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Train – Hey, Soul Sister June 25, 2010

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So anyways, did you like Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours? How about Bedouin Soundclash’s When The Night Feels My Song? And we all know everyone likes Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Well then you’ll like this. It’s that simple. I discovered this track from a promo video advertising my first university’s summer ball so props to whoever chose the track. If you recognise any of those earlier tracks then you’ll know what to expect – a strumming banjo, a  carefree vibe and a fresh, feel-good sound:  perfect for the summer.

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Train – Hey, Soul Sister

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Jason Mraz – I’m Yours March 5, 2008

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Jason Mraz is an artist that I discovered around the same time as John Mayer. )During that period, they were often compared with one another in terms of their somewhat similar musical styles, however while John Mayer went on to develop his sound with a more Blues feel to it and gained massive critical acclaim with his album “Continuum”, Jason Mraz instead adopted a similar sound to his first LP and, in turn, was quite brutally slaughtered by the critics for his album “Mr. A-Z”. Warranted, while that album was not half as fun as his first (“Waiting For My Rocket To Come”), it wasn’t the complete catastrophe that you may have led to believe. That said, I won’t be sharing any tracks from it, but instead a new track from his third soon-to-be-released studio album titled “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”. It’s penned to be out on 20th May and will be the first from Mraz to have proper collaborations on it from the likes of Colbie Caillat and British singer-songwriter James Morrison. This track “I’m Yours” will be the first single. It sounds a shade too similar to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s (what a name eh?) cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that said, it does still hold it’s own as a great, breezy, chilled out song.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
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I thought I’d also share the first single ever released by Mraz which made me take notice of him initially. It’s a track which I instantly fell in love with the moment I heard it due to its positively gleaming outlook on life. It is the very definition of the perfect pop song, stupidly catchy and a track that leaves a smile on your face long after you’ve heard it. At least, that’s the effect it had on me. Other picks from this album include “I’ll Do Anything”, “Curbside Prophet” and “You and I Both” – all of which are worth checking out if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here.

Jason Mraz – The Remedy
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Frank Turner – Photosynthesis February 15, 2008

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Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter from England with a difference from most other singer-songwriters. frankturnerloveiresong.jpgThere is something undeniably British about him and the thing that drew me to his music from the outset are his constant bittersweet tales of living as an adult who refuses to give up his adolescence. His songs share his rebellious attitude which wants to change the world but can’t seem to be arsed to bother doing so at the same time, as is the case with the song “Once We Were Anarchists” from his fantastic first album “Sleep Is For The Week”. That album came out well over a year ago and after accompanying me through my final year of university, I’m ecstatic to find out his new album “Love Ire & Song” will be released on 31st March.

This first track is his new single “Photosynthesis” which has all the traits mentioned above of a classic Frank Turner song. It’s a fun track with quite a folky feel to it, which according to his blog is something we should expect from the rest of the album. I feel a bit odd sharing this track after reading his stance on downloading his music, but after going to one of his shows and admitting I downloaded his first album, a Jack and coke was all he requested as compensation. I even got a picture with him to show there was no hard feelings, so I’m sure this will be fine… I think (edit: guess not). Anywho, the quality of the file isn’t the best as it’s taken from his Myspace page but it’s definitely enjoyable nonetheless.

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis.mp3
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I also thought I’d share a track from his first album which I suggest you listen to first if you haven’t heard it to understand why I reguard this guy so highly. This track, “Vital Signs”, is about experiencing life for the moment and not worrying about what the future has to hold (“Well I’ll never get to grey hair/And I’ll never be in the black/But I can tell stories that most can hardly dream”). As cheesy as my description sounds, it’s a freaking awesome song so check it out. Immediately.

Frank Turner – Vital Signs.mp3
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Sigur Rós October 10, 2007

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Sigur Rós are an Icelandic band who I’m sure most people have heard )about now, if not from being featured in the BBC’s documentary “Planet Earth” (“Glósóli”), then maybe from the BBC’s Wimbledon adverts (“Sæglópur”) along with many feature films including “Vanilla Sky” (“Svefn-g-englar”, “Njósnavélin”) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (“Starálfur”). The thing about Sigur Rós is that their sounds create such deep atmospheres and massive sonic landscapes that their music almost tailer made for films.

I first had my taste of Sigur Rós after the hearing the quite awesome “Vanilla Sky” soundtrack which everyone should check out. From that, I got my hands on their second studio album “Ágætis Byrjun” which to this day stands as one of my all-time favourite albums. It really is nothing like you’ve never heard before. The tracks are both so mellow and so dramatic, both so beautiful and so dark. Anyways I thought I’d share a few tracks which are hosted on the official Sigur Rós site for all to enjoy. The music is really chilled out so I recommend you get yourself in the mood before you start listening.

This first song is from that very album and featured in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”. It is quite possibly the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard (that’s right, I’m making the assumption that everything you’ve heard in your life up to this point is not as beautiful as this) and plays like you’ve just had the most amazing epiphany.

Sigur Rós – Starálfur.mp3

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The next two tracks are from their third album “( )”. The first is very mellow and similar in mood as the above track and featured at the end of the “Vanilla Sky” movie (more info here).

Sigur Rós – untitled #4 (a.k.a. Njósnavélin / The Nothing Song).mp3

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This second track is slightly darker and one that starts slow before building towards an explosion of sounds.

Sigur Rós – untitled #8 (a.k.a. Popplagið / The Pop Song).mp3

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And finally, this track is again from their second album and has quite a jolly and optimistic mood to it. It sounds like the perfect track to conclude a film where all ends well. Check it out and you’ll get what I mean.

Sigur Rós – Olsen Olsen.mp3

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Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me & Gone In The Morning September 20, 2007

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I saw this dude when he opened for John Mayer at a concert recently. He was pretty good and very good at keeping the crowd happy, even if it resorted to singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme before he left the stage. You may have heard “Dream Catch Me” around which I thought sounded fantastic acoustically but I challenge you to listen to the second track I’m uploading and not have it stuck in your head by the time it ends.

Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
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Newton Faulkner – Gone in the Morning
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Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark September 19, 2007

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I discovered this track when on my daily Myspace stalk and thought it was incredible. It has a similar sound to a Polyphonic Spree track – incredibly feel-good and bouncy – without paying attention to the lyrics which my mate suggested at one point is about, erm, rape.. “Then I met a man with a fist for a hand/Held me flat on my back, taught me how to give in” – but it comes off feeling very optimistic “I’m finally feeling the stitching of beautiful seams“. I really can’t stop listening to it. Definitely a song to check out.

Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark
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