Stumbleine – Drifting Youth

The youth are drifting away and you can hear their shoes hit the concrete on Stumbleine’s latest album Drifting Youth. It is a beautiful blend of something like The XX and The Weeknd, very chill minimalist euphoria with muddled and muted vocals layered in. Listen to the album below and hear for yourself.

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Nada Surf “When I Was Young”

Long time indie rockers Nada Surf have released their latest album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, and the title sums it up. They have set aside their angst and anger for something more inspiring that you can hold close for inspiration. Stand out track for me off the new album is “When I Was Young.” The lyrics shine through on this one:

When I was young, I didn’t know if I was better off asleep or up
Now I’ve grown up,
I wonder what was that world I was dreaming of

What was that world I was dreaming of
What was that world I was dreaming of.

Willis Earl Beal

If you are ready for a invigorating breath of South Side Chicago air, then take a listen to the recently XL signed artist Willis Earl Beal. He want’s to be the black Tom Waits, and does a just that on his song “Take Me Away.” At the same time he switches gears on his song “Evening’s Kiss” which is more reminiscent of an Iron & Wine track. He is an artist that doesn’t yet consider himself an artist, on the cusp of coming to bloom. If you want he will even sing you a song over the phone or make you a drawing, just click here. Take a listen below and enjoy.