So their lyrics are great, if you're an English major. And the band is top notch. Colin Meloy's voice is good, in a Garrison Keeler kind of way. Their live act is fun as well.
If it sounds like I'm apologizing for them, I kind of am. Their music is good, but it's very hipster. And for me at least, Irony doesn't last the way that other earnest emotions seem to when it comes to music.
Sounds like: R.E.M. crossed with Neutral Milk Hotel, and some kind of hipster group.
I fell on the playing field The work of an errant heel The din of the crowd and the loud commotion Went deafening silence and stopped emotion
So it's a weird thing about being an expat. I hear about this great Australian Artist that's from Melbourne, not through any newspapers or flyers, but through some American TV show.
But I like her music. Her lyrics are witty, and maybe a bit sharp. Especially towards the entire ironic hipster thing you see all over. But her songs are more about her perspective than anything else, which is why they're fun to listen to.
Sounds like: Indie Rock and Roll, Australia-style.
Put me on a pedestal I'll only disappoint you Tell me I'm exceptional, I'll promise to exploit you Give me all your money, and I'll make some origami honey I think you're a joke, but I don't find you very funny…
So it's hard to have some perspective on Damien Rice. Mostly because I was going through a very rough time, and his music helped alot. But now when I listen to it, I get those same dark feelings all over again.
Anyways, he's got a good voice, his lyrics are thoughtful and measured, and the music doesn't get too boring or too sad. Just sad enough.
Sounds like: Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, only Irish.
We might make out, where nobody's there. It's not that we're scared, it's just that it's delicate.
These guys are good, especially on their album Plans. I'm not a super fan, but their lyrics are thoughtful, the lead singer's voice is good. And the band can move from loud, to restrained, to this wall of sound as needed. That takes chops.
The downside is the level of angst is almost too much for some of their songs. The anthem of a few million teenagers over their 18+ years of performance.
Sounds like: Something you'd hear on The OC. Like for real. Also, the Shins, and maybe a hint of Bright Eyes.
Love of mine Someday you will die, but I'll be close behind I'll follow you into the dark
Ah the late teenage years. I should be ashamed to say I like her music, as it feels like it's from another time.
But her voice is superb, and the music just washes over you in a good way. Sometimes her music can be a little precious, and it's rarely deep and meaningful, but it's still nice to listen to once in awhile.
Sounds like: Something you'd hear on The WB, if it was still around. Also, Annie Lennox, Birdy, KT Tunstall. Only extra English and backed up by a host of electronic musicians.
I am who I am I do what I want, but I can't hide
And I won't go, I won't sleep, I can't breathe, until you're resting here with me
Another bit of an early ’00s downer band. But they've got a few songs that just stick with you. And they're nice to listen to while doing some work as they're easy to tune in and out of without completely distracting you.
Gang of Losers and No Cities Left are their best stuff. I sort of stopped listening after their third album, but they're still going.
Sounds like: Metric, Death Cab for Cutie, crossed with more Electronica
So you've decided on an art school So it's not that you were trying to be cruel All she wanted was a boyfriend Or a means to justifiable ends
Thirty years ago this wouldn't be I was happy Last night I flickered off to sleep at four a.m. Now it's seven
Well, the ocean is long and deep but I'm gonna try Maybe I'll die…