Megan’s Pick: “Honey Bee” – Seahaven
I don’t remember falling in love with Seahaven, but now they sweep me off my feet. And, spending my week with “Honey Bee” has certainly reiterated my reasons and even sparked a few emotions. Their bluntness is melancholy, but honest. This song becomes extremely open and personal and demands attention. But, at the same time, it has a certain tone of mystery and longing. It’s calm and reflective, but certainly very sad. I guess my attraction lies in the whole, and this song is painfully stunning, to say the least.
Landon’s Pick: “Dig Up the Dead” – Mansions
With stunning lyrical resonance and a bare-bones acoustic musical style, Christopher Bowden, the brainchild behind Louisville, Kentucky’s own Mansions, is nothing if not a musical genius. Unlike a lot of solo acoustic acts, the man has his mind set on providing the listener with the best that money can buy. The best in this case being a mixture of atmospheric melodies that perfectly counterbalance his rough-around-the-edge vocal structure. Dig Up the Dead is a great album all around, but it truly is the title track that does the best at giving the people what they want.
Joe’s Pick: “Lines” – Lucy Rose
Currently (but not for much longer) best known for doing guest vocals on a pair of Bombay Bicycle Club albums, Lucy Rose is a young English songstress with seemingly unlimited potential. The title track off her recently released EP Lines, this song shows the singer/songwriter brilliantly combining her soft, silky-smooth voice with a folk and pop blend to stunning results. Rose’s debut full-length, Like I Used To, is set for release next Tuesday and if this track is any indication, she will be making a big splash not only in her native UK, but all across the world.
Dylan’s Pick: “To Absent Friends” – Frank Turner
I saw Frank Turner for the first time last week and, being the enormous fan I am of the English singer/songwriter, it was one of the best shows I’ve been to. Since the show I’ve really been on a Frank kick and one song that I really wish he would play more often is “To Absent Friends” from his 2010 Rock & Roll EP. This is a very upbeat jam by Frank’s standards and leans more toward a pop-punk sound than Frank’s classic acoustic/folk style. So if you’re looking for one last hurrah as fall begins, reach for this song and sing your heart out.
Nick’s Pick: “Bye Bye Beautiful, Don’t Bother to Write” – Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
I’ve been on a bit of a hip-hop kick this week, and Kyle Lucas is a rapper that I have been following for a while now. The frontman of pop-rap band Vonnegutt, Lucas collaborated with Captain Midnite on this project, which delves into a very different sound. This track begins with a soft guitar and a choir hum, which are soon joined by a pounding drum-beat. Captain Midnite really creates an ambient atmosphere and distinct feel with his beat, and Lucas’ verses paint a dark, angry portrait of someone struggling to keep control of their emotions. His flawless delivery propels the track, and despite being just two minutes in length, it really packs a punch.
Jason’s Pick: “BTM FDR” – The Acacia Strain
In anticipation for the band’s upcoming Death is the Only Mortal, I’ve been spinning the down-tuned crusher that is simply Wormwood. “BTM FDR” is just one of many tracks I quite enjoy from that record, but this one wraps up everything that is enjoyable about this band into one pummeling punch to the gut. Vicious lyricism, catchy riffs and unmistakable ferocity, it can only be hoped that the band can continue their descent into heavy memorability with their Rise Records debut.