Back this week into the regular 'Tuesday Tunes' vibe with a lot of upbeat work, and a nice split between artists who have been around for a while, and some brand new sounds that have a good chance of taking steps forward this year.
Oh, and just one Grammy nominee, because yes.
The Guys From do not hold the rights to any of these songs, it is more our hope to expose our readers to new and different music, or re-expose them to things they may have forgotten about.
At the top of each section, will be the song name, followed by the artists' name linked to their website, so you can fall down the rabbit hole, finding and supporting what you dig.
Freazy - Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice, a London-based indie alt-rock group felt like the perfect first song for 2016's Tuesday Tunes. This is a quirky and fun song that immediately had its' hooks in my brain from the first time I heard it, and has not let go. Wolf Alice is not really an unknown quantity (considering they have a Grammy Nomination for Best Rock Performance in the upcoming 2016 Grammys), but it seems to me like "Freazy" off of 2015's My Love is Cool never really popped after the songs feature/video release in November of 2015.
This is a light, fun, breezy song that just makes me bob around and smile, and as it was my resolution to do that more this year, "Freazy" is a perfect start.
Snakeskin - Deerhunter
From August of 2015, the debut single from their album Fading Frontier (that itself released in October), 'Snakeskin' is a song that has continued to grow on me since its release. The Atlanta-based band has been together since 2001, and has released seven studio albums. They describe themselves as "ambient punk", which really boils down to a blend of shoegaze, a bunch of different rock influences, and yes, a little bit of that mellow ambiance.
This song itself has hooked me specifically with its simple, yet intriguing guitar and the mellow, post-punk sort of vibe; if you haven't checked out Fading Frontier, you should give it a listen...it is a very solid album.
Evangeline - Cass McCombs
From his 8th album, A Folk Set Apart, Californian retro-folk (think psychedelic 1960s style folk-rock fusion), 'Evangeline' has been humming around my playlist as of late. The recent wave of musicians looking into the past for their sound, beit someone like Willy Moon, or The Struts, it has meant that if you are looking for it, you can find a tonne of new and interesting music, with roots in just about any genre.
'Evangeline' is no different: presenting you with a song that would feel at home in any late 60s, early 70s footage, it is a pitch perfect pysch-folk song that has really stuck with me. McCombs is often quite wry, and his songs, especially those found on A Folk Set Apart, explore a wide range of McCombs styles and tastes (which will not always be for everyone), but if nothing else, 'Evangeline' should catch the attention of anyone with an ear for retro folk.
Pro Procrastinator - Get Inuit
Get Inuit, a post-punk/pop band from Kent, UK, have an interesting aesthetic--they trend a lot heavier toward punk than most post-punk or as they like to call it 'dirty pop' bands, and you can definitely hear a wave of 90s punk influences in 'Pro Procrastinator'. Recently featured on BBC Radio by Annie Mac as a part of the #NewNames (basically a program where Annie Mac & her crew show off some up and coming acts that they feel are going to do well in 2016, Get Inuit feels like a band to keep an eye on for sure; check out their EP Luge Lessons which dropped late last year.
Monster ftr. Avelino - Jacob Banks
Off of his second EP The Paradox, which released in July 2015, Birmingham based singer Jacob Banks (featuring an appearance by rapper Avelino) shows off an impressive soul/R&B voice that is just starting to round into a force. This is just one of those songs that you need to hear--it's soulful, it's rousing, it's catchy, and best of all, it is a song that you will not get out of your head for days. Featuring Banks' vocals, a largely organic percussion, and a flair of piano (Banks' instrument of choice), 'Monster' is a song that just needs to get out farther into the world (and I hope I can help a bit with that).
I cannot imagine a world where we do not hear more from Jacob Banks, and hopefully his first full LP is not too far away...and in case you need proof, here
Once again, here is the November Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist, with all the tunes from the month built together into a set list (as if I was spinning them for you somewhere, just without being able to talk your through hard transitions). Remember, I am going to put December and January into a list together, to accomadate my vacation, and make sure you are not just getting a few songs.
The October Apple Music Playlist is still available of course as well, in case you have not caught that one yet (or just need more theguysfrom.com in your life).
Support what you dig! It's soooo much cheaper than anything else out there. You cannot even buy a smile for what one of the songs listed here would cost you....stupid economy.
See you again next Tuesday with 5 more tracks.