Woodpigeon was here last year in February with the beautiful song For Paolo and in February of this year he released a new album called Thumbtacks + Glue. The album takes a few spins to get into your head, but once it's in there, it'll refuse to leave.
The thing with this album is that Woodpigeon lets it start with track 7 (out of 10): Robin Song. I understood from several other artists that they do this because they want to start off with the 'best' or most appealling track of their album. Makes sense, but the downside is that it's easy to miss more of this album, and after a while I just start off at track 7, shrinking the album down to a 4-track EP. A beautiful 4-track EP.
When listening to the entire album from start to finish I can't help the feeling that the album just really sets in at Robin Song. I wonder if that is something only I feel, or that the those last 4 songs are simply the finest the album has to offer.
Decide for yourself: a great 10-track album or a beautiful 4-track EP. What is it?!
"Future Fires" is a highly addictive track by Blinker The Star, a Canadian rock band evolving around Jordon Zadorozny. A new album was also released earlier this year, so if you're into this fine pulsing track, be sure to listen to Songs From Laniakea Beach. I have and it's worth it!
Tiny Ruins have released an album back in 2011 and this 6-track EP is a collection of older songs and B-sides, released exactly 2 months ago. That full album is now another addition to my "Must-Hear"-list (which is over 200 albums long..), because the 6 songs on this EP are 6 beauties.
Definately my personal favorite is the short, but beautiful song "Days Are Long, Nights Are Longer". It's a declaration of love to someone, and like most people I can relate to the feeling described so perfectly here. The song feels like one of those insanely beautiful French lovesongs, usually performed by just a lonely girl and her guitar. Perfection in under 3 minutes, impressive as hell!
Another song with that same 'French girl with acoustic guitar'-touch to it. I am a sucker for music like this and Tiny Ruins plays it so fine. That 2011-release is getting some decent airplay this weekend, meanwhile I'll still be enjoying this beautiful EP for the next months to come.
Fitness Club Fiasco is a band including Old English-bandmember Matt Henderson and he gave me the heads up on this 1st single, coming from an album they're still working on which hopefully will be released later this year. It's a synth-pop tune that makes you dance, takes it down a little and explodes in the final minute. A great first track & a fine way to get to know this new Canadian 5-piece. Hello Fitness Club Fiasco!
One of my favorite cute little bands is F&M. They play folk music with a little twist, leaning towards country on their beautiful 2011-release Wish You Were Here and taking on some Russian influences on this 4 track EP suitably called An Evening In Moscow.
Also the same variation as on the previously mentioned album. Lead vocals coming from different band members, giving each song something different. But it's clear the band is finding the right voice and person for each song.
This is a 4-track EP and track number 4 is actually a song also included on Wish You Were Here, so this EP is about the other three brand new songs on it. And with this so-called review you've heard them all..
that can only mean one thing. Just like any previous work from F&M, this is a great release. And I've just found out a few days ago they are working on a new album. How great is that!!? In my not very humble opinion, Fucking Great! Just like this release: Fucking Great!
This would also work great for a Monday Morning Kick-Off, this song definately gets better played as loud as possible. Don't let this fool you though, it's the only song on this 5-track EP with Nicholas (who is undoubtfully the rapper), the rest of the album is much more folky.
That does not mean it is not as beautiful as Millstone, although I have to admit that it is my favorite song of the album. Opener "North" is at least as great. Pure folk, just like the other 3 songs on the album.
This whole Must-Have of the Month-thing is part of a bit of a financial challenge for me, due to ex-girlfriends and banks I need to save a lot of money. Which had me decide to not buy the shitload of albums I used to do for at least the next 12 months. Being the silly little music lover that I am, I granted myself one purchase per month, preferably just the download-option (instead of the vinyl-versions I usually ordered). The whole situation sparked the Must-Have of the Month-idea and here I am typing crap you're barely interested in.
But the basic thought is: I allowed myself one album this month, and this is it. Kye Oats by Coyote Armada. Great. Fucking. Album. (although I usually skip the last minute of track 3. Reservoir / A Low Fog Coming , because it's a bit of a drag..)
One of the upcoming highlights for North Sea Jazz 2013 in July is the concert on Friday by BADBADNOTGOOD. Their 2nd album BBNG2 is addicitive as hell and it rocks like crazy. Their sound reminds me a lot of the early days of Bad Plus, but with more hiphop in their sound.
BADBADNOTGOOD does 6 covers on this album and 5 tracks of their own. The new tracks are as good as the covers, the only difference is that the new tracks are not very familair on first spins. The best way to tackle that problem is by listening to this album A LOT. Like I've done over the last two weeks.
Their covering skills are best heard in their brilliant copy of James Blake's "Limit To Your Love" and "Flashing Lights", originally done by Kanye West. It has that same melodic somewhat dark feel to it the live-version holds (the original album version is pretty boring..). And it's really amazing that the vocals are not being missed at all on these tracks. That's good instrumental covering for ya.
You can download BBNG2 for free via http://badbadnotgood.com/ and enjoy this great album anywhere you like. It's perfect for training, working, relaxing, dancing, reading the paper, lounging in the sun, doing the laundry and probably a lot more. Can't wait to see them live next month, but for now this is a GREATFUCKINGALBUM. GOODGOODNOTBADATALL.