'Far Enough' album cover.

Far Enough by Cable Ties #

Played on Apr 7th, 2020

Hope

And it might be hopeless but if I lose hope
I bring on that ending

Everything on this album is great, but the singing is what will stick in my mind forever. Jenny McKechnie is one of the best vocalists I’ve discovered in a long time. Her range, how she can go from quiet to growly, either suddenly or more gradually than you thought was possible. Her control of her vocals is perfect. Apparently, they’re punk. At first I didn’t see it, I thought there were parts that sounded too controlled and beautiful to be punk, and I don’t remember the last time a punk song lyric left made me feel as uplifted as the first chorus of Hope does (quoted at the top of this note).

But. But you can listen to (or watch) the last chorus on Sandcastles, and it is very punk.

Sandcastles

You don’t do anything because you know that people like you they
just don’t do anything at all
but tear each other down

Who knows. Punk, like all genres, and almost all things, is difficult to define. Anyway, I think what I’m trying to say is that you should listen to it.

favorite tracks

Hope, Sandcastles

'what we say in private' album cover.

what we say in private by Ada Lea #

Played on Apr 6th, 2020

I discovered this album when I bought The Execution of All Things CD and Saddle Creek records included a thank you note and a postcard with the album art of “what we say in private”. Something about that warms my heart.

The first track on the album starts with some electronic music that’s the opposite of what you’d expect, and you’re not wrong to not expect them, because there is nothing like those first few seconds again on the entire album. It’s a strange decision. But that part quickly ends and the rest all makes sense. It still weirds me out whenever I relisten to the album from start to finish.

A lot on this album feels unintentional or improvised, and I like that, although it doesn’t always work well. More often than not it does work though, and when it does you realize just how good the lyrics are. If anything I think the lyrics are sometimes let down by the music.

wild heart

God watches over us in disbelief
And I take your head with my hand
A ring of dancers form around the house
To surround us and I pray that every door is shut
But in my heart, I know that any woman bound to enter will

Long live the wild heart, babe
Always groping for answers
Hungry for experience
Always touching the neighbour

what makes me sad

What makes me sad is I can’t
What makes you sad I don’t know
But if your eyes well up at the thought of it
Well that’s a sure way to know

the dancer

Some days I feel like dancing
But some days I don’t
Some days I just sit and watch
The sun dancing through my window

Some days I am a daisy
Dancing with the breeze
But some days I am the foot
That has to step on everything
Everything, everything

Even on clear days, your judgment is cloudy
Even on clear days, you’re expecting thunder and rain
Even on clear days, your judgment is cloudy
Even on clear days, even on clear

You should listen to it.

favorite tracks

wild heart, easy

'EP' album cover.

EP by Mexico City Blondes #

Played on Mar 21st, 2020

I re-listened to this EP many times trying to put into words what I like so much about it.

I still don’t have the right words. I like Allie Thompson’s singing a lot. It’s warm and soothing. It’s a voice that dances and makes me want to dance with it. I just want to fall back into it like it’s a soft couch.

Hm. You know there’s a bit of calm Ladytron in here, and a bit of Scanners too. I like this like I a lot of Scanners’ quieter songs.

Further

Nobody’s gonna hold my hand
Holdin hands is like holdin’ sand

Growin’ up it feels like givin’ in
Growin’ up it feels like givin’ in
Growin’ up it feels like givin’ in
Can’t run from the skin you were meant to be livin’ in

I don’t know what else to say. The wordcount does not correlate with how much I like this EP. You should listen to it.

favorite tracks

Worry, Further

'Con Todo El Mundo' album cover.

Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin #

Played on Mar 6th, 2020

I knew about Khruangbin but I didn’t know about this album. I discovered this via The RFK Tapes podcast, which used Maria También as their intro credit music. The track is easily my favorite on the album, but the entire album is worth your money. You should listen to it.

favorite tracks

Maria También