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Jun
26

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Kimya Dawson – “Loose Lips”

It can generally be said that behind every great movie lies a great soundtrack.  The 2007 hit movie Juno was no exception to this rule, as the movie featured five songs from Dawson. 

“Loose Lips” is a very chill song.  Acknowledging that a lot of things in life are messed up, Dawson’s lyrics come as a soothing backlash against the chaos.  Similar to how comedian Jon Stewart’s humorous depictions can make otherwise stressful news a relief, Dawson’s humorous ability to paint a picture of her frustrations somehow inspires a feeling of tranquility.   

Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson

Dawson does not have the “MTV look,” and the ventriloquist dolls in the background of her photo are not exactly rapport-building.  Even so, SOTD hopes that its members will lighten up their facial muscles and enjoy “Loose Lips” sometime in the near future.

SOTD says, Kimya Dawson sounds like: “A syncopated, spoken word-like performance set to soft, repetitive acoustic guitar.” 

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  6/5 = 1.2xU

Note: SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.

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About Song of the Day:

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes its members’ submissions for consideration, and hopes to inspire its members to purchase additional music from the artists that pique their curiosity.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD

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Jun
24

Today’s Song of the Day: 

The Decks – “What It Is, Really” 

Tonight, SOTD is reaching deep into its jar of unknown indie rock music.  The Decks are a surprisingly good, little-known band from the suburbs of Washington D.C.  Labeling themselves as “Electroacoustic indie pop,” The Decks make music that is catchy but pensive. 

“What It Is, Really” is a song that could just as easily have been performed by a band like The National.  The sound is not raw, but polished, and the recording is clean. 

The Decks

The Decks

Without a Wikipedia page, any posted lyrics, or more than a few thousand MySpace views, The Decks remain a relatively unknown member of the indie music community.  Who has the power to change that?  You do, friends…you do.

SOTD says, The Decks sounds like: “A modern-day Joy Division with a Zoloft prescription.” 

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  7/2 = 3.5xU

Note: SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.

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About Song of the Day:

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
23

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Miike Snow – “Silvia”

Do not let your eyes confuse you – Miike Snow is not supposed to read “Mike Snow.”  Miike Snow is a Swedish indie electropop group named after the famed Japanese director Takashi Miike.  Miike is fairly well-known among film fans for his violent and often unnerving movies, which frequently feature the organized crime group known as the Yakuza.  While Miike is rumored to have ties to the Yakuza, the SOTD team is doubting their presence extends to Sweden. 

“Silvia” is a song that SOTD interprets to be about coveting a stranger.  Speaking of reaching the city by following the power lines, the lyrics would seem to suggest riding on public transportation.  As the car stops, the woman gets off, and the man on her arm follows.  Wishing that he would have gotten off, the narrator asks the woman to stop the car, so that he can get off and chase after her before he loses her forever. 

Miike Snow

Miike Snow

Despite the fact that Sweden once labeled James Blunt’s similar love for a stranger on public transportation song “You’re Beautiful”  the worst song of the year, the Swedes seem to be going for this one.  In the vein of Downey Jr.’s character says in the film Tropic Thunder, “You never go half-[stalker].”   “Silvia” should have no problem being creepy enough for the homeland, as its electro-techno beats effectively back the sinister stalker-speak contained behind them. 

SOTD says, Miike Snow sounds like: “A fight between a piano and a synthesizer to support vocals vaguely similar to OneRepublic.” 

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  5/3 = 1.7U

SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc. 

Check out the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00j6l4ebYKM.

 

About Song of the Day: 

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
22

Today’s Song of the Day: 
 
Neutral Milk Hotel – “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” (Submitted by Kapil Kale)
Although Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded in 1999, their music echoes on in the collections of indie music enthusiasts.  Met with limited commercial success, their 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea received significant critical acclaim, including being named Pitchfork’s 4th-best album of the 1990s.  The sound of the band is something timeless, and Neutral Milk Hotel is one of the few rare bands that transcends its era.  Sadly, at the height of the band’s success, Neutral Milk Hotel ultimately disbanded, as guitarist, lead singer and frontman Jeff Mangum had what someone of our generation might call a “Chappellian” moment and turned away from a life of growing fame.

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” is a soft, nostalgic ode to living in the moment.  Although the song foreshadows life’s inevitable end, the mood of the song remains optimistic, and its narrator can’t help but marvel at the beauty of life. 

Neutral Milk Hotel
It’s true that Neutral Milk Hotel bowed out early in their musical careers, but such is life – c’est la vie.  For it may be the sad but beautiful truth that if life were not so short, we would not realize how much our loved ones meant to us.  But, in the meantime…

“Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see
Love to be
In the arms of all I’m keeping here with me”

-Neutral Milk Hotel, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”

 
SOTD says, Neutral Milk Hotel sounds like: “A band of folk musicians about to experience a frightening realization that their lives are on the precipice of changing forever.” 
 
SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  8/6 = 1.3U
 
SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.

Check out a fan video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgIT9Mrvddw 

About Song of the Day:
The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.
 
Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.
 
The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com.
 
Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
22

Today’s Song of the Day: 
 
Two Door Cinema Club – “Something Good Can Work”
Whatever the initial concept was for the debut single from UK-based Two Door Cinema Club, it is certainly working.  After checking out this single, it is inconceivable to the minds at SOTD that this group could be a still unsigned artist, as their MySpace page would appear to indicate.
 
The catchiness level of “Something Good Can Work” is so high, that the song would still be a hit if the lyrics were a description of the process of photosynthesis.  As it is, the song’s lyrics are upbeat and optimistic, which jive perfectly with the light-hearted, playful guitar riffs that back the song.  

 
Two Door Cinema Club

Despite their being a UK band, SOTD can’t help but believe that Two Door Cinema Club is set to become significantly more popular in the near future.  They are something very good, and they work very well.  Check out this track, enjoy it, and then go enjoy your weekend.
 

 
SOTD says, Two Door Cinema sounds like: “Upbeat, high octave vocals and guitar that is so infections that it could make James Earl Jones try to hit the high note.” 
 
SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  7/2 = 3.5U
 
SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.
 
Check out a video (audio is much less quality, for the record) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZngQxPpW8g
 
About Song of the Day:
The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.
 
Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.
 
The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com.
 
Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
22

Today’s Song of the Day: 
 
Flaming Lips – “The Sound of Failure / It’s Dark…Is It Always This Dark?”
Truly, the Flaming Lips deserve a better entry than the SOTD team has time for today.  Be that as it may, the failure of SOTD to give it to them is somewhat in line with their featured song.  The Oklahoma City-based psychadelic indie rock band has been around for a couple of decades, but seems to have hit a stride in the past few years with some semi-hit songs and a great track from the soundtrack of Wedding Crashers – “Mr. Ambulance Driver.”

“The Sound of Failure…” is a song that was reportedly written by the band for a friend whose father was dying of cancer.  Specifically, the song’s lyrics appear to address a girl whose friend has recently died.  Fed up with all of the artificial optimism and cheery friends, the narrator ultimately opens up about her feelings and accepts the dark sadness that envelopes her the finality of death.

The Flaming Lips
 

Failures, be they deaths or unmet expectations, get a bad rep.  A life of continued success is a life of safety – individuals who operate only within the realm of what is safe, or unlikely to fail, ultimately restrict themselves from ever finding and expanding true boundaries.  In fewer words, if you’re not failing, you’re not really trying.   Whether or The Flaming Lips fail to catch your fancy, the group has built an impressive indie track record.  And in their failure…SOTD sees their success.
 

 
SOTD says, Flaming Lips sounds like: “Era-defying, nerdy, psychadelic and beautiful – mashed together and baked into a fruitcake.” 
 
SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  7/5 = 1.3U
 
SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.
 
For the link to “Mr. Ambulance Driver,” whose video is unfortunately less-than-ideal, check out http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=2002612.  SOTD could truly send out about a dozen Flaming Lips songs, so please, pretty please – check ’em out when you get the chance. 
 

 
About Song of the Day:
The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.
 
Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.
 
The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com.
 
Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
22

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Deastro – “Light-Powered”
SOTD has a special treat for its members today.  Detroit-based musical prodigy Randy Chabot, also known as the mastermind behind Deastro, first began recording albums at the age of 12.  As a young child, Chabot, like many of us, was prone to wild, childish fantasies.  Instead of reaching these fantasies through daydreaming or play-acting, Chabot would grab any instrument that he could find and attempt to express them musically.  Deastro doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, and he doesn’t have a lot of MySpace listens…but this guy is good, and he’s starting to get noticed.  There’s a dark kind of energy in his music.  With his brand-new album Moondagger, the support of a band, and a number of very solid bookings, Deastro is set to take off. 
 
“Light-Powered” is an immensely enjoyable song that sounds like it should have come from one of two places – the Trans Siberian Orchestra, or a Mega Man video game.  The song has a really, really clever hook, and we have to think it’s going to be reused at some point in its musical lifetime.  Lastly, the song is lyrically brilliant…trust us.
 
 

Deastro - musical ninja 
 
SOTD cannot sure what a “Moondagger” looks like, but we can be sure that the musical ninja Deastro knows what he’s doing when he wields one…this is one time you shouldn’t be afraid to go under the knife.
 

 
SOTD says, Deastro sounds like: “…Deastro.” 
 
SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  8/3 = 2.7U
 
SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.
 
Link to the sound here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMT-2igeL5U.
 

 
About Song of the Day:
The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.
 
Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.
 
The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com.
 
Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
16

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Iron & Wine – “Love and Some Verses” (Submitted by Rikin Vasani)

Samuel Beam is not one to rush, musically speaking.  For one, his music is patient and soft, with light vocals supported by the gentle play of stringed instruments like the banjo, acoustic guitar, and slide guitar.  For another, Beam did not get his start musically for many years.  After earning a degree in art, specializing in painting, from Virginia Commonwealth University, Beam eventually went on to become a professor of film and cinematography for a time while living in Miami and writing music.  A regular Susan Boyle, after more than seven years of writing music, Beam finally borrowed a four-track recorder from a friend and recorded a demo.  Upon hearing it, the owner of Sup Pop Records eventually contacted Beam, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In “Love and Some Verses,” Iron & Wine speaks to a woman of changing attitude and contentments.  As the woman changes, her partner sings to her, perhaps hoping to change with her, and hoping that their two lives will be woven together.

 Iron & Wine, a.k.a. Samuel Beam
For having the word “iron” in his recording name, Beam’s music makes him come across as a softy.  “Love and Some Verses” is no exception to this, and it’s a song so tender that it seems only fit to accompany beautiful moments.  Whether you’re lying in bed, watching the one you love sleep, or daydreaming at work, staring at a photo of someone you used to be close to, Iron & Wine knows how you feel…even if your therapist doesn’t.

SOTD says, Iron & Wine sounds like: “Folk rock of the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, stoned out of their minds, but at peace with the world.”   

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  7/5 = 1.4xU
Note: SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.

 

Check out what appears to be a tribute video to “Love and Verses” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLCAqyW56m0.  Count ’em – it has 106,000 hits.

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About Song of the Day:

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD

Jun
16

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Saves the Day – “At Your Funeral”

We’re not sure what drove it, but the SOTD team had death on its mind once again today.  As such, we decided to reach way back into our pocket and pull out a 2001 release by New Jersey-born rock band Saves The Day.  

“At Your Funeral” is arguably an indie punk emo anthem.  As the narrator wails into the microphone, it’s hard not to get caught up in the 90’s guitar riffs and emo vocals that are nothing short of Fall Out Boy pristine.  The lyrics are touching, but complex, and it’s beyond SOTD to fully comprehend them on our own.  Interviews given by lead singer Chris Conley suggest that the song deals with the death of the ego.  In any case, the painful picture of a friend’s death that is painted by Conley in this song is nothing short of heart-rending.  The emotion in the song is almost enough to make one feel pity for the lead singer, and disdain for the person who drove him to his pain.

Saves the Day 

“At Your Funeral” is not a song that typically goes in one ear and out the other.  It is immediately easy to relate to, and it’s catchy enough to stick in your head.  So, if you start to feel a little emo while you’re listening to the song, why not go ahead and ride it out for a bit?  But, please…will you at least cut it off before you grow a triangle of bangs over one eye?  What kind of mother wants to see her child with triangle bangs???  Sigh…we digress.

  

  

SOTD says, Saves the Day sounds like: “A 1990’s version of The Format, using lighter emo vocals to hide dark lyrical undertones.” 

  

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  8/4 = 2 U

   

SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.

    

Check out the video for STD…check that, the video for Saves the Day, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwW0q65VIas.  It’s a bit strange, but at least worth a temporary viewing.  The kid whose singing it looks 14.  We’re still not sure it’s an actual video.

  

 

About Song of the Day:

 The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration. 

 

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress. 

 

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.comSOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com.

 

Enjoy!

SOTD

 

 

Jun
13

 

Today’s Song of the Day: 

Dirty Projectors – “Stillness is the Move”
From the moment of Dirty Projectors‘ June 9th release of Bitte Orca, “Stillness is the Move” has been kept close to the hearts of the SOTD team.  It’s a simple, smooth song on the surface that invites the listener to bob and sway their head, as if moving around their ears had the ability to somehow let more of this sweet, sweet music inside.  The Dirty Projectors are an experimental indie rock group based in Brooklyn, NY.  The group is led by Dave Longstreth, who manages a process that involves new and old faces constantly shifting in and out of the band’s lineup.  In “Stillness is the Move,” Longstreth’s music is backed by vocalist Amber Coffman, in what appears to be a coming out party of sorts for her. 

“Stillness is the Move” is the first song off of the new album.  In pondering the meaning of the song, it seems that Coffman is singing to make her case for keeping a relationship together.  After all that the couple has gone through, she doesn’t believe that there is a problem that wouldn’t be able to get through.  Caught up in the heat of the moment, worrying about where the couple needs to go and what needs to happen, Coffman beautifully reminds us of another option on the table – stillness is the move.

 

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors

 

The Dirty Projectors’s sound might be among the coolest in recent memory at SOTD.  The “hook,” if you call it that, is something simple and hip-hop friendly.  For a brand new album that’s been getting quite a bit of buzz, SOTD only has one comment – believe the hype.  Put on your headphones, lean back in your chair, and freeze; stillness is the move.  Just don’t take it too far.  You still have to get out of bed at some point today.

 

SOTD says, Dirty Projectors sounds like: “An adventurous indie experiment of rock, African beats, and serene vocals.” 

SOTD Underappreciation Ratio (SUR):  9/2 = 4.5 U

SUR is defined as the factor of society’s current underappreciation, which is calculated by dividing the inherent greatness of the song by its current level of appreciation.  Examples of factors that drive a high “underappreciation score” include: not having the song available on iTunes/Amazon, no one having posted the lyrics online, not having a music video, etc.

 

Check out a live video of The Dirty Projectors from a SXSW show at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIqSUG8RihY.  Note the crowd’s reaction, and pause for a moment to realize something – no one in the crowd had ever heard the song before 

 

About Song of the Day:

The purpose of Song of the Day is to promote songs that are found to be disproportionately less known relative to how good the Song of the Day team thinks they actually are.  The Song of the Day team welcomes your submissions for consideration.

Have some feedback for SOTD?  Know a new artist or song that SOTD absolutely needs to look at?  Let us know by simply replying to this post.  If your song is picked by our team, the submission will be credited to you, and you can beam with pride when it hits your inbox and/or WordPress.

The best thing since Napster – Songofthedayteam.com and Songofthedayteam.wordpress.com:  SOTD has bought its own domain name!  We are currently in the process of determining the best method of site design, which will also involve figuring out who will design the site.  Follow the action (which is likely to be very, very slow-moving action…) at www.songofthedayteam.com.  The team is currently looking into surveying members for desired features, as the development of the site should bring SOTD’s musical submissions to a much larger audience.  In the meantime, check out our brand new blog – www.songofthedayteam.wordpress.com

Enjoy!
SOTD