Magic Men – Paris
We’ll go ahead and start this continued list with a cliche… A song named after a famous city. Regardless, Magic Men is an up-and-coming band with a likeness for songs named after locations; give Texas a listen as well. This catchy pop hit is ideal for an upcoming European adventure, or perhaps to forget about a recent breakup.
Washed Out – Amor Fati
When it comes to genuine feel-good tunes, we’re not sure it gets better than this. Washed Out’s hit from their 2011 album Within and Without combines the perfect chillwave, pop sound you’ve come to expect from them. The band performs well on stage, so we absolutely recommend seeing them live if you have the chance.
Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine
If you keep up with this blog, or if you happened to read this post’s title, you know this list is a continuation of a previous one from last December. In that post, we mention newcomers Alt-J and recommend giving their Bollywood-inspired song Taro a listen. We hope you took that advice, and now recommend giving their new single Hunger of the Pine from newly released album This Is All Yours a listen. It’s hard to believe just how much their sound has evolved, but it’s evolving so. damn. well.
Moon Taxi – Morocco
When we ventured to Lou Fest in St. Louis this summer, we didn’t quite know what to expect from Nashville-based Moon Taxi. Sure, they had a few fun hits like the one here, but how would they would perform live? Wonderfully. Moon Taxi took to one of the smallest stages at the fest and kept the crowded utterly entertained for the duration of their performance. They have a few albums, including some all-acoustic, so don’t wait to discover them live and in-studio.
Beck – Blue Moon
Yes, you probably know who Beck is and yes, the studio version of this song is arguably better. Nonetheless, this powerful single from his recently released Morning Phase is hauntingly beautiful and perfect for a long train, plane, or automobile ride. Listen to his entire KCRW session if time allows.
Broken Bells – The High Road
For some reason or another, Broken Bells was (mistakenly) left off of our previous list. Since then, BB (the brainchild of James Mercer of The Shins and producer Danger Mouse) have released their second album, After the Disco. While the sophomore album is a triumph, we’ll always prefer their debut self-titled album, and in particular this ditty.