March, while expected to go out like a lamb, went out like a herd of vindictive lions instead, even threatening snow. We had summer-like weather in its midsection, trees and flowers even cropping up, only to be smacked with a cold snap. I hope April treats us with more kindness, or, at least, consistency.
Lately, through my headphones, my music choices have been just as varied. Aside from Madonna's new album (edited for my pleasure with the most-obnoxious tracks eliminated) I've been listening to typically rough and emotional, pre-Spring piano balladry and folksy crooning.
Birdy has been big for me, the latest British-ingenue to cross the pond. Her debut album is made up of covers, though quite expertly chosen and interesting. She does a bit of everything, from Phoenix and The XX to Fleet Foxes, The Postal Service and Bon Iver, all treated with a piano-based moody wash. I dig it. Enjoy a couple in this mix and snag the rest.
Music I'm looking forward to? Patrick Watson's new one is due soon, as is Rufus Wainwright's seventh studio album. All soon enough.
Songs for Cold Snaps
1. Hello Tender Love - Zeus
2. I'll Never Forget You - Francis and the Lights
3. Was I On Your Mind - Jessie Baylin
4. Months - The Middle East
5. Shelter - Birdy
6. Port of Morrow - The Shins
7. Towers - Bon Iver
8. Don't Ask Me Why - Laura Marling
9. Life Thru the Same Lens - A Girl Called Eddy
10. Port of Call - Beirut
11. Nothing to Remember - Neko Case
12. Myth - Beach House
13. Skinny Love - Birdy
14. Star - Randy Coleman
15. Heartache - A Girl Called Eddy
A note on Track 12: I've loved this song for years, since hearing it on the soundtrack to The Event. It's old school in a piano-ballad kind of way, with a hint of music theatre-meets-emo. You might not love it, but I'd love to hear if you do.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
Songs for April (April 1, 2011)
Songs for Marching (March 25, 2011)