Music Monday – Westrin & Mowry

Perhaps it’s the relentless Facebook and Instagram pictures of majestic fall colors from home, or perhaps it’s the passing of our recent anniversary trip to the Midwest that has my mind so focused on The Mitten state. Whatever it is, I feel it is once again the perfect time to showcase some of the wonderful Michigan music that Karrin and I are so tied to.

Westrin & Mowry (comprised of Brian Westrin and Pete Mowry), an Americana duo from the Lansing area, have recently released a full length album that has been on constant repeat during my daily commute. This isn’t the first album the talented duo has put out, but it’s been a solid 10 years since the last release. The two have been involved in several other musical projects over the years, so there are a variety of reasons for the break between albums. And as impatient as I know many were to hear more from these guys, The Past Rushes In was worth the wait. I don’t think this new album would be what it is without that break – Westrin & Mowry’s lyrics and music are very much drawn from personal experience, and I love that I can hear and feel that difference, and that the two albums can relate to completely different parts of my life – sort of like I’ve grown with them. It takes time to create that type of music.

So if you are into butter smooth vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, and elegantly produced sounds that are perfect for coffee shops and Sunday drives – then these guys are for you. Check out the new album on Spotify (my favorite tracks are Late Night Run and Never Alone), and if you feel so inclined to own a copy, it is now available on iTunes and Amazon. And for those that are interested in reading more about it, the duo did an interview with the Lansing State Journal with some details regarding the creation of these songs.

Happy Monday!

xo,

haley

Music Monday: Belle and Sebastian

I used to listen to Belle and Sebastian ALL the time. In college I worked at a coffee shop that I opened a few times a week, and I regularly chose Belle and Sebastian as the morning music playlist. Their melodies are upbeat but relaxing, and the mellow vocals were always soothing at 6am. Their style is hard to put into words – their sound is totally unique but I could pick it out anywhere, even if it was a song I hadn’t heard before. They released an album in 2013, The Third Eye Centre, which is a compilation of unreleased tracks and remixes. It’s a lot of fun… definitely give it a listen!

If you like what you hear, get excited because the band is scheduled to release a brand new album in 2014 – a long time coming! Happy Monday 🙂

xo,

haley

Music Monday – Rilo Kiley

I’ve mentioned my love for Jenny Lewis on Style Sound in the past. I first came to know Jenny (like most others, I am sure) through her band Rilo Kiley. It’s no secret that I have a deep seated appreciation for indie rock, especially when it involves a female lead, so Rilo Kiley was a natural go-to for me in college… and still is. Many members of the band, including Jenny, have been involved in several other projects over the past few years so Rilo Kiley hasn’t been particularly active. However, this past year the band released a collection of never-released tracks on an album called rkives. I will admit some of the songs are no longer my typical music style preference, but there are quite a few gems on the album and it’s refreshing to hear some unheard songs from a band that will always hold a special place in my music library. Take a listen!

Any new music you guys have stumbled across yet this year? We would love to hear about it!

xo,

haley

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