Dive In // KYKO

In all honesty, I didn’t like the first thirty seconds of this song. And I’m really not sure if I like it or not. The middle is really catchy, but the beginning and end are iffy. But I think the band has potential, and I’m going to listen to some of their other songs. Give this a listen and tell me what you think, because I can’t make up my mind.

Gave You All // HAUS

This song is light and funky. The lead singer’s voice is unique, and it’s growing on me. The first time I listened to this on YouTube I gave it a thumbs up, but I didn’t use it as a song of the day for some reason. Maybe I didn’t like it quite as much that day. But I’m loving it right now. I think this band is a nice mix of hip hop and indie. And you should check ’em out if you get a chance!

Bite My Tongue // The Beach

This song sounds like anything by The Lumineers, minus the banjo. I heard it for the first time on Mahogany Sessions today, and loved it. The Beach is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. I didn’t know they had released a new single, but I’m really glad I found it. I stumbled upon an acoustic version of Geronimo on SoundCloud several months ago, and I almost forgot about it. But it’s just as good.  If you haven’t heard Geronimo, make sure to check it out too.

Heathen // Colouring

This song has a really nice progression. It has elements of Aquilo and Vancouver Sleep Clinic, but a more prominent beat. It makes me want to dance in slow motion or float through the clouds. It’s been a little over a month, and I think this is the first band that’s been featured twice in my song of the day thread. So give this song a try. It’s nothing like Twenty One Pilot’s Heathens, but it’s a great track.

Civilian // Wye Oak

I know I’ve heard this song before, but I don’t know where!  You know how IMDB shows you everything different actors and actresses have starred in? I need a database that gives me a list of films and TV shows songs have been used in. But who knows, maybe one of my friends showed this to me and I can’t remember. Civilian was released in 2011, so it’s been a while. I picked this song today because it’s a nice mix of soft folk and indie rock. The rhythmic strumming turns into emotional electric guitar, but Jenn’s voice is consistently inviting. I’ve been listening to it on repeat while I’m writing this because it turns into something else as soon as I stop playing it. It’s like a distant memory, but that’s one of the reasons I like it so much. Give it a listen and see if it sounds as familiar to you.

Holy Ghost // Børns

I’ve wanted to see Garrett Borns live since I listened to his 2015 album, Dopamine, for the first time. I still haven’t gotten the opportunity, but hopefully it will happen soon. I’m sure you’ve heard Electric Love, but if you haven’t listened to his entire album, you’re missing out. He’s everything you want from an alternative pop artist: eccentric, humble, and incredibly talented. I haven’t been able to get Holy Ghost out of my head all day, but I also really like American Money (and every other song on the album). But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. And if you’re looking for something aesthetically pleasing to match the music, check out his music videos. They’re stunning.

Concrete // Tom Odell

I love Tom Odell. He’s one of those artists that sound (way) better live. I think it’s because his emotions really exude from his music, and sometimes you can’t really capture that in a recording studio. Don’t get me wrong, I play his CD on repeat in my car. But his passion is contagious when you see him pounding it out on the piano. He’s the modern day Billy Joel. So if you have some spare time today, check out a live version of Concrete, or any of his songs, on YouTube.

Bread & Butter // Hugo

This song seems to encompass five genres, but I think that’s one of the reasons I like it so much. It’s bluesy and soulful, yet southern and funky. I’m not sure how to describe it, but every time I hear it I wanna walk to the beat of the song in a dimly lit subway station wearing a big hat and jacket. I think I associate weird things to songs, but there you have it. Anyway, give this alternative artist a try. Hugo sounds like Cage the Elephant made out with U2. And all his songs are different, so you’re bound to find something you like.