Please Help Me Find Similar Songs
November 27, 2012 7:09 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for examples of songs that feature an acoustic guitar, a string counterpoint melody (like a violin or cello), and light percussion. An example would be Valentine by Willie Nelson. I need some inspiration for a song I am working on. The more expressive the string counterpoint, the better. Any suggestions?
posted by Lokheed to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Crowded House, Into Temptation.
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:11 AM on November 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Almost anything off of Nickel Creek's first album would qualify here, and I would specifically recommend Out of the Woods.

I love me some Nickel Creek
posted by DWRoelands at 7:17 AM on November 27, 2012

Kristen Hersh - Your Ghost.
posted by misteraitch at 7:25 AM on November 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Lots of Nick Drake's work fits. Day is Done is practically overflowing with expressive string conterpoint. For something more upbeat - Cello Song and Hazey Jane I, for epic and sweeping - Introduction, for melancholy - River Man.
posted by danceswithlight at 7:30 AM on November 27, 2012

Sibylle Baier, Give Me A Smile.
posted by cincinnatus c at 7:45 AM on November 27, 2012

Lone Sal Bug, by Buckethead. And probably a few more off Colma.
posted by bricoleur at 8:05 AM on November 27, 2012

Beatles, Yesterday
posted by canoehead at 8:44 AM on November 27, 2012

I can't find a YouTube link for the album track, but "Jim's Room" by Nina Nastasia would work. There's a live version, but that doesn't include the string track, and the string track is highly contrapuntal.

Round the Bend by Beck - I think it might actually be a synth accompaniment, but it's a very stringy synth.

Don't Need a Reason by Beth Orton - might be a little more than light percussion.

Love Comes to Me by Bonnie Prince Billy. What you're looking for is kind of the M.O. on the album that song comes from (The Letting Go), with some variations.

Half of You by Cat Power, along with Werewolf off the same album.

If you can handle some woodwind along with the acoustic, string and percussion, there's quite a few tracks on The Weed Tree by Espers that might work. They're all covers, but quite different from the originals in most cases. Afraid and Tomorrow.

Mazzy Star: Into Dust and Five String Serenade

The guitar's not necessarily acoustic, but These Days by Nico. There might be more stark stuff on the Desertshore album.
posted by LionIndex at 9:45 AM on November 27, 2012

Also not acoustic, but with fantastic strings and percussion so light it's played by the bassist: Ben Howard's cover of Call Me Maybe.
posted by nicwolff at 12:45 AM on November 28, 2012

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