April 29, 2016
By Alexandra Shwartz
If you thought the new Me Before You trailer is goose-bump-inducing, try listening to X Ambassadors' emotionally-charged music (which, by the way, appears on the aforementioned movie's soundtrack). With stirring songs like "Unsteady," "Unconsolable," and "Renegades," the alternative rock band sure as hell isn't afraid to explore feelings on the album VHS and we dig it. So, of course, we were thrilled when X Ambassadors—which is made up of brothers Sam and Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh, and Adam Levin—shared a few of their favorite songs of the moment with us before they kick off their major summer tour. (You can catch them on the summer festival circuit at BottleRock Napa Valley, Hangout Music Festival, Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more). Aren't you curious about the music that gives them all of the feels? Listen in!
Prince, "Darling Nikki" "I remember hearing this for the first time when I was in high school thinking, 'This came out when?' It was so graphic, I hadn't heard anything like it in rock music (definitely in hip-hop but not rock), but with a subtle sense of humor too. Prince was the greatest and one of my heroes."
Prince, "When Doves Cry" "I feel obligated to put more than just one Prince song on this playlist because of how incredibly prolific he was. This song is my personal favorite of his. I will forever regret not being able to see him play this live."
Bruce Springsteen, "Independence Day" "Oh my God, I just saw him play the last show of the River tour at Barclays in Brooklyn and it was mind-blowing. This song in particular had me in tears (which would continue throughout the night for me...blubbering like a big ol' baby). It's a conversation between father and son, at the moment of the son's departure from their house for the last time. It's all about getting older and seeing your parents in a different light; the sacrifices they made, the compromises they made, their faults and misgivings, etc. So powerful."
Seinabo Sey, "Poetic" "We just finished up the last leg of our VHS tour and were lucky enough to have Seinabo out with us. She was amazing. Hands-down my favorite singer right now. This song always reminded me so much of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. When I finally saw her do it live, she broke into a cover of Lauryn at the end of the song. Needless to say, I was very, very happy she did that."
Ty Dolla $ign, "Miracle/Wherever" "Ty is such a talented dude. I love his voice, and apparently he can play like a million different instruments extremely well. More people should be freaking out over this record; I think it's amazing. The first half of this track features his brother, TC, to whom the album is dedicated—his parts were recorded from inside his prison cell, where he's currently serving out a life sentence. It's a heartbreaker of a song."