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Tuesday Tunes--May 24, 2016


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Tuesday Tunes--May 24, 2016

Shaun Cordingley

I am a little all over the place this week, which is both a good thing (as it means that there should be something here for every listening taste), and a bad thing...for me...later, when I have to try and blend things together...although there's no Mongolian Folk Metal, so it cannot be as hard as that was.

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.

Modern Love - Apollo LTD

First up this week is the alt-pop track 'Modern Love' from Apollo LTD. This Nashville based duo recently released their self-titled debut EP, and feature a blend of styles, to the more radio-standard 'March On', to the fuzzy, guitar fueled 'Modern Love'. 'Modern Love' is one of those songs that sounds innately familiar, but is new...although perhaps a little bit like an Indie Alt-track from Britain--I have been trying for days to put my finger on who this song reminds me of, but every time I do, I come up with a different name...(tweet at me if you figure it out). 

Plus it has a Chaka Khan reference in it, so how can you not listen to 'Modern Love'?

Babylon - Jesiah

Jesiah, an Oregon/Los Angeles singer-songwriter, has a soft and beautiful little indie song in 'Babylon'. Primarily featuring a piano, and the soft, falsetto of Jesiah, 'Babylon' is a spare track, which seems to get better every time I hear it. This is a mellow slice of peace; a walk in the rain of a song that everyone needs every once in a while.

Fans of the more subdued elements of Vampire Weekend, owes it to themselves to give Jesiah a listen here.

Make Me Alive - Antoine Chambe & Rémi Glrd

A beautiful, chill bit of trance here from Antoine Chambe and Rémi Gird in "Make Me Alive"--a melodic, pulsing song just perfect for driving home at night, or if you have had a long, drink-filled day and need a great track that does not hit you in the ears with anything. The vocals are gorgeous, and the lushly produced blend of sound behind them could easily be a mellow heartbeat to that quiet end of a summer day.

This truly is an indie DJ'd track that deserves a pile of attention--and I cannot imagine a world where this does not get lifted by say, a car commercial, or film..and if no one else does It, I sure as hell will try in the future.

Bloom - DENNY

Minneapolis' DENNY has a great, fuzzy slice of rock here in their third single 'Bloom'. This introspective track has a real interesting, Radiohead-style edge too it, that really clicks along through what sounds like a reflection on struggling to find their footing, and maybe even the purpose of continuing as a band. It's really an interesting song that gets better every time you listen to it--keep an eye out for what develops next for DENNY, or check out their more indie pop-rock offerings in 'Ideals' or 'Boyfriend' to get a sense of the diversity of their sound.

Kid - ISLE

Scottish Alt-pop duo ISLE wraps up this week's Tuesday Tunes with their fun, and surprisingly musically diverse second single 'Kid'. Debuting their first track, 'Surrender' in March, 'Kid' really ups the production, balancing a diverse punch of sound, but continuing in what appears to be the bands style: melding synth and drum claps, piano, layered vocals, and a bit of guitar...and...xylophone?

Seriously, ISLE has one of those indie sounds that are just a lot of fun; while I do hope that they continue to refine and define a wider-range of sound for themselves (we've all seen way too many one-note indie bands the past decade), 'Kid' as a second single, is totally worth a spot in your next playlist.

Here is the latest Apple Music Playlist (for April).  I have done my best to mix it all together like I'm spinning a set for you, but as that is hard to do without being able to fade, mix, or talk through the transitions, you will have to forgive a few hard edges...although this one was really fun to put together as it has something of a flow to it.

The March Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is available here! February Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist, with all the songs put together the way we all like it, the Massive, 2-month (and almost impossible to blend together) December & January Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is right here. The November Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist and the October Apple Music Playlist is still available of course as well, in case you have not caught those yet (or just need more in your life).

Support what you dig! It's soooo much cheaper than anything else out there.  You cannot even buy lights for what one of the songs listed here would cost you...even the sun seems to cost now...stupid sun tax...we should've voted against that.

We will see you again next week with 5 more Tuesday Tunes!

-S (@Shauncord)

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