Dan in Real Life (soundtrack) by Sondre Lerche
I am so happy to be able to write about albums that completely represent the place they were born- because this favorite of mine is just that. To me, the Dan in Real Life soundtrack is a New England camp. It’s already established that Sondre is basically the best thing to musically come out of Norway- his sound has a very retro, Scandinavian flavor that makes it a unique and enjoyable listening experience. That’s part of the reason I love this particular album so much – because he marries his classic Sondre-style with a homey, New England summer camp. This fact is no doubt because he actually composed the entire album (less a few songs) while onsite for the movie in Rhode Island. Listening to it, you feel the love and good memories that accompany a summer vacation with family. It represents a time where everyone comes together despite their diverse and hectic lives that surround them. And no, I’m not being melodramatic – you can actually gather all that from just listening to an album (the movie is worth watching too though 🙂 )
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Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars
Simply an astounding album. This one really can stand on its own two feet – no explanation necessary. I will only say that while listening to this album you cannot help but be instantly transported to a place in the deep South where time takes its own languid course, unaffected by the crazy, buzzing lives of those in cities. A beautiful composition from beginning to end- speaking of love, life, and heartbreak – the Civil Wars knock their debut album out of the park.
Buy it here! http://amzn.com/B004FZMTKU
The Lumineers by The Lumineers
This is a band that is forging its way in the indie/folk world since bands such as Mumford & Sons brought attention to this previously much-overlooked genre. The Lumineers sing and play with a simplicity that can really only be achieved with three people and their instruments (including a guitar, banjo, and cello). Based in Denver, Colorado, and armed with witty lyrics (e.g. ‘Classy Girls’), you can hear their western, grass-roots music that carries a sound that is very much their own.
Enjoy it yourself here: http://amzn.com/B007M45PMU