So after a whole month of not posting anything, it seemed like the right time to to compile one of my mixtapes. I’ve tried to keep it quite current, however I couldn’t help from posting some stuff from the last couple of years that may have gone unnoticed – or at least I completely missed until now. So without further ado, let’s kick off with Francois and the Atlas Mountains. Continue reading
Here’s something fun to do as the day winds down. Light Light have a new interactive music video which has been designed by a company based in Amsterdam called Moniker.
It’s a great idea, and the song’s very nice too.
Get involved: http://donottouch.org/
I’ve had this track on repeat for a while; the low-fi riffs and the harmonic vocals are addictive. The David Nelligan Thing is a band from Cork, Ireland. Lead songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Nelligan released his first solo album, Junk From a Past Life, in August 2009. He followed this up with a new album, Everything Matters, in 2010.
The David Nelligan Thing are set to release their new album, Dark Matters on April 24th, and have being producing a music video for the new tracks each week in the lead up to its release. There’s something silly and very enjoyable about his DIY style music videos, they’ve managed to draw a small cult following. The video for Comfort Zone is humourous in the sense that it’s somewhat ‘uncomfortable’ to watch due to his dead-pan stare at the camera. Check it out here.
The simplistic nature of this track reminds me of a song called Golden Palms by Bronson (formally known as HORSES). I highly recommend you give it a listen, it’s a unique sound coming from Ireland and I wish them the best of luck with their new album.
The start of this track sounds like something from a Julianna Barwick album, however this is the work of R. Thomasin, a new artist who crafts catchy and ethereal songs from dreampop, shoegaze, and electronic influences. She comes from Boston, USA and has just released her first full-length album on Bandcamp where her earlier “Framed EP” is also available as a free download. Have a listen to Laurels here. Definitely one for the midnight driving playlist.
If you asked anyone two weeks ago who Vance Joy was, no one would have a clue. However last week saw the release of his debt EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing and he has since generated a huge amount of attention. The Australian artist has managed to tap into that niche of music which people are ever hungry for. His sound is a mix of Bon Iver and Mumford and Sons; let’s hope he doesn’t follow in the same steps as the latter.
Two tracks are publicly released, From Afar and Riptide both equally enjoyable. There are two reasons I’m going to post Riptide: Firstly because it’s so bloody good and I’m sure you’ll love it. Secondly because it’s so damn catchy and like me, I want you all to be cursed with it playing in your head for the next few days. Enjoy.
Lord Huron – Strangers (The Kinks)
I went through my ‘Kinks stage’ when I was 17 after watching Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic, and Strangers was (and still is) my favorite of all their tracks. Lord Huron who recently released his first album, Lonesome Dreams (2012) often covers this song, especially while playing in London. It’s a good one for him, he likes to sing about ‘strangers’, a little motif.
Some incredible folk artists have been emerging from Sweden during the last few years. Idiot Wind is the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Amanda Bergman. She’s married to Kristian Matsson aka Tallest Man On Earth, and without drawing too many comparisons to their styles; they most definitely share a skill in writing original songs that engage with the listener on an personal level and pack a powerful emotional punch. Continue reading
Little introduction is needed for Matthew Cooper, the mastermind behind Eluvium. For 10 years he has produced music that consistently impresses fans and critics worldwide.
His last full length LP (not including his mini album Static Nocturne) was Similes (2010), which for the first time featured Matthew’s vocals. I personally love this album and rate it as highly as his other more notable releases such as, Copia (2007) and Talk Amongst the Trees (2005).
After three years, Matthew has announced that he’ll be releasing a new full length album on May 14th called Nightmare Ending which he describes as a “fully instrumental affair“. So far he has released two tracks from the new album, Don’t Get Any Closer and Envenom Mettle.
I’ve recently been revisiting some of my favorite ambient artists and making some new discoveries. I thought I’d do a little roundup of what I’ve been daydreaming to for the last week.
Rhian Sheehan & Helios
Keith Kenniff AKA Helios released an album of his previously released songs that have been remixed by a variety of artists. Halving The Compass is one of my all time favourite Helios tracks, and was recently remixed by Rhian Sheehan, an award winning musician from New Zealand. Rhian Sheehan put the ambient scene in awe with his 2008 album, Standing in Silence. I genuinely can’t think of a better composer to remix this track. The pacing and intimate sounds of the piano are perfect.