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..
Rebecca Brandt did a release show of her debut album Numbers & Shapes back in September and there's a great video here with some images and sounds from that show. It looks & sounds magical and it makes me just a little more sad to not have been there. Other than that: Great Stuff!
One of the most played songs of 2013 so far is this addictive song by Les Monstres Terribles from their November-release Le Loup & Le Lapin (French for The Wolf & The Rabbit). The singer has a bit of a hypnotizing voice and the noizy melodies combined with his voice and the somewhat simple (yet perfect) lyrics make this a song impossible to ignore.
Another brilliant piece of weird music is "Graveyard Shift". The lyrics tell a strange story, the music is disturbing and dark. Making it a perfect soundtrack song (or plot) for a lot of horrormovies. Especially the last 15 seconds are stuck in my brain for weeks now & I find myself singing this on the strangest moments (at work, surrounded by customers).
The album starts off really easy-going instrumental, with a slow, haunting song that'll grab your attention right away. This is no album to just play in the background. It is best enjoyed doing absolutely nothing. The many layers of music hold a rich and subtle sound that'll open up a little more each time you listen to it. It may take a while before you fall in love, but once you do, this is an album unlike anything you've ever heard.
The albums finest song (That Melody) actually describes perfectly how I feel about this album: when i’m with you the darker it gets the more you shine through the more i can see
Tomorrow it’ll be 2 years ago since this album was released, but I’ve just discovered it 4 weeks ago. That is one of the amazing things of music (and most other art forms), no matter how new or old something is: if it’s good, it’s good. And this 2011-release by Seryn is good. Very good!
Seryn is a 6-piece band from Texas and combines several layers of guitars, banjo and ukulele with great harmonies and rhythmic changes. Making every song a surprise, without ever falling into the same routine. Some songs are more slow and dreamy, others are up-tempo, but the amazing harmony of their combined voices is something that stands out in all the 10 songs on this high quality debut album.
This 2011 album that I discovered on the break of 2012 is without a doubt my 1st fine pick of 2013. A beautiful, addictive album that is best enjoyed over and over again. Their calendar is filled with a lot of US-shows for the coming 2 months, hopefully a new release is also in the works. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for it.
Just discovered the female duo BOY two weeks ago and I've heard a few fine songs, but "Drive, Darling" is Addictive as Fuck! The 2nd acoustic song is "July" and is more beautiful, but a tiny bit less addictive. It's probably the chorus, but who cares? Just enjoy!
On February 26th Small Houses will release his new album Exactly Where You Wanted To Be, and as a little heads up he has already released 2 songs on his bandcamp ánd a video for "Oh, Hiding Out". It is Small Houses at his best and I can't wait for that new album to be released in little over a month.