So I've decided that every Sunday night I'm going to throw together a few songs to listen to in the coming week. Get you through your Monday type stuff. It'll be called Sunday Scaries, and this here, is Sunday Scaries volume 1.
1. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Tame Impala
My brother introduced me to Tame Impala this past summer, and I'm 90% positive I've listened to at least one of their songs every single day since. Their sounds are airy and unique, their lyrics creative and relatable. Listening for the first time is intoxicating. a feeling similar (I imagine) to one experienced by someone in the 1970s listening to their first Pink Floyd record. Both Tame and Floyd share the ability to bottle up some air and wind and chaos and pain and order and release it into song. Other songs I highly recommend are "'Cause I'm a Man" and "The Less I Know the Better."
2. Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
There's nothing better than being re-introduced to an absolute classic after completely forgetting about its existence. It happened to me last spring with "Do it Again" by Steely Dan, and then with "Brandy" when I saw the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Always some fantastic songs in those movies, by the way. George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" is in there as well. Pretty iconic stuff. Anyway, "Brandy" is awesome. It's very rare that a song has the ability to tell such a beautiful story that you find yourself attached to its setting and characters in less than just a few minutes. Brandy has that capability.
3. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
I had a quick epiphany just then when I was talking about storytelling. Nobody does it better than Clapton. His memory is elegantly portrayed in his lyrics, which is matched with a guitar part that shares a very similar aura. He makes the guitar cry like Jimmy Hendrix does in "Red House." Pretty opposing thought processes in those songs, though. Must've been a hell of a date.
4. Chum - Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt is top 2 on my list of the greatest lyrical rappers of all time. His music is everything I've ever loved about hip-hop. Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl is the son of cherished South African poet Keorapetse William Kgositsile, and as we know, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Chum is brilliant. The production is simple but powerful, the rhyming is intricate and well-thought out. The difference between Earl and most other big-name rappers these days is the fact that when you really listen to him speak, there are lessons to be learned. About pain and suffering and resilience. You are placed in a perspective vastly different from your own, but because Earl is such mastermind in his portrayal of this perspective, you can start to grasp an understanding of it. Earl tells about his experiences, and how each of those experiences accumulates to form everything he is, which is so important in a rap game chalk full of artists talking about how massive their watches are. It blows my mind that he was this lyrically capable at the age of 19. I was an idiot when I was 19.
5. Stranded - Van Morrison
6. Painted Yellow Lines - Dispatch
My brother is my main source for all things music. If there's a period when I'm spending lots of time with him, I typically walk away from it with several new songs that I cherish. John showed me these two pretty close to the same exact day, one year apart from each other. We were driving home from the beach as the sun was going down when he showed me "Stranded," and it was truly one of those special experiences. I am willing to bet it had a similar impact on everyone else in the car. It's like it embodied every single emotion I had been feeling at the time. I likely will never forget how everything looked around me. I listen and I'm transported back to the moment I was engulfed by that sax for the first time.
This past summer, he showed me Painted Yellow Lines on the same ride home, and I was immediately addicted to that one as well.
7. The Bird - Anderson .Paak
Anderson .Paak is an incredible musician. His performance I saw at Toad's Place in New Haven was mind-numbing. Guy rips drums while he's singing throughout the show, and at one point left the stage to start performing from on top of the bar in the back of the venue. It was wild. After he finished his set the crowd was dying for an encore. He came out and played "The Bird" for his final song. Such an awesome tune.
Hope you enjoy. Have a fantastic week, try and make some shit happen.