Mountain Man (singular) is comprised of three girls (plural) singing folk music with simple but lovely melodies and haunting harmonies above them. They met at Bennington College (unsurprising) and make beautiful beautiful songs that are perfect to listen to on a lazy summer morning as you, in their words,”drink horse bark root beer and sit on your back stairs.”
Read more about Mountain Man on wikipedia, and download their album for a full experience in gentle summer nostalgia.
Maybe this one is too mainstream to really belong on a self-declared “hipster” music blog, but regardless, Bright Eyes certainly deserves some recognition for The People’s Key, their latest album. Conor Oberst continues to explore the deep dark depths of different drug dreamy, philosophical realms, and the music, while perhaps somewhat of a departure from the classic Bright Eyes americana formula, lives up to any and all expectations. Instead of writing these ballads incorporating grandiose details about certain lifestyles, people and places, he delves into something that perhaps more audience members can relate to. I’m not sure yet whether this departure will continue to be a good thing, but for now it seems to add some variety that makes this new album that much more interesting. The only big turn off for me on this album is the motivational speaker (or so it seems) at the beginning and end of some tracks. It’s just plain WEIRD. At first I was willing to give them their creative license, but after the first few listens all the way through, the oddly deep and hypnotic voice started to get under my skin. It gets annoying, and detracts from the meaning of the lyrics instead of building on them. At any rate, you can see videos for two of the songs off the new album above. I done my best to embed them (this blogging stuff is quite the headache!). Enjoy!!
EDIT This is Mrs. Mumford thanking herself for fixing her counterpart’s lack of tumblr literacy. He’ll get there.
When I first stumbled upon Ewan Dobson, I was blown away. It’s not his approach to making music that most astonished me (although that is certainly unique), nor was it the ridiculous outfits that he seems to be wearing in every single YouTube video of him out there. Amongst his other musical and performance traits though, the one thing that bowled me over the most was the sheer speed at which he could play the guitar. Before watching him perform the piece live, I had heard it recorded, and I assumed that the artist had to be using loop pedals or something to duplicate and intensify sound, but upon watching the live video of him playing “Time 2,” my jaw dropped. Some people attribute all the quirks of his music to his own open profession of his love for video games, and others still attribute his astonishing dexterity to the same thing. Whatever you think of the way he plays guitar, you can’t help but get a little bit swept up in the skill of what he does. The music is beautiful, acoustic, and the style allows for tremendous range. Enjoy!
Them Changes, a group from the UK, is reminiscent of some strange combination of The Kooks and a British-accent-clad Maroon 5, but with something extra. I’m not sure that I would agree with the hype that this Obscure Sound post gives them, but they have a very fun sound for dancing or, say, jumping around your room in your underwear/pajamas while you’re supposed to be cleaning or studying for ACTs. Hem.
Bon Iver came out with his second album,Bon Iver(creative title, right?), today. A divergence from his first album For Emma, Forever Agoand EPBlood Bank.As opposed to such iconic indie-folk tunes as ‘Skinny Love’ and ‘Flume,’ this latest album departs (as many indie-folk artists seem to be doing these days) into the territory of the electronic. Although not as vast a shift as Iron & Wine’s latest album,Bon Iver features a tangible movement away from the acoustic I-not-only-wrote-this-but-also-recorded-it-in-a-cabin feel.
You can listen to the whole album through NPR.orghere! Be sure to listen to ‘Minnesota, WI’ and ‘Towers.’