Weekend Wind Down

The cold has well and truly smacked Canberra in the freaking face! The warm sun that graces us in the day is more than welcome in Autumn. Time for eating and sleeping and hot chocolate and being a boring hermit. Urgh, that’s unlikely actually. I’ll probably just go to Sydney a lot. Oh yeah, and I’m going to New York in July when it’s going to be DEATH ICE COLD here. But here’s a mix of low-key songs for when you’re reading, buried under a blanket with a warm hottie (hot chocolate or person, that is).

Cordrazine – Sunshine

Cordrazine announced a while back that they’d be releasing a new album. Actually, insanely enough, it’s been 3 years since the announcement so I’m not sure what kind of album they’re hoping to release but one hopes it’s a solid piece.
Not internationally recognised just yet, these guys did pretty well in the indie underworld around 10 years ago. Their song Crazy was their outstanding gem which made it into triple J’s hottest 100, but some may recognise songs like Memorial Drive (which I discovered on a Hangover Cure mix). They return with a fresh uplifting string-heavy sound. Gone is the dark post-grunge acoustic melodrama. The change is a welcome shift into the next decade of music, with more attention paid to Hamish Cowan’s beautiful voice. The album is released in August and can be pre-ordered at the Rubber Records website.
For those who haven’t heard Cordrazine before, Hamish’s voice can be likened to the lead singer of Maps & Atlases’.

Laura Veirs – Make Something Good

Laura Veirs released the album July Flame last year and for the most part it seemed to go unnoticed. Including by me! I had heard some leaked stuff via Stereogum but only just heard the whole album for the first time the other week and like her previous work it’s really pretty. Her voice has quite a harsh American accent (like say, Fiona Apple) but it doesn’t detract from the emotive song writing and piano.

Sam Amidon – Saro

Sam Amidon is releasing a new album soon. I find this guy very hit and miss. Some of his music is beautiful and similar to Fink’s work, but other songs are a bit ambivalent in their direction and fade in and out like intros, rather than full-fledged songs. From time to time though when he gets it right, he gets it right good! Saro is an oldie. Check out his amazing cover of R Kelly’s Relief via Stereogum.

Division Day – Every Shining Time You Arrive

I must admit I haven’t heard much of this band from LA but whenever one of their songs unsuspectingly comes on when shuffling I’m impressed. Very much the kind of music that grows on you. Every Shining Time You Arrive is both soothing and eerie.

Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

Perhaps not as striking or danceable as the Jay-Z version it’s nice to hear a slower more piano-y redo of Empire State of Mind. Seems like this take has been overlooked, which is odd considering it’s been out on Alicia’s album since last year…
Look out, New York, I’ll see you in July!

Ellie Goulding – Wish I Stayed

Wow, what was wrong with me??? I saw this woman’s music everywhere and somehow upon an initial listen I thought it was too “bubblegum” but it’s not at all. Sure Ellie’s voice might SUIT bubblegum but man the songs have the best crescendos. I must have turned off her music before getting to the choruses…
I first noticed Ellie’s geniusness when I heard Monsieur Adi’s remix of Starry Eyed. In fact most of the album’s songs could be remixed, even though in their original form they sound like nineties radio gems. She will surely make it into my top ten of 2010 list!

Yay I love competition videos! The couple in this video are just awful but I love the editing and animation.

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3 Responses to “Weekend Wind Down”
  1. paolocase says:

    The Alicia Keys song is a classic. Thanks for posting it 🙂

  2. ahasbeenthatneverwas says:

    It’s very pretty hey! Took me ages to realise this version (which I saw live at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHagigQRKqU) was sitting on the AK album from last year! Crazy
    Cool blog

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