Thanks for this post. I just joined the community and this was the first post I saw. I thought to myself "Perfect!". I really like, no, LOVE, this new song by Steam Powered Giraffe titled "Hot on the Trail". I am a huge fan of all of their music, but this song literally gives me goosebumps! I've been trying to tell as many people as I are willing to listen! I can't wait to see what music this brings me! My taste in music has been called "Kind of all over the place." lol
I also suggest these more less known bands: Fox and Bones, and Hellbound Glory.
I just recently came across Zomby's debut album titled "Where Were You In '92?" which is homage to early 90's rave scene and it was also produced on equipment of that era - Akai sampler and Atari st computer.
The entire album has this pleasing atmosphere of the 90's rave scene with all the breakbeat, jungle, dubstep and hardcore elements, but one song off that I cannot stop listening.
As for as the chord progression and melody goes, one cannot go wrong with Elliott Smith. Bottle Up and Explode starts with: B- Cdim - C#m -B/D# - E - Bbdim - A - E F#.
Independence Day has one of best melodies in the entire pop history. Also, take a look at Last Call!
He is also famous with drawing unexcepted chords, and transcation out of no where, for example in the chorus of his most beloved songs (Between the Bars) he just goes : F (okay) to G(okay) to Fm7/G#(....).
This is the intro of what's supposed to be 'a story telling, folk song': C6C7Amb5AbC9B5Fmaj7AmEmFmaj7CC#Fmaj7C6/9CC/GC. It's memory lane, and it's about the time he spend in a mental hospital.
I'm such a fun so don't take me so seriously. But the man is extraordinary.
Maybe not much for the chord progressions, but John Frusciante's solo work has the most awesome melodies and song-writing I've ever heard in S/S genre. He (like Elliott) plays a lot of filler melodies between chords. Time Tonight, Scratches etc, you can't go wrong with him either.
has so many things I adore - the subtle intro, the undefeated mean vocal, everything segmented, awesome sound design with the equally mean growling bass. AND THAT BEAT! It drives so well with the vocal.
Perhaps my biggest favourites on this album are Reelwitu and Wax and Wane. Both such incredible bangers. Reelwitu is a more flowing tune that grows in intensity, and then goes soft and quiet for a moment before hitting you far stronger than before... I always get weak legs from that. Holy crap.
Wax and Wane is definitely one that's not even bothering to build momentum before it hits me. Begins with a subtle melody and percussion and then I get this incredible beat with so much going on. The echoed female(?) vocal slices add the sense of "Oh god YES" into the song 😄