Friday, September 25, 2009

Volcano Choir - Island, IS

Hey, I wanted to post this new track from Bon Ivor collective Volcano Choir, its by far the most interesting and musically excellent track from their debut album Unmap. Have a listen, that is all.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bibio - Torn Under The Window Light

A beautiful piece of music from the band who brought us one of the best albums of the year so far. An otherworldly track reminiscent of Brian Eno, that drifts over you like crescent shaped waves in a sea of stunning emptiness. Listen and be calmed.

Ramona Falls - Intuit

Hello my first post in ages and its a beaut, may I introduce you to the wonderful Ramona Falls. Upon first glance it's a solo project from an imaginative young man Brent Knopf, yet as a project it is the collective works of a group of musicians working collectively on Brent's singular vision. What results is a collection of thoughtful and intelligent songs released under the title Intuit. So if you enjoy your music lovingly crafted then this is an album for you

Friday, August 08, 2008

Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armini

Me and Armini heralds the return of Icelandic songsmith Emiliana Torrini. I was pleased to hear that on her fifth effort she hasn't lost of the innocent charm that allowed her previous releases to find a place in your heart. This is her most accessible effort to date, and is full of songs that despite their subtlety work on varying levels. She's got past those early comparisons with Bjork to develop a style all of her own.

The title track sees her breaking into completely new ground. Ska heavy but inherently catchy its a stand out track. Birds and Hold Heart are both very beautiful acoustic tracks which wouldn't be out of place on her previous effort Fisherman's Woman. Wonderfully, you can find yourself drifting away to many of these songs, under the influence of Emiliana's soaring, soft yet distinctive vocals. Jungle Drum on the other hand is without a doubt her most pop song to date, it dances around and is reminiscent of KT Tunstall in style and execution but manages to retain Emiliana's distinct style. She has clearly been listening to a vast range of music since her last record as the influences and styles introduced here are numerous. Gun introduces a funky bass riff which repeats through the song, something which makes it impossible not to nod your head in appreciation to.

This is another first class album from a talented woman who has  yet to make a bad one. With the success of Feist, Emiliana deserves the same. Unfortunately she has yet to come up with a song about counting and thus remains in the record collections of those privilaged enough to have heard her brilliance. 

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Andy Yorke - Simple

Heres a link to the new album from Andy Yorke, lead singer and guitarist of his Unbelievable Truth. But more famously know for being the brother of Radiohead singer Thom Yorke. Its a release i've been waiting for since Unbelievable Truth split up, who were a hidden talent and created some very fine and beautiful music. So I urge those who have never heard of them to give this a listen.

John Mayer - Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles

One of the finest guitar players today John Mayer, of whom i'm a big fan releases his new live 2- CD, DVD and Blu-Ray package on July 1st,  Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles was filmed last December at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and directed by Danny Clinch. The special Columbia Records release includes three distinct sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a Continuum set featuring Mayer’s full-band. 

Below is a great performance featured in the new release entitled Belief which is from his latest album Continuum