It has been quite a while since I last updated my blog. I believe I have gotten well-acquainted with an abomination called writer’s block!
Anyway, I’m back, and I’m bringing with me a small taste of the music I listen to. I like to steer clear of the Top 40 as much as I can. Rock, classical, trip-hop, experimental music and their sub-genres are usually my favorites. Enough small talk for now; let’s get down to business!
8. The Cinematic Orchestra – “To Build a Home” (2007)
The newest add to my music library, The Cinematic Orchestra is a British jazz and electronic band. Their style is reminiscent of Sigur Rós (see #3), though less peculiar and with English lyrics. “To Build a Home” was featured in the contemporary duet in the movie ‘Step Up Revolution’ (this is how I discovered the band). It is one of the singles from their impressive 2007 album called “Ma Fleur“.
7. Glen Hansard – “The Storm, It’s Coming” (2012)
He’s the man behind “Once” (2006), the Irish musical film about two struggling musicians who find love and inspiration together, and the song “Falling Slowly” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards. Hansard‘s first solo album was released two months ago and comprises many gems, one of which is “The Storm, It’s Coming”. Very soothing!
6. Dave Matthews Band – “Mercy” (2012)
I love DMB. Their style is unparalleled and they are one of the most creative rock bands in terms of guitar melodies. If you’re a guitar aficionado, you need only listen to their live rendition of “Typical Situation” for the Haiti Relief! Featured here is their new single “Mercy”. Beautiful, as usual!
5. Jack White – “I’m Shakin’” (2012)
Jack White is a phenomenon. You will either love his music, or hate it, but you can’t stay indifferent to it. His new solo album “Blunderbuss” is a mix of every genre known to music, and then some. With “I’m Shakin’”, he puts an original spin on the 1960’s R&B classic by Little Willie John.
4. Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait” (2012)
A young band, but a very successful one, Mumford & Sons found fame with their masterful debut album “Sigh No More” (2009). Three years and many awards later, they are back with “I Will Wait”, a dynamic new single from “Babel”, to be released in September.
3. Sigur Rós – “Fjögur Píanó” (2012)
Since its inception in 1994, this Icelandic band has become known for its ethereal, larger-than-life sound and for Jonsí (frontman)’s soft and unique falsetto. Sigur Rós most notable album is “( )” (Parentheses) (2002), sung entirely in “Hopelandic”, a made-up language consisting of gibberish words. “Fjögur Píanó” is featured on their new album, Valtari. You can check out the official music video on YouTube, starring Shia LaBeouf (Warning: NSFW). Below is a fan-made video for the song.
2. Anneke Van Giersbergen – “Circles” (2012)
The last time I heard of Anneke was when she left The Gathering to focus on her solo career. Then, she opened for Within Temptation when they came to Beirut and she blew me away with her amazing vocal abilities and her brilliant new songs. “Circles” is a slow one off of her new album “Everything Is Changing”.
1. Muse – “Madness” (2012)
Appropriately titled, this very new single from Muse is everything I have expected and more. There is no limit to this band’s talent. First with “Survival” and now with “Madness”, I am starting to hear the same ambition and grandeur as in Queen’s legendary anthems. Mark my words, they will go far!
And that’s it for my first Music Edition! Any further suggestions on your mind?