7 Day Mixtape: Vol. 33 – HUE
Toronto based Hue have been on our radar for the last couple of months now after releasing their sophomore effort Starting Fires. If you haven’t seen their video (which is on regular rotation at MuchMusic) for the single The Bump, you can check it out over on YouTube. In other news, the band will be playing the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Sept 7th and the Glebe Festival in Ottawa on Sept 10th.
With that being said, stream the mix at the bottom of the page and be sure to visit all the links for each and every band – there’s also links to check out Hue just below. Enjoy the mix!
1. WILDLIFE – Stand In The Water
We recently played with these fine young lads and they blew us away with the live show. Incredible guys, incredible song.
2. THE HEAD AND THE HEART – Rivers And Roads
Indie folk pop band from Seattle. It starts off simply with the lead singer strumming some chords on the good old guitar. I like the way it builds and surprises you upon the second verse when the guitar, accompanying vocals and other beam and chime their way in, making it absolutely impossible to ignore. Yet the moment is brief and quickly calms again. The whole feel of the song continuously changes throughout. Stirring about mixed emotions. Like a winding road it swerves, bends and transforms. I like singing along to the 3 part harmonies and hymns. The oh’s, perfectly placed drum and end-of-song harmonies get me every time. I fell in love at first listen with this and all of the other songs this band has created.
3. JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW – If I Had A Boat
Beautiful flow, formula and lyrics.
4. BODIES OF WATER – Mary, Don’t You Weep
This married duo alongside other talents add to the overall full sound of this band. He reminds me of Bowie and her spoken voiced parts in the song mesh so well and are so perfectly placed. They both have very distinctive voices that work both individually as well as together. One way to describe their sound: crooner disco meets orchestra. The horn parts are what make this song what it is, they are so intensely perfect. Makes you want to get up and get a group of close friends together to dance and smile. Songs like this drive one to want to create moments in time.
5. HEY ROSETTA! – Seeds
Hard not to feel something from their music. Also, I found it hard to choose just one song I liked off this album. Which is a good thing because I enjoy them for exclusive reasons. He has so much variance and range that he utilizes so effortlessly. It’s hard to fully grasp how he does it. It can take you from one very vulnerable moment avec violins and heart to a quick blast into a full fledged powerhouse of sound. So much emotion felt deep in your core. Firework effect. Roller coaster of sound. Very hard rocky sounds with the quiet. Layer upon layer creating a full yummy sound filled cake! Plenty of tastes from sweet to sour to bitter, never the same order in fact. Frick, these guys just rock.
6. TOKYO POLICE CLUB – Frankenstein
Tokyo’s percussion in this song makes me weak in the knees. The drums boom in after a sweet intro. Oh so good. Along with the sweet electric prominent and synth part just makes sense. And his voice. I mean come on, so unique. It has a sort of innocence to it yet the raspy low notes he flawlessly hits…are kinda sexy! I feel this album is a bit of a look back on life. Back into childhood. “A gold star turns black”. Very quaint short verses with deep meaning and truth. I love the writing style and interesting lyrics. Sorta dorkish and geeky undertone in some of the lyrics, maybe that’s just my interpretation of it. This song and album is so catchy, raw and addictive.
7. FLEET FOXES – Grown Ocean
Jonze loves this track. Period.