“Pins” by Natalie McCool

“Pins” by Natalie McCool

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We’re all at least a little bit broken. And we all like tracks that appeal to that, tracks that get under your skin and provide the empathy you really need, that appear as a promise that you are not alone in your pain. Natalie McCool is a British singer-songwriter who understands that feeling better than you’d expect.

There is serious emotional and musical maturity in “Pins”. The lyrics promise ‘I know what it feels like to be hurt, I know what it feels like to have cracks in the surface.’ And Natalie really does. Her delicate velvety voice, coupled with soft electronics and incredible spirals of feeling and melody, turn out to be the beautifully dark yet comforting kind of alt-pop that you need on a rainy day.

Currently Listening To: EXGF

Currently Listening To: EXGF

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I’ve been totally stuck on this killer track from mysterious Franco-American collective EXGF since last week,  having Dan recently remind me of it’s awesomeness via his playlist.  “We Are The Hearts” is only the 2nd track we’ve heard from this duo (last year “Idle Hands” appeared) and it’s totally good enough to make you just stop everything you’re doing and hit play.  Seriously.

Anyone else a fan of those trumpets?

Fool For Love

Fool For Love

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A few weeks back, I posted a brand new track from Lord Huron called “The Night We Met” and an album trailer called Strange Trails.  Today I’ve learned that the album will come out April 7th via IAMSOUND and the song (below) “Fool For Love” also appears on the record.  For me (and many others), we’re hoping this record can take over where their 2012 critically acclaimed album Lonesome Dreams left off.   Turns out, the two records are indeed linked.

Strange Trails was written and produced by frontman Ben Schneider and recorded at the band’s own Whispering Pines studio in Los Angeles.  The record is an anthology of weird fiction—a new collection of tales from the world introduced on Lonesome Dreams.  Schneider explains, “There’s no direct narrative connection between the two albums. The stories here are separated by time, location and characters. Many of the themes have carried over and evolved.”

I’ll admit, when I first put on “Fool For Love”, it felt a little too much like a few songs on Lonesome Dreams.  But I’m really only a couple listens in, we’ll see how it grows on me.

Video: “Agape” by Bear’s Den

Video: “Agape” by Bear’s Den

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Band’s are pretty good at following directions from their music video directors.  If I were the artist on this shoot though, I’d have to pass on burying myself in the sand while the tide is coming in.  “Agape” by Bear’s Den, from their debut album “Islands” (out now on Communion Records/Caroline International).

LSTN Headphones

LSTN Headphones

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It seemed serendipitous that LSTN Headphones recently got in touch with me, as I’ve got a bit of a thing for reclaiming wood for tech, while I’ve been dealing with some failing headphones this month.  The LA company passed along a pair of their vintage-inspired Troubadour headphones, made of real, reclaimed exotic wood that is sourced from furniture and flooring manufacturers.  Sonically, they’re full of great sound plus I don’t have to worry about tangling my cords.  But I was drawn to this company for their commitment to giving back, as proceeds from each pair help provide hearing aids to people in need through Starkey Hearing Foundation.  So far, they’ve helped over 17,000 people hear around the world.

Learn more about LSTN Headphones and/or follow them on twitter.

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