Posted by someofitistrue on November 23, 2014
In our minds eye the video for Johanna Glaza’s excellent new single, Paper Widow, sees Johanna dancing through a snowy forest like an ice-queen, conjuring beautiful sounds from just a single touch to snow laden leaves and crystal clear icicles. As she begins to sing the animals of the forest start to emerge, captivated by her stunning voice….together they all disappear into the dark depths of the woods.
The actual video is nothing like this but, along with the song itself, it is rather good:
Posted by someofitistrue on November 21, 2014
We’ve mentioned Dead Professional on this blog a couple of times before, firstly with the debut offering, ‘I’m Not The One‘, and then when the video for the excellent ‘Downtown At Sundown‘ was released.
What’s Dead Professional (aka John Harouff) been up to between then and now? Well ‘a lot’ is the answer to that! Debut EP, ‘Hard Hard Hard’ was released this week on the back of some top notch support slots with the likes of Ryan Adams, Kurt Vile, Chuck Prophet, Waxahatchee and Hiss Golden Messenger (sounds like our perfect festival line-up!)
Hard Hard Hard consolidates John’s stripped down, rock’n’roll vibe. We’ve been listening to the latest Tom Petty record this week and there is definitely some T.Petty influences on this EP, along with Tunnel of Love era Springsteen.
A fine collection of songs.
Posted by someofitistrue on November 20, 2014
Been listening to a whole host of new tunes this week, here are a few that caught our fancy….
Souvenir Stand – Surprise
A proper single! Under 3 minutes, infinitely catchy with a host of twists and turns and a super cute lead vocal. Oh, there’s something just as good on the flip side as well. Pretty perfect pop from New York’s Souvenir Stand! We picked up our 7″ from the fine folks at Beautiful Strange.
Roxanne de Bastion – Seeing You (video)
Talking of great lead vocals and well crafted pop songs, here is the video to the excellent ‘Seeing You’ by Roxanne de Bastion. We are biased, but the live vocal on this is really, really good!
Jonah Tolchin – Diamond Mine
You know when you go to a show, get there just in time for the support (who you’ve not heard of) and then get completely lost in what you are watching and listening to? Well that happened to us last night when we saw Jonah Tolchin supporting Chuck Prophet in Brighton.
Jonah’s humble and unassuming stage presence didn’t prepare you for what came next, 30 mins of intense blues-infused songs and storytelling – a quite unexpected and wonderful surprise. This live session gives you a feel for the artist, one we intend to keep close tabs on.
Posted by someofitistrue on October 10, 2014
A few nuggets from the inbox!
Brooke Bentham – We’ll Be Ghosts
Bring on the goosebumps! This is a beautiful and haunting piece of songwriting, putting Bentham’s vocals right out front. The song swoops and dives throughout, the plaintive guitar and piano backing perfectly compliment the melancholy.
Glassmaps – My Head My Heart
Starts off sounding like someone knocking out a tune on a tinny cheap casio, then turns into a huge great blues stomper. Love the wailing guitars that kick in at two minutes.
Roah Summit – Secrets
I really, really like this one from Roah Summit and I’d love to give you a point of reference, but I just can’t put my finger on it (is it Bon Iver crossed with MGMT?) Either way I love it.
Keyan Keihani – Channing Way
Back on more familiar territory for someofitistrue, anyone described as “draws on country’s lost twang, subtle heartbreak and a dark imagination” usually gets our attention. This track from Keyan’s debut album ‘Eastbound’ certainly does enough for us to want to listen to the whole record. The subtle touches of organ are our highlight on this track
Posted by someofitistrue on October 5, 2014
Afternoon all, we’ve had a great musical week with two excellent live shows, some exciting times over at Hidden Trail and a wealth of excellent music finding its way to our stereo. Some of our favourites to share:
Justin Townes Earle – Time Shows Fools
As long time admirers of Justin Townes Earle (Harlem River Blues was a fantastic record) and the UK’s Loose Music, we were pleased to hear they are teaming up to release JTE’s latest album, Single Mothers. We’ve had a sneak preview and can assure you that it is top quality – just like this track!
Zoe Wren – Pandora’s Box
There is a fair bit going on in the four minutes of this track from Zoe Wren. The lyrics have a darkness about them and the vocals are so beautiful that an interesting juxtaposition is set up from the off. Zoe gives the song a huge amount of space in which to grow, but it never loses direction or intrigue. A fine song from a confident songwriter. Zoe’s EP of the same name is out on Folkstock Records on 13th September.
TOPS – Way To Be Loved
Our favourite ‘pop’ song in a while is this one from Canadian’s TOPS. An infectious disco groove, soft, understated vocals and a great hook. A fine tune.
Andrew Combs – Emily
Finally we have Andrew Combs, another new signing for Loose Records. Andrew is in the UK on tour at the moment and we were lucky enough to catch him in Brighton last week. A charasmatic perfomer and a fine songwriter who knows how to knock out a sing-a-long tune – such as this one!
Posted by someofitistrue on September 7, 2014
Today we introduce someone new (to us), catch up with a long time friend and see the debut EP release from an artist we first heard earlier in the year.
Hattie Briggs – Old Eyes
Old Eyes is Hattie’s debut music video. The song is a beautiful lament, that strikes a delicate balance of love, longing and heartache. A great example of how simplicity and truth provide the most moving moments. (For dog lovers the video will leave you in bits as Panda plays his part to perfection!)
We are really looking forward to what comes next from Hattie.
Roxanne de Bastion – Seeing You
Seeing You is the lead track from the upcoming EP of the same name. Produced by Ben Walker, this track see’s Roxanne continue to develop her strong individual sense of storytelling and songwriting. Roxanne’s crisp lead vocal dominates throughout, but the drums and guitar licks add complexity and dimension to the track. We love it – and are pleased to report that the EP has three more tracks of similar quality!
Marshall Lewis – Higher Nature EP
Earlier this year we told you about Chapters by Marshall Lewis, a young songwriter from Bloomington, Indiana. Marshall has now followed this up with his debut EP, Higher Nature, six tracks of haunting, Bon Iver-esque tunes that show Marshall consolidating our initial opinion of him – one to watch!
Posted by someofitistrue on August 31, 2014
Hi all, apologies for the recent inactivity on the blog. Our other project, Hidden Trail Records has taken up a lot of time recently!
That said we are always listening to loads of ace new music, so thought we would share some from friends of the blog. Enjoy x
Hella Better Dancer – Like A Child
Hurrah! A new track from one of our faves, Hella Better Dancer. On Like A Child, Josh’s bass takes an early lead (made my desk vibrate a little), before Tilly’s restrained, but haunting vocal kicks in. The song really soars when Soph’s lead guitar is added to the mix. Three great components making a very good band.
Flash Bang Band – Art History
Brighton’s Flash Bang boys release a new video for Art History. They write on rice, the song is great and the album rocks. Our simple advice, “Go listen”.
Patch & The Giant – For Gabriel
How can you not be touched by this true tale from the Patch & The Giant folks!
“On a summer evening in 2013, Patch & The Giant were on their way home from performing at a brewery in east London. In tired and liquored desperation, Luke and Angie made the error of
climbing into an unlicensed mini-cab with everybody’s instruments. When they climbed out,
Gabriel’s violin stayed, whisked away into the night by this illegal trafficker and never, despite the heated efforts of the fools who lost it, to be found. Together embarking on a guilt-ridden journey to atone this loss, they wrote a song, For Gabriel; a celebration of the wonderful man that Gabriel is and a requiem for the sweet, sweet fiddle”
Help ease Luke and Angie’s guilt by downloading For Gabriel here and every penny made from this song will be going into the fund for Gabriel’s new violin (it’s just £1 to download the song!)
Posted by someofitistrue on August 25, 2014
Posted by someofitistrue on July 7, 2014
Our track of the week is indeed two tracks. We just couldn’t decide which one so are sharing them both, one pop, one rock, and most importantly, both fine tunes!
‘Mama Gold’ – North by North
Riff heavy rock is something we find ourselves listening to less and less, but ‘Mama Gold’ would not be ignored. In fact it literally jumped out at us through its sheer energy, and a great vocal. From beginning to end this track remains inventive and engaging – and a lot of fun.
Hailing from Chicago, North by North have just released a double -album, ‘Something Wicked’ and this track has certainly convinced us to check it out.
‘You and Me’ – Head Over Heart
This subtle pop tune feels like it has its roots in the eighties, but lets face it they knew how to write a pop tune back then, and Head Over Heart have made a pretty good job of putting a 2014 spin on it.
Everything about ‘You and Me’ seems understated, the gently delivered vocals and unobtrusive hand-claps. However, what it all adds up to is something very engaging with a hook that makes you want to play it all over again!
Head Over Heart are a duo (Jordan Prather and Belinda Peters) from Tucson, AZ. This is their first ever music video in support of soon to be released debut EP called I Believe You Liar.
Posted by someofitistrue on June 20, 2014