Five Songs: Fleet Foxes, Tiamat, Dance for the Dying, Paradise Lost, Bastille

Way back in October I asked folks here, on Twitter, and on Facebook, to supply me with five songs they want me to listen to. I dutifully collected the lists and then ignored them for months. A couple of people kept asking me about it, and I even said at one point it wasn’t going to happen, but I’m in a better place now. So I picked one set of the songs and fired them up.

Our first set comes from my pal Eric, who I game with. Having seen Eric’s t-shirts and been to his house, I know he’s largely into what I’d call “Death Metal” though it probably has a more accurate name. I say that, though plenty of times when over there he’s had music going that I liked and wouldn’t call that.

Let’s see what Eric served up for my ears!

The first song is “Ragged Wood” by Fleet Foxes. I don’t think I know this song, though I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the band on NPR. This isn’t a bad song, but it’s a sound I’m kind of tired of, this earnest sort of banjoey Americana sound. I don’t know for sure but I’m gonna say there are at least five people in this band and at least seven beards. Most importantly, this is not the sort of thing I’d expect coming from Eric, so we’re off to a surprising start!

Song number two is “Vote For Love” by Tiamat. My first note for this song is “Xymox”, and you’ll have to get used to me comparing these songs to bands nobody but me even remembers anymore. It’s also not accurate, as it’s far less keyboardy than Xymox. I liked this one okay but honestly it just gets a little too goofy for me to really get into.

Number three is “El Monstro” by Dance for the Dying and Eric’s choice of video for this is a Rock Band performance with him on vocals. I gotta say, Eric’s singing voice is way different than I would ever have thought. Nice pipes there! This song was a lot of fun, and I could see me listening to it regularly. Also it would KILL me on Rock Band.

The fourth song is “Soul Courageous” by Paradise Lost, which I thought was great. Having been a big goth in college (not really) who dig Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim (really), this totally took me back to those days, without just simply aping those bands. A lot of fun, this one!

And finally, there’s “Pompeii” by Bastille. Eric choose an acoustic version of the song for the video, which I thought was okay, but I suspected I’d like the original version more, so I checked it out. Sure enough, I liked it better as a big wide anthemic song, but if you knew that one first I can see where the stripped down version would have its charm. I originally liked how interestingly mixed the song was, but then I realized my headphones weren’t plugged in all the way, which was giving that effect.

Out of the five songs, I think Bastille’s is my favorite, and I’ll probably check out more from them. They have the sort of sound I’m gravitating towards these days (Last album I bought was from CHVRCHES), and I’d like to hear more.

Thanks, Eric, for providing this list and giving me a nice variety of stuff to listen to! I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to it!

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