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This is the third installment of a weekly collection of the “latest and greatest.” I post two newly discovered songs that have captured my attention and two of my longtime (word of warning, this will be a relative term) favorite songs that are building up dust in my music library.

THE LATEST

Anyhow… by Tyler Lyle
Tyler Lyle’s The Golden Age & The Silver Girl has been playing on repeat for the past three weeks, and for good reason (a longer post and interview is on the docket). Anyhow… is one of the strongest songs on the album. Lyle’s honest and heartfelt voice is complemented by the ongoing plucking of the banjo and adorned with pristine strings.

I heard you say you loved me in your sleep
What I’d give to be in that dream
When you finally bloom for me
I wonder what color you will be

That Moon Song by Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov’s This Empty Northern Hemisphere is an exciting new addition to my library. Adam over at songsfortheday wrote about Second Chances last week, and after getting jazzed about how great the song was, I quickly realized he would be opening for Blind Pilot at both of their New York shows. Isakov, with his acoustic guitar strumming and vocal hints of Dylan, fits the folk mold. His songs stream pleasantly through my headphones. But he really comes alive in concert. That Moon Song stands out on both the album and live. The song is outfitted with the full, vibrant sound of strings, beautiful harmonies (between Gregory and the Brandi Carlile on the album!) and the unique blend of Isakov’s voice through the clean and “tinny” sound microphones.

Ahh and that full bellied moon she’s shinin’ on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the sea
And those broken heart lovers,
They got nothin’ on me.  

It is no surprise that at the end of their set I immediately purchased the album.

THE GREATEST

Kiss Quick by Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson’s Modern Love was the soundtrack of my summer. The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter’s album is filled with catchy, up-beat tunes, many of which are sure to be live show sing-a-longs. But the standout is Kiss Quick, whose seductive lyrics and delivery draw you in.

Kiss Quick, I’ve got a line out the door
Who all think they can save me.
One by one they lay the world at my feet,
One by one they drive me crazy.

The Rider. The Horse. The Land by Bryan John Appleby

Bryan John Appleby is an incredibly talented folk musician writing songs out of a warehouse in Seattle’s Ballard neighorhood. His recently released 11-track debut album, Fire On The Vine, is soaked in soft harmonies and spiritually and historically inspired lyrics. The Rider. The Horse. The Land, full of bells and horns, is the most vibrant track on the album and was Friday’s KEXP Song Of The Day (free download available!)!

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