I almost saved this for 11:11 on 11/11/11, but decided today’s tracks are too good to sit on. Don’t forget to make a wish tonight.
Today’s Emo: Dreams / Cadillac
‘these dreams won’t last forever / so hold it to the sky’
Some cheery, carpe diem indie pop to slip into the weekend with. OK, I know this sounds a lot like just about any remixed Foster the People track or something straight off of Miami Horror, but a great song is a great song, and I am welcoming the introduction of Cadillac into my arsenal. Dreams is off of the Aussie group’s self titled release out in October. The entire EP is worth a go. #emo
Today’s Untz: Someone Like You / Adele (Thomas Gold & Mark Mendes remix)
‘I remember you said, “Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”
One more take on Rolling in the Deep? I couldn’t bare it. But another run on Someone Like You? Yes, I’ve got it in me. Thomas Gold and Mark Mendes splash something beautiful across Adele’s piercing classic, as the pitter patter of a drum line gives way to rolling piano and Adele’s striking vocals. The beats and builds make a song that bites a little more bitter than sweet a little less emo and more empowering. We’ve all been there. Repeat. #untz
Today’s tracks both come from the influence of friends… one of my favorite attributes of music is how easily and happily it is both given and received. I am homeward bound to Oregon this morning for a long weekend, ready to escape for the annual beer fest, mountains, family, and friends. The happiest of Fridays.
Today’s Emo: Wax and Wire / Loch Lomond
‘I’m helplessly needless and needless to say I owe you’
My friend Chris who is usually an untzer tipped me off on this great indie a couple of weeks ago, and I have been listening steadily since. I love the music box intro, that the song fearlessly takes a moment to break and rebuild in the middle, and the way the words want to make something broken whole again. With a little research I was even more delighted to discover the six-piece band is from Oregon, although they are mysteriously named after a lake in Scotland. #emo
Today’s Untz: Set Fire to the Rain / Adele (Plastic Plates remix)
‘but there’s a side to you / that I never knew, never knew / all the things you’d say / they were never true, never true’
Another untz pulled from my friend Tom’s Blogjuice, where he has succinctly summed the track up in his description: ‘Sexy voice + Sexy Beat = Sex.’ Well done. Sydney turned Los Angeles transplant Plastic Plates preserves the sincere angst of Adele’s ballad, while upping the tempo to something more engaging and movable. Dish it up. #untz
Rain in San Francisco during the week = fresh pow in Tahoe for the weekend. Lemons into lemonade.
Today’s Emo: Girl in the War / Josh Ritter
‘but I got a girl in the war, Paul her eyes are like champagne / they sparkle, bubble over, in the morning all you got is rain‘
I haven’t come across any compelling indie this week so I defer to a favorite from the vault. My love of emo originated from singer/song writers, and Josh Ritter is one of the best I know. The simplicity of sound and its contrast to the complexity in meaning make 2006′s Girl in the War captivating. Iraq, Bush, the apostles, faith, love, loss… interpret the words as you wish, or stop thinking and just listen. And listen. #emo
Today’s Untz: Rolling in the Deep (Adele Cover) / Mike Posner
‘there’s a fire starting in my heart / reaching a fever pitch / it’s bringing me out the dark‘
Came across this track and was like, Mike Posner covering Adele? Oh please. Then I started listening to it and was like oh, pleased. Until now I really have had nothing pleasant to say about Mr. Posner. I think that ‘Cooler Than Me’ is one of the more annoying songs of last year and that the the ’10 frat grad was more than a little self indulgent in wearing his Duke jacket in his Please Don’t Go video.
However, this effort shows talent is talent, and that I need to tone down the hating… after all I was in a sorority myself (sigh). Posner makes his take on Rolling in the Deep believable. Surprisingly heartfelt vocals, nice trickles of untz, a steady beat, and a touch of the original Adele perfectly woven in. Reminds me a little of the xx’s take on Florence and the Machine’s You Got the Love. Repeat repeat repeat. #untz