Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Air Traffic Controller-Nordo

Ever had one of those times where you hear a song and you immediately know that the artist will be one of your favorites for years to come? As someone who looks at dozens of new songs every day, I strive for that feeling, and yesterday, I achieved it. The last time it happened was when I heard "Good Ass Intro" on Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap and I knew the rest of the album was going to be something that appealed to me specifically. I knew, within the first 45 seconds, that I had found something special. This was similar to how I felt when I pressed play on Air Traffic Controller's album Nordo. First of all, I have to give props to The Burning Ear for digging this band up. Nordo, Air Traffic Controller's sophomore album, was released on June 26, 2012. The name of the band also isn't random and meaningless like a lot of band names today, the frontman of ATC, Dave Munro, actually served as an air traffic controller in the Navy. ATC gathered some media attention with their single "You Know Me", which landed on a few websites' top singles lists and a even few called it one of the best albums of the year, but overall, this album definitely went overlooked. You know that moment in the movies where the guy is running through an airport to keep the girl of his dreams from getting on the plane, or when the underdog team starts to comeback and you just want to stand up and start cheering? That's the moment that ATC captures in Nordo. Songs like "You Know Me", "Hurry Hurry", and "If You Build It" just make me happy when I listen to them. Anytime I'm having a shitty day I feel like Nordo is the thing I could listen to to make everything seem alright. The link above only features 5 of the 12 tracks on the album, go to iTunes or Spotify to listen to the whole thing, you won't regret it.

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