Immune (LLP s3 – p3)

August 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

The song that inspired the title of my last personal check-in post. Really though, I just didn’t know what to use for the last post and this song was my loop song last week.

One of the new additions to my watchlist this season is Syfy’s new show, Killjoys. The end scene of its 7th episode introduced me to yet another loop song and to a great band.

Immune by Groenland

Groenland is a Montreal based orchestral indie pop band. They released their first album, The Chase, in 2013. Immune is easily my most favorite single. Everything about the song does it for me. It’s one of those songs that catches your attention after listening to just a few notes.

And not just this song. The whole album is terrific. Other favorites are Daydreaming, and Our Hearts Like Gold.

 

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Florence + the Machine (LLP s2 – p10)

June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Doing the first two TV/Movie Scene of the Week posts reminded me how much I love Florence and The Machine. The band should have been one of my first artist features but we can’t change the past, can we? Lol. I am now making amends.

Florence and the Machine

I can’t remember now how I first heard them. I think it maybe on the trailer of “Eat Pray Love”. “Dog Days Are Over” was my first Florence song so I think it was that. Most people would have known them because of Game of Thrones when the show used “Seven Devils”.

Florence’s voice is amazing. It is full of emotions and so powerful. I wish I had a voice like that. The first time I heard her, I had goosebumps. I also love how she performs. It seems like the music is coursing through her entire body and it’s overflowing and she can’t help but move and release it. And the songs. I love them! I won’t be pretentious and say I understand the lyrics completely because I don’t. Some of the lyrics are too deep for me. I love how they make me feel. “Shake It Out” is one of my favorite pick me up songs. Whenever I feel bad or anxious, I put this song on loop with the volume turned up. It helps me every time.

While I like almost all of the band’s songs, I’d have to select a few for this feature. Below are my top favorites from their two studio albums, “Lungs” and “Ceremonials”.

There’s talk about them working on a 3rd album. I’m so excited. Until then, I have these songs to loop.

 

Lights Out by Ingrid Michaelson (LLP s2 – p8)

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

It has been awhile since my last LLP post, hasn’t it? Don’t fret! I haven’t forgotten about it and was just a bit swamped with other stuff like catching up on my weeklies (TV series), reading challenges and GER reviews. Now that I’ve gotten into a doable pace with everything I want to do (it’s long way from what I want but it’s enough for now), I am resuming this part of my blog.

So let’s get on with it. This entire post is about Ingrid Michaelson’s new album “Lights Out”. It hasn’t been released yet and is scheduled to be on April 15, 2014. Now you must be wondering how I am featuring it on LLP when it’s not even out yet. It’s all thanks to iTunes Radio! If you check it out now, you’d see a neat station featured called First Play. And it has this album on it. Free listen for all (who has an iTunes Radio, of course)!

*from iTunes

*from iTunes

I listened to the entire album two and a half times at work today (and I’m listening again right now). I love it! I don’t know if I’ve told you before, but I’m not a playlist kind of person and usually just have my whole iPhone music library on shuffle. That way I’d get variety, fast tunes then slow ones and in between. Listening to this album feels like that.

The album opens with the track “Home”. It is a good choice for the opening song. It sets the mood for the whole album. The second song is “Girls Chase Boys” which is the first single, released on February 4. It is a very catchy song and Ingrid describes it as a happy break up song. The rest of the songs are duets, pop songs and mixed genre songs.

I’d have to say there is only a handful (maybe 2 or 3) out of the 14 songs that I didn’t like. It’s not that they aren’t good, just that I didn’t like them on the first listen. Each of the song holds up on its own but it’s even better as a whole album. The order of the songs makes the album balanced and it feels very cohesive. It is a great listen and not at all boring.

One thing that bothered me a bit is that it has a lot of duets/collabs. 6 of the 14 songs. That seems a lot for an album. But it’s a minor thing though.

At the top of my head, the songs that stuck to me the most are the following:

The album is now on Pre-Order on iTunes. The three songs above are also on sale already.

HAIM (LLP s2 – p5)

February 9, 2014 § 5 Comments

A week ago, I was on my way to meet friends for wine and croissants and this funky song came on the radio. My auditory nerves were much intrigued listening to a lady singing “I know I know I know I know” to an uncommon tune. I Shazamed it and discovered the awesome band, HAIM. I really really wanted to feature the song on LLP but wanted for more people (or at least my friends and readers) to know them. Artist feature + LLP. It’s been a very long time since I’ve done an artist feature too. The last was way back in January of 2012. Wow 2 years! So let’s get right to it.

*photo not mine*

*photo not mine*

HAIM is an American rock band consisting of three Haim sisters, Este, Danielle, Alana, and drummer Dash Hutton. Their music is unlike any in the current industry right now. It is very refreshing. Freddie Campion of Vogue featured them as band of the week and described their music as “stripped-back nu-folk–meets–nineties-R&B-pop“. And I totally agree.

(from left to right: Danielle, Este, Alana, Danny) *credits to BBC Newsbeat

(from left to right: Danielle, Este, Alana, Danny)
*credits to BBC Newsbeat

Like any normal person, the first thing I did was to look up the music video of “The Wire”. My first thought was “hmmmm.. the lead singer looks/feels like a younger Alanis”. After a few more seconds, I thought the lead and the second singer really look alike a lot. A quick look up on Wikipedia told me they are sisters. Lol.

For a week now, I have been listening to their album “Days Are Gone”. My favorite would be “The Wire”. Really no surprise there. I love this song! Never mind that it is a break-up song. I spent more than a couple minutes learning the way they sang it. Lol. I also like “Don’t Save Me” which is also on the album. And the last song I’m featuring is “Stop” which isn’t on the album and not released I think. Check out the songs below.

Their official website is http://haimtheband.com/. The album is available on iTunes. Go ahead and buy buy buy!

Video Games

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you

The chorus to Lana Del Rey’s Video Games. Lana’s the new addition to my “must keep tabs” list. She released “Born to Die” last month and I have been listening to her since. So far, I like “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” most but “Born to Die” isn’t bad either. Her second album will be released January 30 and I’ll definitely getting a copy.





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