Song Of The Day: Myrkur – Ella

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We may have had some relatively mild weather over the last few days, but it is still March and as Shakespeare once wrote, “Winter’s not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.” Well, I certainly haven’t seen any wild geese lately, but it is snowing a bit outside right now, so that’s definitely a reminder that winter’s not quite through with us yet.

In keeping with the wintry theme, some music from one of the Nordic countries seems appropriate, which brings us to Myrkur. With her latest album Folksange (out later this month on Relapse Records), Amalie Bruun shifts away from black metal and immerses herself fully in traditional Nordic folk sounds.

And while Bruun may be walking along the beach throughout much of the video for “Ella”, it still fits in quite nicely with that winter vibe. Check it out:

Song Of The Day: Royce da 5’9″ – Mr. Grace

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It would not be surprising if “Mr. Grace” by Royce Da 5’9″ could be interpreted to have deeper meanings – after all, it is the opening track on an album entitled The Allegory.

But what if there are no punchy messages or revolutionary slogans hidden within? By merely depicting a life from birth to grave, it is in itself all the true content that one needs. Just the utterly vicious opening dialogue between a father and his son is blood-chilling enough.

Royce Da 5’9″ follows through with an evolving rhythm overlaid onto lyrics that to my ears paint a picture with the pace of a word a year – fast forwarding through a life. And as you feel the rhythm slow and ebb, “Death of the Dope Man” finally comes into view. It is a superb condensation of material and knowledge that you’d typically see in a 55 minute documentary, condensed into a track with great structure. I cannot wait to hear the rest of the album.

The Allegory is out now on eOne Music.

Song Of The Day: Frazey Ford – U Kin B The Sun

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If you think “U Kin B The Sun” is just some word play, wait until you hear Frazey Ford’s singing.

Her lofty, flighty, and wandering hold (and I use that word lightly) on the lyrics makes you wonder if the title shouldn’t have been shortened to “U Sun.” But it makes for delightful listening, especially if you are zooming down LSD* in a public transit bus.

I certainly can’t be the only person who wishes the lyrics were available so I can sing along until the classy fade out.

U Kin B The Sun is out now on Arts & Crafts Records.

*Editor’s note: LSD = Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and not the other thing that LSD often stands for. Technically, both would probably work in the context of this sentence, though you might not want to take the latter sort of trip on a crowded city bus at rush hour.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Sports Team – Here’s The Thing

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Here’s the thing – SXSW is set to begin in just a little over one week and among the many bands that will be playing there is London’s Sports Team.

Here’s another thing – “Here’s The Thing,” the latest single from Sports Team’s full length debut Deep Down Happy, is a very good song.

With lines such as “if you work a little harder, you’ll get by”, “if your parents worked to earn it, then it’s yours”, “if you’re barely getting by, then that’s your fault” and “you’re worth as much as all the luxury you buy”, the song takes a satirical look at a certain type of thinking that we generally might see offered up as bits of homespun ‘wisdom’ but which ultimately end up being “just lies lies lies lies.” Check it out below.