Alleviate your latest bout of the Mondays with The xx’s latest song, “Angels”, from their upcoming album entitled Coexist, which will be released on September 11th courtesy of Young Turks. Though minimal in nature, “Angels” is complex in its structure and use of restraint. The subtle alternation between clean guitar hooks and faint percussions conveys feelings of hope, longing and slight trepidation. Romy Madley Croft’s soft but direct vocals reinforce these sentiments while also presenting a sense of confidence from being so forthright in her avowals. This exquisite balance of structure and vocals presents listeners with a song that’s both hypnotic and intimate. It’s as if you’re listening to a private confession.
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these so allow me to reintroduce myself: I’m Joanie. I often refer to myself as The Red Viper of Terror on-air during The Great American Road Trip – my travel-based music show – and Creepin’ it Real, which I co-host alongside DJ Rebecca Blackout (Becca Conrad) and DJ Alicia Thornberry (Alicia Williamson). Collectively, our “creep”-y little family holds a strong love for cats, so it’s only fitting we’d enjoy the L.A.-based band, Kitten, as fronted by 17-year-old Chloe Chaidez.
Welcome to the start of the apocalypse, everyone! With only a mere 11 months before the world’s supposed end, it’s imperative you start scouting for exciting, up-and-coming music to incorporate into your “End of the World” playlists. To help, I’ve simplified this task by listing a few personal favorites whom are set to have a great 2012. Disclaimer: you may already recognize some of these bands/genres as they’re not entirely new to the music scene, but they’re still worth listening to nonetheless.