Category Archives: Music I’m Digging

Music I’m (still) Digging: Suzanne Vega “Solitude Standing”

Suzanne Vega’s voice is a warm hug on a cold winter’s evening.  It wraps around you and holds you, while her lyrics never  quite let you forget the chill just outside the window.

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Singles (the ubiquitous “Tom’s Diner” and “Luka”) aside, it is full of warmly-produced slices of life, full of old New York references and small moments.

Great for when you’re feeling low or lonely and want comfort but not necessarily cheeriness.

Just listen.

Music I’m Digging: Hammock – Departure Songs

Hammock – Departure Songs

All I wanted from the new Hammock album was something that hurts to listen to, in the best possible way. Post-rock, emotional buildups, NOT just reverby guitar with repetitive loud cymbal hits like so much wanky post-rock these days). They added a string section and expanded their sound so much.

I’ve had to turn it off several times because it hits my heart too much.

RIYL emotions. Ok ok. M83, Helios, film scores, early Sigur Ros.

Music I’m Digging Friday: Susanna Hoffs “Someday”

Yes, that Susanna Hoffs.

Those who might know her solely from “We Got The Beat” would do well to check out her powerpop excursions with Matthew Sweet on their two collaborations “Under The Covers” volumes one and two, featuring covers of such pop classics as “Cinnamon Girl”, “You’re So Vain” and “The Kids Are Alright”.

Anyway, her new album “Someday” falls squarely into the Suzanne Vega / Sam Phillips style of girl singer/songwriter sounds with close harmonies, confessional lyrics and a bright clean sound.

Yeah, its basically Music For Gilmore Girls. In a good way.

Recommended single: “This is the Place”

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Music I’m Digging Friday: new Freelance Whales!

There’s something really important about having a balance of production and consumption in life.  Whenever I find myself too much on either side of that ratio, my life takes a stagnant turn.  Thusfar in 2012, between Deeper Context needing a bit of a revamp and our move to Atlanta taking up a lot of my mental energies, the balance has taken a turn for the worse.  I know I’m not the most prolific blogger, but I’d like to be sharing more with you.

I used to do a music podcast called Sounds From My Drawers, which some of y’all may have listened to.

As with many things, life started getting in the way of that production, and it turned out to not be as fun as I thought it would be.  I’m thinking about bringing it back with a partner, since the back-and-forth of music geeks is something that can make for compelling listening.

In the meantime, for the sake of people who sometimes ask me for new music recommendations, and in order to start putting more content out there into the world (which I’ve slacked on lately, and am really feeling the effects of), this is the first of what I’m committing to do as a weekly post.  Behold, “Music I’m Digging Friday!” (because Music Monday is too much alliteration for me).

This Week: Freelance Whales – “Spitting Image

I’m a big fan of a certain brand of indie pop, which is typically filed under ‘baroque pop’.  Music that fills the room, with delicate, unusual-for-pop-music instrument combinations (things like cello, violin, flute, etc) is a welcome respite from the slick robotic pop of the 2000s and 2010s (not that I’m not also a fan of robotic pop, of course).

Bands like Camera Obscura, The Helio Sequence, The Format (now better known as Fun.), and yes even Florence + The Machine (their first album, anyway) are never far from my iPod.

Freelance Whales is in a similar vein, featuring la-la-y overdubbed-to-sound-like-a-small-amateur-choir backing vocals and joyful melodies.

This song would be great for a giddy montage.  Their second album comes out in October.

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