Okay . . . I guess I had this coming ever since I saw Preston Pohl’s Blind Audition performance in The Voice US Season 5.
I’ve been an MGMT fan since 2008 when I stumbled upon their album Ocular Spectacular and fell in love with their singles Time To Pretend, Electric Feeland Kids.
The funny thing was, exactly an hour before hearing the audition on TV, I was listening to Time To Pretend. How coincidental is that?!
Five years later it all rushed back. Thanks to that TV audition my love for MGMT was immediately resuscitated. Even my sister (who is totally NOT into psychedelic rock, indie or just plain rock) started liking the song, too — whether it’s the original MGMT version or Preston’s.
It’s been two years or so ago that I started scouring the net and found myself cruising through a lot of indie folk music. Artists like Ben Howard, Bon Iver and Ed Sheeran are amongst my top picks. And speaking of top picks, Skinny Love by Bon Iver is right there alongside Ben Howard’s Only Love. There’s just too much heart in indie folk songs that grabs me and moves me.
I love this song. It’s one of the songs I have on loop in my player whenever I’m trying to get inspiration for writing. And it’s just not me that appreciates this song. There are tons of covers done by both amateur and professional artists all over YouTube. It just goes to show that it’s a wonderful song.
So, for this latest post for the Versions segment, I bring you the original version of Bon Iver‘s Skinny Love and a cover by my other favorite – Ed Sheeran. I know that there are like a gazillion views for Birdy’s version in YouTube, but I much rather like a guy singing this song. It felt more heartfelt, I guess.
The day I saw the video for this song was the day I became a follower of the enigmatic electronic group known as Massive Attack. It was compelling, seeing a fetus singing a tune that became a timeless classic among music lovers. This group was the first in my long list of favorite trip hop artists including The Chemical Brothers, Portishead, The Prodigy, Cibo Matto and Morcheeba among others. And since then, it’s my go-to trip hop band to listen to whenever I feel like I just need to chill and relax.
So, throughout the years, Massive Attack never lost its touch and continued to give amazing electronic sounds. Here’s the classic tune that captured hardcore alternative rockers like me. (Click the image to view/listen to the song.)
Always on the hunt for new tunes, I’ve been preying for artists that really combines creativity and raw talent. My prowling yielded Newton Faulkner.
I fell in love with this song right after watching Crazy Stupid Love (yes, the one where the scrumptious Ryan Gosling did the Dirty Dancing lift with Emma Stone). This record was one of those obscure indie songs that had a generous following in the less mainstream circles. Fortunately, I had the tenacity of a Kraken. So, here goes the original version by The Middle East. (Click on the image to watch/listen to the record.)
And now, I bring you an ethereal and highly artistic cover by Mree, a Youtube sensations and very talented individual I want to meet in person just to say she’s brilliant.
I’ve never been into blue grass or American Country music not like my dad. But the moment I heard this song playing on my favorite morning radio show, I thought it might grow on me. I wasn’t mistaken. It did and I find myself humming with it whenever it plays on my radio or mp3 player. I am certain that this sound is not for everyone, but the music junkie in me knows no bounds. As eclectic as my tastes in sounds must be, this song is slowly endearing and worming itself in my heart. Check it out!