“Gold” – Chet Faker

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A few years ago, Chet Faker was a relative unknown. Now? The Australian electronica musician has become a household name, and he deserves every word of praise that’s been showered upon him. To me, he’s a happy medium between the atmospheric post-dub vibes of James Blake and your classic Americana folk musician with a bit of James Vincent McMorrow sprinkled in – what do you think?

Try this on for size…

If that fits nicely, check out his awesome cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”:

“A Million Years” – Alexander

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Three years ago, Alexander Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, released a solo album under the name “Alexander.” How clever. All joking aside, I REALLY like the album. Previously on ASM, we’ve posted the single off the album, “Truth”, but somehow, and irresponsibly, ignored the wonderful track titled, “A Million Years.” A love song is not what I expected from the hippie-esque Ebert, but he produces a gem.

The main concept that I gathered from the track is as follows:

While sadness may feel like forever, it only takes one rush of love to make those negative memories fade. Love is precious. Wait for it and work for it – it will all be worth it in the end.

“My notion of love devotion,
Was a corrosion of mind/
Then come cupid and now I’m stupid,
And I feel it’s just fine.”

 

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New Ben Howard- “I Forget Where We Were”

A friend told me something interesting today. He told me about two prices we pay in our lives. This has nothing to do with money.

The first is the price we pay to make changes to who we are. What do we have to sacrifice, to learn, to forget, in order to change?

The second price, the price we rarely consider, is what we pay to stay the way we are.  Call it opportunity cost. What are we missing out on by staying the same?

Life is about weighing these two prices and deciding that changing, improving who you are, is almost always the right choice, no matter the price you must pay.

In other words, if you don’t like something about your life, something that you can change, change it. The price will seem high, especially at first, but it will be worth it.

Have a listen to the title track off Howard’s new album I Forget Where We Were, due out October 20th.