Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by Mikoss, Mar 25, 2016.
Jon Brion - Little Person
I find that Tidal's music recommendation algorithms have been getting better and better (for my taste, in my experience). The other day I was listening to an album and when it was over Tidal played two young Australian artists, both of whom I'm really impressed by. The first is Stella Donnelly. She's a bit of a quirky, indie-type artist, but she's got some real songwriting chops. She's also got a great sense of humor that comes through in her lyrics. Her 2019 album Beware of the Dogs is solid all the way through. Definitely worth a listen. The second is Julia Jacklin. She's got less of that kind of indie/cutie vibe, and digs deep for emotional substance in her songs. Her most recent album is called Crushing. I think maybe purely as vocalists, they might not knock your socks off, but if you appreciate singer-songwriters they might hit the spot.
Oh man, Someday by Julia Jacklin has been one of my favorites this year!
A voice that sounds like a musical instrument... a haunting musical instrument!
Some of these Colors performances are so good I have a hard time believing they're really live. A lot of female singers almost seem to belt by default these days. But not like that... Lianne has a truly special voice.
I stumbled across an artist recently named Natalie Mering who performs under the name Weyes Blood (sounds like "wise blood"). She released an album last year on Sub Pop called "Titanic Rising." My immediate impression on hearing her music, and especially her voice, was that it was evocative of female singer-songwriters of the '70s, artists like Carole King and Karen Carpenter. With Weyes Blood, I think it's the combination of her rich tone and her piano playing that makes your brain connect those dots before you ever really think about it consciously. Even though her music nods to the past, it feels fresh and doesn't get stuck there. She incorporates synth lines/textures in a cool way that cuts across what your ear is expecting to hear given the rest of the production (like on her track "Movies"). I usually don't bother buying new albums on vinyl, but Titanic Rising is one of the few I've heard that I thought would translate well to the format (placed on Discogs this morning). If you enjoy Titanic Rising, there is an EP called the "Rough Trade Session" which has alternate recordings of a few songs from the album. The production on the 12" is stripped back a bit so you can really key in on her vocal performance. Both the album and the EP are available on Tidal. Highly recommended~
This song is challenging to sing well--the intervals are wide--and after Judy Garland's epic debut performance, it's pretty difficult to cover.
This cover is something special IMO. This singer often projects sadness & loss, so it's striking to see her sing with bouyancy (the unique cello accompaniment is a bonus):
I can't get enough of this singer--or this song. I just heard a half dozen versions of this tune by great singers (Ella, Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Hartman). This stripped down duet is as good as any IMO.
(Doug Wamble's guitar is really growing on me, too)
This must be a brutal song to sing. If the high notes are in the singer's comfort range, the low notes might not be. Morgan James sings the entire song at the top of her range, something most singers can't do. She can do it all day because she trained as a lyric/colaratura soprano & clearly has great breath control up there...
Recently came across this track and really like it. Anette Askvik - "Liberty". Opening track on the album with the same title, which is also on Tidal.
Per YouTube video description: "In memory of the victims of the terror attacks in Norway 22/7-2011"
EDIT: I really like her performance style. She's not a perfect singer, but there's something fun and wholesome about it compared to a lot of pop these days. She also has a great voice and charismatic delivery. I'm a sucker for soft, but expressive voices.
ok, so this is only 50% female vocals (1:41m), but pretty awesome for just busking on the streets and having some dude show up - I'd have thrown in $10 for it!
She's got some good stuff on her channel if you like street tunes
Not caught up in this thread, and can't remember if she's been mentioned, but Pat Benatar ...
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