Seattle based artist Liyv Holman describes her music as pastel pop -- songs for sad people who like bright colors. After a few listens to each of her songs in her One Song A Month project, I'm going to agree. There is a melancholic whimsy imbued in her art, particularly May to August, including the artwork for each single. It's all quite masterful in thought and execution. Ignoring all of that, the true star is Liyv's stunning voice. Demure yet with hints of playfulness, damn lovely is what it is. We're fans, sorry about using the pic above, Liyv, never mention Harry Potter around us, or plants. And we should probably warn you about any talk of cats. Never mind all the chatter, constant readers, find Liyv's latest three tracks below.
The Aimless Skylarking favorite songs of the year, 31- 40.
40. White Reaper - Pills
Louisville garage rockers offer up a slice of unhinged fun. Drunken dancing welcome, of course.
39. Joan Shelley - Over and Even
Louisville folky Joan Shelley stuns with her gorgeous voice, tugging at you wistfully.
38. Echo Lake - Waves
Dreamy shoegaze from London. Warm and intimate despite its epic aspirations.
37. Me You and Thomas - Bleak Future
Power pop duo from Bristol, England enchanted me with this demo, the piano bits made me melt. Months later, still do.
36. Chvrches - Clearest Blue
Scottish synth-pop trio stun with their most uplifting effort to date. It's epic, and awesome.
35. Daddy Issues - Glue Sniffer
If this is their swan song, when is the reunion? Can we get a VH-1 Behind the Music episode on the band?
34. Birdskulls - Good Enough
Brighton, England trio pumping out melodic Seattle tinged grunge. Go check out their track Sand Smiles for even more greatness.
33. Dude York - Something
Dude York claims 81 years experience. Whatever it is, I'm enchanted, 'Something' gets under my skin and makes me want to sing along. Badly I might add. Awful actually.
32. The Orielles - Space Doubt
Liverpudlian surf rock trio keep getting better with each release. Own the t-shirt and some vinyl, you should too.
31. Lou E - Just One Thing
In August of 1969, hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Woodstock, NY for a music festival. Maybe you've heard of it. Londoner Louis Milburn would have fit right in with this trippy acoustic wonder.
I'm always amazed when I hear music I think is out of place. For instance, there's some really great folk/country music coming out of Scandinavia, and there's a thriving rock and roll scene in Nashville in country music's backyard. Seattle's Seapony amazes me in the same way, mainly because I immediately think of grunge when I think of the city. And the band's brand of dreamy surf pop is miles from the bleak darkness grunge elicited. However, that bit amazement is not the only reason for these few sentences about the band, the music really shines. I'm relatively new to Seapony's work, but have enjoyed the past few weeks listening in on their new offerings, and past works. After hearing the captivating 'Let Go' and 'Saw the Light' from their upcoming LP, A Vision, I'm a fan and have the July 31st release date on my calendar. Join me for another stream of 'Let Go' below.
A few weeks back we featured a favorite English band, Esper Scout, and their very cool track 'Carpet of a Crest'. We've been keeping tabs on the band, and spoke with frontwoman Sarah last week and she let us know the band is in the States playing 3 shows. Well, 2 have passed, but there is one tomorrow night in Seattle at the Victory Lounge at 9:30pm PST. Four bands for $5, that's a lot of music for the price. If you're in Seattle and looking for something to do on a Tuesday, drop by the Victory Lounge and give the band a cheer, or three. Then buy them a drink.
More information on the show can be found here: Victory Lounge