I just realised that without actually planning it this way, this week’s playlist has become a reflection of what our weekend was like – a strange mix of electronic music and country music related experiences. Yeah, in what world do those two go together right? We don’t over-analyse, we just share the songs that capture our attention. Here’s the list for the week.
Sub Focus feat. Kele – Turn It Around
Cool video for a good song by British bass artist Sub Focus aka Nick Douwma off his album Torus which releases September 30th.
Machinedrum – Eyesdontlie
Love the atmosphere on this Ninja Tune release. If you watch the video while listening to the song, it becomes quite hypnotic.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Killing The Blues (Live on Jools Holland)
From their excellent album of duets, Raising Sand. What a good idea this was.
Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway
The Tom Cochrane original was very popular on the radio when I was growing up and I loved it. That riff is just such a pleasure to hear every single time. Here’s a more recent, and very good version, by country stars Rascal Flatts.
Zac Brown Band – Goodbye In Her Eyes
I had no idea who this band was until I came upon this video. I stayed initially because I was curious about the circus themed-visuals, not really paying attention to the lyrics because the main theme of the song – the end of a relationship – is so familiar from countless other songs.
Then the chorus kicked in and this line really impressed me – “I saw goodbye in her eyes/And I don’t think I can change it”. The choice of a lyric (and the delivery of it) as a quiet, matter-of-fact resignation, instead of some dramatic declaration was a very unusual one and I stopped paying attention to the visuals and began really listening to the song. Good thing, because the musicianship on this is absolutely stunning. It’s a long song with a beautiful slow build that really comes together in a big finale. Apparently this song was 12 years in making, with the writers tweaking, changing things around and waiting for a better idea to come instead of just putting it out. The labour of love was well worth it.