April 2015 Jukebox

Sunday, April 05, 2015

I have about 30-plus soundbites of tasty awesomeness headed to your buds right about now. Spring is here, but I realize some of us still have a bit of winter somewhere. This hour and forty-five minute playlist is a bouncy balance between the two. Here are a few of my favorite tracks this month:

Grace Mitchell - "Always & Forever"
"I heard you lefted town but you didn’ call / I asked around, / sent the hounds / all I found was a bunch of tall tales / and my friends all say i told you / and I guess all dreams don't all come true."
Her album cover caught my eye and her voice is phenomenal. If an attractive dude coming out of a pool on a summer day, one so hot that it makes you stop mid-call & go “gurrrrl, ima gunna have to call you back," can be written into song, it would be “Always & Forever". The video would be a modernized version of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” & preferably have me rolling around in the sand with said dude.

Marina & The Diamonds - "Blue"
"Gimme love, gimme dreams, gimme a good self esteem / Gimme good and pure, what you waiting for? / Gimme everything, all your heart can bring / Something good and true / I don't wanna feel blue anymore"
YAAASSS, the Queen has returned. 'Froot' is nothing but outstanding and worth every second of the wait. I've never gone through a break-up, but I have been rejected and ghosted on (what's up with that guys? Stop, be men). This song, to me, is all about a relationship that you just can't shake. You're bored, it's wrong, it's tumultuous; but you can't let go. Marina has always impressed me with how she can mix pop with more gloomy topics that her genre barely touches.

Simon & Garfunkel - "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)"
"Away, I'd rather sail away / Like a swan that's here and gone / A man gets tied up to the ground / He gives the world its saddest sound."
I'm surprised this song wasn't retained in my memory as well as it should've. I've listened to this duo over the years and I never caught on. I was watching "Wild" (so. good.) the other night and minus the emotional rollercoaster that I had that made me immediately want to kiss/call/cuddle/love my mother, this tune is one of the other things that really endured after the credits rolled. It's somber and beautiful.

Mother Mother - "Monkey Tree"
"Tied to the rat race, / A big bird in a small cage. / You're tied with a tightrope, / And you wiggle but it won't let go. / You wanna be a free bird,/ You wanna be a free lover, see / You gotta run from the shepherd. / Run, run away with me."
Another album I've been waiting for is finally dropping this week. Mother Mother's 'Very Good Bad Thing'. Canadians are ruling this playlist, y'all! This video is so fun and I love the theatrics, drama and experimentation of this band. They're never quite ever in the same box, which is a very good (not bad) thing.

July Talk - "I've Rationed Well"
"As I walk to where I used to live / I try to remind myself of you / Telling lies / Felt right / Around you / Then I met a whiskey and I moved across town / Away from the river and the girls and you."
I love this conversation between July Talk's singers, Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay (pictured above). Fay's voice is gossamer and silky; almost translucent. Dreimanis then rumbles in, gnarled and leathery-sounding like Leonard Cohen. It's a marvelous juxtaposition. I imagine these two lovers, finally clear-headed about their relationship, but still having this dialogue unwillingly. Perhaps more time will solve this mess?

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