OE Monomania – The Tracks We Can’t Stop Listening To 11/30


There is so much good music coming out these days for those willing to put in the effort to find it, but it gets hard to keep up to date with the sheer volume of accessible music today. Sorting through all the new music for your next vinyl album purchase, there are always those tracks that just stick out and burns itself into your brain. You want to wear out that needle playing that track over and over, or add it to your favorite playlist for repeat listens. You become consumed by certain tracks, bringing over a sort of monomania. These are the tracks that have etched themselves into our minds currently. We hope you will find something new you dig. Heard.   

Animal Collective – FloriDada

Just released today off of their eleventh full-length album, Painting Withwhich is out on February 19 via Domino, Animal Collective is back with a gloriously upbeat and dizzying track that will have you bouncing down the streets. – MG

Beach House – Somewhere Tonight

Beach House delivered Thank Your Lucky Stars(Sub Pop, Oct. 2015) just two months after releasing Depression Cherry(Sub Pop, Aug. 2015). TYLS brings a darker focus to Beach House over their previous release. “Somewhere Tonight” has a very dark 50’s style du wop sound with Victoria Legrand lending her seductive shoe-gaze voice to lure you into the haunting melody. A delightful surprise. – LP

Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming

Glider(Western Vinyl, 2015) is the second album from the Portland-based folk/indie rocker Heather Woods Broderick.  Heather has also lent her voice to back up Sharon Van Etten, as well as Laura Gibson while on the road. “Wyoming” is this dreamy vision of what could have been. Her harmonies are so elegant they glide you from one verse to the next, each one more enchanting than the last. Glider provides a real life quality about it and makes it easy to relate sensibly to the songwriting. – LP

Houston In The Blind – Who Are You

The Athens supergroup of sorts, Houston in The Blind, featuring members of Dead Confederate, Ponderosa and Snowden, have created a gentle alt-country stunner here worth many late night listens contemplating life’s biggest questions. “Who Are You”, off of their debut album Limbs, keeps building until the repeat chorus “Who are you? Who are you? Are you the one that sets me free?” has engrained into your soul. – MG

Leon Bridges – So Long

Written for the upcoming Will Smith movie ConcussionLeon Bridges is back with his first new song since his revelation of a throw back debut album Coming Home came out earlier this year. This emotionally charged single adds to what Bridges has been been doing, bringing real soul music of yesteryear back to the forefront. – MG

Miya Folick – Oceans

The LA singer songwriter Miya Folick releases her new EP Strange Darling on 12/10. Already showing different elements of folk pop on the singles released so far, “Oceans” is a powerful lonesome stunner that hits with some vengeance around the 2:00 minute mark, evoking shades of Fiona Apple and Sharon Van Etten. – MG

Night Beats – Power Child

Seattle trio Night Beats will release their third album, Who Sold My Generation, on January 28, 2016 on Heavenly Recordings. “Power Child” is another psychedelic garage rock trip off the upcoming album that you want to play loud and get heavy. – MG

Oryx & Crake – Too Many Things Went Wrong Too Often

The Atlanta chamber pop outfit Oryx & Crake released their sophomore album Marriage back in September, a concept album about the up & downs of marriage. Ever since I heard “Too Many Things Went Wrong Too Often”, one of the darkest songs on the album, the track has probably been one of my most played songs, able to pull all of the emotional strings with Ryan Peoples’ falsetto hitting tall heights and the space cello creating ear worms throughout. – MG

Quiet Hounds – Magnolia

Atlanta-based indie/folk Quiet Hounds deliver a stunner with “Magnolia” off their recently released album Shake Don’t Shatter(2015). This song brings you on a whirlwind ride of the trials, and tribulations of falling in love. They bring beautiful builds to their melodies, evoking the feelings of the powerful words of the chorus “So lost, can you be so lost next to me oh… Magnolia everything to me”. – LP

Robin Pecknold – Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Shared on the Fleet Foxes Facebook page with the following message: “Happy holidays – here’s a cover. Thanks to Gabe Wax for engineering.”, frontman Robin Pecknold, who’s been busy with school at Columbia Universisty, shared a solo cover of the Five Keys’ 1956 R&B single “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind,” leaving this beautiful noise on repeat, while providing a glimpse of hope for new Fleet Foxes in the near future. – MG

Sydney Eloise & The Palms – Tell Me What I Want To Hear

Since the release of Atlanta’s Sydney Eloise & The Palms debut record Faces came out, “Tell Me What I Want To Hear’ is a track that hits with every listen, able to take on a personal meaning for each listener, requiring repeat, non stop listens.  Starting with Sydney’s soft eloquent voice, building into a rock orchestra that is an emotional cry out, the song really shows off the talent of the band and their knack for modernized 60’s era pop. – MG

Tame Impala – Confide In Me

Tame Impala went on Australian radio station Triple J’s – Like A Version and covered  Kylie Minogue‘s 1994 single “Confide In Me” turning the track into a psychedelic rock masterpiece that has been playing nonstop. – MG

The Wainwright Sisters – El Condor Pass

Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche recently released Songs in the Dark, an album that features songs that shaped their childhoods, made famous by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers, or penned by their mothers and father (Loudon WainwrightIII), lullabies sang to them when they were little. On ‘El Condor Pasa’, the Peruvian folk standard, The Wainwright Sisters pay tribute to Simon & Garfunkel’s version, perfectly harmonizing with each other, a stunning late night lullaby worth listening over and over. – MG

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Contributors: Mike Gerry (MG) and Lisa Parish (LP)


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