What’s up Planet Earth. Good weekend? I’ve been snootily browsing a few ‘Best Albums of 2013′ lists, and as usual I’m annoyed by how early they get published. Some were out in November. I mean, come on! Since then we’ve had a new Childish Gambino album (a strong 6/10 for me) a new flippin’ Beyonce album (which admittedly I haven’t listened to yet). I may end up trying to figure out my top 10 at some point during the holidays (hold tight for that fans), but what’s waaaaaaaaaaaay more exciting is to use the arbritrary time event caused by the speed of the earth’s orbit around the sun is to look ahead to 2014. And so that’s where the Horses Playing Harps December 2013 playlist handily comes in.
I’ve made one playlist every month this year, but I think this is my favourite to date. It’s jam packed with all sorts of exciting bands and artists, so dive in and see what you think. And if you like it, follow me on Spotify, by clicking HERE! for plenty more brand new playlists next year.
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Tagged Baths, Blackbear, Breton, Busta Rhymes, Bwani Junction, Chance The Rapper, Chet Faker, Flume, George Ezra, Hozier, Lonely The Brave, Max Raptop, RDGLDGRN, Sam Smith, Tori Kelly, Tove Lo, White Denim
It’s the time of year when (s)he’s writing his list and checking it twice. No, not Santa of course, but every music journalist in the land is writing some kind of end of year list. For me, the far more exciting and interesting lists are those detailing who to get excited about for next year. And for me, one name I firmly expect to be bandied about is this lot – Lonely The Brave.
Their Backwaters EP has been on a heavy rotation in Horses Playing Harps Towers in recent days. While reading up on them, I found a wonderfully apt description of their sound – gimmick-free rock music. I’m not sure why this resonates so clearly with me, but I think it’s spot on. Lyrically they tread some captivating ground, particularly on the title track of the EP. And besides that, they write some proper-earwormy hooks that have nestled right into my brain. They also set out their stall by covering Andrew Bird, one would think an artist that not too many of their musical ilk would consider referencing. All-in-all, an excellent EP, and a band I look forward to hearing more from, and hopefully seeing some of too.