Monday, 1 July 2013

Post-Exam Beat

Whatsup everybody!!

Yes yes I know that you have missed us just as much as we have missed you all, exams are over and the holidays have begun, as such the playlists will start flowing once more! This break in posting has lead to a huge backlog of amazing music for me to write about, that will please your ears and bring forth emotions that you scarcely knew you had.

It's almost festival season in South Africa, yes we do have such a thing, soon bands such as Alt-J, The Hives and Deftones will be gracing our shores. This makes me one happy man. Music is on the rise in our lovely country so lets embrace the fever!

Enough waffling from me for one week. Lets get the playlist going.

1. Lorde - Royals

This week's playlist starts off with my current guilty pleasure, I just cannot stop listening to this song even though I know it might kill my street cred (OK I may not have any cred to start off with). 'Lorde' is a 16 year old singer from New Zealand. 16 year olds are supposed to be lazy, like me, but she seems to have bucked the trend. She is the new Kimbra (Huge crush there) and as such she is destined to go far. 'Royals' is as smooth as it is catchy, a subdued beat with crisp yet seductive vocals draws you in as you find yourself singing along to 'We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams'. I love it. Just go and listen now!

2. Vance Joy - Riptide

Second this week we have 'Vance Joy', a folk-pop (Another one) sensation from Melbourne, which is co-incidentally my favourite city in the world. 'Riptide' is a song that just rolls on into your heart, a catchy beat and stunning vocals makes this track a dainty desert that is sure to delight your ears. Any man who can sing about 'Michelle Pfeiffer' and still sound this good has to be talented! It has a pretty rad music video which completes the package!

3. A Silent Film - Cuckoo Song

Next up we turn to the band that could be mistaken for 'The Killers' or 'Coldplay' on any random day. 'A Silent Film' are an alternative 4-piece from Oxford in the UK. 'Cuckoo Song' is a piano and synth driven ballad with slight rock overtones. I hope that made sense to somebody! This song just feels pure. Simple as that. It has no bells and whistles but manages to be powerful all the same. As the song reaches a crescendo it brings joy with it in no small measure!

4. Al Bairre - We Move On

It almost feels as if an edition of The Weekly Stew is not complete without a track from the outrageously good looking kids from Al Bairre. 'We Move On' is one of my favourites from these Cape Town city slickers. They have managed to create a sound that is both fun (Hells yeah) and meaningful, by this I mean that the song actually sticks with you after you listen to it, unlike a Nickelback song that just makes you want to get your ears removed. The only question now is why they haven't visited Durban yet...Here's looking at you Nic! The music video for this masterpiece even makes throwing food look like a great idea, so check it out right now!

Blogger is making me very angry because it won't let me put up the new music video for this song. So just follow this link to get it...

5. Cayucas - Cayucos

This week's playlist is ended off with a special little feel good track from Santa Monica's own favourite sons 'Cayucas'. This is an indie-pop track that just exudes unbridled joy with every dreamy line and harmony. This track could almost be defined as being surf-pop because it just makes me think of a lazy summer's day chilling out on the beach. If you need a pick-me-up then this track is definitely the one for you!

That's it for this week's playlist! Thanks for stopping by! See you again next week, I promise that it will actually be next week this time, for another epic playlist!

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