Keith's Latest Songs
Melbourne's Will Wagner, the front man for The Smith Street Band reminds me a lot of Frank Turner, who is one of my all-time favorites, so that's saying something. He also reminds me a bit of Georgia "Maq" McDonald of Camp Cope, probably that pronounced accent. It's great. Their latest release, More Scared of You Than You Are of Me, which came out back in April, is a lot of fun. If you're into folksy punk rock (yeah that's a thing) they would be right up your alley.
The latest single from prog/emo rock outfit Circa Survive is very evocative of the music that broke them. Anthony Green's vocal delivery is terrific, as expected, and "Lustration" feels a lot like his solo work, but it also harkens back to Circa Survive's mellower stuff like "Living Together" and it's a bit nostalgic, but at the same time, makes me excited for their new stuff.
Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell has a little bit of a Amiee Mann vibe going on "This Time", a nice track of their new album, Life After Youth. It's nice and cool, especially for a Sunday morning. I first discovered Land of Talk with their terrific single "Some Are Lakes", if you like today's Most Important, you should give that, and the rest of their work, a listen.
If you're looking for a nice, upbeat, feel good, summer hit to get you dancing around your living room (or your backyard, or your chair) look no further than "Hometown" the latest single from London-based indie-pop outfit Luna Bay. They've got a fairly classic pop sound, complete with jangly guitars, smooth, catchy vocals, and finger-snapping percussion.
Let's keep the smooth, mellow and funky going with the new single from Cut Copy. This is pretty classic Cut Copy, with a polished, upbeat lounge vibe that's perfect for chair wiggling.
We flew into Austin this morning, from Miami, and Kerri dropped me straight off at work, ready to rock and roll. Was such a great weekend. Looking forward to another visit. You might be asking what the devil that has to do with today's Most Important. Well, Toro y Moi's new cut, "Mirage", has a funky vibe that feels perfect for art deco, dancing, palm trees, and beaches.
There've been a few interesting songs coming out of this Icelandic project, the most recent being "Citrus Light", an ethereal, melodic number that seems perfect to fall asleep, or wake up to. It's got "Sunday morning, really early" baked right in. I've spent a bit of time lurking around Sóley's back catalog recently and if you like this, check that out, it's more of the same.
Kerri and I are in Miami, the ultimate Action Town, and when I tried to think of songs that reminded me of Miami, Heaven 17's "Sunset Now" came to mind instantly. It's an old, old favorite and I think it's perfect. It's one of the singles off their 1984 album How Men Are and showcases some of the best of their work. It's got a mysterious storyline, some cheery pop synths, and funky 80's beats. It's one of my favs.
What can I say about the legendary I Am Kloot? They've been around forever. They've made all sorts of different types of music, from melodic, elaborate and orchestrated to raw, gleeful rock and many things in-between. Most of it has been great, but my favorite is a throwback: 2003's Gods and Monsters, the first I Am Kloot album I ever heard and the one with "Over My Shoulder" on it. I could listen to that song over and over.
I was a big fan of their 2013 release Days Are Gone and so far I'm really enjoying Something To Tell You. It's fun, and clearly showcases Haim's musical and songwriting talent. It was a bit of a challenge to choose a song, in the end I decided to go with "Little of Your Love" because it's a lot of fun.