Weekly Walking Music #4

Just Say Goodbye - Wilco

Off Schmilco, the band's tenth studio release, this track was stuck with me for much of my first semester of college. It turned into something that was more resonant with me as I heard it often on the radio. Jeff Tweedy, frontman for Wilco, is endlessly inventive on this latest release. His band composition has changed drastically throughout his discography with Wilco, and this album displays that same level of flexibility in style. 

 

Daydream - Youth Lagoon

This track matures in style throughout the playtime. This is distinctly characteristic of Trevor Powers, acting as Youth Lagoon. Powers effectively blends ambient noise with elements of americana and house. 

 

Unbroken Chain - Grateful Dead

Unbroken Chain remains my favorite Dead track off their 1974 album From the Mars Hotel. There are multiple drastic tempo shifts throughout this song that keep the interest on Garcia's masterful lead guitar. 

 

Doctor Wu - Steely Dan

This track is largely what inspired this week's list. Funky and somewhat nostalgic, Katy Lied (1975) was my introduction to Steely Dan. The entire composition was the first recorded composition since the band's breakup of the original members, and this is definitely evident in their shift in sound throughout this track when compared to something like Dirty Work off 1972's Can't Buy a Thrill.

 

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac

While I am not a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, Rumours (1976) appears on too many of my daily queues to say that I completely do not enjoy their music. Nicks' soulful crooning over the folksy but unique instrumentation creates a tangible suspense throughout the track.

 

Sandman - America

Another woeful americana masterpiece, America's Sandman was one of the first songs I remember enjoying. Recorded as part of their debut, self-titled 1972 album, Sandman was released alongside hits like A Horse with No Name and I Need You. This debut release hit #1 on charts at its release, and despite minor recording flaws it remains a folk-pop classic. 

 

Cheerleader - Grizzly Bear

More of a departure from the americana theme, Grizzly Bear creates a distinctly eerie atmosphere on many of their earlier albums. Cheerleader appeared on the band's 2009 release Veckatimest. Ed Drost, lead vocalist, creates this strange sound that evolves in each of the band's studio releases. 

 

The Greatest Sum (Acoustic) - The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers released an EP titled The Gleam II in 2008, and it has some of their most vividly truthful lyricism. The acoustic version takes a softer approach on a robust track that appears on the same release. 

 

A Grey Cloth Covering my Face - Elf Power

Elf Power opened for Neutral Milk Hotel a few years back at an ACL live taping session I caught. They bring a driven, psychedelic sound to their work, which is reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper's classics like With a Little Help from My Friends. Elf Power is closely associated with other members of the Elephant 6 collective which includes NMH and other off-beat, indie groups like Of Montreal. 

 

Fool - Frankie Cosmos

Greta Kline, also known as Frankie Cosmos, leads the indie, lo-fi scene with her muted, minimalist sound and reserved style. Entering the scene with early work on Bandcamp in 2012, her first release is 2014's Zentropy. More recently, under the Frankie Cosmos moniker, Kline released her second album Next Thing in 2016.