In addition the many wardrobe changes associated with the beginning of over-50 degree weather, I find that when the first spurt of spring arrives so begins a shift away on my recently-played list. I exchange my Ray Lamontagne and Fleet Foxes records for something more whimsical and light, like a Camera Obscura or a Noah and the Whale.
So in honor of that, I have complied a list of some spring "trade-ins" - meaning replacements for those bands that really only fit into the cold blustery days. Bust out your sunglasses, it is going to get bright in here...
From Fleet Foxes to Noah and the Whale
- Noah and the Whale "Five Years Time"
- Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers "Milwaukee"
From Interpol to Spoon
Glen Hasnard, front man of The Frames, has a strong presence and a stronger sense of how to construct interesting lyrics. John Roderick, the front man of The Long Winters, also shares this talent. The Frames are much heavier than The Long Winters and that is why TLW are one of my favorite spring band replacements. The acoustic nature of many of their songs lend themselves to a feeling of airy goodness. One song, "Hindsight," wonders what happens when the snow melts: will things be the same? Of course, TLW use some electric guitars ("Rich Wife," "New Girl," and others) but Roderick's vocals, harmonies and acoustic sounds are the most noticeable. Overall, when listening to this band, you will imagine open fields and crave the sunshine.
- The Long Winters "Clouds"
- Limbeck "Honk and Wave"