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Now Digging / Laney Jones

Laney Jones Grey Fox 2013

I am a sucker for songs with a catchy hook and a whole lot of heart. This tune by Florida-based songstress, Laney Jones starts off with earnest acoustic guitar, building momentum until an electronic beat kicks in at the chorus. When in the wrong hands this sort of genre switcheroo can be a sloppy let down; when done well, a cathartic dance floor anthem that makes you sing-along and shake your booty (e.g. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii / Aloe Blacc).
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Now Digging / LP “Tokyo Sunrise” Music Video

Photo Credit: Amanda Demme, Warner Brothers
Photo Credit: Amanda Demme, Warner Brothers

I am sorry to say that the advent of my love affair with (the music of) LP came during The Age Of No Blogging, so I have yet to gush about one of my favorite artists of the past couple years on this forum. As this article states right off the bat, however, “LP isn’t yet a household name”. This is an utter tragedy, so late to the party as I am, I still feel compelled to do my part.
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Now Digging / Paper Crows

Paper Crows Photo

This co-ed UK duo seems to have surprisingly little press, or at least not enough. They have released two EPs to date, the most recent, the lovely Build EP, came out a year ago, but is no longer available for purchase anywhere that I can find. A new single titled “Anomaly” was shared with the interwebs at the beginning of this year, which was the last time there was any hint of a full length coming out (via Twitter).
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Neat Tracks / The Ceremonies “Land Of Gathering”

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A key determining factor in whether we keep a song in our library vs. commit it to the big trash bin in the sky (or cloud) is whether or not a song has changes.  Is it dynamic?  Does it go anywhere?  Does the tempo change?  Does the arrangement change?  It’s usually the songs that take me on a ride that catch my attention.

Such it is with The Ceremonies.  One of my favorite EPs of last year, I can’t quite pin them down.  The Ceremonies inject standard indie pop rock with a hot dose of slide guitar and some hootin’ and hollerin’ careening from shouts to whispers, horns to harmonies, and more.  “Land of Gathering” reminds me of Local Natives, “Straw Hat” has notes of a less epic AgesandAges or Typhoon (with some sexy sax).

The Ceremonies “Land Of Gathering”