Indie

Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Ayahuasca

Not too long ago, Vancouver Sleep Clinic released a short six song EP called Therapy Phase 01. I’ve never heard any of his music before, but it was in the recommended section for me on Google Play Music – so naturally, I had to listen to it.

The first two songs were both really good and I was just enjoying my morning while listening to it. But then the second track finished. And Ayahuasca started playing.

I still didn’t take further notice to the song as I was looking at my phone (social media). It was the perfect background music for scrolling through my Instagram when the music suddenly started to slow down (even slower than it already was). The vocals disappeared, the guitar disappeared, the beat disappeared – but not completely. The song just transitioned into a different sound – “Oh, a beat switch” I thought and I started to pay attention to the song now.

Soon after, I had forgotten about whatever I was doing before as the song slowly began to add different elements and sounds to the beat. The vocals came back with a distorted layer to them, and I was so intrigued by now that I had forgotten about space and time (Okay, a bit exaggerated, perhaps, but something like that) and the song kept on adding layers of sound on the ongoing beat – And then suddenly: silence.

4 seconds of complete silence – and the beat dropped again with added drums. I was in awe – I honestly didn’t know how to react to this. The song kept going – I kept listening. Some humming began and a bit later, the beat transitioned back into the guitar and keyboard as the sole instruments playing in the background while a high-pitch and a low-pitch vocal started singning simultaneously and the song slowly starts to fade out.

As soon as the song finished, I paused it.

I had to take a second to understand and take in everything I had just experienced. I looked at how long the song was – 8 minutes and 28 seconds. I realised that I hadn’t thought about anything outside of this moment. The song went by so fast – but at the same time, I was having this moment and it felt like a lifetime. I looked at the song name and everything just clicked:

Ayahuasca


TL;DR: Just listen to the song!

 

 

 

Feist – A Man Is Not His Song

 

I’m back with another post (I know you have all been waiting) and today I want to share a song by Feist who is an canadian indie pop artist that has been in the game for a long time.

This is my first time listening to her, but I’m really impressed by her new album Pleasure which is an absolute pleasure to listen to – so perfect name choice for the album.

The song I picked out is a slow sweet song that is a pretty easy listen, but has a pretty cool message about how artists are not necessarily what they sing as the chorus goes:

‘Cause a man is not his song
And I’m not a story
But I wanna sing along
If he’s singing it for me

This is one of the better indie pop albums I have heard in a while – if you know anything like it, feel free to send it to me in a message.

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Sufjan Stevens – Vesuvius

Today, I listened to Sufjan Stevens’ album The Age of Adz for the first time in my life. I know the album is from 2010 and that means that I’m 7 years too late to the party.

But you know what? I don’t even care because this album just became one of my favorites (I do have many favorite albums though) in only a couple of hours. I always saw his name pop up in music discussions and I honestly didn’t pay attention to it. I saw people praise him to the skies and I still didn’t care – BUT today I finally thought that I should give him a chance after I read someone saying that him and Kendrick Lamar are the voices of our generation. That intrigued me right away and I put on the album – and thank God I did!

Ever since DAMN released, I haven’t been listening to anything else. Yesterday, I saw Isaiah Rashad live and it was awesome – that has litterally been my only break from DAMN until now. The whole album is really impressive and I love the experimental parts. I honestly don’t know what I expected but the non-existant expectations I did have, have by far been exceeded.

The song that I chose was instantly added to my playlist – it’s such a beautiful song. His voice and sounds go together so well and the girl’s background singing just completes it all – what a song!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

ILOVEMAKONNEN – Down 4 So Long Remix feat. Ezra Koenig & Despot

What do you get when you mix Ilovemakonnen, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend and Despot together in a song?

The three artists couldn’t be more different from each other and yet they somehow they make the song work. Ezra’s whole verse is gold and my favorite line is when he says:

“Went to the Hamptons and I thought I was the man
‘Til Mary-Kate said my Ray Bans were off-brand”

No wonder he is feeling down after such a tragic event. Check out song and the other verses just below!

Spotify

Google Play Music

Soundcloud