Five on a Friday – Going to the Beach

See, I used to care about music.  A lot. But then I got sucked into a vortex of working full time and at same time trying to finish my master’s thesis, all the while I was dealing with health problems because I forgot to eat my vitamins. Music became secondary and my life was very bleak and gloomy for a while.

Luckily I happen to know two remarkable people who have a much bigger passion for music than I do and who in each their way helped me. The first is Aric who has the amazing quality of being able to make everyone around him excited about whatever project he’s involved with. He did this little music podcast called Rough Sundays last year and as usual got everyone excited about everything from Edith Piaf to Otis Redding. The second is Alex who’s in Denmark to study acoustics. I sent him a few MySpace links,  he sent a few back and soon we were buying concert tickets together. Between the two of them they’ve introduced me to more amazing artists than I can count but more importantly their enthusiasm has inspired me to become passionate about music again and begin exploring the world of music on my own.

Seeing Alex’s blog post about his ‘musikklub’ gave me the idea to use my own blog for creating an itinerary of these explorations, not only for my own personal pleasure but also to share it with others. So far the ambitious plan is to post 5 songs every Friday that share a common theme and explain why I’ve chosen those particular songs or artists within that theme.

For this very first edition I’ve chosen five songs where the artists work with beautiful vocal harmonies. It all began with the indie band Grizzly Bear that I first learned about a year ago. It was easy to hear the influence from The Beach Boys and suddenly I realized that apart from some of the very famous songs like Sloop John B or God Only Knows I’d never really listened to their Pet Sounds album properly. And once I’d done that, I began to hear their influence in other songs too which it why I’ve chosen Owen Pallett and the Fleet Foxes for the next two songs. The last song might be more of a stretch, you don’t hear the influence as directly as in the other songs, but I do think they’ve been indirectly influenced by the Fleet Foxes.

Here’s the list:

Grizzly Bear –  Two Weeks

The Beach Boys – You Still Believe in Me

Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Action

Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood

The Rumour Said Fire – The Balcony

Listen to the songs on Grooveshark.

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