This week's guest mix of music is from Bronze Radio Return
, a harmonious troupe of folk rockers from the American North East. It's a breezy combination of classics, encompassing several eras from CCR to Andrew Bird and Spoon (our kind of chronology).
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1. BONUS TRACK: "Down There" - Bronze Radio Return - Shake! Shake! Shake!
A small bite of our guest artist's tasty New England folk rock goodness.
And now, their picks and quips:
2. "Evening Kitchen" - Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms
This song gives me chills every time I hear the vocal harmonies. There is something undeniably timeless and comforting at the core of this tune. The production is simple and effective which steers the focus towards the beautifully haunting vocal melody.
3. "The Hardest Part" - Ryan Adams - Jacksonville City Nights
I feel like I am sitting in the room while the band plays when I listen to this tune. From minute one you can hear the walls and get a sense of the space where they recorded. While the lyrics are meant to not be overly optimistic, the song inherently feels good to listen to.
4. "Salt In The Wound" - Delta Spirit - Ode To Sunshine
Their first record Ode to Sunshine is an all time favorite of time. It took me a little bit to get adjusted to the pace of their latest release, but once I did I cant stop listening. His voice seems very real and honest and the melodys are super memorable.
5. "We Sleep On Stones" - Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline
If I were to ride a stallion into a field battle, I would want to be listening to this song. There is a certain epicness in the foundation of this tune that always leaves me hot and bothered. The vocal sound and dramatic string arrangements are great.
6. "Not a Robot, But a Ghost" - Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
Layers! So much rhythm...Ive always liked Andrew Birds voice and his song writing approach. Every time I listen to this song, something new grabs me- a sound or a melody that I hadnt noticed that last time I listened.
7. "The Greatest" - Cat Power - The Greatest
This arrangement of this song is dope. Lush strings coming in and out, distant washed out guitar lines and roomy drum sounds all play a role in creating the vibe. It sounds effortless to me when she sings.
8. "October" - Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Insert immediate head nodding/foot tapping here. Great groove and stellar production make this whole track work. A looping piano line runs through most of the song while the vocal works around it. I like the whole record, I love this song.
9. "Long As I Can See The Light" - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
John Fogertys voice has the kind of soul you could take a bath in. This is one of my favorite CCR tunes that still plays on heavy rotation.
10. "Mouthful Of Diamonds" - Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
I have had this song stuck in my head for days at a time. I am into their use of Synths and Guitars which somehow still sounds organic to me.
11. "Don't You Evah" - Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Such a killer groove with such slick production. Its the kind of song that makes you feel cooler after listening to it. All the individual parts seem well thought out, but not over thought.