Some good surprises this week; I had no idea any of these were coming out.
The Silver Seas - “The Best Things In Life”
2009 left me with very little time to dig around for music I loved so some of my choices are probably a bit more obvious than I’d like. That said, I don’t think that makes them any less worthy. Here’s my list:
The Silver Seas’ spunky track “What’s the Drawback?” was by far the most popular post I made on Tuneage this year. I’ve posted their song “The Best Things In Life,” which has a similar sound and a wonderful upbeat attitude to carry us into the new year.
Fanfarlo - “These Walls Are Coming Down”
I first heard about Fanfarlo when NPR highlighted their song “Fire Escape” just before 2008’s SXSW. The English band with a Swedish frontman finally hit the studio this past fall to record their debut album, Reservoir, and I’ve been holding on to this post for a while until it was closer to the release of the album.
True to the cut I heard back in 2008, Fanfarlo makes upbeat pop music that employs a few lesser-used instruments (such as violins, mandolins, and trumpets) which often give their music a grandiose, hopeful quality I find very appealing. This track settles into the middle of the excellent debut record, which I believe was released in May (although finding an official date has been harder than I would have expected), and is available now directly from the band for a measly $6.