Music with the qualities of air swishing through your fan blades on a hot Spring afternoon. Ahhh you can even hear the allergens rushing past your nostrils. ((Sighs))
1. Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
These guys are fragile. Like kids with string instruments, breathing out the lyrics like they were asking for cotton candy from mom. The way the cello wanes and that delicate pizzicato pops behind the addicting line “Gonna take you for a ride on a big jet plane” makes me wanna spin in circles and sing this to the sky. But not really… I get sick.
P.S. This song has one single lyrical line that never leaves your brain…forever….
2. Blessed – Brett Dennen
Try and not smile while listening. I dare you.
3. Colors – Amos Lee
This is the best version of this song. You can’t buy it sadly, it doesn’t exist anywhere except on a soundtrack of a girly movie with Reese Witherspoon in it. Something about falling in love with ghosts. Anyway, the sing itself is a precious gem on the piano and so is his voice.
4. Anonanimal – Andrew Bird
Think it’s cool? You should see it live. One Man, and a bunch of instruments (Mandolin, Violin, Guitar, Banjo, This little tiny piano, a Wheel and Sticks, and of course his signature whistle) and a very essential looping pedal.
Even though no one has any idea what he’s singing about…
5. Big Bird in a Small Cage – Patrick Watson
Everyone’s a big bird in a small cage at some point in their lives. And now Mr. Watson gives us a beautiful song to sing about it. Yay.
6. Winter ’05 – Ra Ra Riot
No one puts so many quaint strings and epic drums and pretentious voices and emotive lyrics all in one package like Ra Ra Riot does. Careen your head to the sway of the bow. Please do.
7. Ada – The National
Such baritone artwork should not be ignored especially when it’s sprinkled with that soprano type piano trickle.
Ada sounds like she’s a hoot, right? Well at least he got a song out of her. These songs spawned from ignorance and loneliness seem to be so attractive nowadays, maybe him and the Kings of Convenience should do something together.
8. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
I had a dream where I was singing this in a coffee shop and everyone began to sing with me as I walked throughout.
No more late night pizza for me.
Try and stop the catchiness from effecting your brain, IT will not leave.
Once again though, No one, I mean, NO ONE knows what they’re are singing about. Maybe they are singing about the sheep with followers theory but still Fleet Foxes are about as crazy lyricists as Beck, Andrew Bird or Modest Mouse.
9. For the Widows In Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti – Sufjan Stevens
Oh, Man! Fo Sho! Heck Ya!
Play that Banjo, Fool!
One word to describe the lyrics:
Juxtaposition and Love
Wait that’s three words…. Funny how it fits. The Irony.
10. Wonder-Dummied – Brooke Waggoner
Such a beautiful song about relying on God.
I saw her live when I went to see Owl City, she opened, it was jaw-dropping.
It’s got Asian, Russian-Hungarian, Regina Spektor/Cat Power qualities to it…
Yeah, your new favorite song right?
11. Landlocked Blues – Bright Eyes with Emmylou Harris
Conor Oberst is better than Your Mom.
That’s all I have to say, except that he is a lyricist Master-pants!