Another October week passing, another chance to share our weekly song choices with all of you. This week we’re bringing you some of the latest tunes from The Early November and Coheed and Cambria as well as songs from Laura Stevenson and the Cans and Anberlin. So check ’em out and let us know what you’ve been jamming as well!
Joe’s Pick: “Breathe” – Anberlin
Continuing the celebration of having another wonderful Anberlin album in the world, my jam this week is one of the softer tunes from New Surrender, the band’s most underrated album in my opinion. With lovely acoustic strumming, a springtime-esque vibe and an uplifting chorus and message, you cannot help but be moved. Give this song and album another chance after you’re done being blown away by Vital; you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Landon’s Pick: “The Healthy One” – Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Thanks to the good people at Sound Supply, an internet company that allows customers to buy a hand-selected group of ten albums for $15, I’m always getting exposed to all different sorts of music. This time around, the company brings together everything from the now-independent recordings of bands like Circa Survive and Hit the Lights as well as punk rock up-and-comers Make Do & Mend and Polar Bear Club. However, I was most taken by Laura Stevenson and the Cans’ album Sit Resist out of all ten records. On my first listen, “The Healthy One” was easily the standout track: a solemn, yet still delightfully catchy offering from the wonderful indie/folk pop group.
Zac’s Pick: “Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked” – Coheed and Cambria
This is possibly the heaviest song on the new Coheed and Cambria album The Afterman: Ascension and is definitely my forerunner for favorite song off the album. Featuring the sinister and downright spellbinding guitar work found on Good Apollo and a vocal technique by Claudio Sanchez that we’ve never heard before, the entire track is laced with an evil tone that matches its sonic presence. As almost every Coheed fan has pointed out, the boys are back to form and everything is looking good among the fence. The album also debuted at #5 on the Billboard charts, a major accomplishment for a prog-rock band whose entire discography revolves around a sci-fi comic.
Megan’s Pick: “Digital Age” – The Early November
I’ve waited years to see The Early November live, and in honor of that reality finally occurring, I’ve spent the last week absorbed in “Digital Age”. There’s something about In Currents that rattles my bones (in a fantastic way), with this song leading the coalition. Its simplicity and stripped down feeling is pleasant, and the truthful lyrics complete the package. The idea addressed in the song, that we (humans) are replaceable and outnumbered, is overwhelming. The confession of wanting a comeback of originality is also relatable and sincere. There’s something about the promotion of tradition and their return that seems connected, but The Early November has successfully reclaimed the throne. I’ll hail the kings as I embark on what’s sure to be a magical evening.