New Music Spotlight: Slow Club

A little bit Mamas and Papas, a little bit Magic Numbers, and a whole heck lot of happy, shiny fun – Those are the best words I can find to describe Slow Club, a Brit outfit that seems to be on the cusp of making a full-fledged indie splash in the U.S.

Here’s a playlist that indie-friend Super Mike’s wife put together with some choice tunes from Slow Club.

You’ll recognize “Sinking, Drinking, Thinking, Feeling” from a Lays Ad…but frankly, these guys are more than just a one-commercial song-hit wonder (Listen Up Ting Tings and The Submarines). They’ve got a frantic folkiness and a pop poppiness that you can’t help but tap a toe to. In fact, think bouncing BP Commercial babies in a smiley, slappy cartoon world.

Their albums are all on import (read: Too expensive) but you can get some on the cheap at Amazon (though word is if you get their Let’s Fall Back in Love EP featuring the Lays Ad song…that the song actually isn’t included. Can someone verify that?).

You can download a free Slow Club Song here and here and here.

Oh…and a big shout out to Dejah (Super Mike’s wife) for clueing me into the band. Here’s her post from one of the shows.

Canon Rebel Piano Music

I’ve always been fascinated by how TV commercials and advertising, of all things, have now become a legitimate outlet for launching music.  Dare I say, I’ve actually started to enjoy some TV commercials because of the music that they feature…one such commercial is the Cannon Rebel commercial with the enrapturing piano piece.

Every time I see the commercial I put a post-it note on my brain to search for the song title and composer. The result: after 30 seconds of searching I came up with: “Sacred Noise” by Michael Montes

There’s even a tutorial on YouTube: