PAUL MARKEN – MAKE YOU WAIT/WASN’T ME/ALIVE/SAME OL’ SONG
HIGH HIGHS – HORSES
Sydneysiders turned Brooklynites High Highs never made it on my radar when the released the track Horses in 2011. That’s too bad for me because the song is excellent. It feels like the essence of Elliott Smith was blended into a Fleet Foxes song. Where Fleet Foxes always lacked the genuineness for me because of their inability to emote, Horses is able to fill that missing piece in with the affecting vocals and lyrics courtesy of Jack Milas. When those vocals bridge to a chorus made of just strummed high guitar strings, it makes for an actual high high.
MATT CORBY – BROTHER (LANCELOT REMIX)
I have no bones about admitting I had no idea who Matt Corby was until about ten days ago when the stellar Best New Tracks website posted this song (www.bestnewtracks.com). People in Australia may have a chuckle at that though, as Matt was the 2007 winner of Australian Idol. After hearing this remix I had to download the original. And for a former Idol winner, I have to say it is pretty great. It seems to me what Miike Snow would sound like if all they were equipped with was acoustic instruments, or if Fleet Foxes had a bit more soul. But there is something about this remix that gives it a dark, cool vibe, making it win out by a hair. Compare the original with the remix and see what you think.