RadioPotato’s Top 5 Songs for April 2011
Spring is here with new beginnings, new music, and fresh starts. I’ve been slaving over tweets, blogs, e-mails, and iTunes finding incredible new tunes to happily dance in your ears. As my bank account drains from too many concert tickets and downloading music like a fool, I’m convinced it’s totally necessary to bring peace to our world. You are welcome. Make sure you give each tune a spin and VOTE for your favorite in the poll at the bottom. Congrats to March’s SXSW Top 5 Songs winner ANDREW BELLE for “The Ladder” with a close runner-up of Jamestown Revival‘s “The Revival.” VOTE, people, VOTE!
1. “YOUR MOVE” – KRIS ORLOWSKI and the PASSENGER STRING QUARTET Unusually obsessed is putting it mildly once I caught wind of this raw and passionate video. Thrown together on a whim, Kris Orlowski joined forces with some other emerging Seattle artists and accidentally created a magnum opus. Here is some early feedback after only a week of being published: “I’m inspired by the sound your making among friends. Nice work” – Jason Mraz, “If u watch u will B grateful. I promise. #realmusicisback” – Charlie Peacock (producer of The Civil Wars and Switchfoot). Orlowski and the Passenger String Quartet is set to release their EP on May 12th. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download
2. “GET OUT MY LIFE WOMAN” – WOOD BROTHERS Despite the fact that I hate cover songs, this one made me almost reconsider. Covered by blues greats like The Doors, Lee Dorsey, and Derek Trucks band, The Wood Brothers (Southern Ground Records) bring the southern soul back home. Backed by zero percussion, a stand-up bass, and electric guitar, you can hear the pain crack in Oliver and Chris Woods’ voices. Sling back some whiskey and let the true grit of these blues wash it down. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download
3. “ALL THAT I’VE GOT” – MITTEN Another theft from The Wounded Jukebox (coolest music blog besides the one you’re reading), Mitten is a dual-city female synth-pop duo a la The Postal Service. Strong early reviews a bright start for Maia MacDonald and Joanna Katcher. The Ruckus boasted: “Complete with fervent, lush melodies, clever lyrics and expertly wielded instrumentation, their EP, See You Bye, is an absolutely brilliant debut.” – “All That I’ve Got” is a great song for running, for driving, for bouncing, or just moving! Think BPM goes indie. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download | Mitten Interview
4. “LOST IN MY MIND” – THE HEAD AND THE HEART I admit that my obscene dedication to the new crop of artists out of Seattle is a wee bit obnoxious. BUT I’m not going to lie. There is some damn good music exploding out of the Pacific Northwest music mecca right now. The Head and the Hearts’ (Sub Pop Records ) folksy roots and tight trio of harmonies make for a refreshingly joyful sing-a-long. This six-piece band knows how to use minimalistic instruments for a lushly raw sound that feels REAL! Thanks to radio rocker David Clapper for turning me onto this song and you can download it FREE right here –> Official Website / Free Song Download | Facebook | Twitter | Download
5. “WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED” – SERYN The accordion, pulsing beat, and folky plucking make this song tough to quit playing in your head long after the song ends. Featured by Paste magazine as a featured track, “We Will All Be Changed” sounds like a triumphant call to arms introduces Seryn’s debut album This is Where We Are (Velvet Blue Music Spune Records). Based out of Denton, TX, this quintet uses more rootsy instruments on one song than the entire National Folk Festival. 🙂 Thanks again to Wounded Jukebox for introducing. Official Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Download
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