When I think of Portland, Oregon, I think of local coffee spots (Starbucks is too hipster,) bookstores, artists, hippies, and well, everything Portlandia. Everything about Portland seems to scream eclectic expression, and apparently the city is known for having a thriving indie-folk scene. So if you know anything about indie-folk, then it’s very eclectic. It’s grab your moccasins, sip on coffee, and strum a guitar music.
I tried strumming the guitar and learning to play acoustic melodies, but I think I’ll leave that up to M.Ward. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, M.Ward is the other half of the indie-folk duo She & Him (Zooey Deschanel.) The duo has some pretty good songs that capture that sip coffee and read literature mood, but M.Ward’s solo track “The First Time I Ran Away” is hands down the best.
The song itself is enough to catch your attention, but you’ve gotta love the beautiful quirky animation directed by Joel Trussell. The video tells the story of a girl who runs away with her pet llama and fish; so adorable!
You may not be a big fan of indie-folk music, but if you like sipping on coffee, chilling out reading a book, and wearing some nice loafers, then you might just like the sounds of M.Ward. Luckily I grew up listening to folk, especially Tracy Chapman, so the sound doesn’t bother me; I prefer it sometimes. But it’s all based on your personality and how open you are. Some of might like it, others may hate it. But perhaps you like what you’ll hear, then head over to his site for more music. The website alone is very quirky & creative. It’s so folksy! http://mwardmusic.com/deluxe/
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