I think it’s safe to say that Mumford & Sons needs no introduction but I just really, really like this song.
In honor of the release their new album coming out tomorrow, today’s Music Monday is dedicated to Sigur Rós. If you’re unfamiliar, Sigur Rós (meaning Victory Rose) is band out of Iceland. For those of you who are familiar but haven’t listened to the their newest release, Valtari, don’t worry, it’s just what you would expect. Their ethereal sound is in full form and lead man Jonsi’s vocals still touch that place deep inside you even though you probably have no idea what he’s saying. Enjoying this release is just the thing to kick off summer. It’s the perfect background music for a summer evening BBQ with friends.
I can’t be the only who sometimes thinks, “I need a little more banjo in my life.” Well, even if I am I think you’ll agree that Trampled by Turtles is just what you need from time to time. With upbeat modern American folk style music, Trample by Turtles has become a soundtrack for summer. Their new album Stars and Satellites features some more great songs including the aptly named Walt Whitman and Beautiful.
Here is Wait So Long off of their 2010 release Palomino
Beautiful. (Not an official video but the song is oh so good)
I first heard William Fitzsimmons when he played a live set on a radio station in Columbia, MO. I was immediately drawn in by his simple yet smooth style. His lyrics are captivating and unravel some very intense stories usually taken from his real life experiences. The instrumentation of the song helps weave the tapestry of emotion caught up in each song. Pick up his album The Sparrow and The Crow or his newest release Gold in the Shadow.
He also has one of the best beards in music.
Photo via WilliamFitzsimmons.com
The Avett Brothers are one of my favorite bands. There sing-song Americana music just makes me happy. Timothy Seth Avett has a solo project that seems to have gone unnoticed by a lot of people. It’s in the same breath as the Avett Brothers tunes which of course means it’s pretty awesome. Check out one of his tracks below plus some more fun stuff concerning the Avett Brothers.
Seth Avett is actually an incredible artist. Below is a video of him designing and making the poster for their 2011 tour.
And just for kicks….
Lots of people have recently began to notice a band called The Lumineers. Their music has that modern American, folk-rock, roots, just-feels-right-to-my-soul quality that I have come to love. Few bands really capture my attention like The Lumineers have. They have begun what could be the makings of the American dream story with rough beginnings and determination to what I’m sure will be success. As their website puts it, “Born out of sorrow, powered by passion, ripened by hard work, The Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most.”
I stumbled upon Radical Face about 4 years ago when I was in college. Ben Cooper, the mastermind behind the act, writes brilliant lyrics and captures the spirit of them so well with the instrumentation. The Roots, Radical Face’s newest album was released last Ocotober. Cooper also has a number of other projects so don’t be surprised to see him featured on Music Monday in the future.
Today’s featured song is Welcome Home. I immediately fell in love with this song the first time I heard it and still regularly listen to it. The video creates a fitting visualization of the lyrics helping portray the essence of the song.
Sheets are swaying from an old clothesline
Like a row of captured ghosts over old dead grass
Was never much but we made the most
As summer approaches and the temperature rises, my music selection starts to include some more up beat tunes. This week’s Music Monday is a band that I’m sure will be a staple in the rotation. Walk the Moon has that summer, care free, dance-rock feel that encompasses summer.
Anna Sun by Walk the Moon
Warning: this video contains a keytar