Mumford and Sons have just released their sophomore album, Babel, yesterday as follow up to their wildly successful album Sigh No More released back in 2010. Though they are only on their 2nd album these guys are already legendary, bringing an original sound that is now imitated by many but successfully pulled off by few. Their new release features much of their same signature sound, with dynamic buildups and drop offs that keep the listener on a musical roller coaster. This time around, they’ve taken that recipe for success and spiced it up even more, adding even more killer harmonies and really highlighting the peripheral instruments like keys and banjo. Here’s one of two performances from this past week on SNL. Whoever thought music could be created by actually playing instruments, singing with no technological interference, and harmonizing with your fellow man? Brilliant.
The Silversun Pickups recently released a new vinyl containing 3 “new” tracks as their contribution to the Black Friday festivities. I say “new” because these are tracks that were recorded back in 2009 when their last LP Swoon dropped however they never saw the light of day. The Southern California rockers are currently working on their 3rd album, which is set to release in Spring 2012.
Silversun Pickups- Seasick
After watching a preview for the upcoming movie “Act of Valor,” I was not only moved by the preview, but also by the great song choice that narrated what I was seeing on the screen. That song is this Snow Patrol track from 2008 from their album, A Hundred Million Suns.
Snow Patrol – What If This Storm Ends?
This guy has one seriously powerful voice. Adding to the list of imports we have recently posted, Alex Clare hails from the Southeast of London, bringing vocals full of soul over anything from rock to dubstep. Here is his cover of Etta James’ “Damn Your Eyes” (Etta is more popularly known for her Motown classic “At Last”) as well as his original “Too Close.” You can check out the rest of his album, Lateness of the Hour, at his Soundcloud.
Alex Clare – Damn Your Eyes
Alex Clare – Too Close
Young the Giant, formerly know as The Jakes, have been around since 2004, but have gained a lot of exposure recently with their songs being used on numerous TV shows. They were the act this year who played at the MTV Music Awards, and everybody said, “Who are they?” Well they are pretty damn good. The song they performed on the show was “My Body.” But ever since hearing “Cough Syrup,” I give these guys credit, they definitely have some range and should be around for a while. “Cough Syrup,” has kind of a Mumford and Sons feel to it. Enjoy. (Thanks Denise for the correction)
Young the Giant – Cough Syrup
We have already heard 3 or 4 remixes of this song, and to be honest I am already listening to “Paradise,” and waiting for those remixes to appear. However with the late addition, comes none other than Avicii, with his take on the song. Avicii’s mix is more organic and instead of just cutting the song up and mixing it you can hear him add his own melodies and make this truly a entirely different song.
Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall (Avicii Mix)