Tuned up Thursday: songs of the week #8

Another 5 songs that I don’t know how else I would be able to share them with you. Most of them are new-ish. But either they aren’t by indie artists, by an artist I have been mentioned WAY too often or by some old loves. Hence, they do not qualify for a Music of the Moment post (which will hopefully come up in the next 2 weeks or so). In any case, these are some fresh sounds for you to enjoy.

Cloud Boat – Portraits of Eyes

I saw Cloud Boat at Pukkelpop in 2013 after they had been on my radar for some time. Earlier this year they released a new album called Model of You and this song stood out to me on first listen. This is one of those songs you have to listen to from beginning to end and let engulf you measure by measure.

Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream

Ed Sheeran’s second album happened and then slipped off my radar fairly quickly. I started listening to it again because I went to see him live on November 3rd. Again this song stood out to me as one of the best ones on the album. The fact that he is one of the best live acts I’ve seen in a long time only adds to the awesomeness of this track. The album version is a bit too polished for my tastes, compared to the one I heard live, but still, it’s a great song.

Interpol – My Desire

A band I’ve been loving on and off since I found their debut album at my local record store a 10 odd years ago is Interpol. I hadn’t listened to El Pintor much yet. But when I did My Desire again, stood out. The catchy guitar riffs, combined with that quintessential Interpol sound that seems very minimal but actually isn’t, has me falling back in love with them again. And lo and behold: My Desire is their new single, which was released 2 weeks ago.

DIIV – Doused

You know a track is good when you play it over and over even though it’s 2 years old. That’s the case for DIIV’s Doused. I have their album but I tend to only listen to this track anymore. Great psychedelic rock song that feels like something Velvet Underground could have done. Me likes!

London Grammar – Wicked Game (Layzie Edit)

Are you tired of my going on and on about London Grammar yet? I hope not, because I have another great track by them. It’s a remix, of a cover (original by Chris Isaak, Google that if you don’t already know it!) which just works. Hannah of London Grammar’s vocals just fit the mysterious and melancholy guitar that guides this song. I love how the remix gives it a bit more interest and brings the song to 2014.

What’s the best band you’ve ever seen live?

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