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 don’t really play well together, but that’s what has happened.
Bon Iver – This band, and yes it’s a band sadly there is no guy named Bon, is kind of what I call folky rock. It’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 “Creature Fear” and “Re: Stacks”.
Blitzen Trapper – I hated this band for the longest time, because they sounded a lot like folky Bob Dylan (listen to “Furr” to understand what I am talking about). I really don’t like bands that don’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 don’t believe me listening to “Better Things” and try not to dance, you can’t help yourself. I have high hopes for this band.
Hot Chip – Out of the four I mentioned in the post, this is the one I can’t get enough of. I find the nonsense lyrics and beats hypnotic, it’s like mind candy. You just listen, you don’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.