Rather vague and impressionistic today, I'm afraid. Better to just download the songs and let them explain themselves.
Older - Mi and L'au
Mi and L'au live in an isolated cabin in the Finnish woods. You can hear it. "Older" is an aging wooden structure that settles and expands with the wind and weight of snow, but never splinters or cracks. Layered atop this foundation is a montage of half-awake hallucinations--sands and babies, bellies and bones. Narrative held aloft, dangling.
Homes and Hugs - Lylas
Another sad song about heartbreak to reinforce my cynical view of the world. So achingly told, with naked, quavering pleas for home, hugs, holiday songs and spoonfuls of sleep. And that lugubrious horn serenade! But then I think this boy Kyle, why, he loves his misery more than his lover, his despair is a beloved parasite that gnaws at his guts goading him to pen pretty couplets like,
Some nights she breaks into shivers and shakes
she inspects her reflection for all your mistakes.
And heartbreak doesn't sound so bad after all. Lylas is from Nashville.
Twice Upon A Time - Zinedines
Apologies in advance; once you hear this song from Spanish popsters The Zinedines it will reside in your head the remainder of the day. So feel free to disregard. Of course if you do, you'll miss out on sun-dappled harmonies, warm Byrds-like string configurations and the brightest, most sparkling pop melody this side of Teenage Fanclub. Your choice, really.