By Lesly Milan
As a first-time KTSW music journalist, I can say that one of my favorite things about this job is the music that I get to listen to. I am the type of person that is always looking for new music for my playlists, no matter how full they already are. Thankfully, my job allows me to discover music of all kinds. This music ranges from songs that are in my comfort zone to music genres that I would never have listened to on my own. Throughout all of the music that I had discovered so far, there have been a few songs that have become some of my favorites, and I think everyone deserves to hear them!
1. The Coathangers – “Bimbo”
The all-girl garage rock band, The Coathangers, recently released their The Devil You Know album in March 2019. After listening to the album in its entirety, I was fixated on the song “Bimbo.” “Bimbo” is the perfect puzzle piece that completes the sound of this album. This song has a catchy tune that I found myself humming after only a few listens. What drew me in was the shift from a normal-paced tune to a faster and more aggressive chorus throughout the song. This gives the song a punk sound that I especially admire.
2. The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “South of Reality”
Before I gave this band a listen, I was not sure what to expect. Once I got into the music, I seriously wondered why they were so underrated. Claypool Lennon Delirium plays around with many musical components which is exactly what psychedelic rock is about. “South of Reality” demonstrates what some of those components are and is my preferred song from their South of Reality album. Some of their songs are on the lengthier side, but once you give them a listen, you’ll realize that every minute is worth your time.
3. The Olés – “Run to the Moon”
Although I listen to all kinds of music, reggae is not something that I have ever paid close attention to. For this reason, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed The Olés. To be more exact, The Olés are a reggae rock band, something that isn’t very common. This combination of reggae and rock slightly distinguishes them from the ordinary reggae artists. I personally feel that fusing these two genres together makes for a soothing sound that can’t be described. “Run to the Moon” is the perfect example of what their music is all about.
4. The Tough S**ts – “Action Breeze”
We all have that one song that we keep playing on repeat for the hundredth time and are somehow not tired of yet. “Action Breeze” is one of those songs and it only keeps getting better the more I listen to it. This song is similar to the music that I regularly listen to which made me like it even more. Although “Action Breeze” is my favorite song by The Tough S**ts, their entire Burning In Paradise album is a work of art. Solely deciding on “Action Breeze” as my top option for this list was extremely difficult and I definitely recommend any of their songs!
Featured image by Lesly Milan.