Recuperating from the incessant amount of holiday cheer December provided has been tough on all of us. But thankfully, with a new year comes brand new music! So what better time to give our ears much needed relief by treating them to fresh new tracks. To get you started, here are five songs that I’ve (over)indulged in over the past few weeks. Your ears will most certainly thank you.
The Head and the Heart – Lost In My Mind
Brought to us by Seattle based indie folk-pop band The Head and the Heart, this charming ode to one’s unfettering imagination carries an air of blissful optimism that is as refreshing as it is infectious. “Lost In My Mind” boasts tight harmonies as it rambles over playful acoustics, bouncy piano riffs and stomping drumbeats. Trust me when I say that it definitely feels good for the soul.
Snow Patrol – Berlin
Off their latest album Fallen Empires, “Berlin” imposes a burgeoning sense of sheer euphoria amid the absence of true lyrics. Riddled with solid acoustics, cascading vocals and vibrant strings, Snow Patrol masterfully infuses each element into a fantastic symphony of sound that is truly “eargasmic” in every sense of the word.
Dia Frampton – Don’t Kick the Chair (feat. Kid Cudi)
I never thought I would ever warm up to her edgy tone and unusual vocal styling, but this track really worked for me. Collaborating with hip-hop recording artist Kid Cudi, The Voice’s runner-up Dia Frampton shines in this radio-friendly pop number. The incredibly catchy “Don’t Kick the Chair” celebrates Frampton’s originality in light of its dark undertone and all-to-real lyrics. Usually I’m not for those cheesy hip-hop interludes, but Kid Cud’s drumline-esque solo has actually become my favourite part of the song.
Keegan DeWitt – Nothing Shows
For me, nothing hooks me into a song more than a great acoustic intro. “Nothing Shows” by multi-talented singer-songwriter Keegan DeWitt offers exactly this and much more. Laden with smooth percussion and brilliant piano riffs, the song indulges in earnest lyrics strung along by tender, aching vocals.
Ryan Sprinkle – Holocene (Cover)
While many artists have covered Bon Iver’s critically acclaimed acoustic record “Holocene”, no one does it better than this man in my opinion. Covered by amateur YouTube artist Ryan Sprinkle, this stirring rendition truly does the enchanting masterpiece justice. His solid, gravelly vocals and aching expressions merely accentuate the poignant intimacy of the lyrics. Combine this with his impeccable acoustics and we are left with nothing short of pure magic.