As I write to you I’m about half way through a rainy night in New Orleans, sipping on a bland but warm bit of Tanzanian, gazing out the window of a seldom visited coffee shop. While I whittle away on the various tack i came here to accomplish one thing can’t seem to leave me alone, that is how much I’ve enjoyed Sam Smiths debut album In the Lonely Hour. His soulful expression of a lonesome existence amidst the changing seasons of life is quite frankly one of the best Pop-R&B/Singer Song Writer records I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a while. His influences are the likes of Elton John and Whitney Houston, though Sam himself is more of an Aretha Franklin meats Justin Timberlake kind of guy. His voice is captivating and its range makes you take notice of its power. He borrows elements of Southern Protestant worship anthems juxtaposing them with smooth electric beats and and the occasional blues rhythm guitar rift to envelope you in a headspace of his hedonist gospel. After my first listening I felt as though I had converted religions somewhere along the way. Now in the Church of Smith, his lonely hour is oddly welcoming and comforting.

All in all, I have few critiques of this guys work. He has a beautifully trained voice and a long career awaiting him if he continues to produces songs the likes of “Stay With Me” and “Latch”-a song by Disclosure with Sam at the vocals, which is equally great as an acoustic track. 

Highly recommend giving the whole thing a listen to, but the least you can do is treat yourself to this song.

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Hear a new Alt-J song from its new album due out in September, This Is All Yours. 
Photo: Gabriel Green

After storming the world over with their debut album—An Awesome Wave—the UK band alt-J has released the first track from there sophomore album, This Is All Your’s. "Hunger Of The Pines" is our first look into what alt-J sounds like in the absence of former multi-instrumentalist Gwil. If it is at all an indicator of the rest of the album This Is All Your’s will be a vastly different sound from the now trio’s freshman while holding true to the styling that makes them unique. If anything it seems the group may have taken hints from former criticism, composing a much more approachable and familiar sound than anything they have before. All that said, I’m now absolutely teaming for September 22nd to get here so I can get my hands on the rest of it.

nprmusic:

Hear a new Alt-J song from its new album due out in September, This Is All Yours. 

Photo: Gabriel Green

After storming the world over with their debut album—An Awesome Wave—the UK band alt-J has released the first track from there sophomore album, This Is All Your’s.
"Hunger Of The Pines" is our first look into what alt-J sounds like in the absence of former multi-instrumentalist Gwil. If it is at all an indicator of the rest of the album This Is All Your’s will be a vastly different sound from the now trio’s freshman while holding true to the styling that makes them unique. If anything it seems the group may have taken hints from former criticism, composing a much more approachable and familiar sound than anything they have before. All that said, I’m now absolutely teaming for September 22nd to get here so I can get my hands on the rest of it.