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07-11-2011 // EP: Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes EP


Perfectly beautiful in a whole different way than my previous described love for The White album is this 4-track EP by The Alabama Shakes. But not an inch less beautiful. One of the best voices i've heard all year supported by an extremely talented band has made this EP a 14-minute trip i can take over and over again. The Alabama Shakes are definately on their way to greatness, cuz there's no way this band is not gonna make themselves millions of new fans. This is an EP best played as loud as your stereo can take, whatever time of day it is. But it doesn't really matter how, when of where you'll play this, just as long as you listen to it. It deserves to be heard. Simply brilliant EP, can't wait to hear more!

07-11-2011 // EP: The White Album - The Album


It is such a strange thing that this incredibly beautiful folk album was released mid-summer. On July 29th to be precise. That albumcover of a home in the snow fits perfectly, as this EP is best enjoyed in the deep dark cold night. I know it, cuz i've been doing it for a few weeks now. These 6 songs are each beauties in their own way and one can only hope that this Danish 3-piece band releases more material soon. If you like the softer Fleet Foxes-tracks, this is the best band to listen to, and me personally i can't get enough of what The White Album has released. Dare i use the word Masterpiece? I dare. With a capital M!

07-11-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Cannon Bros - Out Of Here


Been listening to this Cannon Bros-track for some time now and i really like it. It's part of a 6-track EP released August last year, so it's a little older than most stuff on the blog, but it's to good to ignore. Besides, it seems they're releasing a debut album in the near future, so that does make this a legit moment to write about it, cuz the other 5 tracks of that (free) EP are as good as this one and if the band releases an album with the same high quality songs it's gonna be a good one. Check out their bandcamp-page for the full free album. It's worth it!

05-11-2011 // Album: Real Estate - Days

One of the best new albums that has been released this year is the relaxed indiepop album "Days" by Real Estate.

It's Real was released as a 1st single earlier this year and is a great way of getting to know the band. It's an up-tempo song with energizing guitars and smooth vocals. The songs makes it pretty much impossible to sit still and brings out the sun no matter how cold the day is.


Album-opener Easy has the same positive vibe to it and when i 1st heard the album and this track i already knew this was gonna be a good 41-minute trip. After the 1st complete listen i was even more sure that this is a golden album. There are a few more songs like these 2 on the album, but there's also a few different strokes on it. The instrumental Kinder Blumen is something unexpected, but the easy riffs makes this a perfect fit for the album & i find myself humming the tune on a daily bases.

My favourite track of the album is All The Same, the finishing touch. It's a 7-minute trip that takes us through everything good that Real Estate has to offer. It starts off as another fine tune, but ends up being a seemingly endless instrumental trip, that'll continue for another 4 minutes. Making it a perfect moment to end the album with and inspire you to play it again right after the last note has died.


This is the perfect waking-up album, it doesn't matter how you wake up, once you hear these fine tunes your day will brighten up and all you need to do to keep it that way it get yourself a new dose of this fantastic album.

31-10-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Big Scary - Gladiator


The 2nd single by Australian duo Big Scary is a perfect way to start a new week with. It's fun, danceable and a little noisy, but not too much. A great Monday Morning Kick-Off if it were up to me (and guess what, it is up to me..). Have a good week!

26-10-2011 // Album: Jhameel - The Human Condition



The above set of 5 tracks is a raw, yet very good impression of Jhameel's album "The Human Connection", which he released earlier this year. The only non-album track here is Shut Up, the other 4 are on the album that is extremely well worth hearing. A few relations that come to mind when hearing this album is Prince is his best years, and title track The Human Condition even had me thinking of Michael Jackson, not the least of artist to be related with.. This is a great combination of raw-funk and more sensitive tracks, that show a different side of Jhameel, a side not uncovered in this teaser-set.

As said, these 5 songs are only representing Jhameel's more funky side, but when you get the album (which you can download on a "whatever-you-can-spare"-bases), you'll find out there's more to him than meets the eye right away in the 1st track. This track was a little disappointing when i 1st heard it, as i was expecting to be blasting more crazy uptempo shit, but after hearing it a few times it actually is as good as the more danceable tracks on the album, just good in a different way. Jhameel turns out to be a very diverse character, listening to the interesting lyrics only makes this a more impressive 2nd album from the youngster. This album is on heavy-rotation over @pluginbaby.nl and will probably be for a very long time, not sure if i can call it a potential "best album of the year" yet, but the fact i'm considering it does mean something, right..?

25-10-2011 // EP: Megan Bonnell - MAPS


On another blog i stumbled upon a little review on this 4-track EP by Megan Bonnell and it was a bit of a negative writing. It stated that Megan Bonnell's EP was not 'different' enough to make her stand out compared to other female singer-songwriters. An opinion i do not share at all. After all the girls-with-guitars i've heard passing by over the months, it's very refreshing to hear something a bit more powerfull. Piano-driven tracks that give her amazing voice all the time to shine, with Lake Superior being the absolute highlight of this EP.

I can relate to the mentioned review on some level, as title track Maps is not very special, but it's certainly not a bad song. It's a decent ballad that has nothing wrong with it. All together, with 2 absolutely stunning tracks & 2 plain beautiful songs on a 4-track EP i think Megan Bonnell has released a fantastic ep with this one.

24-10-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Hunting Foxes - Dance Again, Baby


A little bit of a special Monday Morning Kick-Off for me, cuz i have the week off. No getting myself ready for another week at the office, but just relaxing the Monday morning away with cleaning the kitchen (it's a dirty job, but somebody... etc. etc.) and some nice music. This track by Hunting Foxes is a good way to start the week with, no matter if you're going to (or already arrived at) work or if you're celebrating the good life, like i am. They've just released their 2nd EP, which has the brilliant title "You Might Not Like Us But Your Girlfriend Does" and it has more songs like Dance Again, Baby. if you like it, be sure to give the entire EP a spin. For now, have a good week (i know i will)!

19-10-2011 // Album: Christine Leakey - Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure (preview)


I love teasers, especially if they are so promising that they leave you wanting more. These 3 tracks get several spins a day here @pluginbabynl; they are different, exciting and contain a certain thrill. It sounds vague, but that's how it is. All 3 tracks make me more curious about the entire record, a little more everytime i hear 'em. Is it December yet!?


 
 




 
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