The Republic of Wolves- “Heavenly Father” (Bon Iver cover)

The Republic of Wolves recently posted a cover of Bon Iver’s latest track, “Heavenly Father,” from the “Wish I Was Here” soundtrack. I’m not a huge fan of Bon Iver (or Zach Braff for that matter), and I didn’t care for “Heavenly Father” much at all. The loop that Justin Vernon used for the background kind of grates on my senses and detracts from my ability to appreciate the vocals. But strip away the loop, add in a simple acoustic guitar, and it’s a whole new song that manages to sound a lot cleaner than the original. Sure, the vocals here may not be quite as haunting, emotive or impressive in range as Vernon’s, but they work well within the context of the stripped down, solo acoustic landscape of this cover.

Stream it below:

“Best Shot”- Birdy & Jaymes Young

Jaymes Young is right up there with Ellie Goulding in my book; I could listen to him sing “Twinkle Twinkle” and be totally satisfied. I love this new song from the soundtrack to “The Fault In Our Stars” that he’s featured in. I only wish it had more of his voice in it. It sounds like more of a Birdy solo song, and although their harmonies are spot on, her vocals almost overpower his. I like his overall sound and style better than Birdy’s, and I wish the soundtrack included one of his solo songs. Nonetheless this is a beautiful ballad if you like music that’s on the more poppy/mellow side.

The soundtrack looks decent and well rounded. It features M83, STRFKR, Lykke Li, and Ed Sheeran, among others.

“Palo Alto” Soundtrack now streaming

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The soundtrack to Gia Coppola’s new film “Palo Alto,” which is based on James Franco’s shorts stories and stars Franco, Emma Roberts and a stellar cast, caught my eye recently when it became available to stream.

It’s an eclectic mix of electronic/indie music centered around the work of Devonte Hynes (a.k.a. “Blood Orange”) who provides the score. In addition to a couple of Blood Orange songs, Hynes contributes a new song named after the film.

Other featured artists are Mac Demarco, Coconut Records, and Robert Schwartzman.

The movie will be out in limited release on May 9. You can stream the album on spotify now.

“Palo Alto” Soundtrack (streaming)

Stream the “Divergent” Soundtrack here

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There is just so much awesome on this soundtrack. It’s right up there with the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack and it’s gonna blow up as soon as the movie is released (March 21).

With artists like Pretty Lights and Odesza, Ellie Goulding, M83, and Kendrick Lamar, you can’t go wrong. I know I’ll be streaming it pretty much all day tomorrow…

http://pitchfork.com/advance/369-divergent-ost/