Vibrations | Lucius

There is a band called Lucius. It’s a five piece band. The are two main singers. They’re both women and they have killer voices.

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Jesse Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius fill most of the sound on each track, but of course their band wouldn’t be, if it weren’t for their other three, Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish, and Dan Molad. The two girls’ voices are fully synchronized, so much so that sometimes you can’t even tell there are two voices. To add to that character, or as they say “dress the sound” they dress identically for all concerts as well. Their sound recalls a few different decades of music, both the 60s and 80s. However, it is also uniquely modern and poppy, and almost ethereal. Whatever the genre, their music is more than enjoyable to listen to.

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While they have been playing music together for about a decade, since their time at Berklee College of Music, they only just released a full-length album called Wildewomen. One song after the next is engaging and enthralling. You won’t be disappointed.

Lastly, here is the link to their Tiny Desk Series with NPR.

Here’s to some Monday Vibrations! Cheers.

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Vibrations | Melaena Cadiz

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This woman. This.woman. Her strong sound is captivating, but even. It’s beautiful, but with a slight roughness beneath. Her lyrics are worldly, making it seem like she’s seen a lot and experienced a lot. Melaena Cadiz is Brooklyn based and as far as I can see she’s currently sticking with gigs on that side of the plains. But with any luck she’ll head this way for a tour. All in all, completely worth a listen. She’s doing great things for women musicians out there.

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Some suggested listening:

Neon Drag

The Wolf

Bluestem Grass

Vibrations | Slow Listening

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We move through life these days at a fast clip, moving from one activity to the next quickly, less efficiently, less smoothly. I know I am completely guilty of this as well. However, I’ve noticed a push  towards leading one’s life more slowly, filled with awareness and intentional behavior. One notable movement has been the slow-food movement, but less well-known is the push for longer more thoughtful writing and what brings me to this post; engaged music listening or slow listening.

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These are probably the coolest headphones I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a few. So, how would these seemingly attractive, yet normal looking headphones promote slow listening? Jonas Breme introduced the idea of slow listening through the creation of his project Listen Carefully (a pair of headphones) while in school at the University of Applied Science in Potsdam, Germany. Bremes challenges the way we listen and consume music today. He states that listening to music was once an active experience. Active in that you sat and focused on what you were hearing. You took the time to contemplate the song; you let it consume you. However today, listening to music has transformed into a passive experience or passive listening as coined by H. Weber.

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It is true that we plug in our earbuds or throw on our headphones to do our work, take a run, or drive in the car.  Listening to music has become a side-activity. However, we rarely sit back, keep still, and enjoy the music streaming into our ears.  So, in lieu of passively listening to music, Bremes advocates for active, mindful listening with these Listen Carefully Headphones. They are unique because in order to listen to music with them on, you must stay still, relax and listen. Each time you move or get up and walk around, your movements trigger a sensor that lowers the volume of your music. Pretty cool idea, nay? Bremes has a short write up on his website if you want his words on the subject. I think it’s a neat concept and one that would keep us more engaged in the moment.

Disclosure: I did write this post while listening to music. So guilty.

Whether or not you listen to these with a focused mind, here are some songs rotating though my playlist (thanks NPR).

Happy Monday!

Vibrations | Icona Pop

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It seems Sweden is churning out an impressive line of musicians. I just had to start moving my body the first time an Icona Pop song came on, there wasn’t much else I could do. This hardcore feminine duo from Sweden have hit the electronic pop scene with some head banging tunes that are making it on everyone’s weekend playlist.

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The duo is made up of Caroling Hjelt and Aino Jawo who formed their band in 2009. In 2010, they made a name for themselves with their song Manners, which also made an appearance in Chiddy Bang’s Mind your Manners. This past September they released This is… Icona Pop, which is filled with effortlessly fun songs to “which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time.”

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These songs should start your Monday off with more than enough energy to get through the rest of the week. Give them a listen and enjoy!

Happy Monday!

Vibrations | First Aid Kit

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I first started listening to First Aid Kit while studying abroad in Copenhange, DK. The two women above? You got it, they.are.First Aid Kit. They hail from a beautiful place called Sweden. The duo is made up of Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Yes, they are sisters – no surprise there, since all the bands I’ve recently highlighted have been groups comprising of sisters. However, in my search for women artists, killing it on the music scene, I seem to keep running into sister acts. It must be that sisters just make beautiful tunes!

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Their music began circulating in 2008 with the release of their first album Drunken Trees EP. While they have consistently increased their listener base, it was bolstered by their cover of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song.  This album has been followed by two others, equally interesting and thoughtful. Their vocals release folky harmonies that ranges from clear and sweet to somewhat rough and husky. It’s captivating to listen to their voices rolling over each note with defiance and clarity.

Give these two songs a listen!

Also, In addition to this week’s Vibrations, I offer a great music video that I found on this blog. Check out their dance moves. It seems their seriously moved by the universe.

Vibrations|Lily & Madeleine

It’s a dreary Colorado morning. The wind is throwing rain against the pains and a thunderstorm is rolling through. It has me calling for some tunes to lift me up.

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My next installment of Vibrations brings me to another sister act, Lily & Madeleine. The harmony that these two women create is incredibly beautiful. Their voices drift seamlessly together, producing gorgeous notes. Their debut song In the Middle hit YouTube with a bang, generating a quarter of a million hits. Pretty impressive for two teenage girls.

Their first full album will be released on October 29th, and judging from their first several songs, it will be a good one. Give this song a listen!

Vibrations: HAIM

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I’m a huge proponent of bands formed by siblings, especially sisters. Being one of four sisters myself, I’ve spent a lot of time musing over the possibility of starting a band. In the meantime, I’m living vicariously through Haim.

The Haim sisters, who began their eponymous band in 2005, are currently killing it on the music scene. The trio has a very impressive music background, beginning with a family band started by their music-loving parents. Their current sound captures a 70’s folk-rock vibe mixed with some R&B/hip-hop notes and has the underlying feel of a rockin 90’s girl group. Check out their song Falling, which has been making its rounds throughout the interweb for a while now. A new album called “Day’s Are Gone” is due to be released this September. They’re a band not to be missed, that’s for sure.

If you’re craving a lengthier bio, click here.

And, if you want another video of theirs, check it, here.