RadioPotato’s Top 5 Songs of February 2012
It’s pretty obvious that RadioPotato’s music tastes generally gravitate towards infectious wrist-slitting ditties. As my upcoming nuptials are fast-approaching, I’m on the hunt for a new crop of happier love songs that aren’t contrived, forced, or generally lame. I found one in this bunch and was completely blown away by all the songs. Please check out the music , VOTE for your favorite in the poll embedded below, and SHARE with your friends. Congrats to Seven Handle Circus for winning the top spot in January!
1. “SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW” – GOTYE FEAT. KIMBRA – Oops! The world got to this song faster than I could publish it. Compared to the soulful silky voice of Sting circa the Police, Australia’s break-out star Gotye has eclipsed the globe with this bona fide hit. With its intriguingly sparse beginning, a tale of a relationship gone bad sung emotionally by Gotye, and the female side of the story through Kimbra, this song is woven into pure perfection. You couldn’t beat this song out of your head if Bobby McFarrin had a hammer. The downside is that it’s pure pop perfection. Which means that this indie favorite is no longer indie. For a taste of another Gotye- gripping song profiled in 2010, please check out “Heart’s a Mess” here.
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2. “OH MY MY” – JILL BARBER - NPR Music dubbed Jill Barber as a “21st-century original: a rootsy big-band swinger with hip-hop attitude.” Barber, a Canadian stunner who looks and sounds like a 50’s throwback, puts a modern spin on a bluesy mournful tune complete with handclaps and jazz beats. The repeated bass chant of “Oh My My” gives this song the gospel spirit as our heroine has gone to to the doctor to fix her broken heart. Digging deeper in her library of music, Jill Barber has got a Melody Gardot-type of sultry jazz appeal with more of a nod to yesteryear girl pop. I love the swooning romance of “Chances.” Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download | Spotify
3. “WORKING TITLES” – DAMIEN JURADO – After seeing newly obsessed music aficionados’ FB posts after the Damien Jurado Album Release in Seattle, I got it after one play. Boasting bold longing strokes across a Washington landscape, this rolling beauty sounds like a dream at dusk. Damien is a storyteller with splintering pain in his voice and back-up singers suggesting soulful despair. This song belongs as the showcase close-out song to any movie soundtrack, Grey’s Anatomy, TV show. It’s cinematic, complex, and has a depth that translates to anyone who’s felt gripping heartbreak before. Which is everyone. New album Maraqopa releases February 21. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download | Spotify
4. “NERO” – LITTLE TYBEE – Atlanta mini-orchestra band is making headlines. Recently featured as the #1 up and coming band from Atlanta by Paste magazine, their Twitter description reads: “Progressive Folk with a classical undertone sunk in a latin grooooove.” The intricate musicianship of this 5-piece band fuses an array of unusually wide influences into a fresh blend that just sounds right. Collaborating with 14 instrumentalists to produce their latest album Humorous to Bees, Little Tybee’s “Nero’s” rich sprawling melodies will wrap you like a blanket in a state of nirvana. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download | Spotify
5. “THE SHAPE OF US” – IAN BRITT – Enjoying the recent success of a fortuitous placement on TV show “Parenthood,” the delicate sweet arpeggio of the song “The Shape of Us” is putting England-based Ian Britt on the musical map. As I am on the hunt for good non-sappy and non-lame songs for my upcoming wedding, the simple melody, the crystal-clear guitar, and comforting lyrics of “The Shape of Us'” struck the right chord. Ian’s recent publicity is beckoning him to cross the pond to tour the US. If you want him, demand it! It might just happen. Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Download | Spotify