The Cartographer is a great folk record by Luke Redfield. Soft and easy, with perfectly written lyrics. He describes people I'd love to meet, sings handcrafted songs about them and himself. It's easy to hear where his inspiration comes from, Luke Redfield is part of the alt-country music tradition that only finds itself in the outskirts of America. There's a quote on his website that describes this tradition and Luke's music perfectly: Luke Redfield has been criss-crossing America for most of his life, taking up home in Texas, Colorado, Alaska, and as an intrepid drifter on the West Coast, where he washed dishes and sang for his supper.
This record was made for travelling, for staring out the window as the rain is pouring down. For not doing a damn thing at all, except for listening to this fine record.
Their debut album Home is almost here and this song is soo addictive. Just like everything this fine band has released so far, this song is beautiful and works best when listened to over and over again. The best video of 2014 was Dancing and if there was a shortlist for 2015 Skies would surely be on it.
Another beautiful song taken from Bryan John Appleby's upcoming new record The Narrow Valley. This is the 2nd single, following up on Costanoan Bones and it sounds just as pretty. I can't wait to hear the entire record, set for release on November 13.
Infinite House by New York-based quintet Ava Luna is a stunning work of art. It is unlike any other album I've heard so far this year. Spectaculair and original in all its glory. There are dozens of different musical flavours to be found on this record and they all taste great.
Opening track "Company" sets a fine standard combining a nice mellow poppy verse with the occasional explosion. Second track "Tenderize" had me singing along the 2nd time I heard it and I reckonize a new word everytime I hear it (almost done completing the lyrics). The fun takes off real fast and continues to amaze and blow away for the entire record right up untill the short final chords of "Carbon". And the only decent thing left to do after the final note dies down is press either repeat, click play again or turn over that beautiful piece of vinyl you've purchased, like I have.
This is guaranteed one of those albums I'll be listening to for the rest of the year and the years to come. Beautiful Album. Get it. Preferably now.
You need to scroll back a little to start this album at track one, because the whole record is so much better than just half of it. I seriously don't understand why artists would start a Bandcamp-playlist of their record halfway in, but they do. Very often.
The Orchid Days is a relaxing record that easily combines hip hop beats with a strong jazzy vibe and that makes for a great album. This is not in-your-face brutal hiphop, it kinda rolls along as you read a book, have a good conversation with a friend or just hang around relaxing. Because that's the one keyword for this record: relaxing. And I'm always in the mood for that..
"Courtney Barnett puts a lot of effort into sounding effortless. Her songs are wild and wooly and wordy, her lyrics plainspoken and delivered like she’s making them up on the spot."
I couldn't have said it better if I tried. Courtney Barnett is playing Lowlands-festival this weekend and I'm hoping to catch her set. In case I fail and for everyone staying at home, here's Courtney's latest record sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit. Wild and uncontrollable dancing is allowed. Preferred. Encouraged.
Received an email about Christian Collins' new song "Sweet Divine" and I fell madly in love with it. Started playing his other songs and Love Is Higher might just get my heart beating even faster. His voice takes my breath away and the things he does with it are so highly amazing that words fail to describe what happens in my ears, my head and my heart when I listen to this.
If I could go on a date with music, I'd be asking this song out for the rest of the year. And the next.
A new Big Scary-song is always a reason to celebrate. And as to be expected, it's a Great Track. Is a new record coming our way? We can only hope, wait and listen to what this fine band will bring us next. Greatness for sure, as they've never let us down before.