February 2017 Music Picks

Tash Sultana- “Jungle”

Tash Sultana is a 21-year old one-woman band from Melbourne, Australia consisting of guitar, vocals, percussion, mandolin, pan flute, melodica wind piano and electronic production.  The song “Jungle” is a hypnotic reggae-folk masterpiece.  Here’s the short radio edit for those with short attention spans – but you should really take a moment and watch the full live version posted below.




Sylvan Esso – Radio

Sylvan Esso is an American electro-folk-indie pop duo from North Carolina formed in 2013, consisting of singer Amelia Meath (veteran of the a cappella folk group Mountain Men) and producer Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun & Made of Oak).  Their danceable tunes range from dark and moody to bright and bouncy.  “(Slave to the) Radio” is a hypnotic tune of technology and consumerism at odds with creativity.



The xx – On Hold 

Hmm…thought I posted this earlier. Must have been distracted! The English trio known as “The xx” formed in 2005 and released their debut album in 2009, topping many UK year-end charts and winning the Mercury Prize in 2010. Their new album “I See You”, due for release in January, is a follow up to 2012’s “Coexist” which reached #1 in several European countries. The new single “On Hold” is a gorgeous, poignantly regretful look back at youthful naivety and complacency.  Listen closely – did you catch that cleverly incorporated Hall and Oates sample?


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