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.
This Track Discovered via: http://prettymuchamazing.com/music/stream/freelance-whales-spitting-image
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