The sweet musical cartel that is The Likes of Us began as a long distance collaboration between Oklahoma native Benj Heard and Colorado songbird Katrina Stone. As the story goes, the pair stumbled upon an affinity for writing 1940’s inspired duets through the process of sending tracks back and forth over the course of a year. Without truly recognizing the depth of the sonic landscape they had created, The Likes of Us was formed as charmingly as the harmonies and lyrics that waltz through the valleys of their debut album.
The Likes of Us‘ self-titled album has been murdering my playlist this past week. The album features 10 jazzy tracks, each of which makes me feel like I’m walking through an open field framed by floating vintage coloured balloons. It’s perfect chill-out music, the one you listen to when you’ve had a long day and you just want to daydream the night away.
I can’t seem to find the lyrics to their songs anywhere in the web — perhaps my Googling powers have dwindled. No matter. I’d probably memorize all the songs by the time this month is over. I’ll put up the lyrics somewhere, if I’m diligent enough.
A word of warning: the songs in this album will make you want to fall in love. The tracks include the following titles: No Cure for Love; Astronomy; More than Friends; Dream a Little Dream of Me; Love Like This; Smooth Movin’; Charity; You Found Me; Lovesick; and My Oh My. The titles speak loudly enough — if you decide to fall in love, you’ll find that there’s no cure for it and, at the end, you’ll be telling your heart, “My Oh My.”
But falling in love is a beautiful, beautiful thing, is it not? My favourite tracks are More than Friends and Love Like This. *Sigh*
Well, here’s a YT vid for you all to enjoy. And they do have those balloons I’ve been conjuring up in my imagination!
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[…] want to be born into the age of flappers and cool, jazz sounds. But since I’m living in 2013, I’m just going to listen to The Likes of Us’ self-titled album. And I’d listen to this song. Because a love like this comes only once in a lifetime, once […]
Hey Mari, it’s Benj from The Likes Of Us! Thanks for the kind words! I just came across your blog, sorry for the lack of lyrics on the internet (working on that as we speak). Just wanted to let you know that we’ve released our second full length album! Download for free at http://www.noisetrade.com/thelikesofus/time-traveler
Thanks again for listening!
Why hello! *Fangirl squeals* Thank you for dropping by! I just love your music. I have actually downloaded “Time Traveler” some days back and the songs have been on constant loop in my playlist. My favorites are “Indian Summer” and “Hello Lovely”. They just take me to a different time and place.
Keep up, the awesome, awesome work. More love, more music!