Marching Band – “It Will Never Slip”
Marching Band from Sweden wins this week’s MP3 Jackpot with “It Will Never Slip.” I feel cold just listening. These two intrepid Swedes produce an exciting sound and couple that with a gr8 song and killer vocals. Give it several listens and I’m sure you’ll agree.
“It Will Never Slip” (mp3)
from “Pop Cycle”
(U & L Records, Inc.)
This week the MP3 Jackpot visits Austria. Monk makes intriguing Pop, and their MP3, “Santa Ana Murders And The Neonlights Of Love” is this weeks winner. I just love the quality of the vocals in this haunting song.
“Santa Ana Murders And The Neonlights Of Love” (mp3)
from “The Man Who Sleeps On His Breath”
Monk – “Santa Ana Murders And The Neonlights Of Love”
They’ll be no sampling on this week’s MP3Jackpot winner. The MP3 “Voices That’s All” by Chumbawamba is a joyous celebration of singing. This British band has been making gr8 music and incredible sense for over 25 years. I know this month’s music selection has been pretty diverse so far, but every song this month has been outstanding and worthy of attention.
“Voices, That’s All” (download mp3)
“Voices That’s All” (play)
Chumbawamba – “Voices That’s All” mp3
From the soon to be released album by England’s beloved Chumbawamba, the single “Voices, That’s All” is a celebration of the human voice, that greatest of musical instruments, the one which is each of our birthright. It’s a real recording of real people playing and singing – something I never thought in itself would begin to seem like an endangered animal. No auto-tuners here, ladies and gents, just sweet harmonies and a simple, true and timely lyric. Sing if you want to.
“Voices, That’s All” (mp3)
Dave Smallen‘s songwriting has always been ambitious, since his days fronting Oakland’s all ages show heroes, Street To Nowhere. What’s ambitious? Well, if you want to write a song called: “America” – that’s ambitious. I pressed play with a certain trepidation – there are so many ways this can go wrong. But the song succeeds, careening against the walls of possible clichés and landing feet first like a defiant and graceful cat. It is a highly personal statement, yet compelling and ultimately accessible. As Dave is American, why not use America and its complex, troubled state, as a metaphor for his own individual saga? Why not indeed. Ambitious yes, but this is a subtle triumph.
“America” (download mp3)
from “Everything Changes and Nothing Changes”
(Street to Nowhere)