Later this month OCHO is releasing their debut album Young Hunting and based on the amount of great songs on their soundcloud-page this is shaping up to be a great release. It's dreamy soundscapes and amazing vocalists.
No one other than James Vincent McMorrow suggested this band on his twitter and when someone with such a beautiful record suggest an album, I have to listen. One does not simply ignore a music tip from a new found hero. And as you can listen for yourself, OCHO makes overwhelming music. "Deep River" is probably my favourite song, but this is an album with only highlights. Every new song that starts playing shapes up to be my favourite song, untill the last notes die out and the next beauty takes me by storm.
These 3 tracks clearly show the diversity of this collective. And their capacity to produce amazing songs, that'll suck you in and refuse to let you go. I've been listening to exactly one band all evening so far: OCHO. I recommend you do the same, you won't regret it.
Last Thursday morning we've watched Let It Go, the 1st video for Fossil Collective's upcoming debut album. This Thursday you can hear them cover "The Power of Love", originally done by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. And it's a great cover. Sweet atmospheric voices, nice up-tempo groove, perfectly dreamy and danceable. Love it!
It's exactly 2 weeks since I first heard the"Coming Home EP by Arbor Glades and I've been enjoying it a little more every day. At 1st I didn't think it was thát special, but it has a certain joy over it. A Summervibe like last years "Days" by Real Estate also had. Coming Home is not very much like that great Real Estate-album, but the sunny surf-vibes definately ring a few bells from time to time.
The sound is more oldschool surf though, and less distinctive. Real Estate has that special sound that makes it easy to spot their songs in a crowd (in a figure of speech, that is). Arbor Glades is not there yet, but this is a promising (first?) step. There's 5 great tracks on this free EP and that's more than enough to get to know this band and enjoy what they've released back in January. For their next step, I'm hoping on a Summer-release!
Fossil Collective is releasing their debut EP on June 11th and here's the video for the lead track "Let It Go". It's a refreshing song that'll help you start up with a smile on a boring Thursday morning, and the video is at least as beautiful as the song.
So this is the power of vinyl. Ordered this album last week on Monday and have the digital version on my laptop and mp3-player for over a week now. Listened to it a few times and wasn't really into it. But then I received the vinyl yesterday, put it on my brand new record player and it was instant love. Maybe it's the magic of the record player, maybe it's the magic of the music, maybe a little bit of both. Fact is, since I first heard the album yesterday evening, I've been listening to it on just about every music player I have.
Roman Ruins is Graham Hill. A 31-year old architect. Hill played drums with several bands and started writing his debut record Homebuilding while being on tour in Europe. Far away from his 1st time pregnant wife. Although I usually ignore the stories behind the music and prefer to let the music tell it's own tale, reading this little story added something extra to the music.
Homebuilding is a minimal electronic singer-songwriter album. If that even is a somewhat suitable description for it. I don't really know, and I certainly don't care. This is a very special album, although I have to admit I've just fallen in love with it 26 hours ago. And the thing with love is; it's most intense, when just awoken. We'll see how far and long this love will be with me. Based on the last 26 hours, I'd say this beautiful record and me have a bright and longlasting future ahead of us!
This Sunday morning I was reading the paper, drinking a cup of coffee and listening to a great record in the early morning sunshine for an hour or two. The perfect record to complete this little moment in heaven was a Canadian release by Avec pas d'casque.
They have recorded a beautiful countryfolk record that is made for relaxation. And because I don't know what the words mean, it's all the more easier to have it playing while reading the paper or a book. Especially when reading tough articles or English books I find it hard to focus on the words, when there's a great record playing in the background. Try listening to any amazing album while reading a book. Failure waiting to happen. Does that mean this is just background music? Definately not!
Astronomie is not just easy-listening background music. This record has been growing on me all week, evolving from just being background music to the point where I woke up this morning humming the melody of my favourite track "Veiller le feu". The next step is likely me breaking my promise to myself not to buy any more records for the rest of this month, because I'll just end up buying it on the 1st of May.
Enjoy a relaxing Sunday with one of the finest releases I've heard this year!
For those of you that think waking up with Titus Andronicus is a bit too much after the long relaxing weekend, here's something more easy-going for ya: Lowlakes. This Australian band has just released their 1st (self-titled) EP and it's a beauty beyond belief.
Slow soundscapes with a very specific leading vocalist in the person of frontman Tom Snowdon make this a perfect EP for deep in the night. But with the rainy days we'll be having this week and with that long weekend off still in our mellow heads, this is the perfect soundtrack for those of us that refuse to wake up and get back to work.. Visit their website for the rest of the EP and have a relaxing Tuesday, my friends.
(ps. the laptop has regained a little bit of life, so no downtime, it seems :)