Monday, October 17, 2011

Folk Is Great

Note: I'm well aware that probably about 95% of my followers have grown to hate me over the past two weeks. I've managed to post about three times, but at least know that I have a legitimate excuse, which comes in the form of hand-cramping busy work delivered by Wofford College. 

I've listened to nothing but folk during my brief hiatus. It has been playing non-stop in my ears for two weeks and I wouldn't have it any other way. Initially, Beat Dropping was pretty much consumed by hip-hop, dubstep, and any other electronically butchered track I could find. Then, when I finally got comfortable enough to say whatever twisted thought popped into my head, I started featuring the music I really love - folk. This shit is really good, like unbeatable by any other genre. Try me. 

Knowing me, you're aware I have extreme music ADD. I'm hoping to get the ball rolling on some kind of experimental drug that fixes this ridiculous obligation to hit the next button in my iTunes library. I think I've made some headway over the past two weeks and it comes in the form of Matthew and the Atlas, a band based out of Aldershot, United Kingdom. They're relatively young, both in members' ages and band creation (they came together in 2009). I'm guessing by their hectic tour schedule (includes a November 6th show in Raleigh I may attend), which crosses back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, countless people have already figured out these guys are a pretty solid group - solid enough to keep your musical ADD at bay at least for a song or two. They can pick it up, and they can certainly slow it down. They're a complete package, and I can't get enough of them. One second you're being lulled to sleep via one raspy voice and the slight twang of a banjo, and then the next minute you're on your feet dancing like a fool. Again, this stuff is really good. Visit their website and buy everything. Now 

Here's the best of the best:

I Will Remain - Matthew and the Atlas


Deadwood - Matthew and the Atlas


Fisherman's Wife - Matthew and the Atlas .

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