Cultivating great musical taste

Archive for September, 2012

Song of the Day: Nemo by Nightwish

Although Tarja turned out to be a bit of a diva and was dismissed from the band as a result, Nemo, which was recorded during her reign does remain one of  Nightwish’s best songs.

I offer this to you because I find myself unable to locate a new track that I truly liked. So I reverted to one of my all time favourites. Do you know why I love this song so much? (more…)


Song of the Day: Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

I have never ever heard of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros before but oh my god this song, Home, is enough to convert me and send me foraging for more delectable tunes. (more…)


Song of the Day: Numb by Linkin Park

 

 

Here comes another sentimental post! I love love loved this song back in school. I’ve always loved music and this track was another step in that wonderfully musical ladder. (more…)


Song of the Day: The High Road by Broken Bells

Well, it doesn’t really get off to a good start. The introduction of The High Road by Broken Bells is a tad below par, it sounds like unsatisfying retro game music, yet don’t let that deter you, what’s to come is absolutely amazing. (more…)


Song of the Day: History’s Door by Husky

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh this is awesome, it’s so hard to describe….but I guess since I’m devoting a blog to it I should find some words!

Right from the beginning History’s Door by Husky is a blur of awesome splashed with brilliance and dappled with a healthy layer of amazingness. (more…)


Song of the Day: Comptine d’un autre ete : L’apres midi by Yaan Tiersen

 

God I love this piece of music. Whenever it’s on I have to stop whatever I’m doing and listen, I have to give it my full attention. It’s the sort of music that begs you to close your eyes so you can listen to it more closely. (more…)


Mercury Prize Nominee Jessie Ware With Devotion

Jessie Ware is a name that has been banded about quite a bit recently, yet the comment about her that stuck with me is that she’s impossible to stick in a genre, impossible to classify. This I find good, why should everyone be pigeonholed? Why should each artist be judged as rock or pop or folk? I think someone who flits between all genres is to be cherished, they’re truly talented. They don’t stick with what they know but go out and explore.

Which is why I chose her album to review first, she intrigued me. (more…)


Mercury Prize 2012 Nominations

So a few hours ago the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012 nominations were announced. It’s an annual event and perhaps one of the most coveted awards in the industry.

Last year PJ Harvey won it for the second time with her album Let England Shake and she was up against some tough competition with Adele, Tinie Tempah and Elbow. (more…)


Song of the Day: They by Jem

I was actually going to choose another song, but I got halfway through it and realised I had already used it as my song of the day. But thankfully this one popped into my head. (more…)


Song of the Day: O Children by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

I absolutely love this track.

It was my first introduction to Nick Cave (aside from that dark duet he did with Kylie Minogue) and I had to confess myself addicted after one listen. I would spend entire bus journeys (which were about an hour and a half long) swept up in almost seven minutes of wonderfully moody vocals and submerging myself into the depths created by the lyrics. (more…)


Song of the Day: Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Because tonight is the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and this song is awesome.

Firstly I would just like to comment on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been an amazing summer of sport and I love that the ceremonies have been a celebration of music. It has been completely inspiring and I do hope the legacy set by these games continues, and I look forward to Rio in 2016. (more…)


Song of the Day: Velvet Elvis by Alex Winston

This is another one that has come from an advert. Velvet Elvis by Alex Winston is a catchy little tune that lightens up the five minute advert stretch between one paralympic sport and another. (more…)


Song of the Day:The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit

Well this is amazing. (more…)


Song of the Day: Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine

Yeah okay, so this is a song that had a lot of radio play and has becomes a steadfast favourite of Florence’s fans and it’s really really really good. It’s my favourite Florence song ever and I fell in love with it long before it turned up on the radio. (more…)


Song of the Day: On The Sea by Beach House

Ahhhhhhhhhhh On The Sea by Beach House is a really relaxing song. It actually sounds a little bit like Muse, not the singing or exuberant guitar solos, but the rest of the music. It sounds like some of their earlier stuff. (more…)


Song of the Day: Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire

This is another track discovered because of a film, that film being The Hunger Games. Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire pops up at the start of the credits and I think it’s epitomizes the film (and the books) perfectly, at least a lot more so than Taylor Swift’s Safe and Sound.

The lyrics might not really link to the film, but I love how discordant  and fractured it is, because that’s what the storyline of The Hunger Games is, it’s a world fractured both literally and figuratively and this selection of song was a stroke of genius. (more…)