Every Sunday, Pigeons and Planes puts up a post called ’15 Free Songs You Should Download Right Now’, which is a great, guilt-free way to sample some new music from not-so-big acts and score a couple of great tracks for your personal collection.
This week’s edition had several gems, including a sensational cover of James Vincent McMorrow’s Cavalier and a fun, city nights dance track called ‘Lost in the Girl’ by Danish singer Kwamie Liv. She’s just released her entire first EP for download on SoundCloud, though if you don’t want to commit to the entire thing – the rest of the tracks are a little deeper and darker in terms of production – ‘Lost in the Girl’ is the one to have. The song basically dares you not to sing a long and/or groove a little.
The words and tune are super catchy insta-pop, and there are these luxurious dramatic synths that lift the track and remind me of music from an 80s soapie. You’ll want to download it so you can have it thump through the speakers in your car, blast through your earphones as you walk down the street and soundtrack your morning routine while you sing to yourself in the mirror.
Do download the entire EP though, but also read this interesting interview to get an idea of the process and person behind the music. You’ll appreciate it even more; from the late-night listening tracks, like ‘5am’ and ‘Coming Down’, to the jammers (see ‘Comin THRU’). Mostly, you’ll find that Kwamie Liv definitely has a talent for writing memorable hooks and good pop that reminds us that pop music isn’t (and shouldn’t be) all that bad.
Now, go listen and download.
I’m back on the side of the world where The Internet is fast and available so I get to indulge to my heart’s content with streaming, free downloading, link-clicking and everything-listening. And while this is definitely a dream scenario, I still find the way that music available today a little overwhelming in its muchness. It feels like there is no longer time to sit with an album, or even a great playlist, and truly get to appreciate it in it’s entirety because at every moment there could be something else that you should be listening to.
The flip side to this ‘problem’ is that it must mean that there is actually a lot of good music out there, despite what the mass consumption vehicles would lead the general public to believe, and the best thing about it is that we can rely on our own ears to find the awesome stuff, and bands can create fan bases, without the middle (The) Man.
What I’m getting at is that sometimes I don’t like the excess of the internet, and sometimes I love it because then I get to hear music from Deers, an all-girl band from Madrid, Spain that put up two songs from their album DEMO on SoundCloud and BandCamp. Now, aside from the fact that I am a sucker for girl groups and the sweet yet attitude-filled music that makes me want to stick my tongue out at someone (see Sleigh Bells), I also love Deers because of the lo-fi ’50s-type punky pop that’s pretty much instantly loveable.
The first track,’ Bamboo’, is a saccharine, shoulder-shaking melody with the right combo of ‘tude and syrup, while ‘Trippy Gum’ is a little more groovy and has a sick guitar breakdown in the middle that weirdly reminded me of the Ben & Jerry Cores ice creams (the guitar bit is the cheeky center). It’s the kind of music that fits in with the summer I’ve suddenly found myself in and the type I’ll be craving when I feel like being Super Cool Girl. Thanks, The Internet.