch)

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The vocals at the end of the song remind me a lot of Bon Iver. And really, that’s about all you should need to recommend this band to you, and to explain my obsession with this song.

Andy:
Fionn Regan – Black Water Child (mp3) (buy)

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Rob:
Hugh Masakela – Stimela (Coal Train) (mp3) (buy)

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I heard this wrapping up on KZSU a while ago and it stopped me in my tracks (da-dum chiiih;) the drums’ sound particularly grabbed me — especially the building 8th notes that morph across whatever bell(s) are being used (I would love to know, what a great sound!) — but Hugh Masakela’s vocals are of course the highlight. The amount of emotional intensity he puts into the last quarter of this song is fantastic, especially as it is somehow perfectly blended into and build out from the rest of the track’s early-nineties noir loungyness.



3 Responses to “Song obsession friday! (for the week ending April 25)”

  1. Steve says:

    Great new song by James Hunter! Thanks so much for posting tho I can’t wait to hear more! Will be seeing him in Philly on June 10th. YEE HAW! Hope you post more from this new one. Thanks Adrian.

    SteveR

  2. […] those familiar with my tastes, it was no surprise I was quickly obsessed with James Hunter (myspace). I grew up on a steady diet of oldies radio and I’ve come back to […]

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