It could probably go without saying, but music is quickly approaching infinity. Side projects and sub-genres, the density of material can often be overwhelming. One of the easier ways to get your hands on different music in a semi-logical fashion is to take a listen to artists that are similar to ones you already listen to, but have a few differences. If you like, love, or absolutely adore any of these artists, a listen to their contemporaries is worth your time.
She & Him/M. Ward
Similarities: Both groups take you back to a simpler time with music reminiscent of the 50’s with folk influences. M. Ward plays guitar and produces for both these acts.
Differences: As Zooey Deschanel, lead singer of She & Him puts it, they create music for “an eternal springtime”. M. Ward on the other hand makes songs that are a few shades sadder than his collaboration with Deschanel.
Listen To: Blake’s View
Similarities: Both groups have incredibly catchy choruses that can almost be considered rounds. The lead singers both have the “can’t get your voice out of my head” effect, too.
Differences: Fun. has a more compressed and filtered sound; Among Savages are down tempo and more ambient.
Listen To: New York City
Of Monsters And Men/Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps
Similarities: Caroline Smith and Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (Of Monsters And Men) have almost identical voices. Both groups are very lyrically driven and have a surprising amount of vocal clarity, especially considering OMAM hails from Iceland.
Differences: Caroline Smith’s group has a more acoustic sound than OMAM.
Listen To: Tank Top
Fleet Foxes/Father John Misty
Similarities: They both have an acoustic feel and are folk groups that use “oohs and ahhs” A LOT. The groups even share a common member- J. Tillman, former drummer of Fleet Foxes, and lead singer of Father John Misty.
Differences: The vocals in Fleet Foxes have more harmonies than Father John Misty. Tillman’s dark sense of humor and comical stage presence make Father John Misty a little more interesting to watch.
Listen To: Nancy From Now On
Similarities: Artic Monkeys and Wavves both play bombastic punk music and the lead singers have dated indie icons Alexa Chung (model) and Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), respectively.
Differences: Artic Monkeys hail from England while Wavves are representing California. Though this wouldn’t usually make a substantial difference, a lot of their lyrics and style come from each of their homes.
Listen To: King Of The Beach