Franz Ferdinand – Right Action

Franz Ferdinand

My first thought when I heard this new single from Franz Ferdinand’s forthcoming album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions, (Available August 27) was “Bowie.” That’s a good thing in my book. Between the funky guitar riffs and bass and Alex Kapranos’ sort of “high baritone” vocals I peg it as “Bowiesque” comparing it to songs like Fame and Let’s Dance. After exploring this further, it was no surprise that other fans have compared the band to Talking Heads and that possible influence seems obvious in the new single.

I’m eager to hear the rest of the album. Check out the new single and leave your comments below!

Cloud Cult – Meet Me Where You’re Going

Cloud Cult (From left to right) Shannon Frid, Arlen Peiffer, Connie Minowa, Shawn Neary (In the back), Craig Minowa (Front and Center), Sarah Elhardt, Scott West, Not sure who the cellist is.

I’ve decided that I like listening to Cloud Cult an album at a time, rather than song by song. I just listened through the new release, Love, and I would describe it as fun, uplifting and dynamic. An aspect of Cloud Cult’s music that I really enjoy is how organic the music is, yet how they always have the gang-style vocals and versatility with instruments that gives them the arena rock feel at times.

The band will be back home April 27 and 28 for a couple shows at First Ave and I think it will be a very cool show.

I chose to highlight Meet Me Where You’re Going here, but you can preview the whole album here: http://www.cloudcult.com/love.cfm

This song has a folk feel with some sweet harmonies, beautiful strings, and a nice whimsical, yet sacrificial message.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVuv8Ruzq3g

Meet Me Where You’re Going

Meet me where you’re going, cuz I wanna be going where you are. Teach me what you’re knowing,

cuz I wanna be knowing who you are.

Run away with me, yeah, let’s get married.
Will you be the rest of my life?
Every day with you I say “I do”,
and it means so much more each time.

I love you and how.
Won’t leave you alone.
Will you be my home now?
And I’ll be your home.

Pray God protect us.
Pray God for guidance.
Make us selfless and rich in soul.

Cuz when we grow old, Love,
I’ll just love you more, Love,
through the sunshine and through the cold.

I’m not afraid, come fire, come rain,
with you here by my side.
I found boundless love for you
when I lost my foolish pride.

Thank you for patience.
Thank you for-giveness.
Thank you for spending this time with me.
Meet me where you’re going,
cuz I wanna be going wherever you’ll be.

Run away with me, yeah, let’s get married.
Will you be the rest of my life?
Every day with you I say “I do”,
and it means so much more each time.

Aimee Mann and James Mercer – Living a Lie

Aimee Mann and James Mercer of The Shins

When I heard this song on The Current my ears immediately perked up at James Mercer’s voice. If you are not familiar with James Mercer – he is the front-man for The Shins and an amazing songwriter and singer. I’ve been exploring Aimee Mann’s other music and it’s pretty decent, but I don’t enjoy it to the same degree as this duet. The song features some great light-rock harmonies, some cool electric piano parts, and Aimee herself holds down the rhythm guitar.

You can see yourself in the side mirror
tossing your hair
if no one is there
why do you care
Though I let you think there was no witness to
all of your crimes
I knew what you were:
a climber who climbs

I’m living a lie
you’re living it too
cause I live it with you
I’m living a lie
a lie I can’t tell
so we wait for a crack in the shell

No one bears a grudge like a boy genius
Just past his prime
Gilding his cage
One bar at a time
For every open arm there’s a cold shoulder
Waiting to turn
People to blame
Bridges to burn

I’m living a lie
you’re living it too
cause I live it with you
I’m living a lie
a lie I can’t tell
so we wait for a crack in the shell

A girl comes around at a time when your ground
is as shaky as leaves on a tree
creating for you a persona or two
or an out-and-out mythology
Now there’s too many cooks but you like how it looks
when they’re bowing and calling you “boss”
but the powers that were, were invested in her
and now winning means taking a loss

I’m living a lie
you’re living it too
cause I live it with you
I’m living a lie
a lie I can’t tell
so we wait for a crack in the shell

The Vaccines – Teenage Icon

 

Hailing from West London, the Vaccines just passed though Minneapolis last Saturday on their first headlining US tour. Their second album came out last September and hit #1 on the UK album charts. They are a great mix of 80’s pop and the modern indie rock movement. Think Tears for Fears meets Noah and the Whale. Unfortunately we have no idea when they’ll be back state side, but we’ll keep our ears open. In the mean time take a look at the music video for their song Teenage Icon, a song that would not be out of place in The Breakfast Club. I honestly don’t have a ton to say about this song except that I really love how they did the music video.

Let us know what you think.

Local Natives – Ceilings

The Local Natives

 

Today marks the official release of Hummingbird, the second album from Los Angeles based Local Natives. Local Natives came out with their album Gorilla Manor a few years back much to the joy of indie rock fans everywhere. They have been compared to bands like Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes, but their new album definitely puts them closer to the former band than the latter. If I had to describe Hummingbird in one word, it would be messy, although I say that as a fan and in the best possible way. Their instrumentals are all over the place (think white noise) and they moved away from some of the crisper melodies (comparatively crisp that is) they showed in their earlier album. To be fair however, judging from the picture above, messy just might have been the goal and I can’t deny that it works well for them.

I’m going to say right out that the track I picked to share with you all here is not the most representative song on the album. It is cleaner and more put together, which is undoubtably why I was most drawn to it. But then as a whole this entire album shows more diversity than their debut album did so picking a “representative” song would have been difficult even had I chosen to attempt it.

Local Natives – Ceilings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaXCPfqZRMY

As always, leave us a comment and let us know what your opinion of the Local Natives new album is.