Song of the Week: All The Pretty Girls 

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I don’t tend to put ballads in my Song of the Week playlist, but I had to make an exception for “All The Pretty Girls” by Icelandic band Kaleo. JJ’s sweet vocals float above soft acoustic guitar, gradually swelling to a heartfelt climax only to fade out to the same sweet notes it began with. 

Check out “All The Pretty Girls” below! 

Summer 2017 Playlist

It might not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it (at least here in North Carolina)! We’ve put together a playlist of songs dripping with summer vibes, perfect to listen to whether you’re poolside, roadtripping or catching some waves.

Check it out below! 

Mandy’s Top 5 Albums Of 2016

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5. A/B by Kaleo

Icelandic band Kaleo really pulled out all the stops for their debut album. JJ’s vocals can go from raw and intense to silky and sweet at the snap of a finger, never lacking emotion. The guitar work on this album is nothing short of spectacular. These songs can go from giving you chills to making you want to get up and dance. From the soft ballad “All The Pretty Girls” to the foot-stomping “No Good,” A/B will have you hooked from start to finish.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “No Good”
  • “All The Pretty Girls”
  • “Glass House”
  • “Automobile”
  • “Broken Bones”

4. Disappear Here by Bad Suns

Bad Suns’ sophomore album went in a different direction than their debut, Language & Perspective. It took me by surprise, but in a good way. On the whole, the album has a melancholy feeling to it. Even in the more upbeat tracks, such as “Patience” and “Violet,” have hints of sadness in them. But to me, that just makes the album better. It isn’t superficial like a lot of music is now.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Even In My Dreams, I Can’t Win”
  • “Daft Pretty Boys”
  • “Patience” 
  • “Violet”
  • “Heartbreaker”

3. Viola Beach by Viola Beach

Following the tragic deaths of Viola Beach and their manager in a horrific accident in Sweden earlier this year, an album comprised of their mostly unheard music was released. The fact that this album is so incredibly amazing really hits me hard. These boys would have gone places. They were well on their way to a successful career. This album is a testament to that. From the well-known “Swings And Waterslides” to the heartbreaking ballad “Call You Up,” their music has the power to make you laugh and make you cry. Rest in peace, boys that sing.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “Swings And Waterslides”
  • “Call You Up”
  • “Really Wanna Call”
  • “Drunk”
  • “Boys That Sing”

2.  100 by The Hunna

UK rockers The Hunna really made an impact with their debut album. They’ve seemingly blown up since its release. I even heard one of their songs in a restaurant recently. I think this is due to the fact that this album is rock. Not pop-rock, but real rock. It’s becoming increasingly harder to find a true rock band, so the Hunna were a welcome surprise when I listened to “You & Me” at the recommendation of a friend. From “Bonfire” to “Alive” to “Bad For You,” the Hunna define rock. Definitely a must-listen in the age of Top 40 worshippers.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “You & Me”
  • “Alive”
  • “Piece By Piece”
  • “Bad For You”
  • “Bonfire”

1. Coasts by Coasts

The long-awaited debut album from Coasts was finally released this year. Fans have heard many of these songs in their older forms on EPs and as singles, so it was amazing to finally have a Coasts album. Five years in the making, Coasts is a musical journey from start to finish. Beginning with the well-known “Oceans,” Coasts start us off with the message they chose to convey with their music, positivity. “Modern Love” is a synth lover’s dream, while “Your Soul” is for the percussionist at heart. Some of the best songs lie in the bonus tracks. The bold “Wallow” and the emotional “See How” are two of my personal favorites. This album is just fantastic. Heck, I have lyrics from “Tonight” and “Lions” tattooed on my legs and they aren’t even in my top 5 tracks from this album. It’s just that good, and to me it is the best album of 2016.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “Wallow”
  • “See How”
  • “You”
  • “Modern Love”
  • “Stay”

Song of the Week: No Good

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Songs appearing solely on soundtracks can often be overlooked. Featured on the soundtrack for the HBO show Vinyl, “No Good” by Kaleo is one tune that definitely deserves attention. This rocking track features catchy guitar riffs and exceptional vocals that are backed by a foot-stomping beat that will make you want to get up and dance.

Check out a live video for “No Good” below!