10-09-2012 // Album: MPSO - Wisdom Teeth|
Daniel Gray is the drummer of Memoryhouse and MPSO (aka Mount Pleasant Sympathy Orchestra) is his solo-project. Wisdom Teeth was released in February of this year and it's a wonderful collecting of dreamy tracks.
The songs are slow and easy-going, his voice a perfect addition to the soundscapes that are forming into something bigger and stronger. Sometimes even a little faster, but the pace mostly slows down right after it has gone up.
This is a perfect late Winternight song (and album). When the world is white with snow and asleep in the dark, while you stand by your window and feel time pass very slowly. Untill your lover walks in the room and softly pulls you into a huge, warm bed. Where you fall asleep in her arms and have the most perfect dreams you will ever have.
And while you're dreaming, this album will be playing its beautiful songs in the background.
06-09-2012 // Track: Balto - Smokestacks|
It was March 2011 when I fell in love with Balto's album "October Road". It was the 1st album I ever bought with my paypal-account since I started bloggin' 2 years ago.
Now They're back. Finally. 'Smokestacks' is a fresh new song, that'll grip you tight and refuses to let you go. Just like the finest songs on that album last year.But there is also something new, it feels like the song is more alive, there are things happening in and around it I can't really explain, but it's buzzing. It's a good thing.
New EP coming this month. If this is what we can expect, we're in for something beautiful.
04-09-2012 // Track: English Sporting Defeat - Wind-Up Bird|
Last week English Sporting Defeat kicked off the week on Monday morning, this week they help us celebrate Tuesday evening with the release of their new single "Wind-Up Bird". After a hard days work, these kind of cheerful songs are the perfect medicine.
Great up-tempo sunny music and I'm told we can expect more releases in the near future. I say: Keep 'em coming!
04-09-2012 // Track: Bridie Jackson & the Arbour - Diminuitive Man / New Skin|
Two new songs by the best new thing I've heard this year: Bridie Jackson & the Arbour. When I hear these new songs I instantly remember why I've fallen in love with their music in January. It takes me back to those dark Winter nights I spend listening to Bridie's beautiful voice and the fantastic songs she creates with The Arbour.
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are still in a league of their own. These new songs: Instant beauty!
01-09-2012 // Track: Perhaps Contraption - The National Anthem (Radiohead cover)|
The most overrated band of all times has one of their tracks covered in a way any band would like to be covered. One of my favourite discoveries of 2012 is without a doubt Perhaps Contraption, their new album is set for November 3rd and they're keeping us (well, at least me) warm with a cover of Radiohead's "The National Anthem". So far I have never heard anything from this band that could be described as not completely amazing! And even when they cover Radiohead (overrated does not even begin to describe my feelings about them), it just blows your mind.
Have a good weekend, dance your arse off with this great track!
30-08-2012 // Track: John Davey - Down By the Willows|
Among the huge collection of loose songs and complete albums hanging around on my laptop waiting to be on the blog is this fine song by John Davey. No special reason why I've waited so long to post this, but when I woke up this morning with this song in my head and started singing the chorus in the shower I knew it was time to share it.
It's a great song from his album In a Whelming Tide, released in June of this year, which I will definately listen to sometime soon. Based on this one song, it should be something special.
28-08-2012 // Album: The Soil & The Sun - Wake Up, Child|
This was released 11 months ago and I came across it about 3 months ago. All that time I listened to it a lot, constantly reminding myself that I should write a little lovestory on it one day. Today is that day, and guess what? (this is the moment where you say "What!?" out loud, preferably for others to hear it), they've just released a new album called What Wonder is this Universe. Which is probably at least as good, and hopefully even better, but for now I'll stick to this 2011-release that I've fallen in love with over the last few months.
This band combines a lot of different styles, I can taste a little prog rock, some experimental 60s noise, hints of grunge and probably 12 more style frames I mostly will invent while typing. They've come up with a beautiful description themselves though: Experiential Spiritual Folk-Rock or New Mexican Space Music. That's unbeatable! It's brilliant and somehow perfectly describes this great album.
I could add any of the 10 songs featured on this album, as they are equally beautiful and my words are just getting in the way of the music. Let me just shut up and let the great music win you over like it did me. Amazing album. I'm not ready to say goodbye yet, their new release will just have to wait a little longer for me to be able to hear it. But if it is as good as this one, I'll fall in love someday. Just not yet. Not yet. I ain't ready for new love, I'm still hooked on this one..
27-08-2012 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: English Sporting Defeat - English Sporting Defeat|
Waking up with a bang! It's songs like this that once made me come up with this category. "English Sporting Defeat" by English Sporting Defeat is the 1st track this band has written and it's perfect for early mornings. For people having trouble waking up in the morning, just like me on Monday morning. Have a good week!
23-08-2012 // Album: Murals - On A Passing Cloud|
One of the finest releases of this Summer is without any doubt this great record by Murals. Within 10 seconds of opening track "On A Passing Cloud" you're probably in love with it. I know I was. References with other artists come to mind, but try to ignore them, nothing good comes of it. You're better off just dreaming away a little with these fine songs.
Their 1st single is "Eyes Of Love", a bright Summeresque track that'll have you dancing around in wide green fields with flowers everywhere before you know it. The people living to far away from such fields could probably get there by just closing their eyes.
Closing track "Lunar Love" comes way too fast. With just 8 tracks, of which only the opening track clocks over 3 minutes, this album is done before you know it. But it'll leave such an impression and dead silence, that the only suitable thing to do is: Play it again!
And again. And again. And again. Great Record!