And, the playlists are up! Check out what rocked in February, via all your favourite platforms (Rdio, Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube). This past month started off 2015 in a great way with some killer tunes from EXGF, The Wombats, The Tallest Man On Earth, Young Empires, Passion Pit and many more.
I’ve got another new track from Irish band Moscow Metro, to accompany the single “Late Night Radio” that I posted last week. “Berlin Prayer” came together around the first night of the bands’ German tour, inspired by the street art and graffiti colouring Berlin’s buildings. It was something the band have never seen before and they talked about what words might mean.
Lead singer Pops says “At one stage I imagined the graffiti as prayers, not in the religious sense, but with a similar sense of something spiritual, seeking to communicate a message to the city. I don’t know why, I was obviously seeing what I wanted to see. Later we found out most of the graffiti was ‘pimmel’. Later on, at a sold out show in a WWII bunker in Stuttgart we found out that ‘pimmel’ was the German word for penis, so our artistic interpretations were on fire.”
I remember that time back in March of last year pretty well when Irish band Moscow Metro sent me a message with a link to a few of their songs off their Spirit Of A City EP. I liked their featured title track, but “Future Fades” just blew me away. I logged quite a bit of time listening to that EP, while doing my part in sharing their tunes here on the blog (“Future Fades” made my list of Best Songs Of 2014).
The band and I have been keeping in touch over the past year as they’ve started to build from their debut. Although, after touring Germany their lead singer quit, so the band took a bit of a hiatus. They had written some new songs on the road, which the remaining band members felt needed to see the light of day, so lyricist and main guitarist Pops took over on lead vocals (a process that proved to be pretty seamless and more natural than they anticipated). Since, the band has been in a writing and recording mode, bringing me to the focus of this post, to feature the brand new track “Late Night Radio”.
You can just feel the energy in this song, get on board with this band!
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It’s been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all. This post is always my favourite one to put together, the problem is always trying to keep the number of songs down. I settled on 50 tracks (listed here in playlist order, not a ranking) that rocked my year, take a look below and agree, disagree, discover of just hit play. As usual, I did my best to make these playlists on soundcloud, spotify, rdio, youtube and this year on Dropmark (which I use for saving videos). For those who like to watch your playlists, try out my collection.
1. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
2. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”
3. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
4. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”
5. Broods – “L.A.F”
6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979”
7. Brolin – “Swim Deep”
8. Bastille vs Haim – “Bite Down”
9. Moscow Metro – “Future Fades”
10. Austin Basham – “All Is Well”
11. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
12. Sego – “Wicket Youth”
13. Ghost Beach – “Moon Over Japan”
14. Sucre – “Young And Free”
15. Strand Of Oaks – “Shut In”
16. Lowell – “The Bells”
17. Arkells – “Come To Light”
18. Nate Eiesland – “Drifting”
19. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
20. Ben Khan – “Youth”
21. Prinze George – “Make Me”
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Luna”
23. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
24. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
25. Fickle Friends – “Swim”
26. Snakadaktal – “The Sun II”
27. Old Man Canyon – “Wiser”
28. Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
29. Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me”
30. Skaters – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”
31. Spoon – “Inside Out”
32. Haerts – “Giving Up”
33. Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were”
34. Wye Oak – “Glory”
35. SOHN – “Artifice”
36. Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi”
37. Wolf Saga – “You Only Live Once (Strokes Cover) feat. Lyon”
38. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
39. Panama Wedding – “All Of The People”
40. Magic Man – “It All Starts Here”
41. Phoria – “Atomic”
42. Vance Joy – “Mess Is Mine”
43. New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
44. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”
45. Prides – “Messiah”
46. Operators – “True “
47. Snowmine – “Tidal Wave”
48. Still Parade – “Beach”
49. Breakfast In Fur – “Shape”
50. Odesza – “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)”
BEST SONGS OF 2014 (RDIO PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (YOUTUBE PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (DROPMARK VIDEO PLAYLIST)
Fans of The National, Glavegas, or The Darcys are probably going to want to take a listen to Irish post punk band M O S C O W M E T R O. They passed along a link to their Spirit Of A City EP, which is set to be released next month.
Meeting through mutual friends, the quartet’s early rehearsals took place in a storage warehouse; a ten foot by ten foot metal box that shook with sound vibrations, leading to the inspiration for the name M O S C O W M E T R O. Their music deals with the subjects we don’t talk about, the things we bury deep. Taking inspiration from every aspect of life including films, writers, art; the band’s influences are diverse, from The National to Blade Runner, Walt Whitman to The Cure.
Spirit Of A City explores several dark themes; feeling trapped by your situation, death and loss, social tensions and escaping the aftermath of a failed relationship. Contrasting hope and fear; Spirit Of A City is dark and brooding yet also elated and uplifting.
Here’s the video for “Spirit of a City” but please take note of my favourite, the 2nd track, “Future Fades”.