Death Cab for Cutie’s Plans came at a pivotal point in my life. I had just graduated high school and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I couldn’t remain in my hometown and that I wanted to do something with meaning.
Plans helped me try and figure out life and also reflect on what I had accomplished to that point in my life. Ben Gibbard’s lyrics were both searching and melancholy and kept me wondering on the many possibilities before me.
“Your Heart is an Empty Room” is one of my favorite tracks from the album with its simple guitar chords and Gibbard’s sad lyrics that somehow makes the song upbeat. Check it out below.
Over the years, Foals have ventured into many different musical genres on their albums. Math rock, indie rock, alternative, and even new jack swing have all popped up on their records. I have been closely following their music ever since listening to their remarkable first album Antidotes.
The band’s second album Total Life Forever was a game changer for the band as they showed just how versatile they were. “Blue Blood” is one of the best tracks from the album with its amazing chorus and math-rock guitar riffs. Check it out below.
The first time I listened to Son Little was on The Roots’ “Guns Are Drawn” and was intrigued by his vocal style. I checked out his music and knew I had to share it on this blog. “Lay Down” is a mellow and romantic track that has Little singing about spending quality time with his lover.
Benjamin Booker recently released his second studio album Witness which is proving to be one of the best albums of the year. The album mixes gospel, garage rock, and blues as Booker expands upon his sound. “Right On You” is one of the best tracks on the record with its raucous guitars and Booker’s growly voice.
Beach Fossils is back!! After a four year gap from their sophomore album, Beach Fossils released their third album Somersault. The record is both a return to form and an expansion of the band’s mellow sound. I have listened to the album several times in a row and I just can’t get enough.
“Down the Line” is one of my favorite tracks from the record. The song reminds me of Beach Fossil’s first album with its surf rock sound. The bass line drives the song along as a steady guitar riff pops in and out.
I am a big fan of Boston band Bay Faction with their jazz and indie rock style. The band’s music is mellow and is perfect for those evenings when you want to just chill with your significant other. “Crack Pipe” is a lovely gem from Bay Faction with its terrific riffs that blends with vocalist/guitarist James McDermott’s pleading vocals.
You Blew It’!’s Abendrot was one of my favorite records of 2016 as the band ventured into a more slower and mature sound. The entire album is a joy to listen to and I still find myself returning to the album over and over again. “Sundial Song” is one of the best tracks from the album with its pop-punk sound and catchy chorus. Check it out.