Scattered Tree (Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds)
For Day 4 of our Summer Playlist, we've got a fresh batch of sunny minded songs from [mp3com-artist]Scattered Trees[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Blackbird Blackbird[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Future Islands[/mp3com-artist]. [mp3com-artist]Scattered Trees[/mp3com-artist] are a Chicago band that is gaining a lot of attention with their third album, Sympathy. A rumination on loss and acceptance, it deals with some serious subject matter, but does so in the context of some great indie pop melodies. On 4 Days Straight singer Nate Eiesland cries "Oh no, we both have broken hearts/Oh no, yours just took you away” as a catchy guitar line crunches along. He might be sad, but the lighthearted melodies keep things from getting depressing. [mp3com-download url="http://files.radio.com/downloads/time-based/scatteredtrees.mp3 " artist="Scattered Trees" song="4 Days Striaght" expiration="11/25/2011" email="none" year="2011" label="Roll Call Records"/] [mp3com-artist]Blackbird Blackbird[/mp3com-artist] is the solo project of of 23-year old vocalist/producer Mikey Maramag (though for live shows he brings along a full band, which sounds cool). He has been prolific as of late, releasing a number of EP's and an LP in just six months. His songs are atmospheric and smooth, with airy synths riding laid-back bass grooves - just the type of song that goes well with the quiet moments of a summer day. [mp3com-download url="http://files.radio.com/downloads/time-based/blackbird.mp3 " artist="Blackbird Blackbird" song="Blind" email="none" year="2011"/] [mp3com-artist]Future Islands[/mp3com-artist] step up the tempo a bit with a disco-y electronic beat. Perhaps the most notable thing about them however, is their singer's unique delivery. First time you hear him it's a surprise, as it's not exactly the voice you'd expect to hear with this sort of music, but after a few bars he proves a talented singer with a singular style. [mp3com-download url="http://files.radio.com/downloads/time-based/futureislands.mp3 " artist="Future islands" song="Before the Bridge" email="none"/] For more music, be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this week's Summer Playlist!