James Franklin – “she loves me”
-If you’re a fan of 70s folk-influenced pop rock music, you’ll find a lot to like in this track. Bringing up bands like Eagles, Dire Straits, and even the solo artist James Taylor… this is a sound that feels vintage yet has a contemporary polish to it. The harmonies are my favorite, but the overall composition is energetic and meaningful. I can’t help but think that if this song was released in a different era, it would have shot to the top of the charts. The dynamic pop flavor mixed with some core folk fundamentals makes for a really rewarding listening experience.
The Bankrobber – “White skin”
-I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve featured a synth rock track on this site, so you know if I said yes to one it’s because it’s really well done. Here’s what I like about this song so much — the chorus is an absolute BOP. It’s got tons of energy and feels like a track that was recorded in the mid-80s and thrown into a time capsule for us to discover. The percussive energy, dynamic synths, and enigmatic lyrics are all quintessential 80s pop… and I’m here for it.
Dead Nettle – “Undertow”
-The aesthetic of this song is really pleasing. I don’t know of any other way to explain how much I like the track than to say that. It feels like people that I really like being around. Does that even make sense? Like the energy on the guitars feels like a good grungy vibe, yet the melodic structure of the song makes it easy to get into. It feels like a coffee shop… it feels like a show with your close friends… it feels like a book store with books you never heard of but find fascinating. I guess for me the alt rock aesthetic feels like a lot of people that I’ve known over the years who weren’t afraid to be a little bit unconventional in the best way possible. I’m sorry to the artist if this “take” is tangential to the actual message of the song, but I genuinely dig it so much and the takeaway is genuinely vibrant with each listen. I’ll be keeping this one in my personal playlists for a long time.
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