I have recently begun a love affair with the Vaccines and have fallen head over heels for all of their songs. I stumbled across iwantaltitude‘s cover of “Wetsuit”, one of my favourites, and I love what she did with it. Beautiful voice and a great interpretation. All her covers are equally wonderful, and it kind of makes me want to start putting my own out there. Hmm. Anyway, check it out, she’s fabulous.
Because I am a Horrors’ fangirl, naturally I look into things that they recommend. Finally I got around to checking out TOY and I really like them. I love songs that are way longer than is typical and that still manage to be really good; “Left Myself Behind” is a great example of this. Their other songs are awesome too, their music videos are interesting and to further make me like them, they have two songs to download for free here. Basically they are just really good, go listen now.
I’ve been intending to properly check out The Vaccines since I downloaded “If You Wanna” ages ago. As I’m now officially finished with my first semester of uni, I actually have time to do stuff like checking out new music and sleeping all day and reading trashy novels and writing bad poetry. I am totally in love with this song, plus the music video is pretty cool too!
I really love how Boyce Avenue makes a song their own. So many covers are just carbon copies of the original, so I think it’s lovely that they can take a great song and make it different without deviating too much. Lots of comments about covers say things like “the original was better” or “yours is better than the original!” Personally, I can’t say they do the song better or worse than the original because their version is so different. The singer’s voice is beautiful, and as a pianist, I adore it when people give the piano prominence in rock songs. Their youtube channel is here – your life will improve tenfold if you check them out.*
Strange how, again, the first time I listened to Marina I didn’t like her music. Now I adore it. This song in particular is absolutely gorgeous (and her makeup is so flawless and beautiful omg). This and Primadonna (seriously, really good, go check it out now) are my favourite songs of the moment. I can’t find a legal download link anywhere so if you know of one, please let me know!
Ed Tullett – free & legal download here
He got in touch with me through tumblr so I checked his music out through the above link. If you like Bon Iver, you’ll like Ed Tullett. The music is definitely his own style; he described it as “falsetto/harmony rich acoustic stuff, with some banjo and other stuff thrown in”. Really you should totally check it out. It’s good. It’s free. It’s legal. Win win win.
Kiersten Holine – last.fm page here with free & legal downloads available
Last.fm suggested her to me and I’m all for getting free new music so I had a listen. She’s really good. What I’ve listened to seems to be almost exclusively acoustic guitar and singing, and her accompaniments are perfect for the songs.
Throwing them in here because they deserve more recognition. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are their most popular songs and rightly so, they are great songs. But “Love For Granted” is so beautiful and lovely; it is incredibly underrated. Phoenix is one of my favourite bands. It’d make me really happy if I found others who loved them as much as I do.
Hobbie Stuart – youtube channel here
The fact that he can make me listen to and actually enjoy Rihanna songs proves he is fabulous. His arrangements are beautiful and I love the way he changes songs to make them his own. He mainly covers popular songs (and generally makes them much better) but his original songs are really good too. And if you’re that way inclined, chances are you’ll like him for more than just his lovely music.
Jonathan Jones – free & legal download here
I only discovered him fairly recently but so far, I love what I’m hearing. Being a pianist, I love when artists incorporate piano into their songs and I feel he does the piano-indie-rock thing really well. His songs are sweet and catchy; I really recommend you check him out.
I cannot count the number of times I’ve mentioned him and people have responded: “who?” He wrote American Pie. One of the best songs ever written. He is so underrated; his words & music are beautiful and his influence has been huge. Listen to Vincent (you probably will know it already and if not, now you do) and Castles In The Air. You won’t regret it, he is amazing.