It’s that time of the week again where I share some of the music I’ve been listening to lately. As usual I’ll briefly describe each album, and include a clip of one of my favourite tracks from each one for you to watch and enjoy.
When Kevin Mitchell isn’t preoccupied with Australian indie band Jebediah, he’s busy with his solo project in which he calls himself Bob Evans. To date he has released three albums, all of which have become increasingly folky in style, so this four track EP is a bit of a jump in sound, playing with quite different instrumentation on some of the songs while still retaining that unique feel of his music. The single of the EP, “Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore”, is a fun song and video as well, but it is worth checking out the other three songs – definitely a cool little piece on the whole.
I’ve found myself drawn to a number of Swedish musicians and songwriters lately, and this is one of them. Jens Lekman writes mostly guitar based pop music, and a lot of it is quite melancholy both in sound and lyrical theme. While I haven’t heard his earlier albums in full, this album has grown on me with each listen. I love his voice as well – it sounds so unusual but that’s no bad thing. The song I’ve included is the title track of the album, and is considerably more upbeat too when compared to the other songs. I intend on spending more time exploring the work of this talented artist.
Back in 2007, the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed for a one off show (with the late drummer’s son replacing him), and over a million people around the world went into a lottery to get one of prized tickets to this once in a lifetime gig. Though the band of course no longer have their youth, they are still amazing and still know how to rock better than most musicians half their age. Luckily, the concert was recorded on film and audio, and now has been released on CD, DVD and who knows what else for all the world to see (it even was screened in cinemas). While not every track hits the mark, the majority of this 16 song set is pretty impressive, and a must-see and must-hear for Led Zeppelin fans. I’ve included the video of Kashmir, which was one of the my favourites from this show as they writhe with energy the whole song (especially Plant with his amazing vocals).
What have you been listening to this week? What are your thoughts on these albums I’ve discussed, if you’ve heard them?