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The Lumineers – Ophelia

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You remember these guys right? They took the music world by storm with their non-stop touring, constant use of trailer music and their number one hit “Ho Hey“. Well this folk based band from Colorado is back and it didn’t take long for their fans to fall in love with them again.

Ophelia” is the bands first single off their upcoming album Cleopatra (set to release on April 8th). The song begins with a soft crescendo of claps and rim shots before lead singer Wesley Schultz swoops in with his monotone raspy voice and booming piano chords. The most charming part about Ophelia is its simplicity, much like Ho Hey, where The Lumineers never overwhelm their listener with massive production or over analytical lyrics. Piano fills that play along with the lyrics and the adjoining bass guitar near the end exemplifies the song’s allusive charm.

“Ophelia fills the audience ears with soul and their hearts with love, giving them more reason to be excited for their upcoming album Cleopatra. I for one am going to learn this song on the piano, expect a plethora of covers =).

Similar artist: Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharp & The Magentic Zeros, The Strumbellas.

 

Lord Huron – The Night We Met

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Lord Huron‘s music is very dear to my heart, I’ve listened to them during the best of times, and definitely during the worst, never the less they’ve been there when I needed them the most. After stumbling upon their music on NoiseTrade back in 2012, I thought they were the best kept secret, and I was the only one in on it, which was true…for about a month. I witnessed their popularity grow substantially, but with a grain of salt. As a fan, I’m glad people have joined in and immersed themselves in the dream like spaghetti western sounds of Lord Huron, but to me, they’ll always be a best kept secret.

Since their release of Lonesome Dreams in late 2012, they’ve been a 5 man wrecking crew. Touring from city to city, jumping borders, all without skipping a beat. I was ecstatic to hear about their second LP Strange Trails and their new release “The Night We Met”. Ok…that’s a lie, I was nervous, reluctant to believe their new music would live up to the callipre of “She Lit a Fire” or “The Strangers” for that matter.

But I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the high pitched harmonies in the intro, the point at which all instruments collaborate, and the all familiar sounds of running water. Even with all the commercials, trailers and the radio killing Indie 88, in the end, Lord Huron will always be a best kept (not so) secret of mine.

Augustana – Need A Little Sunshine

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It’s kind of a drab day here in Toronto, the sky is a little cloudy and the floor is a little wet, most importantly my home town Raptors are down one game in the playoffs. These can potentially be little pieces to a big disastrous day, but why be somber when you have so much to look forward to. My Raptors will bounce back in game two, the smell of wet cement is glorious (well according to my girlfriend *rotates finger at temple*) and from the words of Augustana, you just “Need A Little Sunshine” to wash away the clouds.

“Need A Little Sunshine” instantly woke me up from a palm to chin morning, to a straight back optimistic afternoon. Only a hand full of songs can do that to you; I would include John Mayers “Waiting on the World to Change” and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home” to fit the bill. Optimism is hard to come by now a days, so when you get a chance to spread it, I would say what are you waiting for?

“…Got a little bit of faith in the hard times, oh
Got a little bit of shade in the moonlight, oh
Got a little bit of right in the wrong times, oh
Got you and me, we’re alright, oh”

For fans of: John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Joshua Radin

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PS. My apologies for video quality, the audio hasn’t come out yet, though the acoustic version is quite amazing as well =)

Sam Roberts Band – Metal Skin

Sam Roberts Band

Remembering back to grade nine, a young, handsome and much better built me went on stage wearing all black everything, holding a single acoustic guitar. I was taking part in the after school talent show where, despite my love for metal and rap music, I wanted to share a little softer side of myself. I took a deep breath and nervously strummed the C minor chord and played my rendition of Sam Roberts Band Bridge to Nowhere.

I’ve been intrigued by Sam Roberts and his band of brothers for a long time, and with the release of their fifth studio album Lo-Fantasy, they continue their stride of being one of the best Canadian bands of our generation. I was taken aback the first time I heard “Metal Skin”, with its jungle melody in the pre-chorus mixed with some funk and rock, it’s a very ambitious record but I’ve come to love it each time I replay it. I have yet to see this band live on stage, but to see “Metal Skin” or “Bridge to Nowhere” for that matter will definitely be worth it. 

For Fans Of: The Arkells, Bedouin SoundClash, The Tragically Hip

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