19-11-2014 // Track: Andy - Crazy|
One of the finest female singer-songwriters in this country released her new album City Love a few months ago (and even played a concert in my living room). Due to it not being available via soundcloud (or any other decent streaming platform) I haven't given it the attention I wanted to. Good thing she released a video for one of the songs from the album last week. "Crazy" is a fine example of how Andy is evolving as a songwriter and musician. It's not just a girl with a piano anymore, there's a real woman with a powerful voice and an actual band behind her.
You can listen to her full record City Love at officialandy.com, using the embedded player. And you'll quickly hear "Crazy" is not the only beautiful song on it!
16-11-2014 // Track: Tropics - Blame|
For fans of James Blake, here's London-based gentle pop singer Tropics. Blame is from his upcoming album Rapture, set to launch early next year.
06-11-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: F&M - At Sunset We Sing|
One of the all-time favorite bands I've discovered through writing this blog is F&M and this week they've released their latest album At Sunset We Sing. It's been three years since "Wish You Were Here" was released and I still love that record, which made me all the more excited to find out about this release and I can tell you, it's a Beauty!
F&M makes romantic music, folk with a little goth to it. In the years that have passed F&M clearly grew in their music writing skills. There are influences from all over the globe to be heard on At Sunset We Sing. From Russia to Portugal, each song has its own sound. But as an album it is not mistaken that there's only one talented band at work here, from opening track "Hands In" till the last fading seconds of "Take Me Out" F&M takes us on a trip into their own musical world and it's fantastic to be there.
Albums like these literately take the words from my fingers. I'm stuck here looking at an empty screen for hours, just listening to this beautiful record on repeat. Hoping for inspiration to write down what makes this album so good, but nothing comes to mind. Please forget about the words, just listen to the music. It is worth your full attention and if you decide to buy yourself just one record this month, may I suggest At Sunset We Sing.
04-11-2014 // Track: Mont Oliver - 19|
Danish trio Mont Oliver has just released their debut track "19" and the accompanying EP is set for release on November 17th. This is triphop like I haven't heard it in years: dreamy synths, mellow hiphop beats and trippy vocals.
Addictive. As. Fuck.
03-11-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: velvvet - All These Different Places|
Monday Morning Kick-Off with Dutch electronic indiepop by velvvet. "All These Different Places" is a pulsating dancetrack that might work a little better on a Friday night, but some Monday mornings call for an extended weekend, this is one of those days.
Over the last 6 months velvvet has released 4 great tracks (they were included on the blog in June here) and you can get them on a very limited edition cassette tape. Skip one morning coffee at the station and it can be yours via their website velvvet.com. If you prefer your coffee, I can imagine on a Monday morning. Have a good week!
31-10-2014 // Track: Bill Callahan - Too Many Birds|
On the last day of my favorite month I would like to share my favorite song of the last few months with you. "Too Many birds" is taken from Bill Callahan's album Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (2009). A friend of mine gave me this record as a present a few months ago and I'm completely addicted to it. It's a beautiful record and "Too Many Birds" is one of the finest songs I've heard all year. Even if it's 5 years old.
30-10-2014 // Introducing: JARA - Moving Me / Sorrow|
JARA is a Dutch indiepop band formed around singer Jara Holdert, she has a warm, jazzy voice and as a band they write exciting folksongs. These 2 tracks perfectly describe the two faces of this band. "Moving Me" is an up-tempo popsong with several layers of instruments and vocals, a little like Florence and the Machine can sound. "Sorrow" is a slow, classic folk song that brings the great Joni Mitchell to mind, this song is a beautiful work of art.
Two songs that perfectly showcase the talent of this 4-piece and makes me curious for future releases, I will keep an ear out for them & keep you updated on this exciting band!
29-10-2014 // Track: The Emsee - Rap Squared|
This hiphop track by The Emsee is addictive and pretty fucking epic. His flow reminds me of Eminem, never heard that before. Great track!
27-10-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: The Mantells - Key To The City|
Monday Morning Kick-Off with The Mantells. The Manchester 3-piece has just finished recording their new single "Men In Suits" and kick off another week with a bang, just for us. Have a good week!
26-10-2014 // MixTape: Harvest Star Folk Collective Vol. 5|
Have been listening to this new compilation by Harvest Star Collective all morning and if I didn't have to go to work in 30 minutes I'd be listening to it all through the afternoon aswell. Volume 5 of the Harvest Star series is another fine collection of beautiful songs. Acoustic folk songs that perfectly suit a grey and lonely Sunday like this. The leaves are dancing in the wind, the Autumn cold is creeping in through every crack in the woodworks of my house and there's not a soul to be found out on the deserted streets. Pour yourself another cup of coffee, turn up the heat and stereo; enjoy a warm day inside with 9 beautiful songs. Heavenly Sundays are made of these.