Small Houses is a Philadelphia-based indie/folk project of Flint, Michigan native Jeremy Quentin (here is the Facebook page of Small Houses).
They feature a minimalist style of folk music that combines finger-style guitar playing with softly sung melodies. Along with the personal nature of the lyrics, their album was perfect Sunday morning listening for me this morning. One of the highlights is Oh, Hiding Out.
Oh, Hiding Out is the first single of the upcoming album from Small Houses.
The album, Exactly Where You Wanted To Be, is set to be released on February 26th via Yer Bird Records. You can pre-order on Bandcamp right now. Enjoy Oh, Hiding Out.
Heading into the night, I want to introduce the electropop track Into The Night by W.C. Lindsay. It’s addictive. Like really addictive.
The song itself is 4 minutes long, and I’ve passed my day in 4 minute segments. Suffice to say, I’ve played it a couple dozen times at this point. I can also confirm that it is an awesome song to drive to. It’s really got an anthemic quality to it, which makes it an easy listen on repeat in your headphones or in your car.
W.C. Lindsay is an eponymous Philly-based act that is fronted by William C. Lindsay. He is joined by John T. Sepa and George J. Legatos to complete the lineup. Go like them on Facebook and enjoy Into The Night.
Finally, you can currently download Into The Night for free at Bandcamp.
Every once in awhile, I get sucked into the hype machine and featuring newly released songs, but you can understand when you listen to Young Lungs by Work Drugs, in this case. It’s awesome.
Young Lungs was officially released yesterday after being shared privately with fans for a month. It’s a celebration of Work Drugs’s 2 years and of the group’s growth. The self-described “sedative-wave/smooth-fi” Philly-based group is fronted by Tom Crystal and Ben Louisiana.
Simply, Young Lungs is indie dance pop at its finest and it’ll help you get through the Monday afternoon. Featured on sax is Maxfield Gast.
Here’s the Facebook page of Work Drugs. Enjoy Young Lungs.
In separate occasions this week, I was told that I was intense and that I was carefree by the same person. There’s no contradiction in that, because it’s pretty true. For those that don’t know me, I tend to let most things roll off my shoulders, but for reasons unknown, I will occasionally focus on something intensely, even if it’s something I would normally let go. It’s a weird dichotomy that nicely summarizes someone who wants to stay and who wants to go.
This dichotomy spills over to my listening habits–I spend a decent amount of time nodding along to lyrically-rich, depressing songs and then I spend other times nodding along to happy, carefree songs. The former tends to be old favorites that I fall back on and the latter tends to be newer stuff that is sent in or I discover.
Fortunately, I’ve got some new happy stuff that I want to share with you: Cruiser and Cruiser’s self-titled EP.
Cruiser is the unsigned solo project of Andy States, hailing from the great state of Pennsylvania. The EP is the last set of summer songs that I will probably feature this year and there’s no denying they’re summer songs. There’s a bit of beach rock in their sound and they have an infectiousness about them, two summer song traits in my opinion. My personal favorite of the EP is the opener, The Fritz, but you should also check out other highlights like Don’t Go Alone and To California. And with that sentence, I just named half of the EP… and the other half is good, too (and that’s why I’m featuring the whole EP instead of just The Fritz).
The EP started to come together in State’s Philly loft and eventually came to the attention of Jeremy Park, who produced Youth Lagoon’s The Year of Hibernation (you know, my favorite album of 2011). Park offered to produce Cruiser’s EP and now we have an EP to nod along to happily as if the summer of 2012 wasn’t going to end.