Friday, June 27, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week

Strand of Oaks

In between this week's How To Dress Well listening sessions, I made room for HEAL, the fourth studio album from Strand of Oaks. Typically known as a folk musician, Timothy Showalter wanted to do something different with this record:
“I don’t know if I got stuck in the ghetto of folk music, but it just seemed like something I could do well and it became scarier to reach for something grander. When it came time for HEAL, I was like, life is too fucking short to make another folk record. Basically 15-year-old me, this would have been the first record he would have liked. I was like, ‘I want these songs to echo in the halls of Pompeii.’ I want this to sound good in a stadium. I don’t fucking know if I’ll ever play a stadium, but I will in my own imagination.”



Cults were in town for the 605 Summer Classic last weekend. And while Sioux Falls doesn't turn out for indie night the way they flock to hip hop night, which featured T-Pain this year, there was still a respectable crowd for a magical night of charming pop goodness. The band even hung out after their set at Icon amongst a throng of spectacular drag queens during the Sioux Falls Pride after party.

Above you'll find my favorite track of the night, "You Know What I Mean" from their self-titled debut record.



Here's a fresh track by some ladies from Spain. Deers are set to release their debut 7" single on Mom + Pop later this summer. It's the kind of raw, garage-rock that sounds especially good on any summer playlist.

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