16 Favorite Songs of 2016: #9 “Russian Dolls” – Weaver At The Loom

By Dan Smith of Weaver At The Loom.
Russian Dolls? I had to think for a moment to find the best way to explain this track. I don’t like to attribute too much objectivity to any one song. I have always loved how songs take on a life of their own when people interpret them from their own unique perspectives. A bit of a rorschach test type phenomenon. The original concept though was about the different degrees to which people connect with each other. Everyone has layers to themselves, from guarded to intimate, we keep people at different proximities based on how well we connect with them. This gave me an image of people as Russian Nesting Dolls, layers of the same person within a person. So, I guess, interpreting relationships through that concept, it seems like a rare occasion when you connect with someone on that inner level, even more so as you get older. The imagery of this song is describing a moment when you get to reconnect with someone who you have one of those deeper-level bonds with; about appreciating that connection and making time for that moment. Less philosophically, it’s about hanging out with a good friend you haven’t seen in awhile, picking things up as if no time has passed, and making space in the busyness of life to let that moment breathe.


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Gimme Five! (December 2015 Edition)

So, apparently WordPress won’t let me embed videos anymore, so I’ve included links this time. Here’s five songs (I cheated a bit this time) that will be getting plenty of plays from me in December:

1. “Rangers” – Falling Up

I wanted to pick my favorite song from Falling Up’s new, self-titled (untitled?) album to put here, but at this point my favorite seems to be a different song every other day. Here’s one of the many great ones:


2. “If There Is A Chance” – The Cardigans

This has become one of my very favorites in the “sad love song” category. Comparisons are made to birds leaving their nests and records spinning as you hear the sadness in Nina Persson’s vocal inflections.


3. “Surrender” – Lockets

I’m a sucker for these “Midnight City”-esque synth jams.


4. “I Can Make You Feel Young Again” – Copeland

Copeland have lots and lots of great songs, but this one may be my favorite of them all.


5. Christmas Music! 

White Nights – Weaver At The Loom

These pretty, low-key tunes will have you reflecting with child-like wonder on the Christmas’ of your youth.

Listen to White Nights – EP by Weaver At the Loom on @AppleMusic. https://itun.es/us/PjehJ

Silver City – Falling Up

If you want some dreamy-sounding rock Christmas tunes, you’re not gonna want to miss this one.

Listen to Silver City by Falling Up on @AppleMusic. https://itun.es/us/YmFuU

Winter Wonderland: Jazz Christmas – Barry Blair

Pep-up your Christmas decorating soundtrack with some ridiculously skilled jazz guitar from this former Audio Adrenaline member.

Winter Wonderland: Jazz Christmas by Barry Blair https://itun.es/us/bycI-