Archive | December, 2015

Top 15 Songs of 2015

20 Dec

The 15th song is “Give it Time” by Boroughs.

You can listen to an exclusive stream of it here:

https://soundcloud.com/boroughsmusic/give-it-time-2/s-rCAMP

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Fall into Barna Howard

13 Dec

Barna Howard is a fresh sounding voice in today’s landscape that has an old school vibe. “I Don’t Fall Much Anymore” is nothing short of a masterpiece right from the start with Howard’s expert storytelling ability and a voice that begs to be compared to Bob Dylan.

This is what folk music is about ladies and gentleman. Acoustic guitar, earnest lyrics, a simple melody, and a pure voice. It sounds a bit like Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” in the best possible way. Both songs are poetic and glide smoothly through the folk landscape. What makes “I Don’t Fall Much Anymore” such a stunning retro feat is the simplicity in the tune. It doesn’t try to be retro, it simply is with its honesty and the way Howard wears his heart on his sleeve.

It’s the type of song that you want to listen to while curled up with a cup of tea watching the rain fall. Emotions run high in this track both from Howard and from you as a listener as this is a track that begs you to sympathize with Howard while also relate to him and his situation. There’s a universal feeling to “I Don’t Fall Much Anymore,” and that is part of why it makes it so easily retro folk.

Discography: Barna Howard (2013), Quite a Feelin’ (2015).

Official Website: http://www.barnahoward.com/

Back to San Francisco

6 Dec

“San Francisco Bay” by the band Palmas has a little bit of everything for retro music enthusiasts. With a spoken word introduction, as if a DJ is announcing the song on the radio, it starts the track on a throwback vibe that continues all throughout the tune.

It has a lo-fi hazy feel to it, with its acoustic guitar and little to nothing else for instrumentation. The minimal approach lends itself nicely to the song. Imagine it being sung around a bonfire at the beach late on a summer night. You can almost picture someone serenading their special someone with this magical tune.

The shades of retro run deep here, it has some resemblance to Buddy Holly’s “Girl On My Mind,” but also has a bit of a Beach Boys surf rock feel as well as Sam Cooke soulful one. The layers of decades past don’t stop there. The vocals are modern and fresh but also have a hint of John Lennon to them.

It’s got the 50s and 60s written all over it, as well as a summer vibe. But no matter the season “San Francisco Bay” is surely a tune that you can play all year long and get lost in its sound.

Discography: To The Valley (2015)

Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/PALMAS