“….No, this is just a tribute”.
Firstly I should probably state that these are both fine songs from artists I really like…the tenuous link to Tenacious D’s ‘Tribute’ was funny in my head…..
Two great tunes, both tributes to artists that have influenced, inspired or impacted the songwriters.
M.Lockwood Porter – Chris Bell
We love Big Star and we love M. Lockwood Porter – you guessed it, we love this! Mr Lockwood Porter has one of those voices that is packed with emotion and this song is a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to an artist that has obviously made an impact. Backed by another fine tune, Secrets, we highly recommend checking out this single.
Roxanne de Bastion – Here’s Tom with the Weather
Another someofitistrue fave Roxanne de Bastion has teamed up with Folkstock Records to rework her tune Here’s Tom with the Weather, inspired by the late Bill Hicks. We love this new arrangement so go support Roxanne & Folkstock.
Posted by jcverrall on March 4, 2014
Track of the Week #4: Factory by Dog In The Snow
Regular readers will know that we’ve shared the work of Brighton based Dog In The Snow on the blog before – in fact last single, Fire In The Sky, was one of our favourites from last year.
New track, Factory, is a fine addition to the growing Dog In The Snow canon of oddly engaging, off-kilter electronica. The video mixes Eraserhead, 1984 and a host of 1970s sci-fi and does a great job supporting the tune.
Dog In The Snow feels like a project that is going places – we hope those places remain as weird and wonderful as the last few offerings.
Posted by jcverrall on March 1, 2014
I think it is fair to say that we have been smitten with the music of Lyla Foy since we caught a show at last years Great Escape festival. It was a sunny afternoon (remember them), and we were hanging out in the pitch darkness of the Komedia when 3 musicians casually wandered onto stage. The next 30 minutes was a beguiling mix of spellbinding beats and hushed vocals, with Lyla very much the focal point of the live experience.
After leaving with a copy of the excellent ‘Shoestring EP’ we have kept a close eye on Lyla (so to speak) and watched with interest as she signed to Sub Pop, changed her recording moniker from Wall to Lyla Foy and then released the beautiful Feather Tongue as a taster for her upcoming debut album.
As the aforementioned debut, Mirrors the Sky comes out on 18th March we thought it was high time we asked Lyla to join us on someofitistrue: Read the full post »
Posted by jcverrall on February 18, 2014
Track of the Week #4: Chapters by Marshall Lewis
Our track of the week comes from Marshall Lewis. Chapters is a brooding Americana affair with some haunting slide guitar, military drum beats and a menacing rumble throughout. The unassuming vocal doesn’t dominate but adds a key extra musical layer, bringing everything back together when the tune decides to wander down unexpected (and enjoyable) paths. The addition of some brass late in the affair polishes things of nicely.
Give it a few listens and we think you’ll like it as much as we do!
Posted by jcverrall on February 14, 2014
A simple post today – three tunes from the someofitistrue inbox that made a big impression. We hope you like!
Shield Patterns – Dust Hung Heavy
Heavy is a pretty sound description for the dark, brooding and utterly compelling piece of electronica. The film score atmospherics build in intensity as the bass becomes more and more central to the song. Claire Brentnall’s vocal weaves in and out throughout – a sirens call from within the darkness. Excellent!
Mira Stolpe – KB
Mira Stolpe is a singer-songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden, currently based in San Francisco who claims to be “passionate about melodies and melancholy”. On this evidence we totally get where Mira is coming from! K is haunting folk tune with a captivating central vocal performance.
If this was a movie I’m thinking a misty forest, the distant beating of drums signalling impending doom, and a montage of faces preparing for an uncertain destiny! Melancholy for sure, utterly beautiful as well!
DonCat – Glass Window
You may well have turned your stereo up to truly enjoy the intracacies of the previous two tunes – if you did then this may provide a shock to the system.
DonCat’s Glass Window is healthy slab of rock’n'roll music – led by a rocking guitar and enhanced with a generous helping of piano. The icing on this cake is provided by a cool harmonica line and a nice raspy vocal. Fun times.
Posted by jcverrall on February 7, 2014
Kitten Grenade – Anthem
Anthem is the single taken from the Kitten Grenade EP which is out now on Breakup Records. Now we may not be sure how we feel about the band name, but we are completely convinced by this track – a fine mix of indie, folk and pop. In fact every track we’ve heard on this EP is of a similar excellent quality – other stand-outs being Grey and Anomaly.
Kitten Grenade is Katelyn Sullivan, who is based in San Francisco – an artist whose work we will keep a close eye on!
Posted by jcverrall on January 25, 2014
Liza Anne – The Colder Months
Our latest ‘Track of the Week’ is an intense number from Liza Anne, a 19 year old songwriter based in Nashville. It is a haunting, slow-burner of a tune that reminds us a little of the equally excellent Daughter. Through the slow brooding build-up Liza Anne’s vocal remains icy clear as she debates the crossroads at which she finds herself, “I don’t know if I need you yet, but I want you just the same.” Lovely Stuff.
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Posted by jcverrall on January 19, 2014
The good folks over at Folkroom have an ear for a tune and their quality roster continues to put out fine records. One of these bands is Patch & The Giant, and one of these excellent records is The Boatswains Refuge which came out at the beginning of last summer. The band have just released a video for the track ‘Daniel’ so we thought it was a great time for us to catch up with them.
Hi Patch & The Giant – What ya doin?
Right now…we’re recovering from the festive over-indulgence along with the rest of the world. We’re also hard at work preparing to go on tour in February, we’re doing it with a different line-up to usual and bringing in some new material so it’s all exciting stuff.
2013 saw the release of debut, The Boatswain’s Refuge EP – how’s the reception been?
Great! As far as we have been told anyway… Read the full post »
Posted by jcverrall on January 15, 2014
We’ve been fans of Lyla Foy (previously know as Wall) for 18 months or so now. The live show we saw at The Great Escape last May was one of our musical highlights of the festival and the Shoestring EP deserved all the accolades that came its way.
Obviously we’ve been following news on the name change, signing to Sub Pop (for someone who grew up loving Nirvana & Mudhoney this is very exciting), the end of year single Easy and this week news on the album Mirrors The Sky, which will be out in March.
To tide us over until then Lyla has made the gorgeous Feather Tongue available on Soundcloud. As you would expect it is a beautiful thing – and ultimately worthy of our 1st ‘Track of the Week’.
Posted by jcverrall on January 10, 2014
Finally we reach the end of our list, the final two albums, the top of our pops in 2013!
These two records have been on our list since early in the year and the live performances we’ve seen by both artists at SXSW, London and Brighton only cemented their place in our hearts. Very different records and performers, these records do share exquisite songwriting, amazing vocals, integrity and rockin bands!
#2 Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
The Stand-In boasts 12 songs of the highest quality, not a weak track among them – the kind of record where you just can’t pin down your favourite. No One To Call and Only A Clown are probably the opening heavyweights, but the sheer class oozing from this record means that barnstormers like Silver Sings and Menagerie are kept back to the end to land the final knockout blows. A major talent and a pretty perfect record.
#1 Torres – Torres
The debut offering from Torres (a.k.a. Mackenzie Scott) blew us away when we first heard it back in February. It is in parts intense, beautiful and brutal – the kind of record that so perfectly captures loss and longing that it provokes a physical reaction in the pit of your stomach. Scott launches into the record with Mother Earth, Father God, “I was born on bloody battle grounds” and keeps you enthralled through to the epic closing of, Waterfall.
Intense it certainly may be, but it is also a record that you’ll want to keep listening too, as the songwriting pretty much demands it. Mackenzie Scott draws you in to these tunes expertly and repeated listens never fail to deliver. It’s probably also worth mentioning that sonically this record is a perfect fit for the material. Amazing.
Posted by jcverrall on January 7, 2014