July 28th, 2012
When I heard Gotye’s “somebody I used to know “ I knew it would be a popular radio song but I wasn’t a big fan of the actual song <and disliked the video as weird>. The song had some neat aspects <loved the Kimbra duet> but in general it was kind of aggravatingly sounding.
Now Gotye has a new song on the radio. And I would like to take some credit in that in my January 20th post on Gotye I threw in this song as an extra in that post.
Uhm. I should also take credit for the fact I immediately forgot about that song.
Now that I heard it on the radio I predict it will zoom up the charts. And I actually like it <although the video, once again, it odd>. It’s called Eyes Wide Open. It reminds me of Kate Bush’s “running up that hill” <that is a good thing … because that is a good song … okay … a great song>.
Great song. Crappy video. Kate Bush Running up that Hill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp43OdtAAkM&feature=fvwrel
And because I included the original I had to include Placebo’s cover of the original. It is EXCELLENT. And the video may be one of the most overlooked intensely well done videos ever done to an appropriate song. Great song. Great video. Placebo <cover of Running up that Hill>: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hXEx_tgh3E&feature=related
Oops. This was supposed to be about Gotye’s new song. Well. Now that you have heard Running up that Hill you may as well listen to Eyes Wide Open.
Eyes wide open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyVJsg0XIIk
And it sounds gooder on the radio.
July 28th, 2012
Ellie Goulding is a young brit that has a catchy electronica-driven song cruising right up the pop charts. Easy to listen to. I didn’t invest much energy thinking about her more.
But. Then I happened to come across an in studio radio show performance of her song Starry Eyed. Well. It opened my eyes a little.
Starry Eyed (live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GWNctGmtc8&feature=related
The girl can sing.
Her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” reached number two in the UK in December 2010 and she performed the song at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace. It is an interesting interpretation of the song <of which I am not sure I would have had the balls to tackle because I am fairly sure no one will ever be able to deliver Your Song the way it is truly supposed to be delivered other than Elton himself>.
Your Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9AFMVMl9qE
She is an avid runner, running six miles every day, and in 2010 announced a plan to run a marathon. Even cooler is that in support of her album, Run Into the Light, she invited a small number of fans through her Facebook pages, to run with her in seven different cities on her UK tour.
Here is her catchy single:
A live version to prove she can actually sing (more proof):
Lights (live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh5gP4LrdZo&feature=related
I am not sure I will go out of my way to listen to her stuff but I was surprised by her real singing talent and wanted to give her some credit.
July 28th, 2012
I am not sure I am going to like all of Alex Clare’s music but I know for sure that I have been listening to this one song of his, Too Close, for the last three months or so and every time it comes on the radio I turn up the radio a little.
He is a British singer-songwriter probably more well known for dating Amy Winehouse for a year (apparently they met while he performed and worked at a bar she frequented).
He also trained to be a chef while he was playing gigs.
It is his voice for Microsoft’s advertising campaign for Internet Explorer 9 which also features Too Close.
His voice has a melancholy soulful resonance.
If he writes more songs like Too Close I think we will be hearing more about him … but for now … Too Close is pretty good.
Too Close: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXjLbMZFmo
And a couple more songs for listening:
Relax my Beloved: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TQBd_pYyYk&feature=related