2013 in music has already been a solid year. I have been making far too many trips to Houston preparing for the big move (March 4!), so I have been very thankful for the excellent music selection available for the seemingly endless amount of time I have been spending in my car. Here's what I have been listening to this past month:
Atlas: Darkness by Sleeping At Last. In contrast to Ra Ra Riot, Sleeping At Last is one of those bands with a well-developed and long-standing sound. They (he?) know what works for them, and they stick with it. As a fan, I definitely appreciate it. (You've got a great thing going--please don't mess with it!) This EP features some of their heartbreakingly beautiful, cinematic masterpieces of instrumentation. This is what Sigur Ros would sound like if they traded their Icelandic homeland for American soil. My favorite track is "Woodwork," a transcendent piece about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of suffering.
Season One by All Sons & Daughters. Here begins the major shout outs to my dear friend Kandice: This past December, she sent me a really amazing mix CD (the girl knows the way to my heart) with some seriously solid music. All Sons & Daughters was another one of those groups that I knew of, but had never bothered to give a listen. When she put several of their best tracks on the mix, I fell in love. This modern worship album us brimming with God-given creativity and artistry--at times anthemic and at times so vulnerable and beautiful. I just can't get enough!
The River by Wayfarer. This is another band that my dear Kandice introduced me to. When I first heard my favorite song from the album, "How Long (Love Constraining To Obedience)", I couldn't believe how much they sounded like a Fleet Foxes concert held in an old country church. This wonderful little EP of traditional hymns is just genius. I can't recommend it enough.
The Fourth Wall by The Vespers. The Vespers are a really solid folk/blue grass/alt country band in the vein of the Lumineers (with female vocalists). They sound to me like Eisley meets the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their patented twang mixed with their traditional old-timey country instrumentation make this album a really enjoyable listen.
What have you been listening to this month?