Cultivating great musical taste

Songs for the Days: Will Smith Solves the Rubik’s Cube by Bear Cavalry and Survival by Muse

I missed posting yesterday’s Song of the Day, for which I apologise profusely. I will make up for it by giving you two songs today!

The one for yesterday (14 July) is a track from local band Bear Cavalry. Will Smith Solves the Rubik’s Cube, while randomly named, is actually pretty catchy. The band, made up of Louis Pinder, Matthew Cooke, Owen Ballantyne and Dan Kirk, has received plenty of support since they first came together.

To be honest, it’s no surprise. Their songs, especially the afore mentioned track, leap about avoiding any sort of genre, refusing to be pinned down.

Will Smith Solves the Rubik’s Cube comes with blasts of trumpet that takes this track to a whole new level, it adds a hook that completely catches your attention. This, along with the beat that steadily builds up, make this a track that’s pretty hard to forget.

Today’s song is a bit more obvious. Today the Olympic Torch will be going past my home so, naturally, I’m choosing the official London 2012 Olympics song, Survival by Muse.

Overly dramatic with a hint of Queen! What’s not to love? It fires up that Olympics spirit and although the first minute is dedicated to an orchestra setting an atmosphere that is later obliterated by Muse themselves, it starts off fantastically. Then Matt Bellamy’s voice interjects and adds a whole new feeling to the track.

He makes it moody but no less energetic, he gives a strong vocal performance (as is to be expected) and while it might not sound like the usual Muse stuff it is still unmistakably them. It’s a good way to get into the spirit of the event.

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