Little Bandit – The HeydazeJuly 9, 2014
We’ve had a lot of electronic dance music on here lately, not that I object, but I thought I’d throw a bone to anyone who wants something a bit more traditional. How about some summer-y pop rock? I was also introduced to The Heydaze in Fist In The Air’s summer playlist. After hearing a cover of theirs I had to listen to everything else they’ve made. It is all excellent. “Little Bandit” has swiftly become my favorite of their songs. It’s a charming song about falling for someone determined on stealing your heart. Accompanying the cute lyrics is an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a keyboard that might double as drumkit. Together they make a swaying summer instrumental. The lyrics are surprisingly mournful for the level of cuteness and cheerfulness in the sound. This may be borrowed from the ska tradition along with some of the summer-y guitar sections that approach reggae. Give it a listen and enjoy a mid-week break.
BONUS: Here’s the cover that I heard first. The Heydaze’s take on Tove Lo’s song “Habits” is fairly bare bones, starting out with nothing but acoustic guitar, snaps, and vocals. Yet it is engaging, adding instruments and crescendoing with the powerful lyrics of the hook. I’m not done enjoying variations on this song yet which is funny considering I find the original rather boring. I guess it had enough potential to captivate other musicians. The sentiment of the hook is an oldie but a goodie, that of drowning your sorrows. If you’re interested in a more EDM style version of this, check out Keys N Krates’s version here. Enjoy the song and have a great rest of the week!