I was lazy with my new music research for a while, but a helpful little bird has motivated me to be much more proactive in my endeavors. It's certainly been an inspiring conquest, so I'd like to share a few of my favorite sounds with everyone!
1. M. Ward's new album Hold Time
I've been listening to it nonstop since it's release less than a week ago. M. Ward is wonderful, and I must say that choosing Zooey Deschanel to accompany him for two of the songs on the album was pure genius. Their voices sound brilliant together. Plus, the album artwork is quite lovely.
2. Animal Collective's new album Merriweather Post Pavilion
Observation 1: THE ALBUM ARTWORK IS TRIPPAYYYY. Observation 2: The song "My Girls" has been stuck in my head for days now. All in all, however, Animal Collective has produced ridiculously amazing albums over the years and it's no surprise that this one was just as innovative. It's a great, great, GREAT listening experience.
3. The Acorn's Daytrotter Session with songs for their album Glory Hope Mountain
The session was released just yesterday and the album was originally released in October of 2007, but it's definitely quite amazing. I've been listening to it when taking breaks from M. Ward. :]
4. The Honey Tree's new EP Wake the Earth
I must say, I've always found their leading lady, Becky Filip, very inspiring. I've kept up with their MySpace updates because the songs would typically be available for a free download. The music is all very whimsical and angelic, which I just love. This is their first EP and it was certainly worth the wait.
5. Noah and the Whale's Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
This number 5 spot was a tough fill. It was between this and Blitzen Trapper's album Furr. I chose Noah and the Whale because their album is so well made as a collective whole. It's actually perfect for making art. I always take my iPod to my drawing class to get myself in a "flow" and this is usually what I'll put on. It's just got a great consistent beat. Now, about Furr: Blitzen Trapper failed to create a cohesive sound on that album. As much as I love the thing, it's just not top 5 worthy. Sorry, boys.
P.S. When I say "as of late" I actually mean "over the past three days or so."