17-02-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Royal Blood - Out Of The Black|
Although I had a great weekend (with good friends, my nephew's 5th birthday and loads of contact with a pretty girl), Monday morning is always an annoying wake-up call. I was not yet ready to face another week. Good thing there's coffee and great music (by Royal Blood) to help us get through it. Have a good week!
13-02-2014 // Track: Hearts of Black Science - Metropolis|
Have been adding dozens of great songs to my daily playlist the last few days, "Metropolis" by Hearts of Black Science is one of the highlists now that I've been listening to the entire list for a few days. The start is nice, but not extremely brilliant, but after the little intermezzo it goes all loud on you. I love the instrumental bit that comes next and I can't get enough of it. It reminds me of something, but I haven't figured out what. Doesn't really matter, this rocks hard!
11-02-2014 // Track: For Esmé - 250|
This is a really fine song, but I really hope For Esmé will someday re-write it to be so much longer. It has the intensity to suck you in, but it's over too soon to really get me there. It feels like an in-between-song in this version, which might just be a waste of something beautiful. But beauty is in seeing and hearing the little things, so from that point of view this is just as perfect as it'll ever be. Whatever it could be or should be, for now it is 139 seconds of pure beauty!
10-02-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Klaxons - There Is No Other Time|
Monday morning. I didn't want to get out of bed. I didn't want to take a shower. I didn't want to put my clothes on. I don't want to have breakfast. I don't want to go to work. I don't want this day to start. I just want to dance to Klaxons.
08-02-2014 // Track: Joris Delacroix & Nancy - Take Your Time|
Cold and tired after training in the rain this morning and spending the afternoon lifting heavy stuff at work, I'm pretty much worn out. But the day is not over yet, the night is young and there's a party to attend tonight. Trying to pump myself up with rock music failed, easy-going folk tunes just make me crave for my bed even more, I need some dance music. This is a really nice relaxing dance track, even a little folky. But this live version still has a nice beat to it & it has me dancing for over an hour now. On the kitchen table, with a cup of coffee, and now a cold beer. Are you ready to party? I am.
06-02-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: The Black Feathers - Strangers We Meet EP|
Open Book. This song is, without any doubt, one of the finest songs you will hear this year. I promise. Start reading in an hour, for now; put this on repeat, fall madly in love, come back later.
Now that we've established the immense greatness of "Open Book", be ready for another shocker: there's more. Strangers We Meet is a 5-track EP released a little over a month ago and there are 3 beautiful songs on it. Three?! Yes, three! Plus 2 others: 10.000 Times is a song that for some reason doesn't do anything at all for me, I've started skipping it a few weeks ago and will continue to do so. And than we have "Open Book", the song of all songs, still takes my breath away everytime I hear it and on its way to musical heaven to shine there for the rest of my music-listening years.
The good thing about this EP is not just that one beautiful song I've been drooling over for the entire story so far, but the other songs just as much. Opening track "Strangers We Meet" is a great song. "You Will Be Mine" is almost as mesmerizing and perfect as the track I've mentioned too much in this review already and closing track "All Came Down" is slightly less than perfect by Black Feathers-standards, but there's 10.000s of bands that would kill for a song like this and still fuck it up.
Strangers We Meet by The Black Feathers is this months Must-Have of the Month for one simple reason: I can't stop listening to it. This is so incredibly beautiful and addictive that I'm waking up to it, riding to work with it, working with it, going home with it, taking showers with it, cooking dinner with it and go to bed with it. The only thing that does not go well with this beautiful EP is listening to other music at the same time.
If you spend a few dimes on just one album this month, may I suggest Strangers We Meet?! You'll love it!
05-02-2014 // Track: Jamie Beau - The Mill|
This is such a beautiful song that it brightens my early morning right away. Just got up, quick cup of coffee and off to work in 15 minutes, but when this is playing, it'll get stuck in my head for the rest of the morning. And that is a fine way to get through the day, great music makes everything better! Check out his full Shedding Skin EP; 4 great songs!
02-02-2014 // MixTape: Well-Played 003: Brave Tin Soldier|
Sunday morning. The sun is slowly rising over the houses across the street. It's warming up the living room, setting the entire back wall on fire. Kitty is trying to find the perfect spot to bath in the sunlight, while I'm trying to decide on wearing sunglasses or not. It's silly as hell to hear these inside, but with the flu still raging, my eyes won't stop tearing. And that's ruining my typing skills. But it's easy to ignore the little uncomfortable things when the stereo is streaming nothing but great music. Here's 5 songs that have been great company these last few sickdays. Even if you're feeling extremely well today (I hope you do), these are well worth hearing!
Thanks to the 2013-yearlist over at Common Folk Music I heard 'The Coldest State' by Donovan Woods. Once you stop watching the hilarious video, you'll realize that the song is really good!
Kevin Morby's "Harlem River" is from his 1st solo album released in December 2013. The song is a 7-minute trip with a pumping drumbeat that almost becomes endlessly haunting, unitll it's suddenly over in the blink of an eye. Great song!
I remember the video from when I was young and we only had 3 tv-channels, the animated short "The Brave Tin Soldier" seems to be the perfect video for the beautiful "Waiting For My Time To Come" by Colony House.
Now that I'm up for over an hour and I'm having my 2nd cup of coffee, let's dance a little in that Sunday morning sunshine. Brass Bed's "Please Don't Go" is a pretty cool track for such a thing and for some reason it reminds me of The Beatles everytime I hear it. Is there a better reason to listen to this song over and over again? I doubt it..
Duologue recorded this version of "Push It" at Stoke Newington International Airport. I don't see or hear any planes, but the song ain't less beautiful for it. Another repetitive and haunting track clocking over 7 minutes. But also another great song.
Sunday mornings should always sound like this. Have a great one!
29-01-2014 // Track: Yes We Kin - Down a Box of Moses|
This reminds me of so many great songs and it holds such a great story within itself, although I barely have a clue what the song is about. It's like reading a book in a strange language. I have no idea what I'm reading, but the images and the words are so instinctively haunting that I can't put it down. And when the song is finished, I'll still be clueless as to what I've just heard. So I play it again and again. Hoping it'll open to me a little more everytime I hear it. And if that fails, at least the song is beautiful enough to never become a waste of time.
This song is a very special work of art.
27-01-2014 // Track: Lauren Bradford - Stallion|
Lauren Bradford has finished her debut album Sunrise a few months ago and shared it with me. It's a beautiful collection of songs and it deserves to be heard. Unfortunately she is going through some troubles with getting her album released. The release date is pushed back due to promotional issues, but here is a beautiful live version of "Stallion", also on the album and a little showcase for this talented singer-songwriter. Addictive as Fuck!
25-01-2014 // Track: Kiev - Ariah Being (live)|
It's the start of a long weekend off, and there's no better way than enjoying morning coffee with great music. This track by Kiev is from their debut album Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth, released in October and there's a few more great songs like "Ariah Being" on it.