Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The Most Interesting Music

The coolest thing about my foray into WebJay is that I've been exposed to a lot of new music. I can have a playlist playing away in the background until I hear something cool and then copy it over to one of my lists in a few seconds. It's also significant that most of the best music I'm discovering is outside the mainstream. Here's a list of the most interesting tunes I've found in the last few weeks -- not the most rockin' or most mellow...just songs that are compelling because they're different (and great).

The Crimea - Isobelle
Self-consciously clever, with some fascinating musical ideas that get better with every listen. Hard to describe the style.

The Halo Benders - Virginia Reel Around A Fountain
The haunting intro just blows my mind. I wasn't too sure about the two-part vocals with one guy singing so low (and somewhat off-key at times) that it tickles your ear drums, but I find myself adding these wonderful sounds to every playlist.

A Whisper in the Noise - Silence
Odd song that uses plinky, eerie piano and atmospheric violins and cellos to make the slow Ozzie-like melody very compelling.

Laura Veirs -- Cloud Room
Interesting blend of sounds with excellent production. The voice is nice, too, with just enough vulnerability.

Madrid - Stereostar
Maybe a touch of Radiohead, but without the depression. Electronic bleeps and Cure-like guitar melodies with soft singing.

Centro-matic - Flashes & Cables
The most straight-ahead song in the bunch, this song has more depth than it's buh-buh-duh-duh-doh chorus would indicate.

Jesse Sykes - Dreaming Dead
She's got a nice smooth voice like some of K.D. Lang's best stuff -- the song has a great mysterious vibe, I think.

Veal - Radio
This band creates consistently interesting songs. Somehow mixing styles from show tunes, mexican ballads, and rock, this one builds up quietly and slowly to a dark, intense finish.

Guitaro - Luna
One of the slowest songs ever, the huge pipe-organ-like guitar sound and harmonized vocals are strangely hypnotic.

Rilo Kiley - Science vs Romance
Ok, I like the title as much as the song, but the singer has a wonderful, playful voice and the lyrics are fun.

Tiger Army - Ghostfire
I don't really know or care what kind of music this is. It's got this fast shuffle beat, but with smooth Chris-Isaak-style vocals. A bit of rockabilly, maybe?

By Divine Right - Bigfoot
Definitely some grunge influence here, but that's all good for me. This is more refined and smarter than most of the Seattle rock from the '90s -- maybe shouldn't qualify as particularly interesting.

Buddha on the Moon - Cosmonauts
This one may not be very innovative, but it's got great sounds and I can imagine it being the soundtrack to any of those Molly Ringwald movies from the '80s.

Sea Ray - Quiver
Such a good song. Interesting because of how good it is, not because it explores lots of new territory.

Kelis Vs Dizzy Bull - Welk Shake
Ridiculously cheery and catchy, with a Brady Bunch vibe and great beat. The organ work alone is worth a listen.

Reggie And The Full Effect - The Fellowship Of The Bling
Should have been on one of the Matrix soundracks...maybe it was. Over-the-top fusion metal that's almost funny -- reminscent of Mike Patton's first Mr.Bungle album.

Listen to these songs by choosing your player and clicking the Play button on this playlist. Or you can download them right from here...

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