‘and tonight I swear I’ll come home and we’ll make love like we’re young’
There are few worse places to find yourself than a middle seat in the second to last row of a plane on a turbulence ridden cross country flight, but with my better half beside me, half a a Xanex, a little red wine, and this new Passion Pit song, I think I will pull through.
A tricking music box intro gives way to heavy, foot stomping drums with a steady and systematic chorus sliced with soaring wooah-ohs. Subtle auditory explosions abound. Take a Walk is our first taste of PP’s follow up to Manners, Gossamer, out July 24th. Breath bated.
I remind myself that times could be much worse. #indie / tory
I am packing into a minivan with six chicks after work this afternoon and making the three hour drive over to Yosemite where we will set up camp, hike, eat gourmet camp food (happen to have a chef amongst us) and lose ourselves in the dirt and pines for a couple of days. Work has been crazy the past few weeks, and I cannot think of a better way to retreat… even if I will be tugging along the laptop and mifi card. Bears beware, kittehs are in the woods.
Today’s Emo: Home (untitled) / Mumford & Sons
‘you went left and I went right / as the moon hung proud and white / you would of loved it here tonight’
A new sigh inducing melody from the crafters of Sigh No More, Mumford and Sons have me pining for home with this recording off their sophomore album due out late this year. I had the pleasure of seeing the English folk quartet at Coachella in April and was floored by their poise, presence and talent, feeling warm, fuzzy and inspired as they played out track after track during nightfall of the second day.
From the opening strums of banjo to Marcus Mumford’s aching vocals, the song quietly unfolds a tale of longing and regret. Delightfully tragic, beautifully nostalgic – a few listens and I find myself wanting to hop onto Kayak to find the next flight home to Oregon to curl up with my parents and my dog. Alas, the real world… a phone call will have to suffice for now. I’ll be home in a little while. #emo
Today’s Untz: The Reeling / Passion Pit (Calvin Harris remix)
‘now I pray that somebody will quickly come and kidnap me’
I have heard this song a million times, but never like this. Calvin Harris provides the perfect Friday mix to unravel for the weekend and get lost in the woods with. PP is in studio, gearing to release a new album early next year to follow Manners. About time! #untz
After an active weekend of boozing and boarding in Tahoe, I present a couple of mellow tracks to ease into the work week. The first an old favorite, the second a new addition to my collection on heavy rotation. Happy Monday.
Today’s Emo: Hot Like Fire (cover) / the xx
‘I know you’ve been waitin’/ you’ve been waitin’ a long time for me/ but if you wait a little while longer this is how it’ll be‘
The xx are great at producing covers that rival their original counterparts, often while sounding nothing like them. With Hot Like Fire the trio takes Aaliyah’s Timberland laced track you probably grinded to in high school and flips it into a hazy, sultry duet that begs to be played behind closed doors. The result is bedroom pop at its best: echoing, whisper-like vocals delivered with a subtle sense of urgency. I’d love to think that the ridiculous sexual tension exuded in this song is inspired by real life, but when you see the two leads together physical chemistry is the last thing that comes to mind. The vocal chemistry, however, speaks for itself. #emo
Today’s Untz: Mine is Yours (Passion Pit remix) / Cold War Kids
‘you were changing colors like the leaves in fall‘
This. song. makes. me. so. happy. I have listened to it at least 50 times in the past few days and I am still not sick of it. Yet. The Cold War Kids’ confident vocals meet Passion Pit’s knack for a beat, and it’s all tossed together with lyrics that have pulled my heartstrings undone. While CWC have been clever with words in tracks like Audience and Hang Me Up to Dry, this is the first time I have heard them with heart (and a truly untz worthy backdrop). The new Cold War Kids album officially drops Wednesday – and their single ‘Louder than Ever’ is also definitely worth a listen. You can stream it here. #untz
‘all of my stones become your pearls/ all of my trials are your treasures / what is mine is yours‘