Beautifully sad and never excessively twangy, this song could be your gateway drug to listening to bluegrass–or at least progressive bluegrass–if that’s not one of the genres on your menu already (I’m always trying to convert people). Regardless, Aoife O’Donovan’s sweeping vocals and the stunning fiddle accompaniment will almost assuredly send a couple chills up your spine, and it’s beyond worth a listen.
(Side note: This is my favorite bluegrass tune of all time, and I started crying when I saw it live. Also, I bought and gave mint chocolate chip ice cream to the lead singer when she asked the audience for some, and that was kinda cool.)
You know “Friday (I’m in Love)” and “Lovesong” and “Pictures of You,” but somehow, this broodingly infectious remix by The Cure has slipped under the musical popularity door relatively unnoticed. It’s introspective, unabashedly 80s, quite rhythmically driven, and perfectly conveys a sonic atmosphere of ominousness and anxiety. As a plus, it makes for a great jogging song on the streets in October, when yellow leaves are finally falling everywhere around you in full swing.
On rare occasions, an artist is able to write a song that encapsulates the mood of an entire season, and whether she intended to do so or not, folk singer Gillian Welch has effectively written a song that certainly sounds, at least to me, just like the feeling of autumn. It’s something about the song’s shadowy tone, diminished chords, wandering guitar solos, and breezy simplicity that feels haunting enough to render it absolutely perfect for early October.
Yes, it’s big-time music industry news that The Strokes’ infamous lead singer Julian Casablancas has announced that they will soon release a new record. However, let’s not forget Julian’s highly underrated, artful spinoff project, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, and this gem of a track combining vocals in more than one language with a spoonful of dissonance. Fans of The Strokes might initially feel taken aback by the group’s grittier, more experimental timbre, but it’s entirely possible that you’ll learn to fangirl over Julian Casablancas + the Voidz’ just as much as you’ve always raved over the lead guy’s original band.
Initially acquiring their cult following in the emo-acoustic circuit, Lydia has since adjusted to a still-nostalgic-but-slightly-less-melancholic indie rock sound. The Phoenix, Arizona natives’ newest album Run Wild, released a week ago, contains this wistful, wintry Halsey-meets-Coldplay track. (If nothing else, listen to them because I consider them to be the most underrated band in contemporary music.)
If you’re not a bluegrass/newgrass junkie yet, it’s entirely possible that The Railsplitters’ new album could convert you. And if you already happen to be a fan of bands like the Punch Brothers or Elephant Revival, this is exactly where you click to fall in love. This tune in particular contains hauntingly melodic vocals and relatable lyrics that pleasantly straddle the line between newgrass and female-backed folk pop to reel you in. Another bonus: The Railsplitters hail kind of locally, from Boulder.
Latin musical influences, piano riffs, and electro-afro drum beats make this eclectic song incredibly infectious, perfect for when you’re brushing your teeth and/or attempting to wake yourself up in the morning. Ibeyi consists of a pair of twenty-year-old Franco-Cuban twins, so named because “ibeyi” refers to the divine spirit between twins in Yoruban.