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!
After a year of starting the week with a special wake up song I decided to let this idea go when 2012 hit. But I hacve to admit that I actually miss these things and I just start posting tracks througout the week telling you that it's a great song for early in the morning waking up. So as of now, the Monday Morning Kick-Off is back, baby!
Beach Fossils - Lessons Start this week with a B-side from the recently released new single "Shallow" by Beach Fossils. The B-side is called "Lessons" and it's a fine Summertrack that'll wake you up smiling and ready for a new day and a new week.
Looking back on 2011 and the albums that I've listed as my favourites I'm still pretty satisfied. The top 10 is still on regular rotation and I still stand behind the words I wrote on the albums I've selected back in December. There is only one album I truly regret for not putting in that list and that is Early In The Morning by James Vincent McMorrow.
Back in October I 1st listened to James Vincent McMorrow when he did a brilliant live-cover of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game; it's just him, his guitar and his beautiful voice in the woods somewhere. A must-see for every music lover! I listened to some of his own songs on his website and put it on my list of things I'd have to listen later. I never did untill January. But when I finally did, I was in love right away.
The voice is still there, and it cuts right through your soul. The low whispering words turns into high notes that remind me of Jeff Buckley. And I don't use a comparisation like that lightly, trust me. All 12 songs are beauties of their own and it is pretty much impossible to select my favourite ones, but if you force it on me, it'll probably be "From The Woods!!", the way he builts that song up with the almost 'wild' ending and James screaming on the top of his lungs, it's pure magic. But this is an album to be heard from start to finish, constantly. Which is why I've included 4 songs of it in this declaration of love.
Looking back on my list of albums for 2011 I've clearly missed out on this one. Since I had already heard of it, I should've given it more attention. But it's not too late to make up for it! So if in March 2012, you would like to purchase just 1 album that was released last year. Make it this one. It is among the best of the year! It's passionate, it's beautiful, it's rich, it's a masterpiece!
Bought myself 3 great albums tonight and will surely share all of these with you. But there's a bit of an overkill of great music on my laptop these days, so I don't really know where to start.. Next to these 3 great albums, there's at least 3 more albums that are on my "to-show-love-on-blog"-list. Nevermind that stuff though, we'll get loving right away with this great 4-track album by Paper Aeroplanes.
This was an instant-buy the 1st time I heard it. Although I spend over 3 weeks listening to it before I actually purchased it tonight, it was clear from the start. These four songs are pure beauties, as rarely found. A hypnotizing combination of only a few songs that can be played over and over again. Sarah Howells has a beautiful (there is simply no other word to describe it) voice, that works perfect with these sweet and soft songs. The acoustic songs are all things good that can be said about music. I will grand you my silence in words, so you can focus on one of the best things I've heard this month (and I've heard A LOT of good things this month).
Yellow Ostrich is releasing their new album next week and they've shared 2 tracks with us so far. Just a few days ago the 2nd track "The Shakedown" was released and it rocks hard.
It's a perfect track for getting up in the morning and the troubles you might have with that. It's loud, it's banging and it's impossible not to jump around to this song. Makes me extremely curious about the entire album Strange Land, but for now you can download "The Shakedown" for free using the widget below and don't forget to check out their website for the other pre-released track "Marathon Runner".
Pretty much impossible not to dance around at least a little bit to these 2 fine songs. Especially "Night of the Long Knives" is a very nice danceable track, that actually reminded me of a Muse-song with that 'hammering' guitar and the touch of piano that wonders around in it. I don't think Bellamy & Co. would've felt bad if they had written this song.
Second track "Silence is Broken" is slower and a bit darker, but nonetheless irresistible. it's a perfect combo to show what this band is creating and I'm really hoping they'll be releasing some more great stuff soon. Which they are, as Skeletons On Holiday is releasing their next single "Sink Or Swim" in March. And March, my dear friends, is only 4 days away.. I can't wait!
Over a month ago I 1st heard this album's title track "For Paolo", I don't even remember where I found it. But I immediately enjoyed it and the song was quickley added to my daily rotation system; a huge list of loose tracks that I enjoy. Sometimes these tracks make it onto the blog, sometimes they don't. This track made it, not just the single track, but the entire album it belongs to. Because it's a great album. And Woodpigeon deserves to be heard.
This is one of those albums where all tracks are equally sweet. I started out loving the title track as it was, at 1st, the only track I knew. But once I discovered the rest of the album, it has grown to be a must-play-in-full kinda album. It is simply undoable to just listen to one or two songs of this thing and then go listen to something else. "For Paolo" is a great up-tempo opening track, followed by a few slower tracks, that reveal a more melancholic type of singer-songwriter. Which makes perfectly good sense, if you take the time to read the description given by the artist for this album; For Woodpigeon songwriter Mark Andrew Hamilton, For Paolo was inspired by his parents, the cassette tapes they played on long, family drives across the prairies of Canada (and that's just the 1st line).
Perfect Sunday morning album. Which is exactly why I've been waiting all week for this moment to share it with you. Have a nice Sunday.
The voice of Chet Faker kinda reminds me of Tom Vek. Who released a great album last year. There's more references with Vek here, as this slow and swinging track could easily have fitted on Vek's 2011-album "Leisure Seizure".
But let's not compare too much, after all this is just a fine piece of music. And based on appearances, Chet Faker looks more like bearded folkies like James Vincent McMorrow. Listen to more of his electronic melancholia on his website, songs like "Jeans & Wallet" and "No Diggity" (yes, it is a Blackstreet-cover) are the proof Chet Faker has released more than one good song. Keep an eye out, I think we got a rising star here!