Monday, January 26, 2015

Boxed In: Mystery

Boxed In began as a one-man project for London singer-songwriter-producer Oli Bayston, but has since become a quartet. Bayston along with Liam Hutton, Mark Nicholls, and Jack Benfield dropped the self-titled eleven-track debut album January 19; it will be released in North America March 31.

A live action/animation video for the excellent single "Mystery" was published last week; it was directed by Steven Spencer of Birmingham/London based film and animation studio Nice Monster.

The band have a six-date UK mini-tour coming up February 10-15 (the February 12 London show has already sold out.)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amason: Duvan

There is something delightfully off beat about pretty much every aspect of Amason: from their name (a vintage Volvo model) to their sound, videos, and photos.

The stellar bouncy single "Duvan" [the dove] was released in October; the debut full-length 'Sky City' drops January 27.

The accompanying clip directed by Tobias Centerwall features the band members resembling large headed paper dolls as well as a group of somewhat eerie figures with windblown hair moving through an urban landscape. What's not to love?

The Swedish supergroup consisting of Gustav Ejstes (Dungen), Amanda Bergman (Idiot Wind), Nils Tornquist (Little Majorette), Petter Winnberg (Little Majorette) and Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) have four shows coming up this month and in Mid-February around Sweden; they also have a gig scheduled in Oslo January 28.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Amazing: Picture You

Swedish band The Amazing have a new full-length coming out February 17: 'Picture You' follows their self-titled debut as well as the sophomore album 'Gentle Stream', released in 2011.

The teaser single and title song is no less than 9:35 minutes long, yet every second is sweet music to the ears when it's as good as this dreamy track filled with gorgeous guitar and keyboard sounds supported by a solid rhythm section.

No concerts are scheduled at this point, but check the Facebook page for updates.

While not wildly stimulating, the video in fact works surprisingly well with its languid pace and black/white footage of people strolling along city streets. The clip was created by London based design studio Shilling and Shilling.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Son Little: Cross My Heart + Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches

There is an enormous amount of music released every week and it can be difficult to keep up. Thus I came close to missing out on the outstanding six-track EP 'Things I Forgot' by Son Little which dropped in November on ANTI Records.

Born Aaron Livingston in L.A., the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist grew up in Queens, NYC and moved to Philadelphia in his early 20s, collaborated with The Roots and Rjd2 before releasing his own material under his birth name and starting in 2013, under Son Little.

On the beautiful acoustic ballad "Cross My Heart" he channels Bob Marley and Sam Cooke to the point where I got goose bumps. On the excellent "Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches" the Marley/Cooke inspiration is also very evident. Still, Son Little is his own man with an unmistakable voice and sound.

He has a free gig coming up January 17 in Philly; details in first link below:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MØ: New Year´s Eve

This has been a banner year for 26-year-old Danish singer-songwriter Karen Marie Ørsted aka :  her debut full-length 'No Mythologies to Follow' was released in March, she toured extensively, and also performed at the Roskilde Festival as well as on U.S. shows Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Saturday Night Live. So what better way to end 2014 than by uploading the fresh-out-of-the-oven "New Year's Eve". Arguable her best song to date, the gorgeous track showcases her perfect pop vocals as well as her impressive songwriting skills and bodes very well for 2015. It was produced by MØ and co-produced and mixed by Ronnie Vindahl (of Copenhagen musical collective Boomclap Bachelors) who also produced 'No Mythologies To Follow'.

The video which apart from the artist herself consists mainly of various Hollywood movie clips is a great companion piece; it was expertly directed and edited by by Anne Sofie Skaaring.

MØ has three shows coming up January 17, 18, and 19 at the Koncertsalen in Copenhagen (the first one quickly sold out and two extra shows were added.)  She also has two gigs lined up for the spring: April 6 in Warsaw and April 7 in Amsterdam; more dates will no doubt be added soon.

Happy New Year to all of my readers wherever you are in the world - Thank You for "tuning in" to The Nightfly!!!

This is the last post for 2014 - see you in 2015!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

D'Angelo: 1000 Deaths + Another Life + Ain't That Easy

Released Monday, 'Black Messiah' is only the third album from D'Angelo in close to two decades and the first in fourteen years; luckily his large fan base is the patient, loyal kind. The gutsy choice of title was elaborated on by the artist himself in two articulate paragraphs that I felt were worth posting:

While his reverence for his idol Prince shines through a tad too much in the arrangements of a few of the twelve tracks, there is thankfully plenty of D'Angelo on most of the new collection. And just like Prince, it is when he goes into mad scientist mode that he is at his very best, playing around with beats and riffs to create intricate layers of sound and adding his distinctive vocals on top of it all.

No videos as of yet, but I picked three vaudios (video + audio!) all of which showcase the artist formerly tormented and now back in full force:
1. 1000 Deaths: A runaway funky freight train barreling down the tracks, an unstoppable, gorgeous hot mess.
2. Another Life: Few can do bittersweet like he can; this beautiful ballad is a prime example.
3. Ain't That Easy:  Vintage D'Angelo with the signature beat and still sounding fresh.

His European 'Second Coming' tour kicks off on his 41st birthday February 11 in Zurich and wraps up in Brussels March 7; it includes three shows in the UK February 17, 18 and 20.

NOTE:  Two tracks were co-written with Q-Tip who needs no introduction. More interestingly however, eight tracks were co-written with Kendra Foster, a Florida born and raised, now Brooklyn based talented artist in her own right with a debut solo album in the works. Singing background in D'Angelo's band The Vanguard since 2012 , she has also toured with George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic. Not a bad resume.