Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
"What shall I say further? Shall I not stop short and leave to your imaginations to portray the tragic deeds of war? Is it not enough that I here leave it to the unexperienced to fancy the hardships, the anxieties, the dangers, even of the best life of a soldier?
My companions taxed me with presumption and folly, but I was determined, then and always, not to be a coward."
Sunday, February 25, 2018
R In a sweet voice (with a charming accent) Sara Ammendolia delivers her own upbeat tunes accompanied by different instrumental combos. Apparently this is her first full-length album, but don't miss her earlier work.
"The material collected here in this short release was half written on the fly, half slowly gathered in my subconscious over several weeks at the end of 2017. Last year was quite the adventure in personal growth for me. The cover I created for this release was collaged out of a sewing manual from the 1960s that the generations before me might have put to its intended purpose.. but I named this record in honor of my independence from old ideas, so here's to a better use." -L. Valerie
In 1971, at the age of 25, Pat Ament self-released his debut album, Songs By Pat Ament, in a very limited run for friends and local shops. The album is sparse and moody, conjuring a space not unlike the one that Songs Of Leonard Cohen occupies, featuring Ament on Wurlitzer with a jazz drummer and a guitarist alternating between acoustic and electric. It’s dark and at times forlorn, with meditations on yearning and loss and love. It’s ideal long-night-of-the-soul music. The lyricism evokes Dylan, Cohen, Tim Hardin and Bill Fay.
Friday, February 23, 2018
“poised and mysterious and it contemplates oblivion” The New York Times
"one of the world’s most criminally underrated singer/songwriters." The Revue
“weighty and wonderful” GoldFlakePaint
"I look forward to listening to this until I'm blue in the face.” Paste Magazine
“like and ocean at night, cold and serene” Surviving The Golden Age
"one of 2018’s must hear under the radar artists." Glide Magazine
Now based back in his home city of Seattle, he’s ready to present his most accomplished creations to date with the 'Spring' EP. This body of work continues to utilize elements found on his previous releases – atmospheric field recordings, warm electronic production, dynamic compositions – but also finds him exploring new ways to implement his voice.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018
"Recreational Hate" is, along this avenue, something different. The songs can be traced to a past, present, and future existence of the band, running in every direction, but always coming home to a definitive observational point of reference. "Recreational Hate" is the next book in a fantasy series. It's the surprise 6th act in a never-ending performance. It hints of familiarity in a place where the guidelines have been abandoned, and anything is possible.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
"[Hate it Here] is made for peering into darkened summer skies and counting the stars... Pom-Pom Squad shares their whole heart with us and its resounding heartbeat sticks with you long after its conclusion." - The Grey Estates
I’ve always tried to be someone in my life, someone who's not actually me. I tried to avoid people; I didn’t trust them, all I wanted was to be alone and shut out in my own world. But now I feel that I'm starting to change, and these changes are definitely in a good way.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Sometime in 2001 – sandwiched between the release of Ghost Tropic and its follow-up, the cryptic classic, Didn't It Rain – Songs: Ohia recorded an EP for Temporary Residence's distance-themed subscription series, Travels In Constants. The untitled EP consisted of a single 18-minute song – performed live by Jason Molina in his living room, recorded directly to 4-track cassette as the sounds of a typical Chicago night bled through the air. Built solely from an acoustic guitar and Molina's familiar melancholy croon, it's a hauntingly intimate track. Molina once remarked that it was "probably too out there" for a proper Songs: Ohia album, which is perhaps why is felt right at home in this context.
This album is about feeling like an imposter in an environment that was once so comfortable. It's about becoming reclusive and leaving social events with the feeling that something just doesn't fit, and enjoying being alone with yourself while at the same time longing for companionship.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
“a funkier version of St. Vincent or a younger version of Lenny Kravitz” - The Revue
Based in London, Kadija Kamara is a singer songwriter who best describes her sound as ‘Alt Soul’. With a love of 60’s and 70’s analogue sounds, Kadija combines her affinity for retro soul music with a host of modern influences.
In the beginning Mike Oberst (banjo, vocals), Sean Geil (vocals, guitar), and Jason Soudrette (upright bass) busked for coins and burritos around Cincinnati, playing traditional songs - Woody Guthrie, southern blues laments, anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines. Awarded a Cincinnati Entertainment Award from City Beat Magazine six times, the band caught wider attention nationally when they were featured by news anchor Tom Brokaw in his documentary about the historic Route 50. no depression
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Silk To Dry The Tears collects 31 such songs from a spectrum of 100% Silk alumni and affiliates, threaded across four sides of fogged house, fantasy acid, nocturnal electronics, sleepwalker pop, and rhythmic reveries of varied internal states. Totaling nearly 170 minutes, it’s a sprawl and a statement, shared in the spirit of inclusion, endurance, and empathy. Music brought us together; music will keep us together.
The Devotional Ceremony is Happy Meals connecting with their cosmic inner selves. They realise their Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony, banishing demons, devils and ill will. Devote your soul to the positive forces before the misguided, suffering spirits pull you down and wipe you out.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Flight to the Jungle is a 'prelude' to the Flowering Jungle album. Meant to be an intermission between taking off from Mystery Cove and landing in the Flowering Jungle, the collection of tracks scores a hazy trip over various lands. The single consists of tracks from both the Mystery Cove and Flowering Jungle sessions.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
During Grammy weekend, up-and-coming singer/songwriter Willa Amai was front and center with her cover of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" for Intuit QuickBooks' "Backing You" campaign, which celebrated music and small business owners who "dare to dream and follow their passions."
The London based musician has opened up about the inspiration behind ‘Papercuts’, saying: “I went back to basics with the musical arrangement on this track with a stripped back feel, which puts more emphasis on the vocals and lyrics. I love the contrast of the original and the remix, I was really excited for Alex Hughes to work on it. He’d remixed a demo of the same song a few years back and did an amazing job, so as soon as I decided to release this song, I knew I wanted a version arranged by him as well. He adds a completely different vibe to the song which I really like.”
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Sunday, February 4, 2018
‘Lè Ma Monte Chwal Mwen’ is a traditional vodou folk song that Mélissa first heard as a child on Martha Jean-Claude’s album, Canciones de Haiti. “The title of the song means ‘when I’m riding my horse’. In a vodou ceremony, when someone is possessed by a spirit, they are that spirit’s horse and the spirit is riding them. It’s also a reference to how vodou is at times very erotic”, explains Laveaux.