Typically in my Music for Your Weekend posts I showcase one artist or group I am currently listening to, but this week I'd like to share four I'm excited about based on reviews and recommendations. I think they'd be great for long weekend activities.
Here they go (clockwise):
Sylvan Esso (self-titled)
So far I am totally diggin' this folk-y techno sound from Sylvan Esso's debut album.
Xscape from Michael Jackson
I miss Michael. Especially lately. Because Michael is an ultimate artist and innovator, and I'm always inspired by creative people who follow their dreams, I've been really drawn to Michael's energy and creative process. A few weeks ago, after a late night of working, I YouTube'd vintage Michael interviews from the time of his Off the Wall and Thriller releases. Hearing him talk about his inspiration, his love for creating and performing, and making others happy with his work resonated with me as I embark on a new creative adventure.
I've heard very mixed reviews about this latest album, Xscape, which is a compilation of edited and unfinished works. Because I miss him so much, my plan is to get it and accept that fact that I will take what I can get. (Including the MJ hologram, which despite folks saying it's creepy, I actually enjoyed).
Coração a Batucar from Maria Rita
Daughter of the legendary Brazilian singer Elis Regina, has made a name of her own with a sweet eclectic sound. She's widely popular in Brazil, but I'm just getting hip to her amazing voice on this recent album infused with classic samba, pagode and bossa nova sounds.