Earlier I wrote a post explaining my sorrow as some of my family members were killed this week. My sorrow continued on until I saw the following music video:
They are wearing facepaint in the video!!! It has been a dream of mine to institute Facepaint Fridays and this video reminded me of that. I am responsible for escalating things during pregaming. Facepaint is an extreme escalation! Also, the song is titled “All the Good”.
I didn’t listen to the lyrics because I’m a cat, but I’ll assume this is a message that I should celebrate “all the good” things about my relatives. So everyone go out and party like there is no tomorrow!!! Use this mix by DJ AD to get you started:
When I first heard Lisa Jaeggi a year or so ago, I was so drawn to the lo-fi rawness of her recordings because that’s totally my thing. I threw up a song of hers on the blog a couple of weeks ago and her people prompted a follow-up with a peek into her upcoming album debut, Epic Epic – slated to drop July 5th (Modern Vintage Records).
A full length album? I was definitely intrigued and when I heard it…whoa. I was completely thrown. Especially when I heard the production quality, which I gushed previously about her prior grittiness. This did not sound like the Jaeggi-playing-into-a-mic-hooked-into-someone’s-computer-set-up that I knew. I quickly learned that this album still sounds fantastic for all of the same reasons why I loved her music before.
Now, I’ve only heard three songs of this woman’s work so understandingly, a full length requires some content work, perhaps creating a theme or some sort of flow from track to track. In Epic Epic, Lisa Jaeggi sings of passionate relationships (good and bad ones), the importance of holding onto and keeping your heart intact, and what it feels like to be completely enamored by someone else. Her music has got an easy-listening feel to it but there’s exceptional depth behind that voice and acoustic guitar.
And it’s after midnight and I just got home from work. I don’t know if I can get used to this schedule, but I do like coming back to my apartment and listening to this kind of stuff loud. Is that weird? Whatever.
Poetically Diseased – Little ArrowI absolutely love the quivering male vocals with the barely audible guitar. Let the slow crescendo build you up, while more members of the band join the song and fill it out. The lyrics, “Here it is, embrace your freedom,” are like an encouraging chant towards the end. Damnit, just download (they do need to step up their SEO game though).
Curs In The Weeds – Horse FeathersI mean with a name like Horse Feathers of course it’s gonna be some solid folk. These lyrics are great and that’s no typo in the name kids, trust me I looked it up.
Come Hell or High – Lisa JaeggiWhat I can only describe as lo-fi folk, and it’s damn good. Audio Engineers would cringe at the “quality” but Jaeggi’s voice makes me smile. I love the fact that I can hear car horns in the distance, it’s raw and fantastic. And she’s from Mo.Co. yesSS (my hood).
Mr. Blue – Catherine FeenyThis song came on during shuffle this morning and it’s stayed with me ever since. Feeny’s got such a listener-friendly sound, I just don’t think she can go wrong. Fun fact, her first album was produced by this other great folk muscian.