Saturday, February 25, 2012

Little Gems Playlist

I'm always on the look-out for nice little bands to accompany me on long plane/train journeys and I want to start sharing some of the great little bands/singer-songwriters I find and get them some of the accreditation they deserve. I might also sneak on an old classic here and there too. I'll keep these playlists going if someone out there enjoys them, suggestions will always be appreciated :)

 I'm going to start with Joshua Radin, a guy who a lot of you will have probably heard of by now due to his song's numerous appearances on Scrubs and Greys Anatomy, he will always be one of my favouritest people to pick up a musical instrument, ever. Here is my favourite song of his ever and if you haven't heard of him then shame on you, but hopefully this will be the start of a beautiful adventure for your ears
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 Now this guy is one of the most unrecognised lyrical genius' of our time, I can't really like a song unless it has good lyrics and there isn't a song of his I don't like. Mike Rosenberg, a.k.a. Passenger is also one of the nicest people in the music industry, his songs are so sad yet adorable you just want to give him a huge hug. I saw him live last year and it was a wonderful experience where you go through a roller coaster of emotions and you are mesmerised at a lone man with a guitar on stage. This is the title track and one of my favourite songs off his new album "All the Little lights" but I am sure some of his older songs will no doubt make an appearance at some point...

 First Aid Kit are a sweet folk duo from Sweden made of sisters Johanna and Klara and this is their first single from their new album also called "The Lion's Roar" I also highly recommend their songs "Blue", "Waltz for Richard", "Your not coming home tonight" and "Our own pretty ways" Oh heck, all of their stuff :)

 I am going to see Gabrielle Aplin live in Glasgow in a few weeks and I am very excited as I have been listening to her stuff almost non stop since I first stumbled across it on youtube. She is a little bit "girlier" than what I am used to but I am a sucker for good lyrics and nothing else but a guitar/piano. She also comes across to be utterably adorable, the kind of person you want to be your friend and this down to earth nature makes her so likeable and I can relate to a lot of her songs too :) Here is one of her comparably older songs called Panic Cord but you should have a listen to her new EP called Home which is slowly creeping onto the Radio 1 playlist...

 Following on from my Scandinavian treat earlier I give you Of Monsters and Men from Iceland. They are a 6 piece folk band and I actually only discovered them today but I am now desperately searching to buy all their albums, and desperately looking for a free week to go to Iceland and they seem to have fantastic music taste.

 Now this is very different to what I usually listen too. I am not really a big fan of dubstep or hip hop but the soulfulness in this is it's saviour. Pretty lights a.k.a. Derek Vincent Smith is an electronic artist who specialises in combining soul and dubstep and the concoction produces some surprising ear candy. Even better; all of his albums are available as a free download from his website you might have to fish through some more hip-hop rap style remixes but his earlier soulful stuff is wonderful!


Nina Nesbitt a teenager from Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh and is currently on tour with Ed Sheeran and my dear Passenger so she is getting in with all the right names. Most of her songs are covers which are done as covers should be, well sometimes, as in they are not just an exact copy of the song; she puts her own spin on it, and that spin is beautiful. Here is a cover of David Gray's Babylon, which you would think wouldn't really need changing, but Nina manages it.

 My classic song, isn't a "classic" as such but one of my old favourites. I was obsessed with The Goo Goo Dolls for a large portion of my teenage years but they never really got that big in the UK other than with "Iris". It's impossible to choose one but I'll go with the one I first fell in love with.