Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tuesdays got talent XXI

Yes, we got a new talent and today it is Reindier
Reindier is the moniker of Reinier van Harten from Amsterdam. I just heard the song "Cold Love" on a local station and I love it! A nice strange electronic song with James Blake'ish qualities. His high pitched voice like a solo instrument weaving the bleeps and noises together. Here's some live footage to prove his qualities. Carlos Della-Fiore produces the tracks and joins REINDIER live on stage. Reindier is selected for Dutch showcase festival Popronde, let's hope this gives his career a nice boost! Here are some soundcloud links to his work, enjoy! And here's some Cold Love again :)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Tinseling Thursday XVII

Here are the tinsels from Norwegian band Einar Stray Orchestra
 Einar Stray, founder of the band is known from his colaboration with Moddi. His band just released their second album "Politricks",  combining symphonic music, folk and some indie pop/rock, with a kind of Sufjan Stevens sauce. Listen to their latest release and title song "Politricks"

They blew my socks off with this live version of "Pockets full of holes" also from the album Politricks Here's some older work from the EP For The Country, this song is caled Caressed. Let's end with a soundcloud link with some older work, enjoy...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Tinseling Thursday XVI

I'm in love! Now and then I'm overwhelmed by new music. This time Canterbury band Syd Arthur blew my mind. And although it's not thursday yet over here, I couldn't wait to post this one.

Syd Arthur are Liam Magill (guitar, vocals), Raven Bush (violin, keys), Fred Rother (drums), Joel Magill (bass).
It's their song Hometown Blues that made me go WOW.

I'm not going to compare them with other bands, there are traces of jazz, folk, prog rock and funk. The band themselves call what they do "psychedelic funk rock" and that's not strange because of Canterburies past music scene (Soft Machine, Caravan and Camel). Raven Bush (great name by the way) is a nephew and heir of Kate Bush, a Kent girl herself. Their latest album "Sound Mirror" is a beauty with hits like Hometown Blues or this song "Garden of Time" Here's some previous work, their album On and On And here's the radio edit of my favourite song Hometown Blues, enjoy!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Misty Monday XXIX

Hello again, here's some Misty Monday music trying to help you to start up the week and I know it's wednesday by now, sorry for that (something went wrong with my browser..but it seems to work again). But no worries, this music fits every day of the week. So this MM is brought to you by S. Carey
photo by Cameron Wittig
 S. Carey is the moniker of Bon Iver member Sean Carey. He just released his third solo album "Range of Light" on april '14. His easy going quiet songs with nice Beach Boy'esque harmonies could be compared with Fleet Foxes,  Iron&Wine or Sufjan Stevens. Listen for example to "Crown The Pines" the nice rhythm patterns reveal his percussionist background and that he listened a lot to Sufjan. b.t.w. I love the violin part of this song! :).
And here's the more quiet song Fire-scene" More tranquility with this one, enjoy "Alpenglow"

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Warm Wednesday XXVIII

Today a short warm wednesday post but nevertheless a worthy one. I just heard this artist some days ago and I was flabbergasted. This wednesday is for Bachar Mar-Khalifé
Bachar is born in Beirut, Lebanon, and the son of musician Marcel Khalifé (who is actively committed to the Lebanese secular movement). He moved to Paris when he was 6 years old and graduated from the Conservatory of Paris. Bachar Mar-Khalife is a classically-trained pianist and percussionist. First let's listen to the track that blew my mind here's "Distance" from the 2010 album Oil Slick. Convinced? I was...the precious and intimate compositions of "Oil Slick" (made with his brother Rami by the way) released in 2010 make way on his second album for songs fueled by stage experience. This new album includes covers of Serge Gainsbourg sublimated by the voice of Kid A, of his father, Marcel, but also alternate versions of songs from his debut album as well as original compositions. Here you can see him perform the song "Mirror Moon" from the 2013 album: Who's gonna get the ball from behind the wall of the garden today? Here's the laidback single with Virginia producer/songwriter KID A, this song is called "Machins Choses" For those who like to hear the full album "Oil Slick", here it is: via Bachars' Bandcamp page, enjoy!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tinseling Thursday XV

Let's bring up some veterans to tinsel up our thursday!
How about Eno • Hyde
Famous producers/musicians Brian (Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle)Eno and Karl Hyde (Underworld) will release a new collaborative album on may the 6th (5th in the UK)called "Someday World". Yesterday I heard the song Daddy's Car and I became very happy! Nice uptempo song, nice drums, nice baseline, nice vocals by Karl.... well let's hit it! I love it, it was the second song they shared with us after "The Satellites" which was also impressive but (like someone commented on the video), with very "cheesy horns" and I must admit. It sounds like they found a second hand 80's Roland Juno in the studio's cellar. But okay that's what I like, more cheesiness in todays music! The song was composed and sung by both Eno and Hyde. It features Eno's Roxy Music bandmate Andy Mackay, Eno's daughter Darla Eno, Sinead O'Connor producer John Reynolds, the record's co-producer Fred Gibson, and Georgia Gibson.

I always admired Brian Eno for his minimalistic music and the projects he did as a producer. Karl Hyde's last album Edgeland is also more moving towards that minimal approach so I thought this collaboration would be also very loungy/chilling/esoteric but wrong I was :) Here's Karl Hyde's song from that Edgeland album "The Night Slips Us Smiling Underneath It's Dress"

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tinseling Thursday XIV

Ready to unwrap our todays Boxed-In tinsels?

Boxed In is the chosen alias for the first solo venture from London based producer Oli Bayston and Oliver is no newbie. Being 7 year in Manchester-based band Keith, working as engineer and assistant to producer Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Bat For Lashes, Toy) and playing keyboards on Willy Mason's and Steve Mason's most recent LPs, he's earned his spurs. But even those experiences won't count if the music is sheit :) Luckily, that's not the case, listen for example to his latest song "No Joke" The quirky bass is played by Mark Nicholls, another fellow band member is Liam Hutton (drums). Here's "All Your Love is Gone" I love this acoustic piano version he played on Sofar London and we end with a soundcloud link to "Legacy", enjoy your todays tinsels!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Warm Wednesday XXVII

Let's welcome troubadour Nick Mulvey to warm up this wednesday.
I saw this London based singer-songwriter on a documentary about the SXSW festival.
He was dropping his hypnotic tunes and his briljant way of playing the acoustic guitar on the streets of Austin playing the song "Nitrous"...

wait a minute isn't that the 90's song "Youre not alone" by Olive, yes it certainly is, nice way of blending :). Nick studied music in Havana, Cuba. He played the Hang as a founder member of 2008 Mercury Prize nominated band Portico Quartet, until 2011 (when he got the hang of it), he left to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter. In this next song his guitar sounds a bit like a Hang, this is the song "Juramidam"... His debut album "First Mind" is going to be released on the 11th of may. On June 2013 he released the EP Fever to the Form. Here's a soundcloud link to this EP And let's end with his latest song "Meet me There" have a nice warm wednesday!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tinseling Thursday XIII

Hello again, a bit late for a Tinseling Thursday because it's friday right now but who cares...it's the music that counts. Todays tinsels are brought by Dan Croll
Daniel Francis Croll is a British singer-songwriter born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He moved to Liverpool when he was 18 to attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). While at LIPA, he won the national Songwriter of the Year award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and was one of eight students picked to have a one-to-one with LIPA founder Sir Paul McCartney. He is currently signed to Turn First Records. I heard his song "From Nowhere" on the radio and I was sold. The cheap organsound, the dropping guitarnote and his voice. Let's take a listen to this song (already released in september 2012 by the way) Looking a bit like 1930's actor Harold Lloyd or a well-behaved honourable student, his music is up-to-date, and original. I hear some catchy rhythms, nice dreamy choirs and light-hearted keys and his music's got an african twist sometimes. A remix of the song From Nowhere (Baardsen remix)is featured om the soundtrack of GTA V. Here's the song "Compliment Your Soul" that was featured on FIFA 1... Dan is a definitely a gameboy Here a soundcloud link to his latest song "Home" en we end this post with "In/Out". His album "Sweet Disarray" is released march 10th by Deram records, enjoy! Home by dancrollmusic In/Out by dancrollmusic

Monday, 20 January 2014

Misty Monday XXVIII

Today it's up to Arve Henriksen to lead us through Blue Monday
Arve Henriksen is a Norwegian trumpet player, renowned for his distinctive, flute-like sound on the trumpet, inspired by the sound of the Japanese shakuhachi flute. He also sings; his unique wordless vocalising was central to Chiaroscuro, where he often sings in a soprano's range. The control over his head voice is such that in "Opening Image" he could quite easily be mistaken for a woman. Arve recently made the album called "Places Of Worship". On this album he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of tone poems and mood pieces located around religious buildings and ruins. Here's the song Lament Nice misty monday music isn't it? Arve made this album assisted by producers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, Honoré who is also singing (very capably, and oddly for a Norwegian, in what appears to be an Irish accent) on the final track, “Shelter From the Storm”. And we end with the song Saraswati (the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science) have a nice blue monday!