In accordance with the Almighty List, I am on a quest to discover 25 bands or musicians that I’ve never heard of in 2014. Here’s your third installment, Gentle Reader – five groups and my thoughts on them. Thank you to those who commented with new groups last month! If you have any musical suggestions for me, I’m wide open! Leave a link in the comments. Part One can be found here, Part Two can be found there, and Part Three is hiding in the back.
The Task: Discover 25 bands etc., like I said above.
This is really outside my comfort zone. By miles. I mean, if you were to leave my musical tastes, you would have to take an aeroplane to some remote country, and then hop a train until you were out of track, rent a car and drive until you ran out of petrol, and then take a dogsled or something to get to where this type of music is from my comfort zone. And yet – and yet!
I have to say that I really enjoyed this. The DJ is a friend of mine, which is the only reason I agreed to listen to his stuff in the first place – and I was all prepared to mutter polite nothings and nod until we could stop talking about it – but I actually really dug his stuff. This song, in particular:
Apparently it’s something called “Drumstep” and while I don’t know precisely what that means, I enjoyed it. Here’s a link to the rest of his stuff: https://soundcloud.com/ko808
17. Black Eskimo
OH MY STARS – the song’s a little slow to start, but I adore it. This woman’s voice – !!!
18. The Tiger Lillies
HOW HAVE I LIVED MY WHOLE LIFE IN IGNORANCE OF THE TIGER LILLIES? I am lax, I am remiss, I am desolate. I also had trouble choosing just one song of theirs to put here, but I went with – because I also adore the beverage – Gin.
19. Conjure One
I didn’t really care for this one, at the start – but as soon as the vocals kicked in, again, I was hooked. There are bits that remind me a bit of Ace of Base, there are bits that remind me of Emily Autumn, there are bits that put me squarely back in the nineties.
20. Mr. Oizo
Uh, this is not something that I thought I would like, even while I was swept up by it and dancing to it. I actually got up and danced. What can I say? It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it has a nice rhythm. Don’t judge me.
Well, obviously this item isn’t done yet – not by a long shot – but it’s going really well. I am loving the hell out of this. It wins SO many points. Expanding tastes and interests always does, though, doesn’t it?
Do you have music that I should be listening to? Bands that I should be aware of? A favorite song by one of these artists? Let me know!