6 Songs We’ve Been Listening To This Week

Blues, Covers, Music, Rock, Upcoming Releases

Our Sunday round-up of the songs we’ve had on repeat during the week. We aim to give you a heads up on some new releases as well as give you a new weekly spot to discover some tunes, old and new, that you might not have come across- we’ll do the legwork for you!

This week features newly released material from Mac DeMarco, some classic tracks from other singer-songerwriter legends, and some smooth soul and R&B you just might recognise… Have a listen below:

Mac DeMacro – The Way You Love Her 

Captured Tracks have released this new single to give fans a taste of what to expect on Mac’s upcoming mini-lp ‘Another One’ – set to be released around August. ‘2′ and ‘Salad Days’ were among our favourite records of 2012 and 2014 respectively, so we’re looking forward to listening to another extended outing from Mac.

Jeff Buckley – Gunshot Glitter

Jeff Buckley is considered by many to be one of the most talented singers of all time. Buckley possessed an extraordinary tenor vocal range that ranged from between three and a half to four octaves – a talent that is definitely on show in ‘Gunshot Glitter’ (3.01 and 4.53). Buckley started his career by playing in several venues around Manhattan’s East Village, covering various songs and putting his own unique twist on them – Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, Dylan’s ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’ and The Smiths ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ are but a few of the much loved Buckley covers that exist. Gunshot Glitter, an original track, was a bonus track off of international versions of the Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk album.

The James Hunter Six – Minute By Minute

England, Essex was the birthplace for the relatively underexposed R&B and Soul singer/musician James Hunter. Though his 2006 album People Gonna Talk was nominated for a Grammy, Hunter – both as a solo artists and with his accompanying band – still resides a fair distance away from ‘mainstream’ recognition. Have a listen to the very catchy ‘Minute By Minute’ track below:

Aaron Neville – Hercules

Hailing from New Orleans, R&B legend Aaron Neville has four certified platinum records to his name. ‘Hercules’ is a classic in it’s own right, but certain Hip-Hop fans might recognise this joint, as sampled in Action Bronson’s ‘Steve Wynn‘…

She & Him – Stay A While

Indie rock duo Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward combine their collective musical talents to operate as the folky, doo-wop inspired band She & Him. Deschanel is better known for her acting skills, but She & Him is certainly not a project that is kept afloat by her elsewhere-acquired fame; their catchy, delicately crafted tracks are successful and respected in their own right.

Roy Orbison – Running Scared

The late, great Roy Orbison, otherwise known as The Big O, is considered by many to be a Rock and Roll pioneer. His distinctive image  ( the trademark sunglasses!) and his unique, powerful voice saw him gain a great deal of attention and success in the late 50’s and 60’s. A constant crescendo from start to finish, take a listen to ‘Running Scared’, a brilliant example of his ability to produce emotional, complex, and brooding ballads.

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