Civilian - Wye Oak

Comment

Civilian - Wye Oak

Let me tell you why this song belongs to one of the few perfect songs out there. It has to do with three components: Melody, emotion and arrangement. 

The first one is simple: The melody of the song, so wonderfully melancholic, yet so simple. Singer Jenn Wasner basically just sings up and down the scale, of course sometimes skipping a halftone or so. It brings you back to childhood memories,...

Comment

Wide Awake - Parquet Courts

Comment

Wide Awake - Parquet Courts

Here in Germany, the temperature finally has moved above freezing. Sun’s out, weather is starting to be pretty great, finally we’ll be hiking the mountains again…

This makes me feel quite motivated to do things, so I’m celebrating my spring motivation with “Wide Awake” by the extraordinary Parquet Courts. It’s a simple song, but IT’S STILL SO GOOD...

Comment

Knots - Lisa Hannigan

Comment

Knots - Lisa Hannigan

A couple of weeks ago, I completed the “30 Day Song Challenge”. Basically you’re given instructions to pick a song for the span of 30 days. Some - "a song about drugs and alcohol," or "a song that’s a cover by another artist" - were easy. Some, like “a song by an artist with a voice that you love,” were harder...

Comment

Keep Yourself Warm - Frightened Rabbit

Comment

Keep Yourself Warm - Frightened Rabbit

Some of you may recognize this song from the TV show Chuck, which arguably has one of the best soundtracks ever. Some of you may be just like me: Hopelessly devoted to this Scottish band called Frightened Rabbit...

Comment

Dusty Trails - Lucius

Comment

Dusty Trails - Lucius

Pretty soon after moving to New York, I started working for the amazing music company Girlie Action. My fellow employees and my employers soon became a second family to me (we actually had the habit of calling our bosses “the parents”) and some of my clients became dear friends. Even though I never had the pleasure of working with Lucius directly, the band was a longstanding client of Girlie Action and pretty much some of our poster boys and girls. 

Comment

Drag Me to Hell - Van Tastik

Comment

Drag Me to Hell - Van Tastik

What makes a song good? Andrew, our fearless leader, and I talked about that recently in our little video chat.  He also asked me, what a song submission needs for me to include it in my playlist. I told him: It’s a matter of songwriting, production and mood. You’re more likely to be receptive to a certain kind of song, if you’re more open to it because of the way you feel, so that’s a pretty flimsy variable...

Comment

Moonlight Baby - The Dig

Comment

Moonlight Baby - The Dig

Similar to the new Editors-song  this new tune by The Dig has really captured me. Every time “Moonlight Baby" comes on, I can’t help but skip along. It really makes me happy, even though the lyrics are so sad. Accompanied by a wonderful combination of rhythmic acoustic guitar, a threatening, dark guitar lick and vivacious synthesizers, the song grooves as singer David Baldwin says farewell to his one true love. 

Comment

Revelations of a Stamp Monkey - Shilpa Ray

Comment

Revelations of a Stamp Monkey - Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray has been one of my favorite artists since I’ve discovered her music a couple of years back. I used to curate songs for fellow music service A Song A Day, and send out five songs a week for about three years. During this time I’ve probably listened to the more new and undiscovered artists than I ever have an ever will. Anyhow - Shilpa Ray had me hooked from the start. 

Comment

We Need Another Shovel - Billy Momo

Comment

We Need Another Shovel - Billy Momo

I’ve always had a sweet spot for Tom Waits. When working as a video editor for a local newspaper back in 2012, I did a piece on a theatre company performing Wait’s Black Rider. The director of the show told me “You always have to play a Tom Waits song like a glass of beer that’s toppling over.” That quote stuck to me, isn’t it accurate?

Comment

Magazine - Editors

Comment

Magazine - Editors

I’ve always been more of a fan of Tom Smith’s voice than his band Editors. Come on, he sounds gorgeous. And the Editors, sure, they’re good, but I never really connected. Their new single, “Magazine”, changed that.

Comment

Rorschach - Typhoon

Comment

Rorschach - Typhoon

In my opinion, it’s pretty gutsy to release a record this early in the year. When you release your record in the beginning of the year, you have to be really sure it’s good. Otherwise, people are bound to forget about it. Typhoon have released their fourth full-length record Offerings this past week on January 12th. So, Typhoon they’ve got balls. 

Comment

Skim - TORRES

Comment

Skim - TORRES

TORRES is the stage name of US-American singer and songwriter Mackenzie Scott. And boy, like a bull charges at red cloth, Scott surely charges at gender stereotypes. She - amongst others like St. Vincent - belong to the female artists in 2017, who’ve released albums challenging rock stereotypes. Lyrically, musically, visually. Vulture published an excellent article on the matter, I highly recommend it. 

Comment

3WW - alt-J

Comment

3WW - alt-J

I’m starting the new year with one of my favorite songs from the old one. I’ve loved alt-J since their debut An Awesome Wave had come out, and my love for them hasn’t wavered since. Naturally, when they released their first single off their third record earlier this year, it was pretty much all I listened to for three straight days. 

Comment

What You Make Of It - The Sad Song Co.

Comment

What You Make Of It - The Sad Song Co.

There is so much music out there, and I listen to a lot of it. Still, I’m really grateful for the submissions that come into my inbox via the Music to Conquer Mountains landing page. One of them was a submission by Nigel Powell, mastermind of the project The Sad Song Co. He submitted his new single, “What You Make Of It”, a sweeping progressive rock “Anthem” that reminded me of Genesis’ Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and prog metal masters Tool and Opeth. 

Comment

Lower Worlds - Rainer Maria

Comment

Lower Worlds - Rainer Maria

German poet Rainer Maria Rilke belongs to the great minds of European literature and lyricism. He grew up an only child, his older sister having died only a week after his mother gave birth to her. She tried to cope with that pain by dressing young René (he would change his name later) as a girl. His history, and the gender ambiguity of the name, was one of the reasons the band Rainer Maria was inspired by. 

Comment

Turncoat - Pickwick

Comment

Turncoat - Pickwick

Sometimes all you need is a proper groove, man. A groove, which “Turncoat” by the Seattle based band Pickwick will offer you. The band has been around for almost ten years and after releasing a series of EPs and singles, they finally dropped their debut record Can’t Talk Medicine in 2013.

Comment

Heavenward - Wolf Alice

Comment

Heavenward - Wolf Alice

In recent years Wolf Alice has occasionally popped up on my radar. I thoroughly enjoyed them in 2014, when I discovered their song “She” off of their EP Blush. I bopped my head to “Fluffy,” one of the lead singles off their debut Your Love is Cool. But I didn’t really love them until Visions of a Life, their sophomore record. 

Comment

Come & Get It - Year of October

Comment

Come & Get It - Year of October

Fans of Heartless Bastards, Delta Spirit or The Detroit Cobras listen up! This week I proudly present the first submission to my playlist. The band Year of October submitted the track this week via the from on Music to Conquer Mountains with the note "The song is based on a short story by Phlecia Sullivan and involves a girl getting over an abusive relationship.” ...

Comment