Archive for February, 2011

Old Music, New to Me…

Listening to Pandora has opened me up to some bands I had never heard of before. Not everything these bands play is great, but like most groups that catch my eye, they have a few standouts. Also, it’s becoming more and more clear that I’m more into bands from overseas. Is it that American music just isn’t that good or am I just a music snob?

The Knife – Heartbeats

This is just kind of a trippy song from this Swedish duo with a slow euro beat. The studio version is good, but I prefer this live version. Sounds a little less produced.

The Sounds – Hurt You

Another Swedish band and they’ve actually been around for a decade. Yet, this is the first I’m hearing of them. Guess I’m not the music guru I think I am. This song was actually part of a Geico ad a couple years back.

Tokyo Police Club – Juno

I heard about this Canadian band a while ago, listened to a few things, but never really liked much of what I heard. This however, is a great, albeit short tune.

The Knife – Colouring of Pigeons

Disclaimer: This is an extremely bizarre and long song (11 minutes.) I include it because it’s basically four songs in one. It starts off with cult-like chanting, then at the 3 minute mark it goes into a hybrid of 80’s new wave and something they might play at an underground club in Prague, 3 minutes later the song turns operatic (singer Karin Dreijer Andersson has a pretty amazing voice), it goes back to asian/new wave, then comes to a finale with an ear-piercing reverb. Below is all 11 minutes, but you should probably press play and then check facebook because the fan-made video doesn’t do it any favors.

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices

This band is completely different from the others and probably the most “catchy” on this list. This Scottish band came on the scene in 2009 and had a song in the opening of a “Sons of Anarchy” episode (not that I’ve ever seen the show.) Great song to crank with the car windows down when the weather’s warm. That seems a long way off…

posted by Seth Szilagyi in Great Tunes and have No Comments