4 albums

With a little help from my friends…

Hey there, it’s your friendly neighborhood Starving Web Developer, and I’m here to talk to you about some of the music that’s been keeping me sane lately. As someone who’s been applying to web developer jobs left and right, I’ve found myself in need of a little musical therapy to get me through the endless hours of job searching and resume tweaking. Luckily, I’ve stumbled upon a handful of albums that have been giving me just the kind of cathartic release I need to power through. So without further ado, let’s dive into the four albums that have been keeping me going lately.

Some Loud Thunder – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Let’s talk about “Some Loud Thunder” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. This album is an eclectic mix of indie rock, pop, and art rock that has been haunting my dreams (in the best way possible) for weeks now. From the opening track “Some Loud Thunder” to the haunting “Yankee Go Home,” this album is a wild ride from start to finish.

Personally, I can’t get enough of the track “Satan Said Dance,” which features a relentless beat and a chorus that will get stuck in your head for days. But perhaps the true gem of this album is the closer, “Five Easy Pieces,” which is a quiet, introspective ballad that provides the perfect counterpoint to the more frenetic tracks that precede it.

“Some Loud Thunder” is an album that rewards repeated listens, as each spin reveals new layers and hidden depths. It’s the perfect soundtrack for those times when you need a little bit of chaos to help you power through.

For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver

Ah, “For Emma, Forever Ago” by Bon Iver. This album is a haunting masterpiece that feels like a journey through a cold, snowy wilderness. It’s the kind of album that demands your full attention, and rewards you with a sense of catharsis that few other works of art can match.

As someone who’s been feeling a bit lost lately, this album has been a comforting companion. There’s something about the way Justin Vernon’s voice cracks and breaks on tracks like “Blindsided” and “The Wolves (Act I and II)” that hits me right in the gut. It’s raw and emotional, but it never feels overwrought or self-indulgent.

Of course, no discussion of this album would be complete without mentioning the track that put Bon Iver on the map: “Skinny Love.” It’s a simple song, but there’s something about the way Vernon’s falsetto soars over the fingerpicked guitar that makes it a true classic.

Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” is an album that demands to be listened to from start to finish, preferably on a cold winter’s night with a bottle of whiskey close at hand. It’s an album that reminds us that sometimes the most beautiful art comes from the deepest pain.

Building Nothing Out Of Something – Modest Mouse

“Building Nothing Out of Something” by Modest Mouse is an album that defies easy categorization. It’s part indie rock, part post-punk, part folk, and all brilliant. This album feels like a road trip through the American West, with all its beauty and ugliness laid bare.

For me, this album has been a reminder that sometimes the most interesting art comes from mixing different genres and styles. Tracks like “Never Ending Math Equation” and “Interstate 8” feel like they could have been written by a completely different band, yet they fit perfectly into the larger whole.

But perhaps the standout track on this album is “Out of Gas.” There’s something about the way Isaac Brock’s voice cracks on the chorus that just hits me in the soul. It’s a song about feeling lost and alone, but somehow it manages to be uplifting at the same time.

“Building Nothing Out of Something” is an album that rewards exploration. It’s an album that feels like it’s constantly shifting and evolving with each listen. I still groove to different levels even after these many years of listening to what is probably my favorite Modest Mouse offerings.

I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Bright Eyes

“I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” by Bright Eyes is an album that feels like a conversation with an old friend. It’s intimate and confessional, but also raw and honest. Conor Oberst’s songwriting is on full display here, and it’s a wonder to behold.

As someone who’s been feeling a bit disillusioned lately, this album has been a source of comfort. Tracks like “At the Bottom of Everything” and “We Are Nowhere and It’s Now” feel like they were written just for me. They capture that feeling of being adrift in the world, unsure of where to turn.

But perhaps the standout track on this album is “Lua.” It’s a sparse, haunting ballad that captures the desperation and loneliness of addiction in a way that few other songs ever have. There’s something about the way Oberst’s voice cracks on the chorus that just hits me right in the gut.

“I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” is an album that feels like it was written specifically for me, and yet I know that it has resonated with countless others as well, reminding me that we’re not alone in our struggles.

Listen, Enjoy, Share

As I wrap up my time with these four albums, I’m struck by how different they all are, and yet how they all speak to something within me. Each one has provided me with a unique perspective on the world, and has helped me to feel a little less alone as I navigate my way through life.

Through listening to these albums, I’ve come to realize that sometimes the best art comes from a willingness to take risks and to push boundaries. Whether it’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s experimental sound, Bon Iver’s stripped-down, emotionally raw style, Modest Mouse’s genre-bending approach, or Bright Eyes’ confessional lyricism, each of these albums is a testament to the power of artistic exploration.

So, if you’re feeling lost or uncertain, I encourage you to check out these tunes for yourself. Or, if you’re already familiar with what I’m layin out here, give them a revisit and let them help to guide you as you navigate your way through life. Let them be your comfort when everything else seems uncertain. And most of all, let them remind you that there’s beauty everywhere in this emotional and sometimes chaotic journey.

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