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From time to time I receive remarks or questions about the extremely low number of posts I spend on music from my own country. I'm not 100% sure, but I doubt that it was more than 10 in 2011. on a total number of over 400 written items in the previous year. Without forcing myself to change the music I love I've decided to focus a little more on the Dutch releases that might be interesting. 1st pick that was handed to me was Blaudzun's latest record, which is supposed to be brilliant but not to me.
Something else that did get my attention though is this fine indie band from Utrecht called LUIK. It is extermely hard to find any data on them, but that's actually how I prefer to write about an album; let the music do the talking. "By & By" is the closing track and my personal favourite. The slow pace, the dark low basics combined with the high notes of the guitar make it a perfect closing track for an album that was probably recorded in the dark and is best enjoyed in the dark. Listen to the instrumental "Spleen" and title track "Owls" and you'll see where this is going, it is 100% relaxation with a bit of a dark edge to it. But it's pure quality from the 1st words to the last dying notes. If there's more music like this being released in my country this year, there will be a lote more Dutch music coming your way!
Four days ago I expressed my love for "I Wish You Were Here", a beautiful song by F&M. I was a little worried how my love for that one song would be influenced if the rest of the album was not as good, but I had nothing to worry about. The rest of the 8-track album is very good. In all fairness, "I Wish You Were Here" is still my favourite track, but "Amsterdam" is also mesmerizing just like the other 6 songs are all beauties of their own.
F&M are married couple Rebecca and Ryan Anderson. And they take turns on the songs when it comes to the lead vocals, "Goodnight" is a Rebecca-track, "Amsterdam" a Ryan-track, if I can split the songs down that easily. It gives the whole album a bit of a strange order. As we switch from sweet, sensitive whispering songs to more roaring guitar-based songs and back. But all songs are strong and beautiful and showcases the talent of this couple. And I for sure am extremely happy to have heard the entire album as it has not let me down a bit. Get the whole album via their bandcamp, it's totally worth it!
Bring on the Summer with this fine and extremely danceable tune by Mausi. It may be cold outside, and it'll be another 6 months before we can dance to this on the beach with a cold beer and our feet in the sand, but what a fine debut single this is. Sometimes words just get in the way of great music, so just listen to this great tune. Which you can download for free via their bandcamp, or you can support the band next month, when the song is being released on single! Keep an eye out, this is Summer Fun at its finest!
This 4-track EP by The Oh Hello's (which is a pretty cool bandname) was released on December 1st and I've discovered it a few weeks after that. I've been hearing it for about 2,5 weeks now and it is truly great music. Opening song "Hello My Old Heart" starts of sweet, but builds up to become something amazing. It is the perfect introduction to this EP.
The 2nd track "Lay Me Down" is a good song, but a little loud after the intimate sweetness of the opener. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it shakes you up aswell. The 4th track "Trees" is another great track, as this EP only has fine music on it, you can feel the passion burst out of your speakers as it finishes off beautifully. You can this EP for a "pay-what-you-want" price. Which is, off course, an absolute bargain.
This is a song from an album released in August last year. I've known this song for some time and I love it so much that I have always had the urge to listen to the rest of the album. Which is really easy, as it is for sale via the website of F&M, aswell as via iTunes and Bandcamp. Sometimes though, a whole album just doesn't give me what a single track can provide. That the single track is so overwhelmingly fine, that the rest of an album just can not keep up with it. I'm sure the full album ain't bad, that is pretty much impossible. But i also doubt that the entire album is as good as this one track, as that would mean that it's one of the best albums that 2011 has seen. When the album is not as good as "I Wish You Were Here", it'll be a bit of a disappointment and it would take away a little bit of my love for this track.
So I've been a little unsure on whether I would listen to the entire thing for some time, but I've made my decision. Based on this story about the one track, you might think I won't listen to it, but I will. Right after I've expressed my love for this beautiful sweet whispering folk-track to you. Which I think, I've succesfully done with this little story. Now that I know that my love for this great song is stored, I can safely listen to the rest of the album. And who knows, maybe I'll get back to you on that..
Beautiful and extremely addictive track here from Brae aka Brandon Husken. As an ex-drummer this musician decided to go solo in 2008, forming Brae on his own with different musicians helping him out recording his 1st two albums and doing live-shows with him. In 2011 he recruited a more steady base around him and nowadays Brae is a more 'regular' band, with a total of 5 members. This Friday they'll be releasing Brae's 3rd album, the 1st real band album. This one song is addictive as hell and has dominated most of the stereo today. Can't wait to hear the entire thing this weekend!
About 2 weeks ago Warm Weather's new single "A Promise" was introduced to us and I was pleasantly surprised by that track back then. Their previous ep 'dances' was cool, but did not stand out for some reason. It was a little too blank for me, if that makes any sense. "A Promise" was something else though. A beautiful, addictive track that kept on demanding airtime here @pluginbabynl. This week this LA-band has released the full ep and it's fantastic for every second of it. The songs stand out in the constantly changing playlist and I find myself listening to this 4-track ep more than once every day. Warm Weather released a nice ep last year, but they've released a GREAT ep this year. Makes me wonder what 2013 will be like with this band.. For now: get it for a "pay-what-you-what" price via their bandcamp.
This was released a little over 2 months ago and i am truly bummed the f*ck out i didn't find it earlier, cuz this is a 20-minute mixtape by UK-hiphop collective Young Fathers that is simply addictive as hell! I had planned to just add all 8 tracks to this item and not type any lines along with it, as with most good music I strongly feel the urge to not waste your time by typing about it and just want you to listen to the music.
They have their fairly unique sound, but the rappin' style really reminds me of Q-Tip. In a total different music setting though, this is darker and has a certain rawness to it, there's also elements of reggae to found throughtout several tracks and that works surprisingly well. Making this an album with original beats, intelligent lyrics and 8 great tracks. Get it for free at their website & share it with everyone. This is great music!
Yasiin Bey aka TRFKAMD (The Rapper Formerly Known As Mos Def) is working on a project called 'Top 40 Underdog' for which he makes his own versions of big radio hits. The 1st track is a remake of Kanye & Jay-Z collab-track Niggas In Paris. That original track is pretty cool, but Yasiin is definately adding something special here. Can't wait to hear the next part of that project!
After a few days of silence there is only one way to get your attention, and that is with a beautiful piece of music. Hence this great track by L.A.-duo Electric Guest. It reminds of the slower 80s jams, but as i type it i realize that is hardly a compliment. And i set out to write something very good about this song, because i can't get enough of it. Another maybe-not-so-great-compliment, although that really depends on your music taste, but i can't stop referring to the best songs of Dire Straits. It's that guitar-solo around the 4th minute that does it. Maybe it's better to stop referring before i do any more damage to this band. Just take your time (almost 9 minutes) and you'll hear what i'm talking about: A Great Song!
Follies were on the blog back in 2010 with their Home Knit EP, and just a few days before 2012 would start they released their new album "Sway". It was kindly pointed out to me and now that the year has started I've granted myself some time to listen to all new things I received via mail and this is probably the best thing in there. Not because the rest of it is shitty, but because this is so extremely fine.
This band makes music that is a little different in the most positive version of different you can think of. It's folk somewhere in the basics, but they mess around your basic version of folk very nice. I've never been good in explaining what a band reminds me of or why I think something is truly awesome, cuz there's usually to many things coming to mind, but this album reminded me of Fleet Foxes & the Beatles at several moments during the only 20 minutes it takes. Not a bad score one might say. Neither is taking several spins per evening for the entire week since I listened to this for the 1st time last week Friday night. Second musical highlight of the (still very young) year? Definately! Download this album for free or spend just 4 dollars and receive your personal copy (i went for the 2nd option).
Among the 2 best albums of 2010 was Lost In The Trees with their (still) extremely beautiful "All Alone In An Empty House"-album. Somewhere I picked up that they'll be releasing a new album this year, but it has a date now: March 20th. And even better, there's a 1st track for us to hear. And you are hopefully probably already listening to it. And probably already loving it. Like I did after that 1st spin 30 minutes ago. I have always had trouble with loving more albums of a band, I usually get bored with it very easy, but there are always great exceptions. Lost In The Trees have succesfully proven to be such an exception. I Love This Song.