03-12-2013 // Track: Richard J. Birkin - Accretions / A Lullaby Hymn (Parts I & II)

More instrumental beauty: Richard J. Birkin's "Accretions" and "A Lullaby Hymn (Parts I & II)" are 2 beautiful pieces of music. I tried to explain all the things you're hearing, but he's done it so much better himself in the press release:

“Accretion discs are the beautiful tails of a black hole, formed by stars being dragged into that invisible thing that spells the end of matter, the observable universe, and known physics. They’re nightmarish, really. But from this distance they’re beautiful stationary things. By the time we look at them they’ll’ve already spiralled, changed, moved, chewed up who knows how many worlds.
I have this endearing image in my head of an astronaut paused infinitely on the edge of a black hole, as the explanation of what happens when you get there. I think this comes from a junior school book on space, where everything is simplified, where wonder is prized over fact.”

A Lullaby Hymn (Parts I & II) has a less overwhelming description, but in the end it's the sounds that matters the most. And both tracks are equally beautiful, so all is good in the sound department. I love these tracks and there's a lot more great music on his soundcloud-page, so be sure to check that out if you're loving it as much as I do.

01-12-2013 // Track: Luke Howard - August

Beautiful track from Luke Howard's May-release Sun, Cloud. A fully instrumental record by a master composer and pianist. Eleven breathtaking tracks, all taking you on a flight into the clouds. Listening to this on a Sunday evening with a good book comes very close to perfection, hear the whole album at http://music.lukehoward.com!

30-11-2013 // Track: Meneer van Dalen - Tussen Neus en Lippen

Gotta love Dutch college bands.. It sounds like a lot of things I've heard when I was younger and still in school, and it also just sounds really nice. That's probably me, fancy bloggers would rip these guys a new one, but I love it. Meneer van Dalen is at the very core of all great music, trying out their sound being young and (for now) being pretty fucking good it at. great song!

27-11-2013 // Track: Beccy Owen - You Keep Flooding In

Beccy Owen's new album IMAGO is set for release on December 9th and I've had the pleasure of receiving a review copy last week. It is already among the best albums I've heard all year and that's after just one week. The album isn't available to stream online, but the opening song "You Keep Flooding In" is and it sets a perfect example of the album. It's one of the album highlights and it shows off perfectly how great of a singer Beccy Owen is.

25-11-2013 // Album, Must-Have of the Month: Jeroen Kant - De Lafaard Kapitein

Perhaps my (new) Best Album of the Year, but I haven't heard it enough yet to know for sure. This is without a doubt a great album, but the truly spectaculair albums stay with me for months and years. As I've just recently discovered this Dutch beauty, I can't say anything for sure, but I can tell you one thing: This is (at least) one of the best albums I've heard this year.

Jeroen Kant is the Dutch combination between Tom Waits: brilliant and original lyrics (google translate is your friend, start with "halvezolenpad"), and Nick Cave: more original lyrics, but with an intense dark twist (same job for "Mijn Mooiste Mijn Liefste Mijn Alles Mijn Bruid").

It is not just in words that Jeroen Kant reminds a lot of the previously mentioned great artists. The sound of "Ratten In De Schuur" is very much Tom Waits. Is this becoming a 'he sounds like this and this-'review? Hell no! Jeroen Kant is completely original. I can not think of any (Dutch) artist that has ever blown me away like he does on this record.

Again with this song; the lyrics. The sound. The song. I can feel the dirt, I can look the working men in the docks in the eyes and feel their pain. The pain they feel in their worn out bodies, working themselves right into their shallow graves. While missing their homes, the warm and sweet love of their friends and families back home. Maybe not me, but I'm sure a lot of people can relate to the feelings of this song.

This is my new line: Alles Staat In Brand. The song builts up, grabs you tightly and spits you out just when you expect it to last forever. Which it could, and maybe should have.

For me, this album has the same intensity as Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is a very strange comparison in styles, but not in intensity and Kanye's album is now 3 years old and still hits the record player 12 times a week. I don't think I'll get tired of this, ever. Every inch of (Dutch) talent that's out there wishes they could record an album like this. I sure as hell don't consider myself a talent, but even I am jealous.

Brilliant. Fucking. Record.

25-11-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Firewater - A Little Revolution

This song is a little older (it was on the 2012-release International Orange but it's in my Soundcloud-playlist and I listen to it a lot in the early hours of the days. Especially on Monday morning this is a great song to get myself moving and when no one's looking I even do a little dance to it. Have a great week!

24-11-2013 // Track: By Toutatis - You Need To Know When It's Time To Leave

This new By Toutatis-track is so cool and slow. Perfect for a miserable Autumn Sunday.

22-11-2013 // Track: EVENING HYMNS - Song to sleep to

Good night.

20-11-2013 // Track: Delta Will - Holy Ghost

Fleet Foxes could've recorded this song. And that's one of the biggest compliments I've given all year. Good job, Delta Will!

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