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Songs of the Week: The Island of Dr. Electrico by The Bombay Royale

Australia-based band The Bombay Royale recreates the feel of Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s with a mix of funk, disco, and surf music.  Honestly, I always wonder with these kind of things if it wouldn’t be better to just listen to Bollywood recordings from the 60s and 70s, but The Bombay Royale are entertaining enough to be worth a least one listen.  I can’t seem to break down the SoundCloud tracks one by one, so I’m just embedding their entire 2014 album The Island of Dr. Electrico below.  I’m also posting the video for “Henna, Henna” which isn’t my favorite song but it does show the band’s unique aesthetic.

 

“A Place Called Space” by The Juan Maclean

This weeks track is “A Place Called Space” by The Juan Maclean, stage name for electronic musician John Maclean

This song may be have some of the bassiest bass notes I’ve ever heard and is reminiscent of Big Audio Dynamite mixed with 1980s Doctor Who soundtracks, with some klassik rawk guitar riffs on top.

What are you grooving to this week?  Let me know in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Word Crimes” by Weird Al Yankovic

You’d probably be even more of a media hermit than I to avoid the news that Weird Al Yankovic is releasing a new video each day this week to promote is new album Mandatory Fun.  Still, I neglected to post a Song of the Week on Monday, so I’ll share this one today.  Of the videos released thus far, “Word Crimes” is my favorite because it is both clever and informative.  If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I regularly make these errors.  Another advantage is that one can enjoy the groove of the Marvin Gaye-style backing track without having to hear Robin Thicke’s skeevy lyrics.

 

 

What have you learned from a song this week?  Let me know in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Venter” by Ben Frost

Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer, but like half the artists I post on SOTW, he is based out of Iceland.

“Venter” is a minimalist, instrumental piece that sounds like it’s from an imaginary psychological thriller.

What’s on your playlist this week?

Song of the Week: “Beneath the Brine” by The Family Crest

I generally find myself scornful of over-orchestrated prog rock, but even though “Beneath the Brine” by The Family Crest could be described this way, I am smitten with it.  Perhaps because the orchestration is done so well, or perhaps it’s the strong singing voice of the lead vocalist.  His name is Liam McCormick, so we have two things in common.  Either way, this song should be part of a film soundtrack if it isn’t already.

What’s playing in the soundtrack of your life this week?  Let me know in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Real People” by Small Black featuring Frankie Rose

Small Black‘s cinematic video for “Real People” featuring Frankie Rose is my song of the week.  This is a song by a band from Brooklyn, not a reboot of a cheezy reality tv show from the 1980s.

 

What’s your song of the week?  Let me know in the comments!

Song of the Week – “Discourse My Romance” by Shinedoe feat. Karin Dreijer

Amsterdam-based DJ Shinedoe (aka Chinedum Nwosu) provides the groove with Karin Dreijer of The Knife providing the vocals on this dance-able, but somewhat eerie, track “Discourse My Romance.”

Song of the Week has not been weekly lately, but hopefully this will tide you over until I get my act together.

 

Song of the Week: “Low” by Young Fathers

Young Fathers is a hip-hop trio from Edinburgh, Scotland.  Their sound is described as psychedelic with comparisons to De La Soul (which is a good group to compared to imo), but I found their sound unique with classic soul and electronic sounds strengthening the mix.  Check out “Low” below, the track brought to my attention by the most recent episode of All Songs Considered.

 

 

If you have a new sound you’d like to share, let me know below in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Possessed” by Eagulls

People who know me well know how I feel about The Eagles.

But this song is by the homophonic band spelled Eagulls from Leeds, England.  The post-punk band’s track “Possessed” is reminiscent of mid-80s Pixies rather than mid-70s klassik rawk, which is a good thing.

 

What are you listening to this week?  Let me know in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Dream the Dare” by Pure Bathing Culture

This week’s song is not very current, it’s from last year.  But Pure Bathing Culture‘s “Dream the Dare” is very pretty and I was reacquainted with the song through The Best of RISK! Music Podcast.  There’s something about the echoey quality in the vocals and harmonies that reminds me of a song from the 80s (or maybe the late 70s), but I can’t recall what song it is.  If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments.

If you know any other good new songs let me know about those as well.

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