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.
22-09-2013 // Track: Scott Orr - A Long Life|
The first song from Scott Orr's upcoming new album A Long Life is a fine Sunday morning tune. The album comes out this Tuesday on Other Songs Music, a great record label that has had a very silent year untill this release. You can pre-order it already or just wait a few more days. Based on this one song & Scott's previous work, either one won't disappoint you and I'm pretty sure I'll get back to you on this record later this year..
19-09-2013 // Album: Bart van der Lee - Ballads for the Heathens or Dying|
Bart van der Lee's new album Ballads for the Heathens or Dying was released just 2 weeks ago, but it went on heavy rotation for me from day one. Have a listen!
Bart van der Lee was one of the few artists performing in the singer-songwriter contest on tv that sounded really good (as you can hear for yourself) and he has now released his new album with Snowstar Records (the finest Dutch records label of the moment). He performed "She Was Like The Sunlight" and it's also on this album, together with 7 other beautiful songs (the album-version is better). His raw voice and slow guitar handling make the easier songs irresistible, but also the more noisy songs like album opener "A Mother's Song" sucks you into the album and won't let you leave untill the final note of the last song has faded out.
The last song on the album is also my personal favorite. "Waste Of Life" has a certain tragedy to it right from the start, with that beautiful trumpet. The song has a slow pace and Bart's voice is more smooth, but a little rough around the edges, giving this emotional song a perfect sad feel. I imagine this to be the perfect song to be listening to feeling really sad walking around in the rain late at night. Although it would definately not cheer you up, it would suit the moment like nothing else.
Beautiful record from a talented singer-songwriter!
14-09-2013 // Track: Lime Cordiale - Sleeping At Your Door|
Saturdays are made for fun music, and "Sleeping At Your Door" by Lime Cordiale is such a fun song. They have more great tunes, but this new song is the finest they've recorded so far. It's just a week old, but I'm completely hooked. Playing this track 10 times a day and it gets a little better everytime I hear it. Perfect Saturday track, if this doesn't kick off your weekend with a bang, nothing will!
13-09-2013 // Track: Derek Webb - I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You|
Last month I introduced you to Derek Webb through an acoustic version of Eye Of The Hurricane. Which was intense & beautiful. Derek has a great voice & it comes out really well with just an acoustic guitar. Again he talks a little bit about his church, but it makes a little more sense this time and once the song starts magic starts happening again.
I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You is also the title of his latest album, which just came out in between the last post about his music and this one. Although I really love these songs and the other acoustic songs on his website I'm a little scared the actual album might disappoint me after this. If you are more brave then I am, let me know how it works out.
For now: "I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You". You know who you are.
13-09-2013 // Track: Lost In The Trees - Lady In White|
Beautiful new song by Lost In The Trees. Perfect for midnight, like most of their music. This is slow and dreamy, light and heavy, very much Lost In The Trees and a little different. It's more fresh, less dark. Still best enjoyed in a dark house, lit by just a few candles. Stereo set for loud, surrounding you in music, enjoying this fantastic song by one of the finest bands around!