Just the right music to hear when midnight passed by over an hour ago and the week has been shit. too much work, too little free time to relax and definately no time to discover myself some new tunes (hence the silence @blog). But the good thing recently is that more and more artists seem to discover this blog, so my emailaccount is getting some action and it's always cool to check these things out.
Field of Wolves is Holly Bestic, an Australian/UK-based singer with a great jazzy voice and great tunes to support it. The vibe is brilliant and combined with her amazing voice this is a beauty for anytime of the day, but best enjoyed late at night. cheers!
With this song by Australian band Skipping Girl Vinegar, Spring has officially started. It's pumped, it's fun, it's danceable & it brings a smile on my face. Everyday has a great start when you sing along to this (and as a bonus, the video is good fun aswell)!
Kopps were on the blog somewhere last year with their brilliantly danceable "Terminator". Just like David Lee Rad with his 1st solo-track, the still very sweet and beautiful ".. The Morning We Woke Up".
And now, David has succesfully remixed another one of those great songs by the KOPPS-duo: LA Lights. The original was a fine piece of music, but in my personal (yet humble) opinion, this remix takes the cake. It's a perfect track for celebrating that Wednesday-night moment when you realize you're halfway there on your journey towards the weekend. It's a 100% remix, but with it's own feel and sound.
Although both keep me waiting for new tunes way too long, this is a nice track that'll keep me dancing for a while..
The Wooden Sky released their 3rd album in February and "Child of the Valley" was the 1st single to be released from it. It is dreamy and soft, and instantly reminded me of Bryan John Appleby, the man responsible for one of the best albums of 2011. The voice of leadsinger Gavin Gardiner sounds very alike, as well as the entire song could've easily fit on that fantastic album. This one song is extremely beautiful and I'll be checking out the rest of the album this week. Hope to have found another beauty here!
One of those 2011-albums I still have to get my hands on is The Jessamine County Book of the Living by Matt Bauer. Posted his amazing song Blacklight Horses of that same album last year and somehow came across this demo-version of "What The White Book Said" somewhere last week. I'm not sure it's a new song or something very old, as I can't find any data on it, but I dó know that it's a great track. It's just Matt & his guitar, which makes it all the more intimate.
Things may change after receiving Michael Kuwaneka's album yesterday, but my favourite album of the month was released on the 28th of February: Prayer Flag by Pickering Pick. Eleven beautiful songs, every song even more special than the other.
The name 'Pickering Pick' may or not may be related to the music he plays, as he mostly plays the acoustic fingerpicking style Small Houses overwhelmed me with last year. They also both have a beautiful set of songs and a great voice, though Pickering Pick's voice is just a little bit more smooth. Which is neither a good or a bad thing. It's just a fact, or perhaps it's just my opinion.
Broken hearts seem to be the most sang subject Pickering Pick referres to, but it may be me reflecting some of my personal emotions on his great songs and amazing lyrics. Almost every song holds a line I wish I'd written. You can read all the lyrics underneath the songs on his bandcamp-page, but I always prefer not to.
Closing track "Seasons On The Run", is probably my favourite song on the album (although I really think it's impossible to love the last track the most, as it also means the album will be over after hearing that track..). It's a perfect closing song, and adds just a little extra with the useage of the movie(?) quotes. It's a sweet, serene song describing the seasons of life. And with his final stroke, he finishes an amazing album.
I don't know who it was that got me to listen to this, but I do hope to find out, as i really want to say thanks. This is going straight to my "Best of 2012"-list. No way I'll be leaving this record behind if I ever decide to live on an abandonded island for the rest of my life.
This was released just two weeks ago, but the 3 songs on this EP are so sweet and beautiful that I've been hearing it everyday since then and these last few days I woke up with it. Which is a fine way to start your day with. Morris Ford has a soft, whispering voice and writes great little songs. He is a craftsman of the highest quality, with songs that are subtle and sound so simple, yet ever so beuatiful. I sincerely hope the year will bring us some more music from this great musician. I'm a fan!
Not a big fan of Die Antwoord, but this track is pretty awesome. Been hearing it on a daily bases this week and it's a perfect song to kick off the Saturday evening. It's the 1st single from their latest album, which was released last month. Haven't heard anything from it and wasn't planning on it. But now that I've slowly started to really like this track I might just give it a go. For now: Saturday night, let's dance!
When this 1st track of Shenandoah Davis' album starts, you don't know what to expect. Well, at least not the first time you hear it. And then after 62 seconds you hear it. That incredible voice. So beautiful, so uncommon, so intriging. It is undoubtfully among the most thrilling voices I've heard in a long time. The only reference I can think of is Bridie Jackson, so far still responsible for my favourite record of the year. Shenandoah Davis reminds me of her, but the music itself is less gospel and more classical. I think. If that makes any sense..
My favourite song on this incredible album is "Proof". The piano-driven track is unstoppable and over in a heartbeat. It's so good it'll force you to stop whatever it is you're doing and just listen, dance & sing along to this. The singing will be horrible no doubt, as I don't think there's a lot of people being able to sing like Shenandoah Davis does.
I was wondering if I can make this a huge competitor for being my favourite album of the year, as it was released in August of 2011. But I didn't discover it untill a few weeks ago (I'm very, very sorry for not sharing this amazing album with you earlier, I've been egocentric. For that, I apologize). After some thinking on the matter I've decided to count it in for 2012, as the list I'll be producing in December will be about the best records I've heard/discovered in 2012, not about the best albums released. And it's not uncommon for me to write on an album or artist months after they've released their album.
So yes. Shenandoah Davis has officially made one of the best albums of the year. Whatever year that is, is up to everyone for themselves. I'm counting 2012, but what do I know..? Now please stop reading, listen to the entire record at her bandcamp-page and get yourself a gift for you: this beautiful album!