Tom Odell (song of the week)

Look at this beautiful video of a beautiful man singing about beautiful things.

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Bastille (song of the week)

 

I have been binging on Bastille recently, but this song is my personal favourite of all. The video leaves something to be desired, but it’s juxtaposition of light and dark speaks to the song’s balance of power and simplicity. I have fallen in love with it completely, the kind of song that you can blast at full volume but leaves you quietly contemplative every time.

Plus, it speaks to me on a personal level.

return to me

they were grinning like the rain, each footfall

hits in the crowd with a subtle two-step beat

a bit of a drag on the right, but the white noise hides it.

Everything a perfectly panned shot, narrated

quietly to myself.

In a jacket, which I have been told

is very Wes Anderson. I have just enough yellow to be indie.

Every day is a planned script.

Every day is a short film I will never shoot

for anyone but myself and God

Paul Thomas Saunders (song of the week)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-dtLDVKpHs

This, in my mind, is a perfect song and video. The performers are humble, their eyes turned down and inwards rather than catching the attention of the camera – the full focus of the song is on the beautiful, broken refrain. I love their unconventional style and simple melody line. Gorgeous performance.

I would highly recommend looking up various other Burberry Acoustic pieces. The settings are always lovely, and the songs beautiful.

Lennon & Maisy (song of the week)

I don’t think I’ve properly expressed how much I love these two girls. Their voices are beautiful, they blend perfectly, and their stage presence is humble. It makes me so happy to see performers who respect themselves and their music – they don’t try to be showy or flamboyant, and as a result, their work is purely lovely. I highly recommend just taking a few minutes to stop whining about Justin Beiber and appreciate that there are kids out there who sing like this.

Phosphorescent (song of the week)

 

My current jam. I recommend taking a few quiet minutes to appreciate the simple beauty of this video, and spend time focusing on the intricate details of the composition and the questions it raises for the viewer when coupled with the song. (Plus, how often does one get to use so beautiful a word as phosphorescent?)