Picks Of The Week 5

Towards the end of this week, I began listening to a lot more folk-rock styled music. And this is quite evident in my choices of tracks 1 & 2. However, the rest of the week was a mixed-batch for me: some days I was electronic, and others I was street punk. By Saturday I had a lot of contenders for the top five. After a solid day (AKA three hours) of decision making, I eventually came up with a list I was satisfied with. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks.

1. Boat Song – Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun

Courtesy of the band's facebook page.

Genre: Acoustic; Folk-Rock

‘Boat Song’ is a great acoustic track that transforms into a gentle folk-ballad with typical folk styled instrumentation. I find that it’s one of those tracks that, even though you’re not sure why, warrants multiple listens. Although the instrumentation is nothing out of the ordinary for Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun and the song may at first seem a little underwhelming, give it a chance. It is a subtle work of art.

You can listen to and download the track here.

2. West Virginia Chocolate Drop – Larry And His Flask

Courtesy of the band's facebook page.

Genre: Rockabilly; Indie; Folk-Rock

Words could not describe my happiness upon learning about Larry And His Flask. Very little needs be said about them or this track. They are good old-fashioned rockabilly, but with elements of indie and a strong sense of melody. With a tight rhythm, a swinging rockabilly solo and a great melody, ‘West Virginia Chocolate Drop’ is a great track that definitely deserves a listen.

You can listen to the track here.

3. Dancer (Running In The Dust) – Auction For The Promise Club

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.

Genre: Indie

With a voice that immediately makes you think of Ellie Goulding and flawless indie-rock instrumentation, Auction For The Promise Club significantly stand out from their peers. Their tight rhythm section and chiming guitars will entrance you and take you on a spectacular journey. To me, this sounds like a soundtrack for flying. I’m not sure why, but that’s just the feeling I get while in the trance the band never fail to put me in. And that’s the magic of Auction For The Promise Club: their sound is delightfully hypnotic.

You can listen to the song here.

4. Play For Your Life (Featuring Ixxi) – Concrete Disco

Image courtesy of their Facebook page.
Genre: Electro-House; Dance

This is one for those of you into electro-house music. Concrete Disco definitely offer a unique slant on things as far as live shows go, but in terms of recording they sound slightly less impressive. Still, this by no means makes it bad. Concrete Disco are commendable musicians and ‘Play For Your Life’ shows them at their finest. It’s almost impossible to imagine this coming on in a club and people not dancing to it. With dirty synthesizers and solid rhythm, this song is a great introduction to the world of Concrete Disco.

You can listen to the track here.

5. See Ya Round My Town – Dirty Little Lies

Image courtesy of the band's facebook page.
Genre: Indie-Alternative

Energetic indie-punk often comes best when it’s done with passion and venom. And that is what makes Dirty Little Lies stand out. Though they feature back-to-basics instrumentation and Arctic Monkeys-influenced vocal styles, the band separate themselves from the herd with their lyrics most of all. Lyrics that tell a story, convey a message and – most importantly – tell it like it is.

You can listen to the track here.

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