So, here's the thing. I dig music. No, scratch that, I fucking live and breathe and shit music. For as long as I can remember I shared my joys and sorrows and triumphs and failures with bands who probably would think I'm totally off my shit for even saying that.
I live for sounds and lyrics and noise; the way the steady crescendo of an army of guitars wraps around me or the poignant timbre of a verse. I know it might sound crazy but I've always been able to relate to lyrics and beats, even if I can't actually figure one out on my own.
I will be the first one to tell you that I am not a professional music-y person, whatever the fuck that means. I have to squint and listen really heard to tell the difference between a viola and a violin. I'm only pretty sure I know what a "hook" is but if I'm right, when bands bang that shit out, it's fucking amazing.
In my two years of being with this community, I've found that many of you share my profound addiction of not just all things Twilight but music as well. Because there is just SO much out there - so many bands, so many different sounds and genres - I wanted to take the time out to share a few of my favorites with you.
IRON & WINE - BOY WITH A COIN
Of course, we all know Iron & Wine from the Twilight soundtrack but Samuel Beam is one of the most talented singer/songwriters I have come across in a very long time. His words are poetry, painting whimsical and sometimes melancholy scenarios. With a soft, haunting and wistful voice backed up by acoustic guitars (among other instruments), his songs hail of a time long since passed. There is no hustle and bustle in his music. It's a slow, steady and winding fusion of music and words.
Sun Kil Moon - Glenn Tipton - unfortunately couldn't actually find a video of this song but it's one of my favorites and the entire album - Ghosts of the Great Highway - is on my steady rotation of favorites. There is an underlying sadness that resonates in the Mark Kozelek's voice and lyrics, which are wound seamlessly and simply around the earnest strumming of an acoustic guitar.
The National - Anyone's Ghost. There is a little reverb on the sound in this video but it's still worth a listen. I saw this band a few months ago and they were so amazingly tight and energetic.
I hope you enjoy! I plan on making a huge list of "Must Listen To" when I come back from SXSW but in the meantime, check out Earplugs Not Included. The MP3's of the songs are easily accessible and the writers are some seriously in-the-know kind of gals with tons of information and opinions. If you have a hankerin' for some new tunes, this is the site to check out. I was even asked to write a guest post, which I made me pee my pants a little.