Posted in: May 2011

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There are times where you want to rock out till the sun comes up. There are other times where simple, pretty music is all you want to close out a rough day. You Are Plural are perfect for the latter situation, so fare be warned if you are looking for EXTREME EXCITEMENT with this post.

Not to say that this boy + girl group are dreary. You Are Plural have some of the most soothing and soft tunes I’ve heard in ages. It’s not really the type of music that you could listen to at any instance, but when the moment strikes, it is pure heaven. It’s elegant, pretty, and quietly moving; a blend of classical instrumentation with a smidgen of electro-pop underpinnings, all tied together with male and/or female vocals (and no, that doesn’t mean the singing is androgynous: it just means that sometimes it’s a male singing, sometimes it’s a female and sometimes it’s both).

Yet again, I have no downloadable media, but the entire Hand it Over EP is available to stream as well as buy for the most agreeable price of $5. They also allow you to download it in whatever format you like, so if you’re a crazy audiophile with a thing for lossless audio formats, then they have your back.

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It is sometimes a good thing that some groups pick and choose with their musical collaborations, because they have the potential to offer up a barrel full of agreeable music selections. If you’re like me, however, you probably don’t do enough research into groups to find the musical gold buried within. Woe is me! Such is the case with this gentleman, who contributed to Zero 7’s, The Garden record.

Unlike that particular record, José’s music is certifiably folk. Veneer, his first album, is pretty sparse on instrumentation: for the most part, it’s a whole bunch of layered classical guitar and some rad harmonies. Surprisingly, the tracks don’t blend into themselves, even with this lack of instrumental variety, which is more than can be said for a lot of music these days. Instead, we’re treated to a veritable symphony of soothing guitar pickin’, all pleasantly driven by his wonderful singing and lyrics, with tunes that drift in, out and away from the moody night and into the beautiful sunrise. And yes, despite the fact that Heartbeats track has been somewhat overused in various things, it most definitely fits in nicely with the rest of the album and is still a great cover.

This is probably my wankiest post to date! Also, as per usual, no downloadable media: I am seriously full of disappointments. :<

Crosses – (YouTube)
Slow Moves – (YouTube)
All You Deliver – (YouTube)