Eargasm: Assorted+Imported

23 Feb

I realized after putting this Eargasm’s tracks together that none of these artists are originally from the US. Maybe I’m sore that I had to work on Presidents Day when I was nursing a nasty hangover no one else in the country seemed to be on the job, or maybe these International jams are really just some excellent tunes. I know how I feel, but I’ll let you all form your own opinions…

James BlakeThe Wilhelm Scream – Wowza, this is hipster booty call music, or at least how I would imagine it’d sound (why would I imagine that? who knows…) Anyway, think sexy soulfulness gone digital. Who would have thought electronic music could be so good for your mojo?

Florence + The MachineCosmic Love – There definitely was an open niche for harp-heavy music until F+TM came along. Their music is mini-climax heavy and incredibly powerful “soundtrack to important moments” music. I appreciate the slightly dramatic flavor that this song can bring to something as simple as a walk to the subway in the morning.

RöyksoppThe Girl and the Robot – This Norwegian duo really hit my sweet spot with this track which features my current obsession, Robyn. The album is packed with excellent collabs, but this one song is my gym jam of the week. I’m sweating this tune, in the gym or not.

Jack PeñatePull My Heart Away – My first thought upon hearing this little ditty was, “wow, did The Smiths finally pull together a reunion?” – Once I got over the initial vocal similarities, I began to love this song in its own right. The English Indie sound is epitomized in this track, without cliché and with, in my opinion, great success.

Mumford & SonsWhite Blank Page – So granted, Mumford has become a pretty household name (it’s about time the banjo went mainstream), especially after their epic Grammys performance.  Still, I’m not going to let that stop me from including this amazing track. Marcus Mumford’s gritty + passionate vocals couldn’t do these heart-wrenching lyrics any more justice.

Hope these selections have left you feeling thoroughly cultured… xx, friendos

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