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apianogirl
12 September 2012 @ 04:45 am
I've taken to posting my "I'm currently super obsessed and it's been playing on repeat for hours" songs on my tumblr, which probably accounted for at least half of my summer productivity.

I've had this in my iTunes for awhile but forgot to post it, and now in retrospect, I should've added some Lykke Li to it, but I'm too lazy to reupload the zip file so if you're inclined to do so, add Lykke Li's I'm Good I'm Gone to this!

title: Lazy Sun
description: A playlist for basking in the summer sun and lying in the grass and thinking empty thoughts and just chillin'
notes: This really mellows me out, I feel like one of those stereotypical Californian surfers when I listen to this, like duuuude...

Photo from goodeye03.


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apianogirl
14 June 2012 @ 12:26 pm
Finally caved and got myself a tumblr... I've been lurking for awhile but was always on the fence about actually joining. I'll probably just post my current song obsessions every now and then (which I tend to avoid doing here).

tl;dr: Comment with your tumblr, and I'll follow you! Mine is still completely devoid of any content, but here it is if you want to follow: ieatpocky.
 
 
apianogirl
14 June 2012 @ 12:16 pm
I'll admit that I only jumped on the Gotye bandwagon after I heard Somebody That I Used to Know and the multiple Youtube covers that surfaced soon afterwards. And if the worry that Gotye can be written off as a one-hit wonder ever crossed your mind, rest assured; the rest of his album is just as awesome as that beloved single.

I think the thing that really surprised me about his album is how different and unique each and every song is, which I personally think is its strongest point; I mean, I adore Somebody That I Used to Know, but I certainly don't want to listen to an album's worth of songs that sound exactly like it. I Feel Better's got that old feel-good classic sound to it, soulful and funky with triumphant horn blares, In Your Light is super upbeat and cheery and lively, and the Beck/Muse-reminiscent (at least in my opinion) Easy Way Out. He's exploring and experimenting with his sound to create songs representative of different facets of his personality, and despite being so diverse in sound, they all still somehow blend beautifully into this amalgamation of an album.

Making Mirrors (2011)

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apianogirl
21 April 2012 @ 12:56 pm
Haven't made a mix in a while... this one kinda contains a bunch of old-ish song, old but good! Hopefully you like it and actually have the option of listening to it while in the sun... I have exams to study for, ugh.

title: Sunshower
description: A playlist for basking in the soft, warm embrace of sunlight, with tendrils of grass tickling your skin and clouds sailing through the sky and dancing shadows painting patterns on the backs of your eyelids
notes: SUMMEEEER
Photo from hellomydearkate.


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apianogirl
09 April 2012 @ 11:02 pm
Robyn, to put it simply, is awesome.

She’s like thirty-something but can still dance like nobody’s business. I don’t think I know enough about pop culture and music in general to really crank out a good review of her music, but I’m just going to go ahead and say that she gives the deteriorating world of pop music hope. Pop music has spiraled down into nonsensical lyrics and auto-tuned singing combined with a super catchy beat that somehow makes up for everything else that’s wrong with the song. But Robyn proves that the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive with songs like Call Your Girlfriend, Dancing On My Own, Fembot, and my personal favorite Get Myself Together that all boast clever, emotional, and meaningful lyrics and a beat that you can’t resist dancing to. Or in my case, since I can’t dance, bobbing your head to.

SO THANK YOU, ROBYN.
Body Talk (2010)

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apianogirl
08 February 2012 @ 12:34 am
Just transcribing my album posts from musicyardsale here for my future reference, feel free to ignore!

Faded Paper Figures

Faded Paper Figures is a little electropop band hailing from California. Actually, I don't know whether the use of the adjective "little" is appropriate or not, since I really have no idea how well known they are... but in any case, they have a breezy, light-hearted kind of sound that reminds me of lazy, hazy mornings on the beach, when the sun's there but not really there, muted over by an overlay of clouds and fog.

It's honestly great study music, to just play in the background while you're working. But if you take the time to listen carefully, all of their songs have amazing lyrics, with really creative and clever lines; one of my favorites is "These days the letter's like a freeze frame, all the old ways get cluttered in the bric brac bones of the day" from Small Talk.

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Angus & Julia Stone

I only discovered Angus & Julia Stone last year or so, but they're a sibling duo from Newport, Australia who have been singing together since around 2006. They have the strangest combination of vocals, and most of the time, they alternate singing on tracks, but when they do sing together, their harmonies are chillingly beautiful.

Their lyrics and melodies are, for the most part, extremely understated and simple, giving all of their songs a sweet acoustic softness. The entire album is so delightfully soothing and serene; it's what I listen to at 2 AM in the morning when I'm stressed out and struggling to finish my psets because their songs have a wonderful calming effect and an overall feeling of reassurance that everything is eventually going to be okay.

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Tyrone Wells

Why Tyrone Wells isn't as famous as other singer-songwriters like Jason Mraz or Matt Nathanson is a complete mystery to me. He's basically the epitome of one of my favorite genres of music: simple acoustic guitars and lovely vocals and melodies combined with beautiful, thoughtful lyrics.

There are middle-school-slow-dance-worthy songs (Howie Day and Lifehouse, anyone? Or was that specific only to my middle school experience?) like Give Me One Reason And then there are songs like Happy As the Sun and Running Around In My Dreams that end up stuck in your head for hours on end and never fail to make me smile and to brighten up my day.

So I hope this album manages to brighten yours a little as well!

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Noah and the Whale

I first heard a Noah and the Whale song playing in the background of a Skins episode, and as I scrawled down the lyrics so I could Google the song later, this is what I wrote down: "Well it takes real guts to be alone, going head to head with the great unknown..."

And I think that just about sums up this album. It's a wonderfully quirky little album about just how great life can be. All the songs are so light-hearted and breezy, and the simple optimism in them kind of sinks into your skin and leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new day.

In L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N., he sings, "On my last night on Earth, I won't look to the sky, just breathe in the air, and blink in the light." It's not exactly an enlightening statement, but I think it lends a genuine sincerity to their songs. And sometimes we just need to be reminded of these things. What will happen will happen. You just have to keep on going forward, taking in the good with the bad and moving on.

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Florrie
Florrie is an English drummer, singer, and songwriter. And as boring as that sentence is, I assure you, she and her music are not! She started her own solo career recently in 2010 and has proceeded to remain an independent artist in order to maintain complete creative control and build her own loyal fanbase. Florrie actually gives much of her music away to fans free of charge at her website, including her first EP Introduction and various remixes of her songs (I've included both EP's here, but hey, free downloads, go check 'em out!).

What I love about Florrie is her airy synth-pop sound. It's a little quirky, insanely catchy, but in an original, unformulaic kind of way; it's not the kind of dance pop music you would hear blasting on the radio, but there's something about it that just gets stuck in your head and forces you to play it over and over again. There's a techno/trance kind of feel to her music, layered over with light, dreamy vocals, that makes songs like "Experimenting With Rugs" and "Left Too Late" so utterly addictive.

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