07-10-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Cantoo - Cantoo|
We are going back to the 60s with Cantoo's self-titled debut album, released in May of this year and October's Must-Have of the Month. I know a lot of 60s music by sound, thanks to my father being a huge music fan like me and him being a teen in the 60s. And for some reason the music you hear in your teenage years will always mean something special, so when I grew up in the 80s and 90s my father still played the hundreds of records he had with all the older music on it. And being a parent usually means the new music is complete rubbish, and we all know how 'unmusical' the 90s were, with the eurodance and hardcore (which I both still love) controlling the music charts (at least in my part of Europe).
The 60s still live on now. for example through new music being released nowadays, but heavily inspired by those times 50 years ago. Enter: Cantoo. Their music is based on those times, but luckily not stuck in it. The harmonies, the instruments and the hints of psychedelia are all there. But it sounds fresher, more experimental, less forced. More now. And I guess that is what makes it so good. With one foot in the tradition of what was probably the most inspiring musical decade of 'recent' history and the other foot in the here and now, Cantoo has created a sound that is classic and new, combining the best of both worlds. I haven't received my copy yet, but I bet it works even better played on vinyl.
This is one of those records I just know I'll be playing for years. I listen to it several times a day at home, updated all my devices so it's on there and won't rest untill I've succesfully figured out all the lyrics. The music sets a mood I probably connect to my younger days doing the dishes with my father, while he's busy finding a 25 year old record he just happened to think of that day. Happy times, making this record just a little more special.
Cantoo's debut album is a beauty. Even without the huge amount of memories I poured out here, this is a great work of art. I can only hope that you enjoy these 4 songs as much as I do and will give the entire album a few spins from start to finish at http://cantoo.bandcamp.com. Be sure to do nothing (well a walk in the woods or something might work very well), so you take it all in. And I know you'll be amazed by the beauty of this album.
Great. Fucking. Album. Absolute Must-Have.
06-10-2013 // Track: Ghost Twins - Dream On / Dream Off // Unknown Animal|
Sunday tunes are usually smooth and relaxing. But not this Sunday. Ghost Twins is an electronic indiepop duo from the UK. Although this song is pretty far away from being 'standard' indiepop, it doesn't make it any less enjoyable. "Dream On / Dream Off" is almost 8 minutes of progrock that sucks you in and will have you headbangin' for most of the song. But it's not just mindless noise, it builts up and slows down, making it a really fine little trip.
"Dream On / Dream Off" is part of a double A-side single, set for release tomorrow. The other A-side is "Unknown Animal", which is something completely different at first and slowly works it's way to becoming an addictive dance track. Great stuff for a workout on Sunday morning or just hanging out in the early morning sunshine. I love Sundays..
02-10-2013 // Track: Amber - Noah|
On a totally unrelated note I would like to tell you that Amber was the name of my first real love. But that was ages ago. Nowadays she's happily living together with some other guy and a band not formed in her honour is releasing great music. Because this song is Addictive! As! FUCK!!
You may want to give this song a few spins before it nests in your brain, but I guarantee you it will. Ever since I've discovered it last weekend I've listened about 7 times a day to it. At least once before I go to work in the morning, and it's the first song I play really loud when I get home in the evening. The somewhat simpleton lyrics bothered me at first, but the overall "fuck everyone else, enjoy your life, it's Summer and stuff"-feel eventually creates a huge buzz. So sing and dance, tell the world you are Noah and that the sea is your home. I have been doing so for a few days now. Most neighbours think I've finally lost it, but I think I finally found it!
01-10-2013 // Track: Squanto - Parts 3 & 4|
This song had me picking up my guitar again last night, for probably the first time in 2013. Not because I wanted to play this song, not because it reminded me of something (well, a little bit). But mostly it inspired me. It is about 24 hours ago now (it was somewhere between midnight and 1:00 AM), I played the intro to 'Stairway to Heaven', attempted a few Nick Drake-song, had another beer and went to bed.
Best sleep I had in months. I went into my coma and kept right in there untill the alarm went off, feeling all powered up from the 1st minute. I don't think I slept like that in the last 3 years. After that and a morning coffee, I felt so good today, I walked up to this pretty girl I've been having meaningless small talks with for months, and now we have a date on Thursday.
Not saying my newlyfound love for my acoustic guitar, the great night sleep, the succesfull day at work and the Thursday date with the pretty girl are somehow related to listening to this mesmerizing tune last night. But I'm spinning it again right now, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning. after a great night of sleep. But first, where's my guitar?!
And in case you missed it somewhere in my ramblings; I think this is a great track!
30-09-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off, Track: Jake Morley - Feet Don't Fail Me Now / Ghostess|
Instead of just the usual loud Monday Morning Kick-Off, you can now choose between 2 really nice songs, both from Jake Morley. "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is the traditional up-tempo Monday Morning song here, addictive as hell and a guaranteed buzz for the rest of the Monday (if that doesn't work, just keep it on repeat).
For the people that prefer to wake up slowly, maybe ignore the Monday for as long as you can, here's a beautiful sweet Jake Morley live studio session of "Ghostess". Also suitable for coming home from that much hated 1st day later today. Pour yourself a glass of wine, take 30 minutes before you feed the cat, start cooking or empty out the washing machine and relaxed with Jake's beautiful voice.
Two great songs to choose from. Or, as I do it this morning, just let both songs take turns playing and start off another week just about as perfect as you can.. Have a good week!
29-09-2013 // , Track: The xx & Craig Armstrong - Together (Live @ Maida Vale)|
To be honest, I'm not a fan of the xx. But I am a huge fan of composer Craig Armstrong. He is not actually live here, but the Heritage Orchestra plays the strings live on this recording for BBC One's Zane Lowe radio show. And the string-section was composed by: Craig Armstrong. The song was originally recorded for the Great Gatsby soundtrack and it is one of the finer songs The xx have recorded over the years. This live version is even better and perfect for slow Sunday nights.
28-09-2013 // Track: WOODKID - I Love You|
A very special version of a beautiful song. I hope your weekend is as fine as this song. Cheers!
26-09-2013 // Track: Running Red Lights - Mulberry Love|
Cool new single by Running Red Lights, from their forthcoming debut LP, set for release next January. Sweet song with a great guitar solo, loved hearing this over and over again this morning and will continue to do so when I get home from work tonight.
24-09-2013 // , Track: Beccy Owen - You Can't Afford To Feel It (live)|
Was planning on saving this for the last day of September, as we started the month with some beautiful music by Beccy Owen. But she announced a new album for December, has reached her sponsume-goal within a day and is being crazy active on facebook thanking every 'sponsor' in person (I took a screenshot of the sweet message she gave me).
Back to the song; "You Can't Afford To Feel It" is an intense beautiful and sweet song and besides the (expected) beauty of the song, Beccy turns out to be a really funny and charming person on stage. I can't wait for the new album IMAGO to be released, but I am also really looking forward to seeing her play live. For me, another reason to visit the UK soon (as if Bridie Jackson & The Arbour or Paper Aeroplanes aren't reason enough.. maybe I should move there..). Anyway: Without a doubt the finest song I've heard all month!
24-09-2013 // Track: The Almighty Rhombus - She Didn't Want Me|
Could've used this fine track yesterday morning as a Monday Morning Kick-Off, but I was late & had things to do real early. Today sets out to be a shitty day, so great tunes will help me get through it. The Almighty Rhombus released this back in March and have a new song planned for next month, but after all this time the song is still addictive as fuck. It comes from a 5 track EP, so if you're in the mood for more (you should be after this), check the full EP out here.
22-09-2013 // Track: Qualia - Slæpwerigne|
Qualia's music has given me a lot a peace since I've first discovered his music somewhere in the Summer of 2012. His previous records are high on my 'bedroom'-playlists, because they are so perfect for relaxation. The soundscapes are slow and melodic, and they are never boring. Sometimes it builts up slowly and erupts into a massive wall of sound, but it always comes down and eventually makes you feel all warm and easy.
Be sure to hear Qualia's latest album Everything Is Going To Be Fine, from which "Slæpwerigne" is taken, the entire album is one big trip into happiness. It will probably be last thing I'll be hearing every night for the next month. Going to bed at night has just become a little more pleasant.