Now Playing: The Wind + The Wave

Photo by Alexandra Valenti via thewindandthewave.com

Photo by Alexandra Valenti via thewindandthewave.com

The Wind + The Wave is the most badass musical duo to hail from Austin, TX. Okay, I don’t know that they’re the most badass, but after seeing them play a show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago last month, I can confirm that hearing them play live will make your soul stomp, swell, and sway. If you ask me, that’s pretty badass. After their set, I met Patty (the “wave”) and Dwight (the “wind”) and picked up their debut album, From The Wreckage, on vinyl and their newly released Covers One EP.

I can’t rope The Wind + The Wave into a single genre. That just wouldn’t be fair. But I’d describe their sound as indie meets alt-rock meets country meets folk meets a shot or two of whiskey meets a dirt road. Their sound is an experience and their songs tell stories that pull you away from reality. They’re honest. They’re written and played from the heart. From The Wreckage features upbeat anthems and breezy melodies that sound like what I imagine falling in and out of love in the country might feel like.

Between wise lyrics, Patty’s sweet, fiesty vocals, and a variety of fiery instrumentals, The Wind + The Wave have created a refreshingly gritty sound that is entirely their own. Stand-out tracks you should check out: “With Your Two Hands,” “From The Wreckage Build a Home,” “It’s a Longer Road to California Than I Thought,” and “Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ’em High” (bonus: my personal favorite, “Every Other Sunday Morning”).

Be sure to also check out their Covers One EP it’s made up of seven ridiculously great tracks reworked with that distinct W+W twist.

 

Now Playing: August 2014 Edition

Sweet August. Bittersweet August. The month of last-chances for the summer. The month that always manages to fly by, even when you try to savor every minute. This month was a slow one for music, but one of my favorite discoveries from 2014 released their album on the 5th– and thank goodness for that. The Wind And The Wave is a folky, alternative, gritty, country duo. In short: the perfect August band.

You’ll see quite a few of their tracks scattered throughout this playlist. Also keep an eye out for some classic summer jams (“Summer Hair = Forever Young” and “In This Diary”), some mellow tunes (“Live In The Bedroom” and “Welcome Home”), and the only country song I discovered this month (“American Kids”). And no playlist would be complete without a terribly catchy top 40 hit (“Bang Bang” is fun, that’s all there is to it).

Sit back, grab a beer (or, you know, your summer drink-of-choice), and listen to what the last month of summer sounds like. I know I’m not the only one clinging onto it!

The Griswolds – Beware the Dog
Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul
The Dirty Heads – My Sweet Summer
The Wind and The Wave – My Mama Said Be Careful Where You Lay Your Head
Marianas Trench – Pop 101
Tim Moxam – Live in the Bedroom
Young Guns – I Want Out
Birdy – Skinny Love
The Academy Is… – Summer Hair = Forever Young
The All-American Rejects – I Wanna
The Wind and The Wave – Every Other Sunday Morning
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite
Kenny Chesney – American Kids
Jessie J – Bang Bang
Colony House – Silhouettes
The Ataris – In This Diary
The Wind and The Wave – Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ’em High
Radical Face – Welcome Home, Son

 

Now Playing: July 2014 Edition

You know those songs that are inexplicably more enjoyable when you’re wearing shades, the sun is out, and the wind is warm? They’re the songs that make you feel like the sun wants to linger a little longer, like you need to get up and dance around, like you’re in the opening credits of your own romcom/teen romance movie. That’s what I’ve captured in song for Now Playing: July Edition.

I was talking with my best friend-slash-music soulmate-slash favorite Sydney-dweller, Blake, about how we’re constantly moved by how music has such a strong impact on memories. Blake was on a wanderluster’s dream adventure traveling through Europe and like the wonderful musical soulmate he is, came home with loads of songs to tell me about (complete with story of where it was heard). What better way to encapsulate the summer or the adventure of a lifetime than to have a ton of tracks to remind you of it years later?

With that in mind, I threw some older songs and a few favorites from previous Now Playing posts just because they fit my criteria of “the perfect summer song.” The criteria? You just have to feel it when you hear it. I often found myself driving with the windows down and my stereo up with these exact songs. And since July is both the best month of the year and the most summery month of summer, I couldn’t resist. You’re about to hear a lot of happy, energetic, beat-fueled pop (with my signature slow jams sprinkled throughout). Keep an eye out for my absolute most exciting find, Misterwives’ “Reflections.” I still can’t put into words exactly what I love about this song. But maybe that alone says enough.

Without further ado, here’s what I had playing in July. Crank it up and let August rock!

 

Ed Sheeran – Don’t
Hellogoodbye – Finding Something To Do
The Harmaleighs – Sunflowers
NONONO – Pumpin Blood
Said The Whale – I Love You
The Unlikely Candidates – Follow My Feet
Jason Lancaster – You ‘N’ Me
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out
Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
Magic! – Rude
Miley Cyrus – FU
Iggy Azalea – Black Widow
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Kacey Musgraves – Keep It To Yourself
Hamilton Leithauser – Alexandra
Holley Maher – Perfect Day
MisterWives – Reflections
Sia – Chandelier
Andrew McMahon – Synesthesia
Matt Nathanson – Wedding Dress
The Wind and The Wave – It’s a Longer Road to California Than I Thought

 

Now Playing: May 2014 Edition

Confession: you’re about to find a lot of country on this month’s playlist. I put the blame on warmer weather, weekends in southern Illinois, and Hart of Dixie (if you don’t already watch this, I highly suggest it. Lots of great actors. Quirky, small town in the south, and lots of attractive dudes with accents). Long story short… all of those things bring out the country in me. In between, I have: pinches of Alt/Indie (The Wild Wild, Jasia), Alternative (Slaves, The Cab, Birds of Tokyo), and Pop (no shame, I’m digging Cody Simpson’s new track). Also, there’s one band I HIGHLY suggest. I love everything I’ve heard from them so far. Their name is The Wind And The Wave… their sound is a little alt, a little country, and a lot awesome.

Enjoy! Let me know what you’re all listening to recently. Anyone I should check out?

Brantley Gilbert – Bottoms Up
Tyler Farr – Whiskey in My Water
Passenger – Heart’s On Fire
The Wild Wild – Alright
Jasia – Inverbatim
Slaves – The Fire Down Below
The Wind and The Wave – With Your Two Hands
Summer Heart – I Wanna Go
Perrin Lamb – Little Bit
David Nail – Kiss You Tonight
The Cab – Lock Me Up
Jason Michael Carroll – Meet Me In the Barn
Billy Currington – Let Me Down Easy
Twin Forks – Who’s Looking Out
Keane – Everybody’s Changing
Josh Abbott Band – Touch
Dustin Hatzenbuhler – Nothing Better
Cody Simpson – SURFBOARD
Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
Birds Of Tokyo – The Gap