The way we find music has changed dramatically over the last couple of years.
Welcome to another edition of Music In My Earholes, where I share music I’ve been loving.
The hope is that these artists will inspire you to create more music.
I found this Icelandic singer-songwriter through Spotify’s recommended music, and I’m hooked. It’s like part 70s cop show theme music and part love crooner.
Júníus Meyvant is his stage name, his given name is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson.
Masego is a singer-songwriter who makes trap house jazz, as his website says.
I think I heard of Masego from a Facebook ad, weirdly enough. The above video was my first impression (he’s the drummer/singer).
The man who’s helping bring back blues-rock in an honest way. Think Hendrix, The Black Keys, and B.B. King.
In other words, awesome.
Fionn Regan is a finger-picking singer-songwriter from the U.K. who uses clever lyrics that make you think.
I think his music has really influenced my own.
This guy makes chill yet super emotional acoustic-ambient music. I can imagine music supervisors and licensing agents would be drooling over his tunes.
Right now, you can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Music, where you can hear all of these artists (I just signed up). It’s $9.99 per month after that.
Just throwing that out there in case you’re an Amazon fan and wanted to do your music-listening through them.
KK is a rhythm-loving rock band that intersperses beautiful string and trumpet arrangements.
Instead of writing a dissertation like every other doctoral student, Carson decided to rap his. This album is what he ended up with.
This beat-maker is tastier than the drink of the same name, and smoother too. Perfect working music.
If you like Kiefer, you’ll love Mounika., a French DJ who lays on the suave thick.
Main photo is rapper A.D. Carson
Someone mashed up The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with Star Wars: A New Hope, and it’s amazing.
The duo behind this, Jude Kelley and Dan Amrich, call themselves Palette-Ninja Swap, and they’re in the same genre as [Weird Al] Yankovic — comedy parody music.
In their deep devotion to The Beatles, Star Wars, and to bringing good to the internet, they narrated Star Wars: A New Hope to the tunes on Sgt. Pepper, possibly the best Beatles album ever, dubbing the project, Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans.
This laborious and super creative project took five years to create, and it was totally worth it (at least for us, the viewers). They narrated the whole story using the entire Beatles album. And the lyrics/narration are, dare I say, perfectly written.
For example, the line “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/We hope you have enjoyed the show” becomes “Princess Leia’s stolen Death Star plans/She’s got them and it’s time to go.”
And the songs by themselves are actually really well structured, from a songwriter’s standpoint.
Like the song “With a Little Help From My Friends” — it becomes “With Illicit Help From Your Friends.”
What would you think if I boarded your ship, would you give those transmissions to me?
How can this be a real consular ship, no ambassador that I can see
Oh, you’re all spies with illicit help from your friends
Hey, but nice try with illicit help from your friends
You’re gonna die along with all of your friends
This album came out at the perfect time, too, aside from, of course, the late Carrie ‘Princess Leia’ Fisher’s passing (may she and her force rest in peace) — it’s right before May The Fourth, Star Wars’ 40th anniversary is on May 25, and Sgt. Pepper’s… 50th anniversary is on June 1.
And the best part is that it’s all free. You can download the audio here, or just watch the whole thing below.
This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for SongLyrics.com.