Trapper Schoepp & The Shades came to me as a recommendation by my younger brother, and am I ever glad that he showed me this band. “Tracks” is a song featuring the perfect blend of a classic rock-and-roll feel and contemporary folk elements. I’ll put it like this: you will hear a guitar solo followed by a fiddle solo.
This song had me addicted for a solid 2 weeks. The perfectly catchy chorus, crystal-clear vocals, and rollicking beat absolutely begs to be put on repeat. Not to mention that “Tracks” features a line about my hometown Milwaukee!
I would classify “All of the People” as my perfect pump-up song. This was the song I blasted in my room before that hard Econ exam, that intense workout, and that nerve-wracking first date. Need a bad-vibe releaser? PLAY. THIS. SONG. Need energy or confidence? PLAY. THIS. SONG. Need a little bit of fun? PLAY. THIS. SONG. Yes, it is more effective you blast it. Go ahead, dance. You deserve it!
The infectious and upbeat indie-pop vibe will definitely leave you in a better mood, ease your anxiety, and have you ready to go out there and own the day.
Clocking in at only 2:31 seconds of length, “I Will Wait For You (Everybody Wants To Be A Cowboy)” is a short but definitely sweet song (even though I still don’t know what cowboys have to do with it). This song is a simple, gentle gem that will have you whistling along and quietly tapping your foot. It begins with a quiet guitar melody and the song subtly builds as layers are added (clapping, whistling, strumming, a drumbeat). A lot of magic can happen in 2.5 minutes.
To be quite honest, I think “Moscow” is currently my favorite song. I discovered this treasure in September and I have yet to get sick of hearing it. “Moscow” features catchy, clean, smile-inducing indie-rock that will have you by the hair in the best way possible. Piano, guitar, kickdrums and the some of the most lovable and original lyrics I’ve ever heard (eg:”Let’s get a dog, an Irish Red Setter, it’s all we need to get better”). I cannot help but gush. Just listen and fall in love.
Another song that will turn your frown upside down and your grey skies blue. I can’t think of a way to describe this song besides simply happy. We are truly the lucky ones.
Relax and breathe. Time to play “Stay” and sip on a nice hot tea. Think. Breathe. Think about what a weird band name this is for such a beautiful song. Would I want an astronaut husband? I don’t know… hm…
Let the acoustic softness and gentle vocals take you to an easier place. Look at the falling leaves. Do as the song says and “Take your time.”
At the intersection of synth-pop and indie-rock, you will find Midi Matilda.“Love & the Movies” came into my life by total serendipity. I was walking away after helping at a college radio event, and I heard this unknown song playing on the speakers. I whipped out my phone to Shazam it. It didn’t work. So I ran back and interrogated my fellow DJs until they found the CD it belonged to. Victorious. The effort was well worth it.
I saw Langhorne Slim & The Law live last year opening for Grace Potter. They were SO GOOD that I didn’t even feel like staying for the headline show. “The Way We Move” exemplifies the essence of Langhorne Slim: rip-roaring, organic, shameless folk rock. Even though we had no idea who Langhorne Slim was at the time, I remember my friend and I getting up and dancing like it was the main event.
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside has an awesome retro feel. I’m in love with Sallie’s unique yet classic -sounding voice. My theory: a catchy bass line, a tambourine, and an infectious melody walked into a swing dance club and this song was born.
I hope you have all been well. This week’s playlist features nine bands/artists you have probably never heard of, and in saying that I hope I don’t sound like the ultimate hipster music snob. Anyways, I’m really excited to know what you think of these talented acts that deserve more attention.