Ever since Lala launched its new streaming music service I have been listening to a ton of new music. Four bands that have really stuck me are Bon Iver, Blitzen Trapper, Passion Pit, and Hot Chip. I like each of them for different reasons. Surprisingly, I can break these four bands into two groups: dancey and folky (I know these are not real words). I am not sure why I am listening to two groups of music that donâ€™t really play well together, but thatâ€™s what has happened.
Bon Iver â€“ This band, and yes itâ€™s a band sadly there is no guy named Bon, is kind of what I call folky rock. Itâ€™s like singer song writer with a twist of upbeat tempos that make you tap your foot and bob your head. My favorite tracks are â€œCreature Fearâ€ and â€œRe: Stacksâ€.
Blitzen Trapper â€“ I hated this band for the longest time, because they sounded a lot like folky Bob Dylan (listen to â€œFurrâ€ to understand what I am talking about). I really donâ€™t like bands that donâ€™t have their own sound, but after listening to the full album I realized that they do. It seems that the whole album puts a modern take on classic rock progressions. Listen to it and see if you can figure the influences for each track.
Passion Pit – This band only has a 7 track EP out right now, but if they put out a LP this year there will be dance mania. If you donâ€™t believe me listening to â€œBetter Thingsâ€ and try not to dance, you can’t help yourself. I have high hopes for this band.
Hot Chip â€“ Out of the four I mentioned in the post, this is the one I canâ€™t get enough of. I find the nonsense lyrics and beats hypnotic, itâ€™s like mind candy. You just listen, you donâ€™t have to put much thought into it to enjoy it. I find it to be a great album to work and “Shake a Fist” to for that reason.
So that is a quick rundown of the bands I am listening to at this moment. If you ask me next month I will probably tell you four different bands. Feel free to share your top four of the moment via a comment.