If there's one thing that I love when getting the artists I interview to compile a 5 song playlist for Off Tne Record, it's the songs that they choose. Some are very left-field and unexpected, other's I could see coming from a mile away but Lisa Milberg's list was a bit of a surprise. She really knows her music and to hear her talk about it was bewildering. She's a pure delight to talk to and casually sweet. It's been a few whole months now since the release of The Concretes (Victoria Bergsman-less) record 'Hey Trouble' and to my knowledge it has been received exceptionally well down here in Australia. It's got my dumb-founded why they haven't been asked to come back to our shores, maybe in the not to distant future? I still love The Concretes and will always love them, for even when times had them down they were able to get back on track and come back twice as grand. If you haven't yet (which is truthfully stupid if you haven't) five The Concretes the listen they much deserve.
Friendly Fires Paris It's a lovely summery tune that makes you feel like life is just one long night. We danced to this in Paris the other week, I really didn't feel I had anything to complain about at that moment.
Let's Wrestle I Won't Lie To You I love songs that aren't too polished (I also enjoy some Hall & Oates so I'm keeping most doors open) and this is such a beautiful example of that. It just makes me very happy. They're also a very charming band to see live.
Håkan Hellström Kärlek Är Ett Brev Skickat Tusen Gånger This is reason enough for the whole planet to learn Swedish. It's a heartbreakingly pretty song regardless but the lyrics are very special. Sign up for summer courses now... (Lesson one: the title means Love Is A Letter Sent A Million Times)
Bon Iver Creature Fear It's actually not a very good idea to pick one song from this album as it should be listened to in its entirety. It's one of those albums you step into, and for the duration of the record it's just the two of you in the whole world and no one can do you any harm.
The Rah Band Clouds Across The Moon I'm not really a fan of music (or anything else for that matter) that has a kitsch element to it, but I guess this would have to be my exception. Everyone in the band loves this, it's just something very romantic and sad about it, in all it's sci fi-glitz.
Purchase Hey Trouble and watch the video for Keep Yours.
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