Hello, everyone! Now that May of 2017 is coming to a close, it is time for the fourth installment of my series aptly titled “Monthly Monday Music Melange.” Just as a forewarning, some of the songs I will mention that I enjoyed this month are ones that I mentioned in my recently-published “My Second Semester in Songs” post, but of course, I will be sure to include some new ones for you all to enjoy.
“Gwan” by Rostam
I first heard the absolutely gorgeous song entitled “Gwan” due to a random playlist on Apple Music of new music that I happened to listen to; soon, I was enthralled by the string arrangements in the song, which accompanied my budding interest in Rostam Batmanglij’s solo music. After a few listens, I really fell in love with the song and its interest in listening to one’s subconscious, and essentially all of Rostam’s songs became ones I turned to throughout the month of May.
“Song” by Sylvan Esso
When I first realized that Sylvan Esso’s new album had been released one Saturday afternoon, I frantically went to listen to it in its entirety, and was quite impressed by what I heard. I particularly was interested in “Song,” and I even asserted (to myself) that the song was essentially pandering to me, as it was just what I wanted at the time. Since then, pretty much every song on the album has rotated through the top of my rankings of the entirety of the record, as I honestly find each one to be witty and enjoyable in its own way.
“Hot Thoughts” by Spoon
While watching some music reviews on YouTube, I came across a few very positive reviews of Spoon’s latest album; thus, I took the time to listen to some of the band’s discography. I will seem like such a poser for saying this, but it must be said: “Hot Thoughts,” one of Spoon’s singles, is probably my favorite song by the group. Sorry. Also, my mind decided to randomly connect this track to the novel I am currently reading, Lolita, and for better or for worse, the book written by Vladimir Nabokov is now basically all I can think about while listening to the song.
“Lipslap” by Kero Kero Bonito
Early in the month of May, I listened to an episode of All Songs Considered, as I often do, and within it, Frankie Cosmo’s cover of Kero Kero Bonito’s song entitled “Fish Bowl” was played. Later that day, I started to listen to more of the group’s music, and was fascinated by what I heard. At first, I just saw their songs as naïve, but after viewing feedback and interpretations from others, I realized that the kind of innocence I had perceived was actually quite clever, and even a bit sarcastic. From then on, I truly embraced the discography of Kero Kero Bonito, especially the cheeky song “Lipslap.” I truly could not stop listening to the track throughout the entire month, and accordingly, I found myself watching this performance of the song quite often. (I always forget that the video ends abruptly, and therefore become a bit upset every time I watch it, by the way).
“Taken” by Anna Meredith
I first started listening to Anna Meredith about a year ago, and “Taken” was always one of my favorite songs from the album Varmints. Once I decided to add the compelling composition to my “Studying” playlist relatively recently, though, my appreciation for the song only grew to a greater extent. It is just energizing enough to keep me motivated, as I found out this month.
“Call the Police” by LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem is a band that I had overlooked for years prior to this month, so once I saw the wonderful SNL subreddit raving about the group’s new songs as they performed them on said show, I knew I had to finally give them a listen. The new single “Call the Police” really caught my attention, and it subsequently became a song I turned to throughout the month of May, especially while on the way to my classes.
“The King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2 & 3” by Neutral Milk Hotel
As I actually mentioned in a previous music-related post, I started listening to the beloved album by Neutral Milk Hotel entitled In the Aeroplane Over the Sea earlier this year. My first listen was enjoyable, but upon listening to the album a few more times throughout this month, “The King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2 & 3” caught my attention a lot more. Not only have memes developed from it, as I have learned, but the multi-faceted track is also just so fantastic and exciting on its own.
Included in the link above is a combination of all three parts of “The King of Carrot Flowers,” as I believe such an experience to garner the level of appreciation that the entire song necessitates.
“Steal Your Heart Away” by Watkins Family Hour
Studying for final exams was a “fun” activity that I participated in toward the middle of May, and while I focused on my last exam, I listened to quite a lot of music. I actually ended up listening to the Tiny Desk Concert by Watkins Family Hour, which I had heard a bit of previously (due to my expanding love of bluegrass music). Delightfully, I listened to the wonderful and masterful performance, and I especially found solace in the song entitled “Steal Your Heart Away.” Since then, I have continuously come back to the song and the powerful performances of it.
“Crash Years” by The New Pornographers
I must admit that I went through a somewhat monumental ‘New Pornographers phase’ during the month of May, as in I could not stop watching their performances and obsessing over every catchy and witty song created by the Canadian power-pop supergroup. The peak of my interest in the band was around the time of finals week, which was actually when I started to greatly appreciate the song entitled “Crash Years.” Even while just listening to the song during my final exam preparations, I knew that it would be looked on a bit nostalgically in regards to the semester by yours truly, and I believe that my prediction is starting to ring true already.
“Newbury Street” by Parekh & Singh
Once the semester ended, I was free to use my time in essentially any way I wanted to; thus, I spent some time looking for music through YouTube. Let me just say that deciding to click on the music videos of songs by Parekh & Singh, such “I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll” and “Ghost” is something that I am now so grateful for; the videos are quite amazing and incredibly charming. Additionally, I fell in love with the duo’s songs themselves, especially as I dug through the rest of their music. I remember my jaw dropping when I first heard “Newbury Street,” a song about homesickness, and such an action aptly represents how I feel about their music, which indicates both equanimity and vulnerability to me.
“Why?!Steria” by Kalbells
Listening to yet another episode of All Songs Considered led me to discovering the wonderful and somewhat mystifying song by Kalbells entitled “Why?!Steria.” This song is so endearing (I clearly am loving charming music as of late), and I have been listening to it incredibly frequently since the start of my eleven-day summer break.
“Right Action” by Franz Ferdinand
Honestly, I have been looking for an excuse to make reference to one of my favorite bands since December 2014 (and a bit in my childhood), Franz Ferdinand, ever since I started to write posts about music. Even so, I had kept myself busy with new music discoveries to the point that I did not find myself listening to the band enough to truthfully include them in my posts. Well, my friends, I can now say that I am starting to genuinely rediscover my love of Franz Ferdinand’s discography, and cleverly bombastic songs such as “Right Action” have made a true comeback in my mind. Speaking of which, the music video for the song is one that I still greatly appreciate.
“In the Morning I’ll Be Better” by Tennis
My recognition of the fantastically retro song (and incredible accompanying music video) by Tennis called “In the Morning I’ll Be Better” started in December 2016, as I stumbled upon it on YouTube. Later on, in February 2017, I finally downloaded the song, as my admiration for it went beyond its vintage feel. These developments have essentially led up to this point, as the song has reentered the forefront of my mind to an even greater extent, hence my decision to finally mention this lovely track on my blog. I find the song to be perfect for the start of summer, and I hope you all will enjoy it as well.
“I Don’t Care About You” by Lake Street Dive
Less than a week ago, I was watching wonderful sessions by Nickel Creek and Sara & Sean Watkins on YouTube, when I finally decided to watch one of Lake Street Dive’s many studio sessions that was recommended to me. I had already heard of the group, but had not paid much attention; watching the performance sparked my newfound interest in their amazing talents. Immediately afterward, I (re)watched their great Tiny Desk Concert, and subsequently listened to their song entitled “I Don’t Care About You” quite a few times. The attitude of the song is simply outstanding, and I am now so glad that I started to give the group the attention they deserve.
“Cut To the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Queen Carly is back, my friends. When I saw that Carly Rae Jepsen released a new song this past Friday, I sort of freaked out, and subsequently listened to it as soon as possible. I was hooked on “Cut To the Feeling” from my first listen, and it will surely be a staple for me throughout this summer. To be quite frank, I do not know if anyone is making pop music better than Carly Rae Jepsen right now.
“CLC” by Tall Tall Trees
A couple of days ago, I finished up listening to an episode of All Songs Considered as I walked through a forest preserve. (By the way, I loved this podcast episode from January 2017 so much that I downloaded almost every song that was mentioned throughout it.) As I listened to the podcast during my walk, it was stated about “CLC” by Tall Tall Trees that the second part of the song was written in a forest. This fact definitely piqued my interest, and as the song proceeded to play, I honestly did feel an instantaneous bond with the (once again) charming song. It is a great song to listen to while walking outside on a beautiful day, I must say.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed my fourth installment of this series, and maybe even found some new & delightful music to listen to. As always, thank the artists, along with NPR Music (while telling them to hire me as soon as possible), as I hope to do. I would also appreciate music recommendations; if you were to create a melange of the music you have enjoyed throughout the month of May, what songs would you include in it? Let me know!
I hope you all have a great month!