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Angel Olsen

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted.  Time flies by faster than I like to admit.  And perhaps I haven’t been inspired in the melancholy of music.  I heard Angel Olsen recently and found her hypnotizing.  I don’t know how she categorizes her music, but I might call it “folk slowcore”.  Perhaps Mazzy Star meets Red House Painters.  My two favorite songs thus far have been “Windows” and “Heart Shaped Face”.

Angel Olsen, “Windows”

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Beck’s “Sea Change” from more than a decade ago, was, in my opinion, his best work. Surprisingly melancholy and introspective, “Sea Change” was one of my favorite albums of the early 2000s. With his latest album, “Morning Phase”, Beck returns to a similar form. Many of the songs have a melancholy tone, but “Wave” takes us to the darkest place- cringing in isolation.

Beck plays “Wave” on SNL
Beck plays “Blue Moon” on SNL

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong perform “The Blues are Brewin'”. If you like this, look for other Billie Holiday works such as “Gloomy Sunday”, “Am I Blue?”, “Lady Sings the Blues”, “Lover Come Back to Me”, “Summertime”, “The Man I Love”, and “You Go To My Head”.

Too Much Nothing

Haley Bonar’s “Too Much Nothing” is sadly beautiful melody and can stick in your head for hours.  She is still playing very small venues, so hopefully she’ll hit one near me in the not-too-distant future.  To hear it:

https://haleybonar.bandcamp.com/track/too-much-nothing

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Before California sank
I think we’d both seen brighter days
All the songs that we once sang
Buried deep beneath the waves
And if you think it’s getting better all the time
You must have too much nothing in your tide
You must have too many women on your mind

And beneath the golden arch
On our backs we watch the stars
Put the past under our heads
Went to sleep in different beds
And if you think it’s getting better all the time
You must have too much nothing in your tide
You must have too many women on your mind
You must have too many women on your mind

From the album:

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Angus & Julia Stone

Something a little more obscure that you may not have heard. Angus & Julia Stone are a brother and sister folk duo from Australia. “Silver Coin” has a nice feel to it.

Fake Plastic Trees

“Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead

Many of you surely know this song, but I am putting the video here, just in case. I think this is a truly great song.

After a much too long period of inactivity, I am going to try to do a better job of posting.  To start, I will be sharing a series of single songs that I hope you will like.