What I'm Listening To | Male Vocalists

I love music, but I can't say that I really "keep up with it." I don't know all of the new, underground bands, and I don't have a terabyte of music, and I don't have a working record player, and I don't know when the last time I played a tape was. I listen to All Songs Considered, I expose myself to lots of different music, I think I have a pretty eclectic taste, though I definitely tend to re-listen the same albums all the time and neglect everything else in my iTunes. December is always a great time for music for me because I always download a bunch of stuff before the epic drive to and from Texas. It's also when everyone is putting out their end of year lists, which gives me an insane amount of stuff to sample and consider purchasing if I like it. Recently there are 5 albums that I have been listening to and loving and, interestingly, I didn't really realize before putting together this list that they are all groups with male vocalists.

The 1975 by the 1975- I actually just started listening to this album right after I got back, and so far I'm liking it. The album plays with some different sounds. Sometimes it reminds me of Chvrches, sometimes the Airborne Toxic Event, sometimes The Neighbourhood, sometimes groups I listened to in middle school. My favorite song right now is Sex, but I need to listen through the album a few more times to really get a good feel for it.

Trouble Will Find Me by The National- Of these albums, this is my favorite to listen to all the way through. In fact, I pretty much never just listen to one song from this album. Also, this may be weird, but the fact that my name is in some of the songs makes it extra special for me.

Muchacho by Phosphorescent- Song for Zula is definitely one of my favorite songs of 2013. This album kind of reminds me of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and it's just fun, sometimes slow and sometimes mildly upbeat.

Repave by Volcano Choir- If you love Bon Iver, you will likely love this album and group. Some of the songs like Comrade, have some similar background music to Bon Iver's self titled album, and there's a good amount of male falsetto, but he also delves into deeper voice as well. It's a beautiful album to listen to, and another one that's really easy to listen to all the way through.

Woman by Rhye- Open may very well be my favorite song from 2013. I don't know what it is, but I love it so much. The male lead singer has a beautifully adrogenous voice, again with a good bit of falsetto, but not falsetto that sounds like oh, this is a man that sounds like a woman. If you didn't know it was a man singing, you would probably think it was a woman listening to the first track. The rest of the album gets a little bit of an easy dancing beat.

Below I've created a little playlist with two tracks from each album to give you a beat of a sampling. It begins slow and gets more upbeat as it goes along. Let me know what you think and what albums you're loving!

Yours Truly, Jen

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