03-10-2014 // Track: Brooke Bentham - We'll Be Ghosts|
There's a lot of reasons I might be playing this song later tonight. With candles burning and the music gently playing while my girlfriend and me are watching the fireplace-dvd she brought with her last time she was here and 'accidently' left behind. Or maybe we won't be really watching the 20-minute love story about a piece of wood slowly dying and spend the entire evening kissing instead. In both scenarios I expect this beautiful song to fit in great! Because the main reason this song by Brooke Bentham will be playing tonight is the intense beauty of it. And it helps romance. A little. I hope.
02-10-2014 // Track: Alex Vargas - Solid Ground (live)|
Recently heard the clear version of this and remembered I had stacked this amazing live-version on my laptop some months ago. Alex Vargas has a great voice and this song is dark and haunting. The new James Blake? Could be.
29-09-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: The Cheek - Do Nothing|
So there's a new project called The Lost Music club. Their goal is to release forgotten gems that could've been gold in the past, but somehow never made it into the stores. This is how they perfectly describe it: Our aim is to unearth unreleased gems that’ve sat unheard and potentially lost forever and introduce them to a wider audience through digital and physical releases. We’re not talking about the un-bought albums listed on Amazon, we’re talking about the apocryphal recordings that never made it to the public domain – the debut album that never got released, the demo tapes for the second album that never was, or the early tracks that never made the cut.
Their 1st release was added to the 4th anniversary of Plug in Baby! and was a band called Speedy. They recorded a debut album, but never released it, untill The Lost Music club did.
Their 2nd release is set for October 27th and is The Cheek's album Lovers' Quarrel, Do Nothing is the 1st song taken from that album and just like the 1st release it has a strong britpop-vibe. Also similair to the 1st release of The Lost Music Club this is a debut album that was already recorded, but never made it into the stores. Whatever happened is for the history books, all we know now is that The Lost Music Club is giving this band a new life. And based on this 1st song, that is an offer well deserved. Great song!
23-09-2014 // Track: Matt Paxton - Hummingbird|
Today Matt Paxton released his latest EP Mountain Eyes. This song "Hummingbird" was released last week and it's a beautiful little folk song. Just Matt and his guitar. You can check out the full 6-track EP at shop.othersongsmusic.com/album/mountain-eyes-ep, I've just given it a 1st spin and it's a fine record to get lost in the woods with. Maybe even spot a ..
22-09-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: The Rising - Still Coming Home To You|
The Rising are being marketed as an Irish band influenced by Bruce Springsteen. I get that. This powerfolk band is sharing their name with Bruce's 9/11 album and their sound is surely within reach of Bruce and The Gaslight Anthem. This band is reaching for a big audience and I hear no reasons they wouldn't succeed. The whole album is a bit too smooth for me, but this 1st single is great Monday morning music. Have a good week!
19-09-2014 // Track: Black Tarantula - Effektgerat / Wie A zegt|
This could be music from a Tarantino-movie. pic tune from one the finest Dutch bands I've discovered in ages. Though actually, they've discovered me and got in touch about their new record Deze Kant Boven (Dutch for: this side up).
These are the opening tracks to that album and if the rest if just as epic this is one hell of an album. They call their style Netherkraut, this is how they describe it: "Netherkraut is an amalgam of surf, psychedelic garagerock and krautrock", I call that: Yeah, whatever! I can hear the surf-influences and they're probably right about the rest, but I'm too busy dancing to really care about styles and influences. Black Tarantula is a very special band with a very special sound. Dutch surf music like I've never heard it before.
Epic. As. Fuck!