They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and that is the crux of “Conundrum,” the latest single from British singer-songwriter Hak Baker. Over mellow guitar plucks, Baker fondly reminisces on his perfectly imperfect upbringing in east London. What makes this song particularly special is the level of detail offered by Baker, as he effortlessly paints vivid scenes of selling weed (“to make your pocket money bigger”), running from police (“no, we don’t trust them”), and leaving his mom’s place (“I was tired of the beatings”), among other things. It’s a strange type of song that will either have you shedding tears on your keyboard or smiling stupidly to yourself as you remember your own degenerate youth.
Lostboycrow is high up on my list for artists to watch out for in 2017. With a strong 2016 behind us, we start out his 2017 with the release of “Verona,” which acts as the first single from his upcoming EP due out later in Spring. With Verona being the setting to Shakespear’s “Romeo, and Juliet,” Lostboycrow creates a light, uptempo backing to the obstacles that lie ahead in love. Music is cool.
Bonus! Check out the acoustic version of his pop hit, “Stay a Little Longer.”
Jake Howden has made a name for himself quite quickly. Reaching #6 on the UK Viral Top 50 playlist on Spotify is no easy task. The Australian artist creates a world with “Staples” that can be relevant to almost anyone. Sucking you in with soft vocals on a calm backdrop, “Staples” may just be your go to song for tough times in need of something more.
“I want to be able to guide people on a journey this year when they see me play and hear the new music I have been working on. I want them to double take when they first hear it because they don’t know what the fuck has just happened.” – Jake Howden
After the “No Interruption” video, I was not completely on board with this Hoodie Allen acoustic project. But I have to admit, this mashup track with “Two Lips” and “Casanova” from Crew Cuts is on point. Hoodie’s vocals have improved dramatically since Pep Rally, and the upcoming Americoustic EP (out August 13th) should be a great showcase of his improved musicianship. I mean, seriously: how many rappers can turn around and make an acoustic EP?
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve last heard from our boy Hoodie Allen (approximately two and a half months), but he’s back with some new-ish material. Hoodie is always trying new things, and this being no different as he’s dropping an EP called Americoustic on August 13th. Basically, taking his most popular tunes and turning them into an acoustic song. The first taste below is arguably his most famous song, “No Interruption.” I wish he would’ve rapped the verses rather than sing them, but still a dope twist!
Check back next Tuesday for another acoustic video.
P.S. – He’s going on tour with OCD: Moosh & Twist, Mod Sun, & D-WHY, so basically, grab your ticket. Dates are here!
Tor Miller just has it. The raw, untarnished talent that can draw an audience with a seemingly effortless drawl of his shaky yet controlled voice. In an era where some–dare I say most–artists like to indulge in the electronics of sound, it is so refreshing to hear Tor opting for a simple piano melody and an audacious, stand-alone vocal performance. “Headlights” really could be one of the best songs of 2013.
I think out of all of the genres or sub-genres of music the female singer-songwriter, acoustic type is the most difficult to be successful in. Maybe the creation of YouTube made the whole idea of “lonely yet incredibly attractive girl strumming a guitar” sort of played out and clichéd. Yet true music sees no genre and does not mess with social standards. True music shines despite context, and this AOSOON EP is true music. We previously posted about the talented Brits this past week with the release of their single and EP highlight “Under.” AOSOON stands for “A lot Of Something Out Of Nothing,” which is fitting because most of these tracks are built on a stripped down foundation and the natural nuances (possible indie band name?) of their lead singer’s voice. So in other words, press play.
A year ago I thought I was in love, but looking back now I highly doubt that was love. The point being is that it’s been a long time since I even thought I was in love, which is like sad but also whatever shut up ugh. Anyway, this song by Paul Otten sounds a whole lot like falling in love, and that’s just lovely.
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You guys. It’s warm outside. The times of sweatshirts and boots are officially behind us in favor of shorts and Sperrys, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m currently sitting on my porch, taking in this beautiful Ihacan weather (part-time residents don’t see it very often) and got the itchin’ to write about some music. So I texted Arjun and forced him to tell me how he finds so much awesome stuff and, after some digging, I came up with this.
So apparently “Waiting All Night” was, up until this week, the #1 song in the UK (dethroned by “Get Lucky”), and beautifully put together by drum-and-bass band Rudimental with accompanying vocals from Ms. Ella Eyre, here. Thank Based God that Ella decided to slow it down a bit and add some strings, because this girl can SING. I don’t really know anything about her, but I do know that I will let you guys know as soon as I find some more music of hers on these Internet streets.
Quality, authentic acoustic music is tough to find these days. “Quality” and “authentic,” of course, being the key words there. These days everybody who is anybody at some point in their life picks up an acoustic guitar and tries to write a song. Often, these songs end up on YouTube for a few months before being silently taken down by the user after generating a less-than-satisfactory number of views and being so bad that even the slightly psychotic Internet fiends didn’t say mean things about it–they just watched it, felt bad, and moved on. Enter Lewis Watson. The baby faced, 20-year-old singer-songwriter very organically built an online following via social media. YouTube covers led to YouTube originals and eventually studio time and EPs on iTunes. The Wild EP marks Lewis’s third of a series of extended plays. “Into the Wild” was my introduction to the young Brit, and it features a sound mature beyond his years and an impassioned story of struggle and triumph.
And if it’s quite alright, you could be my way of life.
Bonus! Stream Lewis Watson’s acoustic cover of SBTRKT’s international hit “Hold On.”
My introduction to Stars was hearing “Take Me to the Riot” from their 2007 album In Our Bedroom After the War. I remember being mesmerized by their rich, enchanting, and almost conversational approach to indie rock music. I was in middle school when I realized how late to the party I was. After meticulously scrolling through the band’s back catalog, I became a true fan, and the Canadian group basically soundtracked my angst-ridden teenage years. It’s actually kind of amazing how the Toronto natives have maintained such a high level of quality through SIX full-length albums. For years, I’ve been listening to Stars, putting their songs on mix CDs for friends, and driving aimlessly with their music in the background. For these reasons, I’m very proud to present a video of a stripped-down performance of a highlight from their latest LP The North.
Bonus! Stream the entire The North LP.
The Temper Trap recently released an album entitled “The Temper Trap – The Australian Collector’s Edition,” this album is packed with new versions of The Temper Trap’s hits including this acoustic version of Science of Fear. Originally off their debut album, Conditions, released in 2008, the original version of Science of Fear is packed with layers of beautiful melodies we expect from The Temper Trap combined with their trademarked churning mix of hi hats and snares. In the acoustic version, The Temper Trap gives the listener a chance to indulge themselves in the beautiful melodies they create with the harmonization of vocals, guitars and piano. The song ends up sounding like one of the The Black Keys‘ more acoustic songs mixed with the beautiful vocals The Temper Trap is known for.
This is hardly the only other version of this song though, back in 2010 The Temper Trap released a remix EP of Science of Fear which you should definitely listen to if you can’t get enough of this track.
Check out the song below and for the true Temper Trap heads check out full collector’s album here.