Freelance Whales

Top Tunes for October

All in all, October was a decent month for finding new music. Two of my favorite bands released albums, which is always a plus! So anyhow, here are my top tunes for October:

1) Radical Face released a new CD called The Family Tree: The Branches, which is the second edition to the band’s three-part album series. My favorite songs from this album are “The Mute,” and “The Crooked Kind.” Radical Face’s sound is sort-of difficult to describe, but it’s a mix of acoustic guitar and orchestra, I guess. Solid album.

2) I’d never heard of Freelance Whales until recently. Somehow I stumbled across the band on Spotify. I’m terrible at describing sounds, as I’m sure you’ve surmised, so I’ll let you listen for yourself. Either way, the song “Generator ^ First Floor” is seriously fantastic. It’s such a short song, but man is it great. Repeat for days. Just to warn you, it starts off kind of weird with rumbling noises (maybe to mimic a generator?), but honestly I think it adds something to the song. It’s great!

3) Sarah Jaffe’s been around for a while, so I guess I’m late to this party, but if you haven’t heard her song called “Clementine,” please go listen. I kind of wonder whether she’s referencing Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind… I don’t know one way or the other, but what I do know is that I like that song. A lot. You probably will too, so check it out!

4) I think everyone and their mother is aware of Arcade Fire’s new album called Reflektor, right? I have mixed feelings about the band’s new CD. AF is one of my favorite bands, and in my opinion, The Suburbs is pure brilliance. It’s tough to top something like that. So far, I’m not as impressed by Reflektor, but there are some gems on the album like “Joan of Arc,” “Normal Person,” “You Already Know,” “Supersymmetry,” and my personal favorite “It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus).”

5) Lastly, I am in absolute love with The Barr Brother’s song called “Beggar in the Morning.” I heard it in a wedding video I watched online, and I’ve been listening ever since. It’s a bit of a folksy song, but it’s also modern, especially at the song’s start.

So give these songs a listen, and let me know what you think! Also leave a comment saying what you’ve been listening to this month. Thanks for reading!

Sarah E.

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