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Kina Grannis – Valentine February 9, 2010

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Kina Grannis is someone I discovered some years ago on the site Digg.com when the site creator Kevin Rose spoke about her on the video podcast Diggnation. She made a rather cringe-worthy song dedicated to the site which got a lot of diggs (votes) providing her with plenty of exposure. A couple of years later and another story was posted on Digg about a new single and video announced from her called “Valentine” (released at an appropriate time) which is one of those tracks that I feel compelled to share. This song is an incredibly infectious little ditty, and has echoes of the demo version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” which I posted some time ago, with its incredibly laid back and stripped down sound. The previews of the other tracks I heard from the album on her homepage sound beautifully produced and with a really organic sound, reminisent of the album Coco from Colbie Caillat I’ve blogged profusely about previously. This song flows easily over the air with it’s summery, mellow sound and if this track is any indication of what the rest of the album may sound like, I’m intently waiting on hearing it.

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Kina Grannis – Valentine (Zipped Download from Official Site)

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Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends June 8, 2008

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It feels kind of pointless recommending tracks off Coldplay’s new album as it’s more then likely that everyone will eventually hear it on their own accord anyway, but I do feel somewhat compelled on this occasion after getting my hands on Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. )I’ve only played through it a couple of times but already I know this will be an album I’ll have on repeat for quite some time. After hearing the first couple of tracks released as singles (“Violet Hill” and the fantastic “Viva La Vida”) it was easy to see that this album was going to be far different in mood then their previous, X&Y. Whereas “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head” had a more stripped down production and organic feel to the tracks, X&Y was far more layered, sometimes overpowering you with complex sounds and deep imagery. “Viva La Vida…” is a welcome step back from this, with more varied use of instrumentation and tempo creating a feel thats overall lighter in tone, more flowing and comfortable then X&Y, and more enjoyable as a result.

The first track I’m going to share was one of those Coldplay songs that sends shivers down your spine whenever you hear it. Similar to Chris Martin’s production in Jay-Z’s “Beach Chair” off the album “Kingdom Come”, this track has a massive landscape, and it immediately hits you with its organ-lined beat, booming bass and epic sounds.

Coldplay – Lost!
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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The second track is an example of the positive, hopeful tone you’ll hear throughout the album and features a running piano moving the song along with an upbeat rhythm (that for some reason reminded me of Let Loose’s “Crazy For You” …but don’t let that be off-putting) and once again, a large sonic landscape (which we can most likely pin down to Brian Eno’s influence in production) created by building, echoing guitars lining the background. There are several other gems dotted throughout the album so (needless to say), make sure you check it out.

Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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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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[ From the Album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” |
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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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