Ah, the sun is shining, the trees and flowers are blooming and there are lots of new downloads today! Springtime! Now, hurry up, download them, put them on your iPod and get back outside. There are tracks that will make you want to dance like you’re in a club and then there are ones that are just nice to sit around and listen to. So without further lame metaphors, here you go.
Rooney — “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”
From the forthcoming album, Eureka, due out June 8th. These Californian rockers are back for the third time, and it’s like nothing’s changed. This song is a little bit slower and calm than their last few efforts, but it’s something you want to be rollerblading to.
My Sad Captains — “You Talk All Night”
These Brits caught my ears when I was in London a year-ish ago. I wrote about them and here I am again! “You Talk All Night” is from their album Here and Elsewhere, which has been out for quite some time, but this makes it easier for anyone out of the UK to grab onto their music. Check it out — it’s very I-want-t0-go-sit-under-a-big-willow-tree-and-fall-asleep like. Mmmz.
Jesse Rose — “You Know It”
This is one of the club mixes. It opens to a drum beat and snaps, which totally makes me want to be in a fancy street gang or Glee or something (I’ve been watching too much Glee lately). Then Rose’s voice softly comes in, and the song gradually picks up the pace. Then it gets jazzy and more club mix-y at the same time. Curiouser and curiouser! The song is part of a series of EPs called Sleep Less.
Rusko — “Hold On” Subfocus Remix
The Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman lends her voice to this song, and it’s like she’s finally able to unleash her inner Mariah. The house beats are a little tacky from this British DJ, but you’ll get over it just to hear her voice. It’s out of her humbly sweet comfort zone, and she just makes you want to go to the club and dance (and I’m not the kind of girl who likes clubbing).
Jeremy Messersmith — “Violet!”
From the forthcoming album, The Reluctant Graveyard, due May 4. This Minneapolis-based musician is prepping for his album release and tour, so releasing this song was a good idea. This is definitely one of the Springtime songs — he actually mentions blades of grass, flowers, etc. It sounds like one heck of a graveyard. This song is pretty poppy, but calm at the same time. Get out yer shades.