Hey everybody! Here’s what we covered in this week’s episode of “Tune Takeover”:
As you guys know, on Tune Takeover I play throwbacks and current singles by bands that have been around for a while and newer bands too. We listen and talk about just how much, or how little, the bands have changed over time and how they relate to each other. Each week I focus on a different genre of music, so this week we talked about some music in the folk-indie genre.
Birdy was first up on the list of artists for this week. Her soothing, incredible voice can either lull you to sleep (in a good way), or it can make you want to dance around and sing along. She was just 16 when she started her singing career and she’s been a powerhouse since day one. A lot of her earlier songs are very vulnerable, but as she got older and matured a bit, she became even more impressive and showed that she’s comfortable in her own skin.
Bon Iver was next on my playlist and I couldn’t have been more excited to share his music with you guys. Early in his career, his music sounded very soft and soothing. He used a lot of acoustic guitars and played beautiful ballads that showed off his vocal range. As his career progressed, his music and overall sound did too. He kept similar sounds on his second album but he added a ton of gorgeous piano undertones to the mix. His latest album is the one that throws everyone for a whirl because it almost sounds like it would fit into the folk-techno genre of music. It still has his core sound with his incredible voice, but he really ventured out on a limb with his digital effects and his soundboard on this album!
Jaymes Young was up next after a quick commercial break. I’ve been a fan of his since he released his first EP back in 2013. His voice is also very soothing and unique and he is as humble as he can be about it. He had to release a couple EPs before a record label signed him on, but it was well worth the wait! I think a lot of his music has a “Yellowcard” kind of feel to it, which it’s actually really cool to hear his influences in his music. He’s currently on tour with “Oh Wonder” so we’ll see what the future has in store for him.
Ed Sheeran finished the show in only a way that Ed Sheeran could. He sings gorgeous melodies and ballads about loving someone forever, he raps, and he even plays the guitar for all of his songs. This man can do just about anything! He’s an artist that you can actually hear mature over the course of listening to his albums. His first album is amazing, just like his latest one, but he sounds so much younger then than he does now. He’s done a lot of growing and I think he’s going to be around for a long time.
So that was week five! Thanks for listening, and reading, and make sure to listen to Tune Takeover on Monday nights from 6-8 on Bearcast Media! I’ll be seeing you guys.