Archive | November 2013

4. Mumford & Sons – The Cave

The dynamics of this song are equally matched to the incredible production value of which Mumford & Sons relentlessly adhere to. As much as I love how you can hear every individual note as clear as the others in this twangy mix, what gets me is how the song builds just so gradually… into that hope-filled chorus of endings, leaving you feeling like you’ve just gone somewhere. Pretty good use of brass instruments, too.

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3. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

This song is one you might find on a typical “songs you should listen to” playlist. Jeff Mangum’s lyrics are nothing short of genius. With what I initially thought was absurd word choice, I was left in awe of the vivid circling imagery the song conveys. What I love about this is what it lacks in recording quality, it more than makes up for in arrangement and content, insisting that production isn’t the most important part of a simply decent song, particularly in this genre.

2. Regina Spektor – Eet

Regina Spektor is one of those quirky, ultra-talented artists that you just fall in love with without being able to comprehend what just happened in the song. While this one isn’t my all-time favourite, it’s one I’m listening to at the moment on repeat.

The chord progression is pretty standard, but her voice is so unique, as is your interpretation of the song lyrics, which seems to be the general consensus on many of her songs.

1. Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

Being the first song I’m posting on here, there was a lot of pressure to choose a good one. Too much. So instead choosing one deliberately, I picked the first song I happened to have ‘starred’ on Spotify.

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead was a step away from the grunge that their hit Creep elicited, at least commercially. The first time I listened to this, I was admittedly indifferent about it. But it grew on me. And then it ate away at me. The bridge hits the hardest, emanating the frustration and the underlying meaning of the song through the lyrics that Thom Yorke recorded directly from “whatever was going on in [his] head”. The keyboard and string effects are pretty cool, too.