Stream Entire New Album from “Fun” on SoundCloud
In my years of being a Fun fan, I’ve never really ever expected to hear their music anywhere other than on my own iPod. Needless to say I was a bit shocked when Chris Callaway came in the studio last week and mentioned we were going to start playing a song called “We Are Young” by none other than the band Fun. The album just hit stores today, but the single has already seen wide success. The label Fueled by Ramen has made the entire album available to stream on SoundCloud. I’ve been jamming the disc in my car for a few days now and so far my favorite tracks are “All Alone” and “Stars.” Check them out for yourself below. Warning to parents: There’s some pretty conspicuous curse words in the first track, but I think the rest are clean.
I’ll admit that it took a little while for Fun to grow on me the first time I heard them back in 2009. Since about 2006 I had been a big fan of a band called The Format, fronted by a singer named Nate Ruess. The Format broke up in 2008, and Ruess formed the band Fun soon after. I was excited to hear about new music from Ruess, but a little disappointed when I heard how much of a departure the Fun tracks were from the Format sound. With just a little time, Fun’s first album “Aim and Ignite” became some of my favorite tracks. Below is probably one of the strangest songs from Aim and Ignite, but it’s also my favorite from the album.
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I think the band did a great job re-inventing themselves in the new album, while still staying true to their very unique sound. I credit a lot of that with their decision to work with hip-hop producer Jeff Bhasker on this latest project. Bhasker has produced award winning records for the likes of Kanye, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, just to name a few. There’s no doubt his influence shows through pretty heavily in certain tracks.
I’ll stop babbling before I start to sound like too much of a pretentious indie DJ, but I hope you dig what you heard above. If you do then keep a close eye on our website. We have over fifteen digital copies of Fun’s new album Some Nights that we’ll start giving away here very soon!