Welcome to the first edition of #RadioBobby for 2014. Last year, I tracked 300+ songs (all year). This week alone, I sampled/tracked 32 songs! If this week is any indication of things to come, it’ll be a great year for the music biz. Let’s get to our Top 5 of the week, shall we?
1. “Laughter Lines” by Bastille – alternative – Bastille made a splash on the US music scene with their hit single “Pompeii” (used to promote the upcoming animated movie Peabody & Sherman), so listeners should be expecting more great things from the British band with the release of their new album All This “Bad Blood.”
My favorite song from the album, “Laughter Lines,” is an incredible song about the future “when we are full of stories to be told…with…laughter lines.” Boasting a blended instrumental/engineered backdrop – “Laughter Lines” sounds futuristic (think Roswell, aliens) and classical (think gorgeous violins) with hints of Imogen Heap. I don’t usually even think about my year-end Top 50 list this early (ever), but I predict this will finish somewhere in the Top 5!
2. “The Draw” by Bastille – alternative – Also from All This “Bad Blood,” “The Draw” is another great effort from Bastille. The intro and ethereal sound reminds me of artists like Javier Dunn (think “Here’s the Thing”) and James Blake (“Retrograde”) – and if you saw my Top 50 Songs of 2013 you’ll be aware that not only did both songs chart (as did Bastille), but that I’m fond of this particular sound. I think Bastille outdoes either of those two comparative songs – they have a great harmony and vocal – and this is a great song to be “lost” in.
3. “Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant – alternative – The lines between alternative rock and pop are blurring – it seems that alternative is experiencing a boom in hook and anthem driven songs – and is boasting better, more enjoyable vocals than the run-of-the-mill products from bubblegum pop machines that produce (auto-tune) everything to sound the same. That said, “Mind Over Matter” sounds retro song that’s been infused with some contemporary new life.