A Tribe Called Quest - We The People....
A Tribe Called Quest is a hip-hop group that formed in 1985. They laid a foundation, and set the bar for many hip-hop artists (a high bar might I add). They are hip-hop legends. Icons of the industry. We the People is a new song from their newest and final studio album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. This is their first studio album in almost 20 years since the group split. This track is a very timely commentary on social injustice, current events, and the current state of the music industry and other art. It’s a friendly reminder that A Tribe Called Quest are still some of the best at what they do.
Conor Oberst - Ruminations
Conor Oberst is an American singer-songwriter who you may know best from the band Bright Eyes. He’s made solo music for a few years now with Ruminations being the latest in a long line-up of albums.
"I wasn't expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone"
The track has that same feeling of cold winters and warmth of the fire. The album is composed of mostly piano, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. Oberst seems to channel his inner Bob Dylan here and I can’t get enough of it.
Car Seat Headrest - Vincent
Car Seat Headrest is an American indie-rock band that was originally a solo project by Will Toledo. Toledo started publishing his music to Bandcamp in 2010 under the name of Car Seat Headrest because he would record his vocals from the backseat of his car for privacy. In 2015 he was signed to Matador Records and formed into a full band with the release of Teens of Denial. Toledo’s voice reminds me of the voices of Sam Endicott (The Bravery) and Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) without feeling too derivative - He has his own style that is apparent in the music.
The xx - On Hold
English indie pop band The xx formed in 2005 and is based out of London. The band is composed of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and producer Jamie xx. On Hold is from their upcoming third studio album. It’s an interesting departure from their normal indie rock, pop sound. This track is very produced and more electronic than a typical xx song (they usually have some real instrumentation involved). Regardless of whether the whole album will sound like this, I’m digging it, and I can’t wait for more. I wasn’t a huge fan of their sophomore album, but, if this track is any indication of the albums quality, I’m all in.
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