It is no secret that I love me some banjo. It’s part of the reason I love Mumford & Sons and it’s largely why I love this song. This bluegrass tune has had many incarnations but the two that I particularly like are the original by Flatt and Scruggs and a version by The Wood Brothers, and both are crammed full of banjo.
This song is not a recent discovery but rather a song that’s been stuck in my head for a while now. I recently decided to indulge my internal soundtrack and listen to this song a few times through and I remembered how much I like it.
It’s not that lyrics aren’t important but these two songs are incredible because of the music, not the words. In fact, I haven’t really paid attention to the lyrics and have no intention of doing so in the future. I just choose to focus on the beauty of the music and the emotions and memories that I associate with each song.
I feel that I’m a little late in coming upon Laura Marling, but I just found her today and I think she’s wonderful. Alas I Cannot Swim is such a bright folksy tune. I’ve given some of her other stuff a listen but don’t like any of it nearly as much I like this song.
I did a post about Sigur Rós a few days ago and now I want to share a few songs from Riceboy Sleeps, Jónsi Birgisson and Alex Somers band. Jónsi and Alex created this band during Sigur Rós’ hiatus. Riceboy Sleeps is yet another group that puts out music that is so beautiful it’s hard to understand how they came up with it. Their music is wonderfully soothing and touchingly beautiful. Enjoy.
I know I previously posted about Mumford & Sons but I’m going to add another song. I know that will mean that I’m basically posting their entire album. I apologize, but I’m not really that sorry. This song in particular deserves a post of it’s own. Roll Away Your Stone is one of the greatest musical creations I have heard in ages. The second half is mindblowingly amazing and inspired.
I credit my friend Emily’s radio show on WRBC for this song. This song is beautiful and soft and quiet. I especially love the singing in the background that arches in and out of the lyrics.