Column: My personal ‘one-hit wonders’

Ryan Meyer

As with many people, there are countless artists with long, respected careers that only have a few songs that have made it onto my playlists. This is no fault of theirs, it results from my own laziness or just a preference for that particular song. I’m sure there are artists I listen to who probably have an entire catalogue of gems, but I just haven’t made the effort to look for them. The following are some of my favorite songs by artists I haven’t listened to enough.

“Labrador” by Pardoner features some more great guitar work, this time with some distortion, but not so much that the harmony of the chords being played can’t be noticed. The lead guitar also has multiple riffs that are worth mentioning in both the verse and chorus. If I were able to learn music by ear, the lead guitar in the chorus of this song would be one of the first things I’d try to learn.

I’m pretty sure I found the song “Something For The Weekend” by The Rhythm Method in a Spotify playlist created either by the band shame or one of its members. It features multiple vocalists and what sounds like an electronic bass that pulses behind the staccato guitar in the right side of the audio, for headphone listeners.

“Liars” by Dead Tooth could be an anthem. This song is very catchy and has, yet again, great guitar work. Nothing complicated, just chords that serve the song and act as the perfect background for the synth that comes in later in the song.

The artist Black Marble has a few songs that I really enjoy, and this is an example where I think if I took the time to listen to some of his songs, I think he would become an artist whose synthesizer and drum machine-based work I could appreciate as a separation from the normal guitar-driven music I listen to. My current favorites out of the limited bunch I’ve heard are “A Great Design” and “MSQ No-Extra,” which, seeing as how they are from the same album, probably means the album has some other phenomenal songs that just require a little more searching to find.

Writing this has shown me that I should probably stop complaining to myself about having nothing new to listen to when all the great music is sitting right in the catalogues of artists I already listen to, waiting for me to find it. I’d advise anyone looking for new music to start in places where they’ve only scratched the surface.


Ryan Meyer is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].