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Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Avatar trizzlor says:

    What a great genre choice, I’m still going through all the tracks but neo-R&B/electronica is really interesting. Along those lines, have you heard the recent collaboration between James Blake and Chance the Rapper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S6U_krabrk) it absolutely blew my mind and made go back and try to get into Blake’s work. The SBTRKT/Sampha vid also reminded me of the new Metronomy track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBwHLFsiE-A), which starts off almost like an indie demo but kicks into a beat that wouldn’t be out of place in a Snoop Dogg track. Very much looking forward to their new album.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Glad you liked it. I’m a big fan of SBTRKT (and I can listen to Sampha all day), and I’m on record here as being a big Chance the Rapper fan. I hadn’t heard that Blake-Chance collaboration, though.

      If you liked the SBTRKT songs, check out Flume. He’s usually compared to SBTRKT, and while I posted the song with Faker here, most of the time he uses female vocalists on his tracks, which gives his bass and beat-driven electronic R&B a very 70s feel.

      In fact, maybe next week I’ll just do the 70s is today’s electronica. I was trying to figure out some way to get Radio Citizen into a post anyway.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      By the way, here’s Radio Citizen’s “hit.” If this song doesn’t make you tap your foot or bounce a bit, I dunno what will:

      Report

  2. Oh wow oh wow oh wow.

    I have only just listened to the first song on your line-up (and also “Kali” because I’d already heard it once and really liked it and felt like listening to it again first). I positively adore it, and if her voice isn’t perfect it’s close enough for me.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Score!

      I thought to myself the other day, “This week, I’m going to get Russell.” So again, score!Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Also, I changed the video at the top, because for some reason it was playing weird on my phone (on my computer, it was normal speed last night).Report

      • OK, having now had a chance to listen to most of these…

        “Just Before Dawn” remains my favorite Sonnymoon song. It is pure, distilled loveliness.

        I loved “Running,” not just for her (gorgeous) vocals but because I am a complete sucker for amped-up glam, which that video has in spades.

        But nothing can top my initial reaction to your first video, which was absolute adoration. There is nothing I don’t love about it. Her voice, the instruments, the lyrics — right to the heart, all of it.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        This makes me extremely happy.

        “Half Acre” is one of those relatively rare songs that will make me stop what I’m doing, whatever I’m doing (short of rescuing kittens from a fire), to listen. And if you just need an album to sit with, you can’t do much better than Rabbit Songs.Report

    • Avatar Patrick says:

      Works for me, too.

      Her voice is ear deliciousness.Report

  3. Avatar Maribou says:

    It’s funny how personal something like voice timbre is… these artists are all lovely but none of them make me sit up and beg. (Glad you got Russell though 🙂 ).

    The voice I can’t get out of my head (also rather mainstream for this audience) is Ella Eyre’s. Doesn’t even matter if I would otherwise like the song.

    Started around 1:30 of this Bastille cover of the xx and TLC:

    And I fell completely into the well with this one:

    Which I may’ve listened to approximately 500 times by now.Report

  4. Avatar dhex says:

    i gotta say i was somewhere beyond skeptical on a cover of a burial song but that is pretty damn good.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      I don’t know if I would have even recognized that as a Burial cover, had I heard it out somewhere. It also resembles Portishead (the descending bassline/keys melody) and the xx at times.

      SHALLOW TIME – I don’t know if that drummer is for real, but I like how the band members all look like they are all moonlighting from their day bands – the drummer normally plays in an emo band, they have Arlo Guthrie’s hat on guitar plus some random 90’s math-rock guy on bass; while the singer has been hiding out at Bon Iver’s cabin.Report

  5. CURSE YOU, CHRIS!!!

    “Half Acre” and “Just Before Dawn” have been waging a battle for supremacy in my head since yesterday. I went to bed with alternating snippets playing in my head, and pulled up this post first thing when I got to the office so I could listen to them both again.

    So thanks. Whatever virus is subtly encoded in the tones of their voices, you’ve infected me with the same brain condition as affects you.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      A couple things:

      1.) I cannot express to you how happy this makes me. When Glyph asked if I wanted to do these posts while he went on hiatus, my first reaction was, “Hell yes!” but my second reaction was, “Oh man, I have no business doing this. I don’t know music like that, and I can’t write like that.” So I decided that my one goal would be for each post to introduce at least one person to at least one song/artist that they really liked. So now I feel validated, and we all know how good validation feels.

      2.) While I would never pretend that my musical taste is particularly sophisticated, you’ve picked the two songs on this post that I not only like the most out of them all, but that would probably be on my list of “songs I would have to have on a desert island,” so you can no longer leave comments on these posts to the effect that your musical taste just isn’t sophisticated enough, because as far as I’m concerned, you’ve proven that you have excellent taste.Report

      • If you were to design the perfect “Russell Likes This Song” song, I don’t think you could do better than “Half Acre.”

        And I still think my tastes are less rarefied than all y’all’s. But I’ll take your reassurance gladly.Report

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