Colbie Caillat released a new single this month entitled “Hold On.” The song was co-written and produced by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, who worked with Caillat on her 2011 album, “All of You.” This new track has an entirely different sound than Caillat’s previous recordings. Fans of Caillat revel in her laid-back acoustically driven songs, fit for a summer day on the beach. This new single showcases Caillat in a different light, with club beats and strong rhythms layered behind her voice. Frequent listeners of Caillat may be slightly put off by this new single while listening to it for the first few times; however, fans of music can appreciate artists to be confident enough in their abilities and branch out from their comfort zones, experimenting with music in ways that they have never tried before.
The first full length album from Los Angeles sister trio, HAIM, was released on September 30th of this year. (For those unfamiliar with the band name, it is pronounced to rhyme with "time"). The band released their first single, "Don't Save Me" November of last year. HAIM also released two EP's entitled Forever and Falling prior to the full album release. Spanning what seemed an eternity of time from the first single to the first album, HAIM has fulfilled fan's expectations with Day's Are Gone. The band is comprised of Este Haim, Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, and drummer Dash Hutton. All three women contribute vocals and play instruments throughout the entire album. The ladies are in their twenties, and therefore in touch with many issues that are so very real in our world today revolving around romance: break-ups, make-ups, and self reflection to grow stronger for future experiences. HAIM writes all of their own songs, which makes the music all the more authentic and believable.
It stands to reason that if an album is deemed to be good in one decade, that it can move up to excellent if it makes it to the next and retains its original character. "Give Up" by the depressingly short-lived indie electronica group The Postal Service is up for a decade review after it hit its tenth birthday this past summer. In a time before dubstep, the album was charming and quirky, it played with the listener like a puppy just learning to play catch. Every song it brought up was new and original and slightly different from the last. While it may not have been exactly mainstream, the album was perfect in 2003. So the question is, does the album hold up in the decidedly more pensive and pessimistic era of 2013? Upon relisten, each song is still factory fresh.
As Autumn begins, it may not seem ideal to review an album titled "The First Days of Spring" but given that good music is ideal any time of the year, this aspiring concept album by Noah and the Whale deserves a look over. Every album has a niche to fill, if done correctly. "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles is perfect for a day that is just absurd enough to be barely abnormal, "Megalithic Symphony" by last year's E-Days headliner AWOLNATION is perfect when an electric enthusiastic jolt is needed, and any album by Explosions in the Sky sets the tone for a deeply moving experience. "The First Days of Spring" is by far one of the most dramatically perfect break up albums of all time. It starts with the bleary consistency of a dejected hungover morning and builds towards an unsurpassed hope that the future will be better than the past. Along the way there are moments of regret, joy, and acceptance.
Twenty brand new songs. Twenty days. Experimental guitar sessions. Synthesis of old and new beats. Creativity flowing from studio room to studio room as multiple songs are recording at the same time.