If you enjoy the etherial, ambient, and electronic sounds of acts like Burial, Teen Daze, Four Tet, and Dntel, you’ll dig the latest EP from Australian producer Nutrition.
The City and Horses released their third studio album (Strange Range) last June, and like previous releases, it was packed to the brim with fun, quirky indie pop. No track better represents the band’s signature sound (and the awkwardness of growing up) quite like “17”. Fun fact about this track…it all started in a pocket. “Marc wrote the first single, “17”, with GarageBand on his iPhone and used much of the what he recorded in the final version. He also plugged his iPhone directly into the console and used it as an instrument on a number of tracks.” (via)
Oakland’s Trails and Ways are one of my favorite discoveries from the past couple of years. You could simply describe their music as indie pop, but I prefer the band’s own description – “bossa nova dream pop.” I saw them live last year in LA and they really put on one heck of a show. In fact, that show is where I first heard this track and i’ve loved it ever since. And as a little bonus, enjoy their incredible cover of my favorite Frank Ocean track, “Lost”.
X PRIEST X is the project of vocalist Madeline Priest and producers Dave Kazyk and Chandler Strang. ”Samurai” is their debut track and it’s fantastic — dreamy, synth-pop at it’s best.
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(31) Days of Good: 2012 has come to an end. Between the huge amount of good music this year and a much needed vacation, I have once again failed to recognize everything 2012 had to offer. Thanks to Spotify though, you can at least take a look at the 500+ tracks I believe to be the year’s best. But before I close things out, I still need to talk about one more artist and track. Frank Ocean’s channel Orange was my biggest surprise of the year. I hate most RnB, but Ocean isn’t your typical RnB artist. His lyrics are smart and his production is top notch. He really is a one-of-a-kind artist, with huge crossover appeal. Heck, even my wife like’s him, and she hates RnB more than I do. So without further ado, my biggest surprise of 2012, followed by the (31) Days of Good: 2012 Spotify playlist. Enjoy and Happy New Year.
(31) Days of Good: 2012