Shazam Rabbit Hole: Tim Atlas + Josh Rouse + Rex Orange County + George Harrison

Welcome to! This is my first post, and I suppose I should explain what the heck this site is. Simply put, it’s my attempt to lure you into the proverbial digital Rabbit Hole, one blog post at a time.

I’ll write about music, pop culture, YouTube, TV shows and movies, using video and audio to waste as much of your time with mindless entertainment as possible. One of my planned regular posts will be about what I’ve Shazam’d and liked recently.

I could be at a funeral, and if I hear a song I like, I immediately open my phone and hit the button to make Shazam listen. To this day, Shazam is pretty much the most useful app I have. It used to be Waze until it couldn’t figure out whether it was going forward or backward.

My biggest discovery on Shazam recently is a guy named Tim Atlas. He was apparently a contestant on Season 9 of The Voice. Long story short, I Shazam’d his song “Dive” and loved the vibe:

And that led me to listen to his album, where I heard this kick-ass song called “Figure A.” The driving bass and off-beat synth licks come around to what I’d describe as a powerful, strong chorus.

Stylistically, he reminded me somewhat of Josh Rouse, one of my favorite singer songwriters. This was the first song I ever heard from Rouse, way back in 2007.

The quality of Rouse’s work is at another level, so I don’t want to slight Josh. Tim Atlas is definitely up-and-coming, but Rouse is in another league.

Listen to “Hollywood Bass Player” and tell me you don’t hear some George Harrison:

Why do I suggest George Harrison as an influence? I hear a lot of similarities between Rouse and him in George’s 1976 hit, “Crackerbox Palace.”

A couple more Shazam discoveries from the past week includes a song from Nashville band Moon Taxi called “Two High.” I dig the folk pop sound with the funky Latin beat in the middle of this one.

I’ll leave you with this gem, a hit from English singer-songwriter Rex Orange County called “Loving Is Easy.”

Of course, that one reminds me of another song! That’s what the rabbit hole is all about, and in this case, I’m reminded of Mayer Hawthorne’s “The Walk.” Ann Arbor’s own had one of the best songs of 2011, and the reason it reminds me of Rex Orange County is the uber casual curse word in the opening line.

That’s all I’ve got for this post. I’ll close it out with a little Redbone just to get an ear worm goin’ for you: