Porches-Car//immersed in cool music

The simple can be very complex.

Look closer.

 

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One of the most beautiful things to me, is witnessing abundant sunshine pouring through a window on a cold winter day. The shadows it creates are artistic and lovely. If your eyes are keenly sharp and focused, the floating dust becomes visible and almost poetic as it moves in the light. A simple vision that goes unnoticed day after day, yet when focused on, can almost unnerve the senses.

I remember distinctly the first time I discovered this, as a child, sitting in my father’s favorite wingback chair in a dark basement, TV room. I witnessed a glimmer of sunlight coming through, but it caught my attention and struck me as an interesting, curious phenomena.

Many things we take for granted can, slowly and sleepily, be ignored or forgotten. Do we recognize the beauty and the uniqueness of those everyday occurrences, when we are busy and hurried? Perhaps it is in the quietest hour, where the simple can become utterly beautiful. Oddly, in the calm, I have the feeling of being adrift in a world surrounded by others, yet strangely my thoughts are separate. I wish I knew what others might be thinking. What others might see.

This morning, I woke from a deep sleep, and as my brain ‘came to’ from slumbering dreams, a strand of sunshine swam across my eyes through a small crack in the bedroom blinds. It was a lovely way to wake and it reminded me of that childhood moment, when I felt safe and loved and wildly curious about the world. An honest reflection on time, space and the simplicity of life.

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I am such a nutty fan of Porches. I have been happily listening to them for many years. Their new album, Pool, is out now. Many of the songs grabbed me right away, but “Car”, is a favorite on an album of twelve really solid tunes. Known for his toe tapping beat and smooth, soft vocals this Porches song doesn’t disappoint. “Car” is a lovingly simple idea, yet curiously can become a complex deep thought in its delivery. In my own thoughts, I contemplate my inner ‘drive’ and the direction I am headed, how about you?

Listen.

Porches-Car

“Oh what a machine

Oh what a machine

Oh what a machine

Oh…”

 

photo by jessica lehrman
photo by jessica lehrman

 

The song, “Car”, is titled after an everyday object that we sometimes take for granted until we are without it. A car provides movement and keeps us going forward and beyond where we would be able to go otherwise. I love the way the music spins like a wheel of predictability, but is so pleasing to the ears. Vocals that echo deeply and guitars which keep the music in motion, only confirm the growth of the songwriting and production. I have praised the work of Porches. before, so check this link to catch up and learn more about Aaron Maine and the band.

This song is just one example of many on the album that exemplifies the growing confidence of Aaron Maine of Porches. Here is another beautiful example…simple, yet the idea is so powerful and complex.

Enjoy. These two songs only scratch the surface of the bittersweet depths of the album, Pool.

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Blonde Redhead-Dripping

Mood Monday-Well, honestly, it is officially just a Tuesday Tune for you.

Wiped out from a wild weekend, this mood Monday tune comes a little later than usual, but the song, “Dripping”, will certainly carry us through the week.”Dripping” by Blonde Redhead has a dream-like sound, full of synthy pops of beat, and hazy vocals which lull you into a perfectly, relaxed mood.

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We are halfway into summer, and with songs like this, I couldn’t be more excited.

“I saw you dripping sunlight
I saw you dripping moonlight
I saw you dripping sunlight
I saw you dripping moonlight

This is a song from the upcoming album release, Barragán. Highly anticipated, the album will be out on September 2. Blonde Redhead is Kazu Makino, Amedeo Pace, and Simone Pace. They are an alternative rock band which formed in New York City in 1993, and believe it or not, this will be their ninth album release.

Go on and enjoy it with me, as we all patiently wait out our days and hours until the next welcome weekend.

Hooray for Earth-Keys

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photo from HFE facebook page

Mood Monday.

Bold, distorted, and futuristic, this song caught my attention right away. “Keys” is a new track release from Hooray for Earth, an indie-rock band out of New York City. I am drawn to the giant symbol smash that shows up between a steady beat, pounding synth, and blasts of screeching distorted guitar. Even though there is so much sound on this track, the vocals from Noel Heroux thread a softer chanting contrast that pleases me.

“Know that it’s me at the door,

before you answer”

Their new album Racy is due out in July and if it is anything like this song, I will be anticipating a doozy of sound that will definitely match my mood often. I am already set to pump my fist to the pulsing beat and hear it in person. Okay, this is seriously corny, but effective……HOORAY!