Emma AugustIne – 1851 Staff
Upon hearing 2013’s top tracks like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Katy Perry’s “Roar” for the thousandth time, it was time to dive into the music scene of 2014.
Navigating through many music festival line-ups and listening to countless jams, led to the discovery of some promising new singles from the early albums of 2014.
“The Fire” by Kina Grannis
Grannis has an objectively gorgeous voice, which may be why she often covers popular songs. The 2014 album “Elements” (out May 6th) presents a transformed and mature version of Grannis, with a collection of original songs.
“Call Me” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Although lead singer Paul Janeway and his band are new to the music scene, they sound like they popped right out of a 1960’s Motown recording. Check out their debut album “Half The Cit.”
“Blood/Chest” by William Fitzsimmons
A beautiful indie lullaby from Fitzsimmons’ new album, “Lions.”
“Awake” by Tycho
Tycho is a provocative hybrid of an Explosions in the Sky/The xx type vibe. “Awake” is Tycho’s second album, which is available to stream on Soundcloud.
“Sea of Voices” (RAC Remix) by Porter Robinson
If you have your finger on the pulse of the Electro Dance Music (EDM) scene, you’re probably familiar with Robinson. His album “Worlds” (release date in 2014 TBA) was announced (no joke) by his ten hour long music video on YouTube.
“The Man” by Aloe Blacc
This track is a feel good anthem for any occasion on Blacc’s recently released album, “Lift Your Spirits”.
“Don’t Wanna Dance” by Mø
It’s easy to predict Mø will be picked up by mainstream radio soon. Marie Orsted’s mix of pop and R&B is addictive. Debut album, “No Mythologies to Follow” is a hit for fans of Metric and Lorde.
“Definition of Infinity” by Yasiin Gaye feat. Talib Kweli
Amerigo Gazaway combines the tracks of Mos Def ( Yasiin) and Marvin Gaye. “Yasiin Gaye” is a thoroughly brilliant album with two legendary voices.
“Love You Anyway” by Marlene and Ji Nilsson
Nilsson and Marlene released this single in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014. The two artists create ethereal sounding harmonies layered with an addictive beat.
“All I Want” by Dawn Golden
The best comment on this track is, “perfect for after a bad day at school”. Dawn Golden’s album “Still Life” is a rollercoaster of emotion.
“I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers
For fans of “Fun” and “The Killers”, Bleachers’ first single is ideal car music to yell/sing along with.
“Beautiful” by Mali Music
Gospel-turned-R&B/Soul singer, Jamaal Pollard (aka Mali Music) has exquisite vocals and uplifting messages in his upcoming album “Mali is.”