It’s Friday, y’all. I’m taking a break from packing up my things and moving halfway across town tomorrow. Moving sucks, but fortunately there are tunes to liven up the day. Here are my choices for this week’s hot tracks. (None of these songs have great videos*, in my opinion, but you’re here for the music, right?)
*The exception is Tornado ’87, but the official video is longish, with several minutes before the song kicks in. I’ve linked to that video in the description, but for the sake of audio, I’ve embedded a link containing just the song.
Rural Alberta Advantage – Tornado ’87 (2011)
This one’s been on steady repeat for the last couple of weeks. The singer’s slightly nasal voice has a rough, Billy-Corgan quality to it. Who knew a haunting song about a tornado in Edmonton could have such a great beat and a catchy melody? Just wait for those drums to kick in. I love it.
Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows (2013)
Taylor Momsen was once Cindy Lou Who in Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She’s since pursued other avenues of artistic expression. Singing seems to be working out for her. Tough, gritty riffs coupled with her attitude make for a pretty sweet anthem.
Vance Joy – Riptide (2013)
I have the feeling you guys might have already heard this one from Aussie singer-songrwriter Vance Joy. With over 7 million views on the video, it isn’t exactly a sleeper, but somehow I missed it until recently. The mellow harmony and soft beats mostly hide the sadder/darker implications of the lyrics.
A note about the video: This is the most literal interpretation of a video I’ve seen, and I can’t decide if its unsettling qualities make it a good video or a bad one. I hated it at first, but it’s growing on me quite a bit.
That’s all for now. Time to go move some furniture.