“(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”- Sampha

Sampha is a British singer/songwriter that has recently come into the spotlight with an appearance on Frank Ocean’s latest album, as well as the release of his own debut, Process. This album has some pretty solid tracks, but one in particular really caught my attention. I’ve been wanting to write about “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano” since its release a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t had time to post until now. The song is hauntingly beautiful to say the least. Sampha uses skillful lyrics to personify his instrument and create a love song for the piano that is more heartfelt than most songs written for actual people. The track is built on a repeating, emotional piano riff that Sampha’s soulful voice compliments perfectly. It is a barebones recording, and does not have any extra instrumentation, but that’s what gives the song its allure.

If you like this song, you might also like: Frank Ocean, James Blake, Blood Orange


Song to Song Trailer

I am not really sure exactly what this movie is going to be about, but damn does it have an intriguing trailer. It seems to be some sort of dramatic love story, which normally doesn’t excite me all that much. However, there is a large element of music included as well, so it could be promising! It also has an incredibly star-studded cast: Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Haley Bennett, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett – not to mention cameos from musicians Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Iggy Pop that appeared in the trailer alone.

Dispatch: New Music +Tour

Dispatch, the pioneers of independent music, are back on tour with 15 North American shows scheduled for summer 2017! The tour announcement was made this previous Friday, and includes two Colorado dates (Red Rocks 06/16 and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival 06/17). Aside from these dates and a stop in Texas, the rest of the shows are confined to the group’s home region of the east coast. Tickets officially go on sale Friday, February 24, but if you use the presale code WILDONES, you can purchase tickets beginning Monday, February 20.This tour is certainly one not to miss, especially with the incredible supporting act Guster joining them at a majority of the shows. I plan on catching this legendary band at Red Rocks, and am incredibly excited to get to see them again. The first show of theirs that I went to is still the best concert I have ever attended.

Along with the tour announcement, the band dropped a brand new single (hopefully a sign of a full album to follow)! The new song, “Only the Wild Ones,” is full of summertime vibes. It is sure to fit perfectly into the band’s live set on the road. The song sticks to the tried and true Dispatch recipe: a continuous, groovy guitar lick, great vocal harmonies, and lyrics that tell a vivid story. In the case of “Only the Wild Ones,” the guitar sounds like it could be straight from Paul Simon’s Gracelandgiving the song its summery nature. The trio’s vocal performance and lyrics are as good as ever, too, and add to the energy of the song by creating an aura of freedom.

If you like this, you might also like: Barefoot Truth, Paul Simon, John Butler Trio

A Deeper Look Into the Music of Frank Ocean

I stumbled upon this short video earlier today, and thought it was worth sharing. The video takes an in depth look at Frank Ocean as an artist. It explores some reoccurring themes in his music, as well as aspects of his writing style. I would go into more detail about the insights and intriguing visuals, but I think its better if you watch it for yourself. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

New Guitar (Epiphone Casino)

I have been listening to a lot of Beatles music lately, as well as some blues rock stuff like Mt. Joy, and have been lusting after a semi-hollow guitar to get the sounds that I just couldn’t with my Telecaster. So, in an impulsive move, I posted my guitar on an instrument selling/trading page on Facebook to see if anyone had what I was looking for, and I struck gold. I got a couple different offers, but tried out this 90s Korean Epiphone Casino made in the Peerless factory (renowned for its build quality), and fell in love with the sound, not to mention the gorgeous Lennon style natural wood finish. I have only had this guitar for a week, so I have yet to fully explore all that it offers, but I am been super happy with it thus far. It has a deep, warm tone that is far different from the twangyness of my old Tele. I am not a very knowledgeable or skilled guitar play, and cannot accurately describe the sound fully, but the tone is definitely what I have been looking for in an electric guitar.

“I Fall Apart”- Post Malone (Dreymix)

Shoutout to Jimmy Gregg (ll_two_j) for turning me onto this song. I’m not really a Post Malone fan, but this remix turns the original song on its head, and brings out its best elements. Post’s vocals are pretty decent to begin with in this song – they’re one of the aspects I actually like. In this version, though, they are pitched up to a silky-smooth new octave, which is much more appropriate for the glitchy, trip-hop nature of the song. The somber lyrics and perfectly timed drops are perfect for letting go after a rough day.

If you like this, you might also like: Flume, ODESZA, What So Not

“Sheep”- Mt. Joy

Mt. Joy is back at it again with their second single, “Sheep.” Expanding upon the sound they first introduced in “Astrovan,” this new single is filled with great blues rock guitar licks and kick-ass vocals. Just like their previous single, “Sheep” uses vivid lyrical imagery to tell a story. However, this time the lyrics are a little more vague and cryptic, leaving listeners to interpret the meaning of the song for themselves. The only issue I have with this song is that it doesn’t last long enough…but luckily, the solution to this is simple: keep it on repeat!

If you like this, you might also like: Alabama Shakes, Lord Huron, The Black Crowes