Ear Buds :: 10 Songs We Love This Week :: 3.10.17

// EAR BUDS // 10 FAVORITE SONGS WEEK OF 3.10.17 //

featuring :: Colony House, Portugal. The Man, Amelia Curran, Alex the Astronaut, Alt J, Gizmo Varillas, Baula, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Muna & Soffia Bjorg.

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HERE ARE THE 10 SONGS IN HEAVIEST ROTATION THIS WEEK AT VENTIPOP:

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Colony House :: "This Beautiful Life" :: @ColonyHouse :: New Album Only The Lonely out now

Just when we think Tennessee pop rock outfit Colony House couldn’t possibly get more prolific, they prove us wrong—but honestly, we expect no less from our beloved Colony House boys. With their latest album, Only The Lonely, they’ve set the bar even higher for themselves, and for every band in their orbit... (Source East of 8th)


2

Portugal. The Man :: "Feel It Still" :: @portugaltheman

Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Wasilla, Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, and Kyle O'Quin. Gourley and Carothers met and began playing music together in Wasilla High School.


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Amelia Curran :: "Act of Human Kindness" :: @Amelia_Curran :: New Album Watershed Out Now

Amelia Curran is a Juno-Award winning songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Curran’s music is distinguished by her intricate and elliptical lyrics, geologic in their resilience and oceanic in their depths. Over the course of a decade, Curran has built a shoreline of song, a place of radical, perpetual collision of matter and form. Even as she leads us to the ever-eroding lip of the abyss, Curran’s music helps us make sense of the heart’s imperceptible, relentless attrition. (Source: Official Website)


4

Alex The Astronaut :: "Already Home" :: @AtheAstronaut

They make Alex Lynn play soccer in the snow. “Outside on the astroturf,” she says. “When you run around, your tears and sweat freeze.”

The 21-year old from Sydney plays soccer in New York, on a scholarship at Long Island University. It’s there she studies Maths and Physics. It’s also there she’s been turning a streak of bold new life experiences into songs under the name, Alex the Astronaut.

Lynn writes folk-influenced pop tunes, slyly tailored to sound incidental. Anchored by wide-eyed, train-of-thought narratives laced with wry personal insights, Alex the Astronaut scans as both naive and worldly; off-the-cuff and honed. “And there’s billionaires for presidents / And parking fines at hospitals,” she sings on elegant opener, ‘Already Home’, as it unfurls from loping acoustic jam to grandiose string-laden groove. “I’m not the only one that knows / I brush the crumbs on off my clothes. And I hope, you’ll be already home.”

“I don’t know if it’s confidence,” says Lynn of her worldly achievements. “My parents say I have an obsessive personality, that I find things I want to do and just keep on trying to do them. I’ll learn the harmonica or piano or Spanish or something random and they’ll be like, ‘Yep, OK. Here she goes again.’” (Source: Official Website)


5

Alt J :: "3WW" :: @alt_J :: New Album Relaxer out 6.2.17

Alternative indie rock trio Alt-J is back with new music after a three-year hiatus. The group’s latest single “3WW” launched to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart Monday (March 6), hours after its release.

The Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart measures the real-time acceleration of conversation around artists and their music on Twitter.

The British group released the song on YouTube and other streaming services around 12 a.m. ET Monday morning and the track reached the top of the chart around 9 a.m. The official audio on YouTube has raked in 60,000 global views since its posting. (source: Billboard)


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Gizmo Varillas :: "No War" :: @GizmoVarillas :: Debut album el dorado out now

Born in Santander, Gizmo grew up in Bilbao and arrived in London by way of Cardiff, studying as an aspiring documentary maker. A lost summer busking for food and accommodation across southern France however lead him down a different path; one year later, Gizmo began receiving seals of approval from seasoned artists like La Yegros and Gavin James, who he went on to support on tours across the UK and Europe. (Source: Official Website)

“Working from his bedroom, the songwriter has pieced together a series of sunshine hymns, bizarrely contagious and wholly unique nuggets of summertime joy.” CLASH

“Hugely talented” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music


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Baula :: "Just Like Yesterday" :: Facebook

A Swedish/Icelandic duo based in Gothenburg, Sweden, made up of Karolina Thunberg and Ísak Ásgeirsson, Baula’s Scandinavian charm flourishes on Just Like Yesterday.

Following their previous release Don’t Bother, back in May of 2016, Just Like Yesterday sees the duo taking up a change of style as the piano lead work on Don’t Bother isn’t apparent on their latest offering. Utilising a more traditional indie rock sound, that’s DIY-esque, the combination of a riding bass tone that gives way to a leading crunchy guitar hook, which guides Just Like Yesterday along the path of groups such as Blood Red Shoes, Warpaint and Pins. (Source: Velvet)


8

Hurray For The Riff Raff :: "The Navigator" :: @HFTRR :: New Album The Navigator out 3.10.17

Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana. Alynda Segarra was raised by her aunt Nereida in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown. Read all about Hurray For The Riff Raff's new concept album over at The New York Times.



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Muna :: "Everything" :: @whereisMUNA :: New Album About u out now

I could be mistaken, but I believe Muna is the first artist we've featured on Ventipop for a third time. Needless to say, we really want you to give them a chance.


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Soffia Bjorg :: "Searching For You" :: @SoffiaBjorg :: New EP Soffia Bjorg, Pt. 2 out now

Icelandic songstress Soffía Björg hails from rural Borgarfjörður, a fjord just up north from the Reykjavik capital. The music of Soffía Björg is a satisfying combo of lulling ethereal beauty occasionally ravaged by roaring, aggressive emotionality.

The results are lived-in and dramatic, as the music draws from americana, folk and her undeniable roots described in the opening paragraph. Soffía’s deeply resounding voice enhances the proceedings, as it clearly stems from an old, wise soul – completely transcending her age. Like a raw Norah Jones, Soffia Björg envelopes the listener with a warm embrace but at the same time there’s trouble lurking just out of sight. (Source: Secret Solstice)


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3.10.17 MUSIC RELEASES

THE SHINS, SUNNY SWEENEY, HA HA TONKA, BUSH, CIRCA WAVES, AMELIA CURRAN, NATHAN FAKE, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, Cameron Avery, GREG GRAFFIN, MALLORY KNOX, David Bazan, Jay Som, Porter Ray, Shelby earl, sir Was, Talaboman, Thelma, LAURA MARLING & TENNIS


EAR BUDS :: 10 SONGS WE LOVE THIS WEEK :: 3.10.17~ FIN.

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