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Warrior by Mark Foster, A-Trak, and Kimbra

I’d like to preface this post by mentioning a few things: (1) I have been absent from WordPress for quite a long time–I’m going to make an effort to change that this summer (2) The inspiration for this track post came from watching and listening to the song live at the Greek Theater in Berkeley this past weekend.  The show was really impressive and all of the performers had something different to offer.  Kimbra turned out to be an exciting performer with a unique voice.  Mayer Hawthorne was a throwback with loads of charm and never failed to get the crowd involved.  Finally, Foster the People sounded amazing live, put on an entertaining show, and proved themselves to be at the forefront of the indie scene.

Warrior by Mark Foster (lead singer and frontman of Foster the People), Kimbra, and Canadian DJ A-Trak, is a catchy, electropop tune that wonderfully showcases each of these artists.  From start to finish, this song captivated my attention for a number of reasons.  The production on the beat is enticing and had me toe-tapping from the start with its quick computerized drum beat.  I love Kimbra’s voice for the verses, along with Foster’s contributions on the chorus.  Foster demonstrated the ability to construct songs with refreshingly memorable choruses in Foster the People’s debut album (‘Torches’) with songs like ‘Pumped Up Kicks,’ ‘Helena Beat,’ and ‘Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls).’  There isn’t really a single song on ‘Torches’ that fails to deliver a successful chorus.  Toward the end of ‘Warrior’ is a breakdown with a haunting melody from Kimbra, which wraps up the track nicely.  I look forward to seeing what each of these artists has to offer in the future, and have a strong hunch that Foster the People and Kimbra will continue to make names for themselves in the industry.

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Gorilla Manor by Local Natives

“And the award for creepiest mustache in a band goes to… The lead singer of Local Natives!”

Okay, that was uncalled for… My apologies. The truth is, Taylor Rice and Local Natives are an unbelievably talented group of musicians that composed a stellar debut album in Gorilla Manor. The band itself has drawn a number of comparisons and when I listen I do hear many similarities to bands like Vampire Weekend and Band of Horses. But is this necessarily a bad thing? Not at all. I love these types of bands that have command of a unique sound in the world of indie music.

Gorilla Manor is strong from start to finish. The tracks have a great deal of depth, with strong, meaningful lyrics and really impressive instrumentation. The result is songs like ‘Wide Eyes,’ which has spiritual/religious undertones combined with a rhythmic percussive beat, beautiful harmonies, and magnificent instrumental solos.  ‘Airplanes’ is an emotionally driven tune focused on the loss of a loved one. Each and every track brings something special to the table, making for an enjoyable listening experience. Some of my favorites include the aforementioned tracks, ‘Shape Shifter,’ ‘Sun Hands,’ and ‘Who Knows Who Cares.’

The song from the video below is not from the album (it’s a Simon and Garfunkel cover), but it’s just so badass that I couldn’t resist sharing. I have NEVER seen anyone play the tree so vehemently!

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