Song of the Day - Untitled by Caroline Says

Caroline Says is one of those artists who could sing the phone book or a take-out menu and I'd listen, and love it. So dreamy and melodic, I'm smitten with her stories and voice. Anyway, if you've been reading some of my end of the year list entries you've heard a few of her tracks, her debut LP made my top 10, and 'Lost Feeling' made my 30 favorite songs of the year list. Truth be told, 2 more songs almost made the list, 'Winter is Cold' and 'Funeral Potatoes'. So, while digging around on Soundcloud last night, I discovered she had a newish song out, 'Untitled', and I've not been able to stop listening. I want to share it with you. 

Stream 'Untitled' below, it's my Song of the Day!

For more information on Caroline Says:

Happenin Records Profile

Soundcloud

Bandcamp

Favorite Albums of 2014 (6-10)

Today is the 3rd entry in my Favorite Albums of 2014 list which will detail albums ranked 6 to 10. If you missed the following two entries, read them right here.

6. Sharon Van Etten Are We There - What a celebration of painful moments, yet with the clarity afforded by time, it never truly feels like the miserable downer it could be. Sharon's warm voice and wonderful composition roadmaps an aching heart for all those unlucky in love. I saw her in Nashville as a fringe fan, now, both feet on the bandwagon, even walked away with a setlist.

Essential tracks:

'Afraid of Nothing', 'Our Love', 'Every Time the Sun Comes Up', 'Your Love is Killing Me'

7. Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else - Some people work things out with pen, paper, and a guitar pick. Then toss in a bottle or two of cheap wine to get the some real truths on paper, and that's where we find Lydia at her finest. She buries past loves, but not before a quick verbal skewer, and for now, one last late night tease, or hook up, depends on who's doing the talking. 'To Love Somebody' reeled me in, but 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud' is the star of the album. After missing her a handful of times this summer, I bought tickets for her Valentine's Day show in Nashville, and I can't wait.

Essential tracks:

'To Love Somebody', 'Really Wanna See You', 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud', 'They Don't Know'

8. Caroline Says 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - This selection is a serious dark horse, but I knew it would be included here the instant I heard it. I happened across her album by accident, and became mesmerized by her made for a Wes Anderson movie sounds. Breathy vocals, soft acoustics, and a few keys tinkling here and there make this album an absolute dreamy joy.

Essential tracks:

'Winter is Cold', 'God Knows', 'I Think I'm Alone Now', 'Funeral Potatoes'

9. Honeyblood Honeyblood - Glaswegian 2-piece somehow made 12 bitter skewerings of past loves sound fun. Perhaps it's the spot on vocal harmonies, or the vintage melodies, or that it's entirely relatable, but the truth is that it's all over far too quickly. It's all acceptance and moving on, but not without one last verbal jab as the door slams.

Essential tracks:

'Biro', 'Killer Bangs', 'Bud', 'Super Rat'

10. Hookworms The Hum - I've owned this album for a week now, and it's my first experience with the 5-piece Leeds pysch-rock outfit. For three days, I couldn't get past the 2nd song, 'On Leaving'. And that was only because I kept replaying it. If I had to guess, 20 times. When I ventured forward, I ran into the same problem again, this time with 'Radio Tokyo'. It reminds me so much of many of the late 60's and early 70's sounds I heard from my Mother's turntable as a child.

Essential tracks:

'On Leaving', 'Radio Tokyo', 'Off Screen'

Song of the Day - Winter is Cold

Discovering new music is one of the reasons why this website exists.  Finding something amazing is thrilling.  Sometimes it comes from a band or press agent submission, and sometimes it comes from listening to artists when they talk about who they are listening to.  All of that is great, but it's far sweeter when I happen across an artist I really like without any help.

I did just that when I found Caroline Says. After the Bass Drum of Death show at the Bottletree in Birmingham last week, I searched for the opening band, Drew Price's Bermuda Triangle, and found his record label, Happenin Records. As I was searching for his name, I listened to a few tunes here and there from a few artists on the label, pausing when I heard Caroline Says.  It's dreamy pop tinged with folky vibes, seemingly wistful, and reminded me of those lonely late nights of my early 20's.

The first tune I heard was 'Winter Is Cold', it's lonely and stark and gorgeous, and it's the Aimless Skylarking Song of the Day.

Listened to a few other songs, 'Funeral Potatoes' is catchy with its clever piano melody, and not as weird as the title suggests.  And 'Lost Feeling' might just be the best song on the entire album.  Then there is a video for the song 'I Think I'm Alone Now'.  I couldn't find any information about the artist, no Facebook, no Twitter, just a Soundcloud page and a Bandcamp page.  I'm intrigued, as should you be.  

For more information on Caroline Says:

Happenin Records Profile

Soundcloud

Bandcamp