float into the mystic

Patrick Wolf – Ghost Song

when beauty was in season, endangered

Patrick Wolf seemed to show up everywhere out of nowhere. I downloaded a few of his songs on a friend’s rec and then suddenly his name surfaced on several blogs and music comms simultaneously. But the few songs of his that I’ve heard have definitely lived up to the synchronous hype. I hope that the fanciful stories of his life and inspirations that are now floating about don’t drown out his talent. There’s a fine line between the eccentricity of Bjork and the dementia of Tori.

Wolf’s sound is a nice composite of up tempo percussion, simple acoustic rhythms, passionate vocals, and poetic lyrics. “Ghost Song” is particularly haunting, his voice recalling the chilling wail of Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry and toward the end hinting at the soaring whisper of Jeff Buckley.

Van Morrison – Into The Mystic

when that fog horn blows I will be coming home

A classic everyone should hear at least once.

The Raveonettes – Sleepwalking

pretty in black, you got it down

Though I hope The Raveonettes haven’t completely abandoned their crunchy rock sound of days gone by, they sure do make some very pleasant pop now. This song is a good example of their latest pretty pop direction.

Tricky – The Love Cats

the way we stalk, the way we kiss

No one can touch the original by The Cure, but Tricky puts a nice trip hop twist on it.

Ray LaMontagne – Trouble

i’ve been saved by a woman

Ah well, looks like SixEyes beat me to this one. But he had the live version of “Trouble”, so here’s the album track. LaMontagne is a guitar carryin’ singer-songwriter, often compared to artists like Van Morrison, Damien Rice, and Ben Harper. I wouldn’t go that far, but he’s definitely good. His smokey, skyscraping vocals carry his songs, particularly this tune.

Here’s an extra YSI link:
PatrickWolf – The Libertine