Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Findlay: Electric Bones

Earlier this year, 24-year-old Manchester native Natalie Rose Findlay aka Findlay dropped her debut EP 'Electric Bones' in the UK and continental Europe; it has yet to be released in the U.S.

In February a video was published to accompany the fantastic title track (also available as a single). Directed by Sasha Rainbow, the clip so happens to have been filmed on the streets of Paris. Although containing some slightly seedy elements, including a super creepy dude reaching out for Findlay, it also brilliantly captures the vibrant nightlife of the city.

On November 13, people were out enjoying themselves; among them were hundreds of music fans attending a concert who in a surreal, hellish moment in time fell victim to blind rage.  It is normal to want to retreat into fear and submission. It has been said by many already and is often stated post-terror; nevertheless, sometimes a cliche hits it on the nail: the best way to honor the innocent dead and injured is to continue living your life to the fullest.

The tragic news from Paris has a particular relevance for me: as a blogger since 2008, I am always encouraging my readers to go out and see amazing artists/bands who through their music make this a better world. I hope that you will all continue to attend shows and thereby help pay tribute to those who decided to spend a night out on the town with friends and/or their sweetie.

Findlay is currently touring Germany where she has ten shows lined up, starting tonight Tuesday in Heidelberg and finishing in Hannover December 7.

https://www.facebook.com/FindlayMusic/photos/a.464968076854199.108133.433849063299434/1121822217835445/?type=3&theater   (Nov. & Dec. tour dates)

https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/electric-bones-ep/id1035659528  (iTunes Germany)



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Spycc: Other Lover (Featuring High Høøps) + Wauvé Season EP

Spycc and High Høøps

Hailing from Auckland suburb Onehunga, Spycc [pronounced 'spike'] has released solo as well as collaborative work, including the 2011 EP 'Summer Madness' as half of Spycc & INF.

His 2012 solo debut EP 'Self Progression' was followed up in June of this year with the outstanding EP 'Wuavé Season' which features the stellar track "Other Lover" for which he teamed up with fellow Auckland surburbanite High Høøps. creating the perfect mix of flawless flow and disco-funk.






Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jamie Woon: Message + Sharpness + Little Wonder

In the fall of 2010, London native Jamie Woon captivated music lovers around the world with the utterly sublime single "Night Air" and its accompanying gorgeous video, both of which had a mysterious, haunting quality to them. This unique opening track from his 2011 debut album 'Mirrorwriting'  gave him a solid fan base that was left hungry for more when the artist went on a semi-hiatus, following the cancellation of concerts in 2011 due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Now, five years after releasing "Night Air", the 32-year-old singer-songwriter has released the ten-song full-length 'Making Time' as well as superb live version videos of three of the album tracks. In the expertly filmed clips "Message", "Sharpness" and "Little Wonder" he channels D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder - two of his biggest influences - but in his own unique way. It's great to have him back; it was well worth the wait.

The outstanding musicians and vocalists featured are:
Guitar: Dave Okumu
Bass: Dan Gulino
Drums: Dan See
Percussion: Roxy Harris 
Keys: Charlie Platt
Piano: Gwilym Gold
Backing vocals: Meshach Broderick 
Backing vocals: Wilson Atie

NOTE: The live sessions were recorded at famed Konk Studios in North London, founded by legendary British band The Kinks in 1971. The impressive list of bands/artists who have recorded at Konk is certainly worth reading:

Woon is currently doing a mini tour: tonight he performs in London and November 16, 18, 19 he'll be in Paris, Berlin and Köln, respectively. March 2 - 10 he has seven shows in the UK.




Sunday, November 1, 2015

Son Little: Lay Down + O Mother

I blogged about Son Little (born Aaron Livingston)  almost a year ago after his stellar six-track debut EP 'Things I Forgot' dropped.  Now the Philadelphia based singer-songwriter-guitarist has released his self-titled debut full-length on ANTI Records.  Two outstanding tracks from the album are accompanied by excellent videos: "Lay Down" and "O Mother", both of which showcase the stunning vocals of this gifted artist.

Son Little has a string of shows lined up this fall: between November 2 - 29 he'll be performing around the U.S.; December 4 - 16 he has seven gigs in continental Europe and the UK. 



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Charles Murdoch: Frogs (Featuring Ta-ku, Wafia, Hak) + Straws + Privacy

Brisbane producer Charles Murdoch drops his debut album 'Point' before the end of the year on Australian label Future Classic. Two superb singles have been released so far: "Straws" and "Frogs", the latter featuring stellar vocals by fellow Australians Ta-Ku and Wafia as well as Hak of Brooklyn hip hop group Ratking.

Production team Jünglinge, consisting of director Faraz Shariat and producer Paulina Lorenz, both 20 years old and based in the historic city of Hildesheim in Northern Germany, created a three-part video series to accompany Murdoch's music. The powerful Part 1 and Part 2 were published in June and last week and feature an outstanding performance by Bernhard Geffke. Part 3 drops soon and will be added to this blog post.

UPDATE November 18: Part 3 has been published.











Sunday, October 18, 2015

Good Boy: Transparency + Waste Days Or Ease Your Temper

Rian King (bass, vocals), Tom Lindeman (guitar) and Stu McKenzie (drums) make up Australian trio Good Boy. Their brand new 7" vinyl contain the outstanding singles "Transparency" and "Waste Days or Ease Your Temper" and can only be purchased at gigs at this point, but will also be available online in November.

An as of yet untitled EP will be out in the first half of 2016.

A video for "Transparency" was published Friday and is utterly irresistible despite the fairly blatant product placement of a popular Aussie beer as well as clear evidence of FUI (Football Under the Influence).

The band is currently on a mini tour and have two dates left: first up is a show at the Old Bar in Melbourne Monday October 19.  They wrap up at The Bearded Lady in their hometown of Brisbane Friday October 23. Here's hoping they'll also be touring outside Australia in the new year.



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Steven A. Clark: Can't Have + Not Ready

Arkansas born/North Carolina raised Steven A. Clark has been based in Miami since 2006. He released his mostly self-produced debut nine-track EP 'Stripes' in 2011 and followed it up in early 2012 with the not so subtly titled full-length 'Fornication Under Consent of the King'.  He dropped his third full-length album 'The Lonely Roller' last month. (NOTE: 'The Lonely Roller' will be released in the UK and continental Europe November 13.)

While the (video) track "Can't Have" is quite good, the superb "Not Ready" from 'Fornication Under Consent of the King' is my personal favorite, especially owing to the sublime vocals. Unfortunately, since no video was ever produced to accompany 'Not Ready', the audio will have to suffice.

Tour: Clark will be at next week's CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, performing October 13 and 16. Between November 2 and 8 he has four shows in the UK and continental Europe. November 11-25 he has close to a dozen shows in North America, including two dates in Toronto and Montreal.