One of the best new albums that has been released this year is the relaxed indiepop album "Days" by Real Estate.
It's Real was released as a 1st single earlier this year and is a great way of getting to know the band. It's an up-tempo song with energizing guitars and smooth vocals. The songs makes it pretty much impossible to sit still and brings out the sun no matter how cold the day is.
Album-opener Easy has the same positive vibe to it and when i 1st heard the album and this track i already knew this was gonna be a good 41-minute trip. After the 1st complete listen i was even more sure that this is a golden album. There are a few more songs like these 2 on the album, but there's also a few different strokes on it. The instrumental Kinder Blumen is something unexpected, but the easy riffs makes this a perfect fit for the album & i find myself humming the tune on a daily bases.
My favourite track of the album is All The Same, the finishing touch. It's a 7-minute trip that takes us through everything good that Real Estate has to offer. It starts off as another fine tune, but ends up being a seemingly endless instrumental trip, that'll continue for another 4 minutes. Making it a perfect moment to end the album with and inspire you to play it again right after the last note has died.
This is the perfect waking-up album, it doesn't matter how you wake up, once you hear these fine tunes your day will brighten up and all you need to do to keep it that way it get yourself a new dose of this fantastic album.
After a morning of sweet relaxing i'm off to work in 20 minutes and so i need to get myself in gear. What better way to make this happen than some more moveable/danceable music? This cool track by Casiokids makes it impossible to sit still, with the sweet synths & vocals. Their album is said to hold more of these nice tracks, but unfortunately the album is not being released in Europe untill January 2012 (except for their home-country Norway, where it's already been released). Good thing we had this track to dance away on..
Thursday is the ultimate chill-day for me. As i sleep late, work late & am usually already a little tired from having worked more than i've slept over the days before. Music on Thursday is usually accordingly chilled out, with this brand new track by Blackbird Blackbird as a good starter for this Thursday morning. Coffee, an extended breakfast & relaxing tunes, i'm loving this!
Apparantly November 1st is Music Day or something, cuz i've heard so many new and amazing music today. I've heard a few albums for the 1st time that'll definately get a mention here somewhere soon, but the most beautiful song i've heard (and you have no idea how big of an achievement that actually is today) is this raw solo-version of All You Have To Do by Anton Walgrave. I read a review on his 5th album somewhere an got interested, when visiting his website i found an album-version and a solo live version of this amazing song. And after hearing both version 5 or 6 times, this one is clearly the best. Visit his site though to hear more great tracks from his new album As You Are.
While trying to wake myself up for another day at the office, i stumbled upon this great track on All Things Go, a great blog with great music. This amazing pumped-up track by Fixers woke me up with a kick & will definately keep me going for the rest of the long day ahead of me. They're releasing an EP on December 5th, so there's a good chance they'll be coming back here @pluginbabynl.
The 2nd single by Australian duo Big Scary is a perfect way to start a new week with. It's fun, danceable and a little noisy, but not too much. A great Monday Morning Kick-Off if it were up to me (and guess what, it is up to me..). Have a good week!
There's all kind of comparisations i can make for this great tune, but let's not. West Side Street is the 1st track of 2011-release "The Place I Left Behind" and no matter how much i like this record (i do!!), i continue to be amazed by the way record companies try and categorize the music their bands make. They will be carefull not to scare anyone away though, so here's a few lines on The Deep Dark Woods latest album according to their own website: A rainstorm over the desert of modern music, The Place I Left Behind offers murder ballads alongside scrappy rockers, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes. The album illuminates folk traditions without stripping the shadows of roots music history – The Deep Dark Woods wake the ghosts of Appalachia with their prairie gothic pyre-side tales. The Place I Left Behind echoes with traces of time and space that are never fully abandoned or forgotten.
Eeehhmmm.... What..!? Sounds just about the greatest record ever made, i guess...(?) no doubt they need to sell stuff and therefor try to promote their album, but i prefer to let the music speak for itself, it can do that very well on it's own no doubt. because The Deep Dark Woods have made a record that is a little more country than folk (if you ask me), but is (still) extremely good. be sure to check out their website for much more listening!
Two tracks that make very clear why Gary Clark Jr. is on his way to greatness. His music is not unlike things we've heard before, but the way he plays and sings it, makes this something special. Great voice. Great songs. Great artist!
Been listening to this track for about 10 days now and i take the time to listen to it several times a day. so it was time to share this. Grimes is slowly getting bigger and bigger, doing shows with Lykke Li and Austra. There is some relation with these other 2 fine acts, but Grimes definately has her own style. It's a nice Saturday-track; it's a little dreamy, a little danceable, but overall just a great chilled tune to slowly get into that weekend-vibe.
The above set of 5 tracks is a raw, yet very good impression of Jhameel's album "The Human Connection", which he released earlier this year. The only non-album track here is Shut Up, the other 4 are on the album that is extremely well worth hearing. A few relations that come to mind when hearing this album is Prince is his best years, and title track The Human Condition even had me thinking of Michael Jackson, not the least of artist to be related with.. This is a great combination of raw-funk and more sensitive tracks, that show a different side of Jhameel, a side not uncovered in this teaser-set.
As said, these 5 songs are only representing Jhameel's more funky side, but when you get the album (which you can download on a "whatever-you-can-spare"-bases), you'll find out there's more to him than meets the eye right away in the 1st track. This track was a little disappointing when i 1st heard it, as i was expecting to be blasting more crazy uptempo shit, but after hearing it a few times it actually is as good as the more danceable tracks on the album, just good in a different way. Jhameel turns out to be a very diverse character, listening to the interesting lyrics only makes this a more impressive 2nd album from the youngster. This album is on heavy-rotation over @pluginbaby.nl and will probably be for a very long time, not sure if i can call it a potential "best album of the year" yet, but the fact i'm considering it does mean something, right..?
On another blog i stumbled upon a little review on this 4-track EP by Megan Bonnell and it was a bit of a negative writing. It stated that Megan Bonnell's EP was not 'different' enough to make her stand out compared to other female singer-songwriters. An opinion i do not share at all. After all the girls-with-guitars i've heard passing by over the months, it's very refreshing to hear something a bit more powerfull. Piano-driven tracks that give her amazing voice all the time to shine, with Lake Superior being the absolute highlight of this EP.
I can relate to the mentioned review on some level, as title track Maps is not very special, but it's certainly not a bad song. It's a decent ballad that has nothing wrong with it. All together, with 2 absolutely stunning tracks & 2 plain beautiful songs on a 4-track EP i think Megan Bonnell has released a fantastic ep with this one.