04-11-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: The Tourist Company - Brother, Wake Up|
November. The month in between. Not as Autumn as October, not as romantic as December. Since 2011 also known als Movember, Brovember and other silly excuses for men to see how they look with a moustache. You look stupid, my fellow men, no exceptions. Accept it, enjoy it if you will. And move the fuck on. Preferably with a fine tune to ease the pain. And when it comes to fine tunes, I’ve found the perfect record to get you through the most promising, yet boring as hell month of the year: Brother, Wake Up by The Tourist Company is the new Must-Have of the Month. Wonder. Listen. Agree.
The folk-hype is not over, Mumford & Sons-clones are all over the place and it is not impossible to put The Tourist Company in the same corner with the rest of them, but you’d be doing them wrong. Their songs are little stories, the harmonies perfectly intimate and they put the song before the rhythm. That sounds a little strange, but when you think of it most Mumford-clones, as well as the original, are more about up-tempo rhythms and close harmony vocals than anything else. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just that what The Tourist Company does is a little more. And a little better, in my opinion.
Don’t speak. Don’t read. Just listen.
“Let It Rest” is right up there with the greatest songs of the year. It’s the icing on the cake for an album that is best enjoyed every day of the month right after you wake up until the very moment you fall asleep. It’ll smooth out your day & bring you beautiful dreams in the night. Just like any perfect record should. I love this album. I’d marry it if I was allowed to.
31-10-2013 // Album: Haruko - Feathers & Driftwood|
Haruko released her new album Feathers & Driftwood this Summer and I've been falling in and out love with it for a few months now. I guess it was just the wrong season for it, now that Fall has set in with all the storms and rain, I love doing nothing in the warm comfort of my home listening to this beautiful record every night.
Haruko's previous record Bird in the Snow was a personal favorite 2 years ago and she continues to amaze me on the new record. The beautiful songs, intimate and slow, are all perfectly crafted based on a minimal sound. It all revolves around Susanne's voice and guitar.
For some reason my mind always goes into some sort of competition to find a favorite song on each album. Although I've accepted long ago that this usually changes if an album is really good and I get to spend a lot of time with it. Lately the beautiful records I listen to make it extremely hard to single out a certain song. This album made me face the same challenge, my favorite song changes everytime a new song starts. One of the marks of a special record.
And that is just what this is; a very special and truly beautiful record.
25-10-2013 // Album: Rural Ghosts - City of Elms|
Alongside Cantoo's Must-Have of the Month-album, there's one more record I've been listening to everyday since it was released on October 1st. City of Elms is the debut full-length by Rural Ghosts. First single "Eyes" was already labelled 'great' a few months ago and is still one of the highlights of this album, but it's surely not the only one.
I can't help being a Pearl Jam-hater, it's in my genetics. I've really tried to accept them, listened to all the albums and I've even seen them live last Summer. But I actually just thought everything else on the festival was better than Pearl Jam. Even the toilets. And the albums all suck aswell. For some reason this song gives off a huge Pearl Jam-vibe, with one extremely important difference: it doesn't suck! I play air-guitar to it on my bike, in the supermarket, standing on the coffee table, at the train station and in my office when no one's watching. Love it!
"Eyes" was on the blog a few months ago (but the link died..) and is still a great song. I may be really off here, but I'm pretty sure the cello was not this much 'in-your-face' in the previous version and I liked that a little better actually, there was more balance in the song. Still a great song, but it was a little better in my memories (maybe I'm just getting old..).
The instrumental "Vesuvius" is my starting point these last few days, I let it play from here and keep the album on for some time. I was talking abou air-guitar-ing earlier, this is 5 minutes of it. The cello and guitar work extremely well together and I truly hope this is a sound Rural Ghosts will be exploring a little further in the future. If you disprove of playing the almighty air-guitar (I risk never to be taken serious again after this review), air-drumming is also a great workout on this track, air-cello is a little beyond me and pretty much just wrong.
All and all, Rural Ghosts released a great debut full-length with City of Elms. It is truly, as I love to call these, a Great. Fucking. Record.
25-10-2013 // Track: MAUSI - Body Language|
Great new track by MAUSI. Addictive as hell, best played VERY loud on a Friday or Saturday-night, right before stepping out for some all-night-partying. Have a drink on me, I'll be working all weekend. Which is not all bad, as long as there's great tunes like this. Get a free download of their Autumn/Winter Collection including "Body Language" and a really cool cover of 1998 hitsong "Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust, which I was instantly reminded of after listening to "Body Language". If this doesn't kick off your weekend, you're in trouble!
25-10-2013 // Track: Future History - With Haste|
Going through a little psych-rock phase these last few weeks, Future History's "With Haste" is just another fine song I've been enjoying at least twice every night this month.
19-10-2013 // Track: Bear's Den - Isaac / Sahara|
The Folk-hype is a few years old now and still going strong. Earlier this year I've introduced you to Sons of the East, this Saturday-night I would like you to listen to Bear's Den. Take about 5 minutes, click play, ignore the commercial & enjoy another great folk sensation on their way to their own little slice of greatness.
"Isaac" is a beautiful slow folk song. Nothing more, nothing less. Last month Bear's Den released a new song called "Sahara" from their upcoming EP Without/Within, set for release October 28th. Another beautiful song, a little faster, but still subtle and sweet.
Bear's Den is playing Amsterdam in a few weeks, there's no reason for me not to be there. Same goes for pretty much every Dutch reader out there; join me. Great music guaranteed!
18-10-2013 // Track: Son Lux - Easy|
This reminds me of old Dr. Dre-albums. And I still cherish those records. Best enjoyed extemely loud, while driving a car, using that oldschool bumper-thingy they used to do in the old hiphop-videos. Although I'm lacking just about everything from that description, I'm still heavily addicted to this. Great track!
17-10-2013 // Track: Seagull - Ruby|
Great, dark and haunting track by Australian band Seagull from their recently released 3rd album Ocean From Above. I love this song.
16-10-2013 // Track: James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier|
New music from an artist that has taken your breath away for the last few years is always a challenge. I remember the second Fleet Foxes living up to the expectations, being the exception. When it comes down to James Vincent McMorrow I had no expectations actually. I don't know if more of the same would please me (probably not), but new paths in music might also be too much for me to take.
His new album Post Tropical is set for January 13 and "Cavalier" is the opening track and first single. After listening 7 times in a row I am still clueless. Love the voice, love the song. But it is very different. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. Actually, this song gets better everytime I listen to it.
Now that I'm listening to it for the 8th time, it's becoming clear: James Vincent McMorrow's new album is going to be another beautiful record. And I want to hear it. I want to own it. And I want to listen the shit out of it! In case you're feeling me, pre-order Post Tropical here.
16-10-2013 // Track: Cattle & Cane - Pull Down The Moon / Have You Been In The Wars Again|
New Cattle & Cane-single "Pull Down The Moon" is a fine up-tempo folk song with all the traditional ingredients. Harmonies, easy-going guitar strumming & and overall 'life is good'-feeling deeply embedded in the songs core. Good times all around with another fine release, following up on their addictive Summersong I Will Rise.
B-side "Have You Been In The Wars Again" is a whole different song. Pretty much how I prefer a B-side, giving the listener the opportunity to see two completely different sides from a band you or I may have just discovered. It's a mellow and dark song, slow pace and even a few strings in the background.
Combined this is a beautiful new release by this UK-based band around the Hammill-family.
These two fine songs make a great way to get to know Cattle & Cane!