I might have said this before, but as far as music discovery goes, Last.fm works way better for me than it’s more recognized competitor, Pandora. I came across a band called Freelance Whales a couple weeks ago via the site, and sought them out. True, it has a decidedly indie name, but the music reminds me of Death Cab / Postal Service, but with more varied instrumentation ala notes of Sufjan. Two of their songs, named Generator ^ First Floor and Generator ^ Second Floor are scarily effective earworms for me. I can’t stop listening to the first one, even though it feels almost like a song fragment than a fully fleshed out idea. It’s just so evocative for me.
Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor
We get up early just to start cranking the generator
Our limbs have been asleep we need to get the blood back in them
We’re finding every day several ways that we could be friends
We keep on churning and the lights inside the house turn on
And in our native language we are chanting ancient songs
And when we quiet down the house chants on without us
“Hannah” is bubbling with energy, and “Starring”, and “Location” are also nice.