04-05-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: Echo Bloom - Blue|
The Must-Have of the Month for May is an album that is almost a year old. On May 14th 2013 Echo Bloom released Blue. An intense album with a massive sound and a wide variety in styles. For the past few months I've been addicted to it, ever since I heard & shared single "The Returning of the Doves" in December, the album has been on heavy rotation. For several months this has been high on the Must-Have-list and now that the album is almost a year old, what better way to celebrate the birth of such a magnificent record.
Unlike my usual posting about records in which I write a little something useless and add a few songs from the record explaining why I love the record and the selected songs so much, I'll try something different for the second wave of Must-Have of the Month Records. I would like to suggest you listen to the entire record from start to finish. Don't read a good book or something while you're doing that, maybe a silly magazine about Summer clothing works for you, maybe you'll be able to just stare out of the window for an hour. It's worth it, it is the best suitable way to get to know this album a little. This album consists of 9 great songs, there's no flaw moment on it. Each song has something special hidden within and the best way to find that out is to listen to the entire record at once. Among its peers, these songs sound even better than on their own.
Don't be scared or fooled by opening track "Annunciation", it's a song that's somewhat off, but it is a perfect opening track and the record constantly evolves into something else as it continues. And besides, the harmonies in this first track are beyond beautiful. Follow-up "Cedar Beach" is already a more traditional folksong and after that, just go with the flow. I won't spoil the entire record for you by explaining the whole thing, I encourage you to be amazed by the sheer beauty and intensity of the record. If you are for some reason not open to the full experience and want a quick "hey-hello, how are you?" with this record, listen to "The Prostitute" and "The Flood". Both beautiful songs with strong lyrics and easily among the 25 finest songs I've heard in the last 12 months.
Just like the previous 12 Must-Have of the Month Records, this is my personal recommendation if you should just buy one record this month. And to make it even easier, you can download a copy for free via EchoBloom.com. There's no reason not to..
Great. Fucking. Record.
01-05-2014 // Introducing: Cheshire and the Cat|
This Nottingham (UK) based group combines soul, jazz and poprock and makes it their very own sound. It has a very happy swing to it and once the horns go all out it's pretty much impossible not to dance. "Milk in the Morning" is the perfect introduction song, Great fast pace and that last minute is almost ecstatic. This is Cheshire and the Cat at their best!
Another great track. Their combination of styles is so easy and it all sounds incredibly good.
They must be a live sensation and I'm really hoping they'll come to our side of the waters someday. I'll definately be there for some great tunes to enjoy!
30-04-2014 // Album: Aviators - Mirrors|
There's not a lot of music featured on this blog that we can call popmusic. But this album can only be described as pop. It's a little dark, a little rock, a little electro, but in its essence Mirrors is a pure pop album. And one of the finest I've heard in years.
Songs like these remind me of the good old 90s poprock-songs like Extreme and Robby Valentine used to make them. My personal favorite in that specific genre is Valensia (you might know this one-hit-wonder from his epic tune Gaia) and Aviators picks up where the 90s left it. Does that make this a somewhat dated album? Maybe. I imagine this kind of music being far less populair than it was 15 to 20 years ago, but that's not always a bad thing. And besides, a good song is still a good song.
Perhaps this album is using a somewhat outdated sound (or being the first one breaking a new hype re-instating 90s music, grunge is on its way back aswell, isn't it?), but it is catchy as hell! I play this album whenever I get home from work in a really shitty mood and I just dance my ass off for an hour.
This is music to celebrate stuff with. Right here, right now. Whatever you're doing and however you're feeling. If you are over 25, you are allowed to like the hell out of this record. No wait, you are obligated to enjoy the fuck out of this record. Don't do it because I told you so, do it because you've given it a spin and are madly in love with it. Like I am.
Great. Fucking. Addictive. Record.
29-04-2014 // Track: Wooden Arms - December|
Fuck, this is beautiful. "December" is part of a double A-side single by Wooden Arms, together with another great song called "Tide" and I have just ordered myself a copy, because this is beyond breathtaking. Think Lost In The Trees with even more magic. Great song! Great great song! Really great great song! You get the idea, right..?
28-04-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Seryn - Disappear|
New music by one of the finest bands I've discovered since this blog started. Their album This Is Where We Are is over 3 years old, but high on my all-time favs-list. This new song "Disappear" is taken from their new album, which has no releasedate or title for now, but it makes me very anxious to hear it. Incredibly good song, perfect to kick of your week. Make it a good one!
27-04-2014 // Track: WOODS - With Light And With Love|
Epic Sunday-morning jam clocking a little over 9 minutes. "With Light And With Love" is from the new WOODS album With Light And With Love, released earlier this month.
24-04-2014 // Track: Powder Blue - Run|
I've got a headache the size of a Kiss-rockshow, but this psychrock-track by Powder Blue is just what I need to clear the thick black clouds from my skull.
19-04-2014 // Track: Big Gigantic - Blue Dream|
Big Gigantic. Here they are again! Another track from their recently released album The Night Is Young, because it's so freaking brilliant! This has more sax than Touch The Sky and that makes it even better for dancing. Saturday night music like it should always have been.
17-04-2014 // Album: Ghost Twins - Never Fear Total Failure|
Last year Ghost Twins released a double A-single that I shared with you on a fine Sunday morning. This week they released their debut album Never Fear Total Failure and it's every inch as great as the double A-single from last year and a whole lot better. In this particular case, more = more and more = better.
It's funny how a seriously depressing title as "You Will Always Be Lonely" sounds like a really fun song. Great beat, up-tempo song & lyrics that are really easy to remember. This is a festival banger waiting to happen.
The entire record clock a little over 38 minutes in 9 songs, which is not a lot if you take notice of the earlier post and their great song "Dream On / Dream Off" lasting almost up to 8 minutes. But the song is not included on the album. I have to admit I was a little surprised not to find it on here, especially since the other A-side "Unknown Animal" is present and in my humble opinion that was (and still is) slightly less impressive back in October. It fits greatly within the general sound of the album, which is now accepted as Electronic Experimental Indie in my book.
The only moment this great album slows down a little, but it does it in style and just as the other 8 songs, this is a great song.
If you needed one song to describe this album, this is it! The lyrics aswell as the sound represent this album perfectly and it also helps how the title is included almost like a mantra near the end of it.
This is without a doubt one of the finest records of 2014. This is not just a great fucking record, this is even better. This is one of those albums that's gonna stay with me for a long time and it is definately the best record I've heard so far this year.
edit: for some reason all the tracks included here have the album title, they are all different songs though. Be sure to listen to them all.
15-04-2014 // Track: Arkells - Never Thought That This Would Happen|
Based on something a lot of people will be able to relate to "Never Thought That This Would Happen" is a great song; it is catchy as hell, has funny lyrics and even a string quartet. This is 5 minutes of pure fun. Great song by Arkells!
13-04-2014 // Album: Zachary Lucky - The Ballad Of Losing You|
It's been months since I've added this album to my favorites. I had just listened to it once and quickly decided I wanted to spent more time with it. As weeks turned into months I fell in love with Zachary Lucky's deep and slow voice, the sad lyrics and the mellow country feel of this album.
This album can be so bitter I can almost taste it. A line such as 'One too many songs about what might've been' from "More Than Enough Road" is just one example of the sorrow that drives this record forward. "Merry Month of May" is just as sad and bluesy, but despite all the pain there's a certain lightness to Zachary Lucky's music.
With an album title such as The Ballad Of Losing You it's no surprise this is a somewhat dark and mellow record, with that typical country feel to it and the lyrics set around losing the love of your life, one way or the other. What makes this album so good is his low and easy voice, taking you on a journey through his pain, without making it sound desperate of cheap.
Zachary Lucky wants to tell us all about losing the one we love, an experience most of us will have been through at least once in our lives by now. He tells a beautiful story, wrapped in compelling songs that urge you to listen and soak it all in. I am flat broke for the next 10 days, but hopefully my next paycheck leaves me some room to order this great record. After all of the months I've been listening to it, I'm far from done with it.
Great. Fucking Record.