Tuned up Thursday: Songs of the Week #3

It’s is Thursday again my dear friends and you know what that means on this blog space right? Yup, today I am bringing you another music post. I have been listening to my random playlist quite a bit again and found some older gems that I may or may not have written about before to share with you. There is some Robbie Williams to keep things nice and mainstream, but also some indie tracks that I think are worth giving a spin.

Death in Vegas – Girls

Thanks to Youtube I now know that this song was not only on the Veronica Mars soundtrack, but also on the Lost in Translation one (which is a great movie by the way so go see it if you haven’t!). This is a very dreamy track. It is a tad solemn too which I think is why they chose this track for the movie soundtrack. Love how it gets a bit more body (in the form of a good drum section) about half way through the song.

Just Friends – Avalanche (Nicolas Jaar & Sasha Spielberg)

I couldn’t think of a more apt song for hot summer days! I love me some chill out music and this falls right into that category. Finding out that Nicolaas Jaar has to do with this song is also not surprising and explains why this song is so wonderful. The vocals remind me of a breathier version of Dido and adds to the atmosphere of the song.

Robbie Williams – Me and my Monkey

One of my favorite album in my late teens and early 20s was Robbie Williams’ Escapology. This song is from that album and I’ve always loved it. It tells the tale of a man who goes to Las Vegas with his monkey who has a taste for doing bad things. It’s like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in a song: with weird images and strange conversations. I have no clue what the song is actually about, but I love the sort of old roadtrip type feel this song has to it.

Volcano Choir – Byegone

On to what might be the least accessible song in the list. Volcano Choir is the band that has Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) as it’s lead vocalist and has a very conceptual take on their albums. Their first album only had one single that could be used as a single. The second is a bit more radio friendly, but still it requires some time to get used to some of the songs. Byegone was the lead single of the second album and one of the best songs on that album. I love how this song seems to represent a journey: it starts up, develops and then culminates into this great climax near the end.

Wild Belle – Love Like This

What do you get when you mix reggae with electronic music? Why, this song by Wild Belle of course! I just love how quirky this song is. Especially when you listen to the lyrics more carefully (My heart’s on fire/ you light me up and I can’t go down/ your love is wild/ you’re dangerous). It just seems to be so contradictory with the music. But that’s exactly what I like about it.

What songs make up your summer soundtrack?

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