Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop
from WFUV in New York!
This month, we asked Sarah to bring in her favorites from 2014. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:
The Decemberists, "The Wrong Year"
- The title of "The Wrong Year" had me wary of the new year's prospects, but the sound of the song quickly put me at ease. This is Colin Meloy at his hopeful melancholy best, lightening the mood (a bit) with lilting melodies that, as the lyrics say, "won't leave you alone." A band that could always venture into concept album or rock opera territory has hit a songwriting sweet spot, and there's more to hear soon with the album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, due out next week.
Rhiannon Giddens, "Black Is The Color"
- You may know Rhiannon Giddens from Carolina Chocolate Drops, The New Basement Tapes, the latest Apple commercial, or her appearance at 2013's "Another Day, Another Time" concert which grew out of the Inside Llewyn Davis film. At the show, she impressed the crowd as well as T Bone Burnett, and he has now produced her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn (out February 10th). Her band has incorporated beat boxing with Americana sounds, and this version of "Black Is The Color" takes that combination another step, putting a traditional song Nina Simone frequently performed in the able musical hands, voice and spirit of a present day song interpreter whose future will be exciting to watch.