Pardon the minor hiatus, my life got remixed for a hot minute. If someone else changes the music, you’ve still gotta learn how to dance to it, right? Aight, time for this week’s batch.
Jamestown Revival I mentioned Jamestown Revival in my original post and featured them in my Songs of Summer, both for good reason. I won’t get into the long story of how I became personally acquainted with these talented Americana musicians, but I’m so happy I did. It’s rare to listen to an album and love every individual track – but that’s exactly what I received with their debut album, Utah. Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay are two rustic studs out of Magnolia, Texas who moved to Los Angeles to further their musical endeavors – and thus we were blessed with their single “California (Cast Iron Soul)”, which was the tune that would inevitably get me hooked. Out of every song on Utah, it’s impossible for me to pick a true favorite, but there’s something about Zach’s voice in the beginning of “Revival” that completely rev’s my engine. Besides downloading the full album, I seriously recommend seeing these fellas live. Not only are they skilled musicians, they’re terrific performers who provide a wildly fun experience that will get you stomping your boots and shooting down whiskey. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing two of their concerts now, first as an opener for The Wild Feathers and last week at their sold out headliner at The Troubadour. Hopefully this will add to their fast growing fan base of Revivalists, since I’m pleased to say I’ve already recruited a handful.
ASTR ASTR is a New York City based duo who apparently met in a yoga class. I first heard the Chainsmokers’ remix of their song “Operate”, but the original is just as groovy. Zoe’s seductive vocals over Adam’s electronic beats really produce a terrific sound. Definitely check out their Varsity EP when you get the chance.
Jaymes Young Originally from Seattle, Jaymes Young debuted his EP, Dark Star, last September and has toured with London Grammar. He can be also be heard alongside Birdy on the bonus track of the soundtrack to the motion
tearjerker picture The Fault In Our Stars. Similarly to ASTR, I originally heard the Milkman remix to his song “Dark Star” before discovering how terrific he is on his own.
Haerts Like ASTR, Haerts is also based in NYC and like Jaymes Young, their debut EP, Hemiplegia, was also released late 2013, but Haerts has a completely different sound than both. Haerts places me in a teen 80’s rom com in the best possible way. I close my eyes and I’m transported to a school dance: the gym draped in streamers, the disco ball reflecting off my pink lip gloss, waiting alone until my very own Jake Ryan runs down the hall and makes the slow song at exactly the last moment. Or maybe he’s waiting for me outside, casually leaning against his sports car. Whatever. Something out of a John Hughes movie. BRB re-watching Sixteen Candles for the 300th time.
Mapei Jacqueline Mapei Cummings’ backstory is actually pretty interesting. She was born in Rhode Island until her family moved to Sweden when she was 10. She lived there until moving to Brooklyn at 18 and even lived with Lykke Li for a time before moving back to Sweden to “immerse herself in Stockholm’s underground rap scene.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Since hearing her single “Don’t Wait” at a Memorial Day Weekend BBQ, I’ve had it on repeat and it will probably stay that way all summer long. I haven’t been very into rap since “the hyphy movement” took over everything in high school, but “Don’t Wait” has the sound that I love. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of her awesomely named EP, Cocoa Butter Diaries, but it’s still worth a listen if you’re into rap.