I'm going camping later this week. Note that the term "camping" is being used loosely. Roughing it is not really my thing. Sure, I enjoy a nice hike in the woods, but at the end of the day, I need running water, AC, and especially electricity. Computer batteries only last so long, and without electricity, I can't plug in my laptop and blast camping jams like these.
Mixing sunshiney twang with a modern dance feel, it's obvious this electronic folk band knows how to have a good time. "Glass Heart" is a fun, jaunty number that'll make you want to grab a partner and dosey-doe around the forest floor. You won't be able to stop yourself from two-stepping to the lively banjo.
Middle Distance Runner has gotten some flak about being generic-sounding, but oh well. I don't necessarily disagree with this critique, but there's so much life happening in this hook-laden indie song that I just don't care. I'm too busy bouncing along to notice whether any ground is being broken.
Racing Glaciers is tearing things up in the UK right now. It's only a matter of time before their special blend of indie rock magic enchants the U.S.
In the meantime, the Laurel Remix of "New Country" has been making its way around the internet. It's chilled out, eerie, and nothing like the original. It's pretty popular, so I thought I'd share. But honestly, I don't think it's got anything on the original.
Here's another group tearing it up in the UK. The 2013 debut of this Dublin-based band, In a Perfect World, reached number 3 on the Irish charts last year. With their solid vocal harmonies, and clever use of the harmonica and mandolin, it's easy to understand why everyone's falling in love with these lads.
Musically, this is a brilliant song. It's big and expansive and soaring. But for all of its brilliance, there's also a distinct sadness to it. You can't help but feel a pain of longing. At least that's what I feel when the song is over.