2012 introduced me to Sam. Sam Pickering Pick. His album Prayer Flag was one of the finest releases of last year and I was extremely pleased to find out he would be releasing an album early 2013. And early it was, (Tropic) was released on january 15th. I admit to being very slow with this review aka declaration of love, but I have a good excuse. The music on this album to fine to be typing while it's playing. Some music (the greatest music) is best enjoyed doing absolutely nothing, which goes extra triple-double for (Tropic).
From the 1st minute you feel right at home with Pickering Pick. The songs have that melancholic feeling, his laid-back fingerpicking style on guitar, calm piano ballads and slow tempo of the entire record are perfect for a lovely date on a lazy Sunday. But Monday morning getting up for work is just as enjoyable with this record as your alarm clock. After spending 6 weeks with this album, I’m fairly sure that there’s nothing you can’t do with this record playing.
If you’d put a gun to my head and force me to come with the most perfect song on this album, I’d probably cry out “The Summer’s Always Dying For The Fall”. But just like all great records, the best song on the album is the song that’s playing at that very moment. Last year March I finished my ‘review’ of Prayer Flag with the words “this is going straight to my best-of-the-year-list. Sounds about right, but recently I came up with a new category for albums like these:
Perfect for a late Sunday night. The city sleeps, everyone is getting ready for a new week of hard labour. Me, I'm just staring out the window. Watching tiny snowflakes, listening to this one song over and over again. Lately Kind of Yeah is more than just a really cool name, it's some fine tunes aswell! And that last minute makes for a great midnight-mantra (kill 'em all..). Sweet dreams my friends, a new week awaits us.
In an attempt to introduce some new great bands to you besides sharing the fine tunes they're releasing, I'm attempting to set up an ongoing series of Q&A's with several of these bands. Just a little extra info on who the people behind the music are (please forgive me my poor interviewing-skills). First off is Australian's best kept secret Cub Scouts. They've been spotted a few times on the blog already with 3 great songs and have just released their latest song "Pool!". Lead singer Tim Nelson has provided the answers; have a read, give it a spin, enjoy a great Summer feeling!
- first off, who are the Cub Scouts? We're an Australian indie/pop band
- How did you meet? Sam, Zoe, Andy and I all went to the same school and we met Dan through other school friends!
- when/how did you decide to team up and start making music together? I'd been writing songs for a little while, then when I got offered a show, I wanted a band to play with. I contacted people that I knew could play instruments to see if they'd play that one show with me. We ended up keeping on playing together and eventually we formed 'Cub Scouts'
- What is an average week for Cub Scouts? We all have jobs, so an average week is working most days of the week. We have band practice on Monday nights and we often spend weekend away playing shows.
- what do you enjoy most: recording new songs in the studio or playing live shows? We find both equally great.
- Over the last year you've released several singles and an EP. Now that 2012 is over, how do you look back on it? It was a pretty crazy year - we achieved so much more than we had even imagined we could.
- What was the highlight of the year? Embarking on five national tours and releasing our debut EP!
- What are the plans for 2013? More touring, including overseas tours, and recording/releasing new music!
Thank you Tim and Cub Scouts. Looking forward to more new tunes and hopefully a European Tour somewhere this year!
Wednesday is the longest day of the week, right between 2 weekends it's killing in the morning, but a little fantastic when it's over: we're halfway there! Wednesday is perfect for long, dark ambient rock tracks like this one from Henryspenncer. Released over a year ago, but still epic as fuck! Don't miss the rest of the album, check bandcamp.
One of the finest songs of 2013 so far is "Scarecrow", the new single by Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. Last week they've released a video to go with the tune. Worth watching, and (for me) another excuse to write a little something on this breathtaking and highly addictive song!
In a few hours Old English will officially release their debut album Prose & Kahns. They’ve been so kind to send me a copy a few weeks ago and I’ve been loving it a little more each day. With the release date so close we can almost touch it, I figured it’s time to stop keeping it for myself & share this beautiful album with you. Turn off the lights, put your arms around a pretty lady or soft pillow, have some tea. Enjoy a great album.
Dreamy folk songs such as “Older Things” are great songs that’ll stick in your head and refuse to get out. the songs vaguely sound like several other great bands, but at the same time it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before. It’s familiar and unique at the same time, a rare combination. It’s very tempting to name a few famous bands that this album reminds me of, but I’ve decided long ago I don’t want to compare bands or albums with each other, I prefer to judge any album as the way it comes. and an album like Prose & Kahns can do without referrals, it is just fine the way it is.
Prose & Kahns sounds like the album I hoped Old English would release when I 1st heard their debut(?) single “We’ve been here before” back in November. They rock a little, they dream a little, they dance a little, they do a lot of things and all of these combined form a great record. Nothing more, nothing less. Prose & Kahns is a beautiful debut album and I sincerely hope they come up with a lot more! I’m a fan, and I think you will be too. There’s no reason not to be..