Leigh MichaelSaturday,20 April 2013

The Snap:

Folk/Alt/Rock band Kingsley Flood recently premiered a video for “Sun Gonna Lemme Shine.” The track is from Battlesthe band’s second full-length album. Released back in February, Battles has been met with overwhelming acclaim.

The six-piece band has roots in both Boston and DC. Praised for “pushing past Americana,” Kingsley Roots is garnering attention for its fresh take on traditional music.

The Download:

Where to start for the “Sun Gonna Lemme Shine” video. But seriously. This is the proverbial onion of musical creations — there are just so many sweet layersFirst off, a massive round of applause to the colorful cast of seven year olds that made three minutes of my life a whole lot more fun. The song itself and the film might feel a little incongruous (and it is), but it hardly seems to matter. This video’s dress-wearing, hardy-souled, one-eyed-wizard-befriender is the sort of dude that we all wish we could have been like in elementary school. He’s got this “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that actually seems to fit right in with the song. Inspired by a recent New York Times article about — you guessed it — boys wearing dresses, “Sun Gonna Lemme Shine” feels like it’s reassuring us that it’s awesome to march to the beat of your own drum. And we can all use that advice every now and then.

Kingsley Roots recorded Battles in the Great North Sound Society, up in Maine. Like their single, the band has a “we’re gonna do our own thing” attitude that totally rocks. Battles is an incredible conglomeration of different styles, tones, and moods. “Don’t Change My Mind” manages to elicit some pretty heavy emotions and “Pick Your Battles” has a poppy, Spoon-like feel. “Hard Times for the Quiet Kind” has an anthem quality that could make pretty much anyone do some toe-tapping. But it’s “Waiting for the River to Rise” that really gets me. This is the type of song that will make you feel inspired and slightly melancholy all at once… prepare to hit “repeat,” a lot. As an added bonus, Kingsley Flood has kindly posted all of their songs on their website, so you can stream from there, fall in love, and buy the album.

Do yourself a favor and get into these guys. What we’ve heard thus far from them is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Hat Tips:

NPR, Paste Magazine, SoundCloud, Image Credit: Flickr

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