Jumped on tonight to share some music. I’ve been listening to Iron and Wine. Yes, folk music. I do have a love for that genre, too. Suprising from someone who is a fan of alternative, trip hop and groups like Tool and Korn–but I have all kinds of favs from classical up to metal. Believe me, my music collection is seriously intense. Okay, okay, maybe a tad ridiculous.
I listen to a lot of mellow music when I’m cooking or taking a bath, or just lounging with a book and a glass of wine.
Iron and Wine is perfect for such things. See, when it comes to folk, I’m picky. So, I like to latch onto places like www.lastfm.com and type in someone I like to get similar suggestions. I used to do this with Pandora Radio, but I can never get it to work these days and I don’t have trouble with lastfm.
So…I uh… clicked in Over the Rhine. Like any of you are surprised with my recent gushiness over their new CD. I don’t really consider them folk, but since their style crosses genres, they bring up other cross-genre musicians.
So, some of the music played:
Vienna Teng–have all her CDs
The Sundays–Yes. Need More Please.
Leigh Nash–have hers–don’t listen much, though
Beth Orton–oh yeah, all of em
Ten Thousand Maniacs–ditto
Aimee Mann– a few–not all yet since she’s quite prolific (Man, I still don’t think anyone can top her Save Me from Magnolia.)
Seeing a pattern? But I hadn’t heard Iron and Wine and I liked it. This is a male voice, btw. Some female harmony.
So, I picked up the EP, Woman King, and found a beaut! Smooth, feel-good music with lush acoustics and voices that blend like magic. You can listen to samples here. If you like it, it’s a few dollars cheaper at Itunes. 😉 Kind of reminds me of Sufjan Stevens and yeah, I have most everything he’s done.
This CD, Our Endless Numbered Days, sounds a little more mellow, a little more folk and acoustic and very, very lovely. The second tune, Naked As We Came, sounds fantastic. This CD is on my “to-be-purchased” list, but I’ll probably cave soon with that WAY TOO FREAKING EASY Itunes.
There is a streaming audio player on Iron and Wine’s main site. Click their name above.
And in art, check out Cha Feily. Very moody photography. I love that first one! You can click it to bring it up large. Be a great SFAP shot–but I’ve been playing it safe and using only royalty free photos.