Saturday, February 13, 2016
What a great idea for the international day of love! Glasgow's Fuzzkill Records is offering Under the Covers, the second edition of covers of love/lust songs with all proceeds going to one of two charities: The Greater Maryhill Foodband; and Refugee Action. This is an undeniably great way to freshen up some beloved love songs, with enough familiarity to tickle your memory and enough new to delight you. Emerging young bands from Scotland (and a wanderer or two from Northern England contributed tracks. The collection is available as a digital download or limited edition cassette. See the Bandcamp link below for detail and a stream of the entire record. A few of my favorites are below.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Rami Vierula has appeared here as a member of indie band Delay Trees, and for his solo work as 23:23. While the band paints in dream pop and shoegaze tones, 23:23 is a bedroom pop project Rami felt compelled to initiate to reflect his nocturnal musings. After releasing a trilogy in 2015, Rami is back with the four-song EP To Die On A Faraway Island, which is out now via Soliti Music. Today, we are sharing with you the stream and video for the closing track, the piano ballad "Faraway Island". The song is available to download, and the EP can be found at the Soliti link below.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
"Something About Your Love" is the debut single from Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Ali Robertson. The arrangement features piano and electronic beats underlying Ali's emotive vocals. I think this is a talent to watch.
Plastic Animals are Mario Cruzado, James Lynch, Dave Wark, Ben Slade, and Jean Michel Morin. Pictures From The Blackout is out now via Song By Toad Records on vinyl and as a digital download.
Bandcamp for Album
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
For your late night pleasure, here is "Someone Who Will Get It" -- one of those slightly dark earworms that, once heard, nestles in the folds in your brain. You'll find yourself humming it. It will pop into your consciousness while walking, driving, working out. And none of that will bother you, because earworms are a very welcome invasive species. The creators are the talented quintet Highasakite from Oslo, Norway. The song is from their forthcoming sophomore LP, so expect to hear more from them in the near future.
One of my favorite albums of the new year so far is Peter Astor's Spilt Milk (our feature here). And one of my favorite songs on the record is "Very Good Lock", in which the narrator discusses the emotional walls constructed to protect himself from others. The song now has a video, so enjoy it below. Spilt Milk is out now via Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP!
Monday, February 8, 2016
Dan Stuart's past includes Green On Red with Chuck Prophet and Danny & Dusty with Steve Wynn, and a long hiatus from music in which the goal was writing novels (the has been published; the second may be published soon). His current residence is Mexico where he began writing music again and hooked up with Mexico City's Twin Tones. The result is Marlowe's Revenge, on which Stuart and the Twin Tones bring the new songs to life, in all of their ragged glory. Guitars twang, snarl and chug. The vocals illustrate the twisted tales with world-weary resignation. The Twin Tones play with the assurance, verve and respect that the material demands. Ten songs - ten musical short stories with tears and a beating heart. At the end of 2016 there will be lists of excellent albums that may have fallen under the radar. If you jump on this one, there will be one less regretful surprise when you read those lists.
Dan Stuart sang and played acoustic guitar. The Twin Tones are Gabriel Lopez (guitars/bass/keys/percussion/vocals), Dario Maldonado (guitars/vocals), Enrique Casasola (drums/percussion/vocals), Julian Huerta (keys/vocals), Israel Martinez (bass/vocals), and Alex Villa (trumpet).
Marlowe's Revenge is out now via Fluff and Gravy Records in the US and Cadiz Music in the UK.
Dan Stuart's website
Dan Stuart on Facebook
Bandcamp for Marlowe's Revenge
Twin Tones on Facebook
Fluff & Gravy Records
Green On Red website
Sunday, February 7, 2016
here). Now they are back with "Good Girls", which like the preceding song is released by 10K Islands as part of its singles series. Listen below, and if it moves you you can capture the good vibes at your usual digital retailer.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Not to get all religious on everyone, but it seems to me that it is time for some Catholic Action. There are no mandatory rites involved, although some may be prompted to dance, or at least bob the old noggin, to the somewhat garagey glam rock this Glasgow four-piece creates. Their latest creation is "L.U.V.", which will be released on vinyl and as a digital download on March 18 via Luv Luv Luv Records. This is a band that will go places -- get in on the action.
Luv Luv Luv Records