Archive | September, 2012

Weekly Ditty #4 (SPOILER: get the whole album for FREE- or whatever you want to pay)

10 Sep
(Every week, Lizzy and Anna are going to post a song that they adore. a song they want the rest of the world to fall in love with… a song that deserves a proper listening to.  Enjoy! )

The Song: Say Something

Artist: Ian Axel

Why you should listen to it: Off the album This Is The New Year’,  ‘Say Something’ is a heartfelt and beautiful ballad. Although it is instrumentally simple compared to other tracks on the album, the emotion behind this song is heart breaking. It starts of with one note on a piano, and then into the complementing chords. Ian starts to sing, his voice echoing. You can feel the sadness in his “say something, I’m giving up on you”.  It makes you want to cry for him. The chords pick up as you go into the pre-chorus/first verse. With the repetition of the second chorus, you can really hear the mellotron.  It follows the chords, harmonizing with them. In addition to the mellotron, you can hear a vocal harmony provided by the lovely Miss Jenny Owen Youngs.  She is a friend of Ian’s, and a wonderful artist as well. Everything dies down for a second verse, and then the final build up.  You can hear the organ, the mellotron, and the voices. The song is just… so powerful. So emotional. It’s amazing how just three instruments and two voices can move you. Maybe I’m just an emotional person, but… goodness. This song is beautiful.  I had the privilege to see him perform this song live, and it was amazing. You could hear a pin-drop. It was crazy. I may or may not have teared up a little…

okay so, here’s the best part. Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino (his friend and the other half behind ‘Ian Axel’ the band) have this album up on ‘bandcamp‘. You can download it for free if you’d like; or, you can donate a few dollars. Download it for the price of a coffee at Starbucks (:

Where you can get it:  .bandcamp.  .itunes. .amazon. 

-Lizzy


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Weekly Ditty #3

2 Sep
(Every week, Lizzy and Anna are going to post a song that they adore. a song they want the rest of the world to fall in love with… a song that deserves a proper listening to.  Enjoy! )
 

the song: no such thing as time

artist: elenowen

why you should listen to it: elenowen is a a folk/pop/somewhat country duo consisting of nicole and josh. if you recognize them, it may be because of their appearence on season one of ‘the voice’. yes… i admit… i watch the voice. (sue me… don’t though… poor college student= no money). ‘no such thing as time’ is a digital single released last year. they have a new ep out now, and i highly recommend it. rather than choosing a song off their new ep, i chose this one to review. i adore it, and i think you will too. the song is absolutely adorable. it’s a love song between two people- saying that when they are together, time stops. little  twist though… nicole and josh are married. they are basically, singing to each other… ready… 1,2,3, D’AWWWWW!  their voices blend so well together… they two sing beautifully. it’s as if they’ve been singing together their whole lives. and when they harmonize… it’s just a beautiful/amazing/wonderful treat for your ears. really… everything about the song, and  them, makes you so happy.

where you can get it: .itunes.   .amazon.   .elenowen.

-lizzy

1 Sep

oh nothing…

just teaching anna a song on uke via the internet…

oh, technology.

Weekly Ditty #2

1 Sep
(Every week, Lizzy and Anna are going to post a song that they adore. a song they want the rest of the world to fall in love with… a song that deserves a proper listening to.  Enjoy! )

the song: Switzerland

artist: The Last Bison

why you should listen to it: “Switzerland” is The Last Bison’s first single off their debut album, “Quill,” released in September of 2011. I first came across this song through a summer compilation from the wonderful site, Noisetrade. (check Noisetrade out for music that is free LEGALLY, and consider leaving a tip for the musicians that offer you their work for free.)

I first fell in love with the instrumental and vocal components to the song. The tempo changes, the crescendos and decrescendos, the melody, the everything is so powerful that  it seems to control my heart rate and leave me covered in goosebumps by the time it ends. (then you can just hit repeat and listen again so it never has to end….) I guess to put it simply, the song is an experience. I enjoyed it quite a bit and I recommend it. THAT’S WHY. (: AND, if having your heart rate controlled by instrumental arrangements isn’t a good enough reason for you, then consider THIS: you can get their entire album, “Quill,” for free HERE on Noisetrade and love the whole album. Just don’t forget to leave a tip, no matter the size!

PS: They are on a nice, long US tour so go see them because your computer can’t play this loudly enough and you’ll need to hear it live.

where you can get it: .bandcamp.  .itunes. .amazon. .The Last Bison.  

-Anna