Tuesday’s Best: Tracks to End January

TOLEDO – “Crane Song”

This dreamy track from the indie folk brothers is airy and resonant. The two starting busking at the age of 12, and have made contemplative music ever since. “Crane Song” changes style halfway through and turns into a beautiful track that could be found on a Devendra Banhart album. The single will be found on their debut album, Saint Sebastian, which is sure to supply the world with reflective and catchy folk leaning jams.

The Golden Age of TV – “Beast”

The UK rockers have something special. One part Wolf Alice and one part Misterwives, the wave of sound they produce is as danceable as it is contemplative. The guitar work ties the tight but bouncy jam together with vocals that are seductive and sure. This was an immediate hit for us, and with one listen you are sure to agree. Some tracks have that instant ability to endear itself to listeners and this is what The Golden Age of TV does so incredibly well; to create lovers out of casual listeners.

Big Fox – “The Fight”

Five years after her last album, Charlotta Perers is back with new material. Her musical vehicle, Big Fox, is a beautiful mix of jazz, soul, and indie rock. Her strength is an ability to blend genre and sound, without sounding forced. Her art floats and bends into spaces that seem exactly where it belongs. “To me, writing music is a way to slow things down. “When I was writing this album, I was dealing with things that challenged my own image of myself and people around me,” explains the artist. “Questions that really don’t have any easy answers. I was thinking a lot about violence as a means to control a situation and its longterm consequences, or observing how empathy seems to adjust to whatever circumstances we’re in. What hit me the most, was how easy it is to get used to things if the shift happens slowly enough. How quickly we start to justify and defend our actions. So some of the songs were in one sense an attempt to reverse that process, to remember my first reaction. To remind myself of what I already know.”

Mt. Joy – “Jenny Jenkins”

We appreciate how this track builds before combusting with folk pop sing-a-longs. The band tread similar ground to Fleet Foxes and even a little Lumineers, while maintaining their identity and sound. Vocally it is vulnerable and hopeful while the instrumentation is equally as optimistic, climbing into ears and hearts with ease. It is not necessarily a complicated track, but that is perhaps what the band does so well. They craft straightforward but infectious folk jams that will remind you of some of your favorite acts.

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