Not feeling to great these days, don't know what it is, but it's been hard for a few days now to relax. The days are long and uneasy, the nights even longer as i can't seem to get a decent sleep for a few nights in a row now.. Even harder does it get when there's no suitable soundtrack for the long and lonely moments in the darkness of my bedroom. With the 100s of albums stored on my laptop and other machines one should think that it's not hard to find a good tune for these times of the night. But the last 2 nights have convinced me of the opposite (although there was one album that worked for a little while last night) and i'm in desperate need of musical attention.
Today i may have discovered the cure. Not because this album is so boring it will put me out for sure, but because it's such a beautiful and relaxing album. Not "Jack Johnson"-relaxing, cuz what Bryan John Appleby has made is far more beautiful. This is music especially made for those intimate moments in the deep dark night, not specifically for the bedroom, but it'll work just fine. With just a few candles lit in the bedroom (not too close to the curtains off course) and this soothing album playing softly i can easily stare into nothing and wonder off in my own thoughts, untill my mind goes blank and the sweet violins of endtrack The Road gently put me to sleep. Oh what a fine night this will be, goodnight my friends!
Another weekend has passed, another Monday has emerged. The vacation is at it's peak moments now & even the sun is trying it's best to co-operate. To start off the week properly there's a new [Monday Morning Kick-Off] and this week it's a short instrumental track by Two Wounded Birds (who can celebrate their 2nd [MM-KO] now). They are releasing 3 Summer Surf Instrumentals and Guns At Dawn is the 1st track. It's a great Summer-track with a little bit of Tarantino in it, perfect on a Monday morning. Have a good week!
On of the best songs i've heard this year is Dark Dark Dark's Daydreaming. I must have listened to it over a 100 times and still can't get enough of it. After writing a little something on this track, my friend Marianne got herself the album and told me later that it was one of the best things she's discovered through the blog. A compliment well received. And with that info i got myself a copy, i was intriged. It has taken some time, but "Wild Go" has found a place in my heart and in the Plug in Baby 2011: Favourites-list.
The vibe of the album is undoubtfully melancholic, which fits perfectly with the Dutch Summer so far, but the variety in the songs is very welcome. The danger of darker painted albums like these, lies in the risk that a record becomes to heavy & dark to really work, i can think of some examples but there's no point in bashing here, but "Wild Go" succesfully dodges that bullet. There's the soft intimacy of Daydreaming, but also the more uplifting slowness of Celebrate. That's not such a big difference, but it's big enough to keep me interested for the entire record. Overall the album is slow, tender, intimate and simply beautiful. It's been making it's way into the Favourites-list slowly, but it's there and will definately keep it's place, especially once Autumn sets in later this year..
This weeks Monday Morning Kick-Off marks the end of my vacation, but at least it stopped raining for a change.. But because of the 'going back to work'-moment here, i felt i needed an extra dose of noise to get me started, without it being too much noise cuz it also needed to lift my spirit a little on this sad, sad day. We All Have Hooks For Hands has released an album which can be downloaded for free from their website, and it's very much worth it. They have a fun & energetic sound, perfect for the early Monday morning. Have a good week!
Paul Kalbrenner has released his new record "Icke Wieder" in June and although i'm not the greatest fan of trance/dance/etc-music i decided to get this one. A decision based on 1 track (Sky & Sand: a few years old, but i'm still lovin' it!) which was recorded with his brother Fritz. And now that i've enjoyed this album for a few days i can honestly say i'm loving it more and more each time i hear it.
Opening track Boexig Leise is a track that really makes me want to hear the entire album, and once it's done i can easily start over. I woke up this morning with an 'urge' to hear this track. Once it was blasting through the kitchen i knew it was gonna be a good day. "Icke Wieder" sets a 'feeling good, feeling great'-mood from the 1st minute and never lets go. I read a review somewhere that "Icke Wieder" is the best album Paul Kalkbrenner has ever made, i don't know about the earlier work but this certainly is entertaining from start to finish. Great Party album, which a capital P!
Sweet ambient album by Guerre. Get a free download and give this EP a try, it gets better everytime i hear it! The dreamy vocals, the warm synths, the subtle beats. There is no setting in which this album will not work. But probably a hot sandy beach with a beautiful girl will be best (although, what kind of music does nót sound good with a setting like that, so maybe a bad example..). On a not-so-special Tuesday afternoon it works very fine, and i know it did a wonderfull job on my stereo these last few days. Great EP! More please!
Another Monday, another Monday Morning Kick-Off. this time a great track from Tom Vek's new album "Leisure Seizure", which has recently been released after years of silence from Mr. Vek. But now he's back, and he seems to be everywhere. Check his website for some more great tracks, cuz the album is booming for all the right reasons, it gets better everytime i hear it! Have a good week! dance to it.
Perfect little record for a dark & dreamy Sunday night is "Troubles" by Josh Oliver. On the day the summer started he released his debut album, which sounds perfect for walking around in the burning sun somewhere this Summer. But i'm pretty sure this will also work when the leaves start falling later this year. Basically an album that may go far through the year. And it should, cuz it sounds so good and i'm gonna make this a long evening to remember. cheers on a special Sunday night!
It's a little known fact that i'm not a huge fan of the hype-culture. When the whole (blog)world is hyping the new albums of great acts such as Radiohead, Fleet Foxes & The Strokes or is kissing arses of upcoming "next big things" like James Blake or Bon Iver i'm usually done.. It's part of me, i can not stand the temptation of going against the grain, no matter how tough that might be. I do it at work, with friends, in relationships & with my biggest love: music.
When it comes to music though, i do things differently than with other things in life, because i believe that if so many people (including bloggers i really appreciate) call an album great it has to be something special. And i do listen to these albums. And maybe it's me being an annoying arse, but usually i find myself right and in complete misunderstanding with the rest of the world hyping their arses off.. I have found myself a decent number of 'enemies' when claiming the new Radiohead/Strokes-albums were not as good as one could expect and surely not as good as the blogs/magazines said they were, and at that point i decided to keep my opinions to myself (haters gonna hate, but if all emails are unsupportive, i do get fed up with it) when another 'big' release came out. So i never mentioned the disappointment i felt when listening to James Blake's debut album (although seeing him live last weekend was absolutely brilliant) & i never really paid any (well-deserved) attention to that new Fleet Foxes-album, which i think is one of the best albums we'll be hearing this year: It's perfection in all it's forms!
For Bon Iver's (finally getting to the point here, sory for the delay) 2nd album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" i decided to do what i should've done with the Fleet Foxes-album, sharing my love for the album. I have to admit it took me a few spins before i got used to his voice and the somewhat unexpected music that comes with it. But what was weird and uncomfortable the 1st time, became absolutely brilliant the 4th time i listened to it. Which in this case comes down to the album's opener Perth. It's a song for which i can't turn up my stereo loud enough. I want to hear it louder, feel it more & let it take away any thoughts i might have. I want to loose myself in this album, because i can. Because this is an album só good, that it makes me want to hear nothing else. Comparing it to the other great albums i've heard this year it already matches up to "Helplessness Blues" and i can definately see this album up high in the album charts of every blogger at the end of this year, even if i don't really care about that. All i know is that it'll be ending up high in my list. Because there's not much albums coming out this year that will be better than this.
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