Drop Legs – Ghost
Popular music is escapism by and large. We’re just too ashamed to admit that something in which we invest so much energy could just be a tool to get us out of ordinary lives and floating through the daydreams in our minds.
Escapism is an especially powerful tool right now when, for most people, the possibility of getting out of their physical surroundings does not sound like a realistic venture. Dream-pop, like the one created by Drop Legs, could serve to facilitate the portal to your dreams of other worlds and better times.
Ghost, a song about avoiding pain and suffering, certainly fits the bill. It’s a tune built on a whimsical indie-pop arrangement and ready-made for radio. If, like us, you’re not vacationing anywhere other than in your fantasy, give Ghost a shot once in a while. Tune in, drop out, dream away.
The Silver Bayonets – New
I hate to admit this, but artists going through immense personal hardships often manage to produce some of their best work. Take, for example, the early Manic Street Preachers led by the radical philosophy of Richey Edwards. Their inner turmoil translated to some amazing records, occasionally difficult to sit through because of the weight of the words being sung.
The lucky ones have already earned gone through their personal hell and came out at the other side. This category is not quite as easy to locate. The airwaves are filled with songs of hope, stockpiled by songwriters as a sort of cheap commodity to provide the pop stars who employ them.
The Silver Bayonets’ New, however, does not sound manufactured. I admit that it takes a good deal of persuasion to make me embrace positivity and hopefulness, but this quartet has managed to do so. The roots of the song lie in the power-pop and thoughtful-punk sounds of the early 90s, and while it is hard to tell nowadays just who is doing it for the right reasons, we are willing to wager The Silver Bayonets are among those few.