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London Grammar – Strong
Big, cinematic pop from this new trio to kickstart your week.


 
Ben Howard – Burgh Island feat. Monica Heldal
The ridiculously talented Ben Howard trades his acoustic guitar for an electric on his latest EP and uses it to construct beautiful soaring soundscapes. This song features a collaboration with Norwegian singer/songwriter Monica Heldal who I just learned has performed in Mumbai before. I clearly missed the announcement or I would have gone to the gig.


 
Passenger – Dancing In The Dark (Secret Sessions)
One guy and a guitar on a rooftop, putting a delicate spin on this Bruce Springsteen classic.


 
Def Leppard – Breathe A Sigh
Arena rock is what Def Leppard is known for but this lesser known song from their album Slang is a good example of just how good they can be even when they strip it all down to some acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.


 
Richard Hawley – Tonight The Streets Are Ours
Just a lovely, lovely song. If you don’t know the name, but it sounds familiar, you may have heard it in the Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop.


 
Floyd Cramer – On The Rebound
We first heard this as the title music of the film An Education. Turns out it’s a UK #1 single from 1961 by session musician Floyd Cramer who played piano for artists like Elvis Presley,Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, and Roy Orbison. This is the kind of tune that I would very sincerely classify as ‘delightful’.


 
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