Archive for May, 2009

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Sofia Talvik

May 28, 2009

It has been a while since I first heard Sofia Talvik– with her resounding A Carol For The Lonely though it is a voice that I cherish to hear and thank to It’s A Trap!, I have been more than acquainted with it again!

Just a quick post from him to say that twitterers could get her new single Strawberries On My Tounge first by following her and bang I have been surrounded by her excellent voice all week.

You can get some of her tunes at the download section of her site or you can watch the plethora of videos there- some great ones from her latest album Jonestown along with some older ones that I keep on returning to.  There is also a great live video series of Jonestown with guest artists.

Alas her online shop is currently not open as she is doing a solo tour of the States at the moment but it will re-open on her return to Sweden in August.  If you want to get digital copies head over to ReverbNation where you can also listen to some of the tracks.

In addition to Sofia’s voice, what I really find refreshing is that as she runs her own label and is fully integrated in new social media.  Not only does she have a MySpace and Facebook group but on on her official site you can become her Google friend and on Twitter she is using Twitpay in order to sell her single.  Definitely a good sign seeing an artist ahead of the curve.

No word on a tour after the States but hopefully Ireland will be included in any upcoming European jaunt.

In the meantime…

Stop

Its Just Love

In The Eye Of The Storm- vlog of new song

Paper House- vlog of new song

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The Very Most- Summer: An Indiecater Release

May 28, 2009

Time again for another ep from The Very Most– this time their summer offering and with the weather in Ireland there is no better time to be getting some summery tunes in the ears since you won’t be experiencing it outside!

Four upbeat tunes which starts with an excellent three part number A Mid-80s Lower-Middle Class Family Summer Road Trip and the sunshine vibe continues with The Motor-Vue Lights.  You’re In Love With The Sun starts a more mellow tone on the ep and it is finished nicely with slower tempo Fireworks which leaves you with a recollection of the setting sun and the dying embers of a barbecue.  Excellent stuff!

All this for €2.50 plus you will get the remixes- the Spring ones were quite good so for this price you really cannot go wrong.  Head over to Indiecater now for your hit of Summer!

Front Cover

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James Yuill

May 25, 2009

If James Yuill doesn’t get your head nodding and your toe tapping then you might as well go to the North Pole since there is nothing that is ever going to warm your soul.  His album Turning Down Water For Air has some seriously catchy tunes that will stay in the head for days at a time!

The tunes are a great mix of acoustic guitar along with various electro elements.   No Surprise is unquestionably the one that will stay with you the longest with No Pins Aloud close behind.  I quite like Left Handed Girl and This Sweet Love as well for their melancholic yet hopeful air and Head Over Heels for its xylophone drenched despair.

From the video for No Surprise it appears that he plays everything that you hear and he has a techie setup so that he can play the tunes live.  According to his Twitter though it does have its downfalls and the last three gigs have had laptop mishaps.

He will be playing Academy 2 on June 25th and you can get the track No Surprise from Rcrd Lbl or head to his official site for some remixes.

No Surprise

No Pins Aloud

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The Temper Trap

May 25, 2009

Ok- a day too late for a summer tune since Ireland’s one day of summer was yesterday but I came across The Temper Trap in March and am only posting now so what the hell.

Sweet Disposition is a falsetto-tastic tune and with the weather here will get some sort of sunshine into your life at least!  They are currently on tour and will play at Electric Picnic in September.

Sweet Disposition

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Ane Brun And Her Diamonds- The Sugar Club May 09

May 22, 2009

Do you ever have a night where not only are your expectations met but they are surpassed to such an extent that you feel like you are in a different realm?  Yeah last night was one of those nights in the Sugar Club for Ane Brun– hardly a whisper from the crowd sitting there enthralled by the Norwegians distinct voice.   There were moments that were so perfect that it made me wonder what life would be in 4d and that this must be what it is like!  I have said it before- the Scandinavians just ooze talent.

First up was Jennie Abrahamsson with four tunes and her guitar.  She has an excellent voice although tonally it didn’t catch me.  I thought she sounded/looked familiar though and a quick look at the feed reader this morning came up with the video she did with another of my favourites Frida Hyvönen.

Next up was the heavily lashed Rebekka Karijord on the electric piano.  Four tunes again with a great start and had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck- her voice definitely has a catch!  The next two tunes were good but didn’t particularly make the best use of her voice- something which was rectified with her last song The Noble Art Of Letting Go which really grabbed my attention.  That will probably be the title for her upcoming album so keep your ears peeled.

Ane Brun then came out with her Diamonds- they comprise of Jennie and Rebekka as above and a third girl, Rachel Davies, who was the only non Nord up on the stage.

What can I say about Ane?  To put it succinctly:  compelling, entrancing, effortless and flawless.

There have been plenty of singer songwriters that I have heard live and just don’t live up to the quality of their recordings.  From the moment she started singing I was rooted in place and I couldn’t believe how captivating her voice was in person- it was excellent on the album but simply superb live.

It had been a while since I had listened to her album Changing of the Seasons but I had it on heavy rotation when it first came out and each and every song she played last night was perfect.   She had an array of guitars behind her that she changed for every tune and I was especially surprised at how she approached The Puzzle- great fast paced guitar work which isn’t on the album version.

The Diamonds were also pitch perfect on the tunes and some great moments of counter point with Ane’s voice especially in The Changing of the Seasons.

Ane was very chatty with the audience as well and was great at introducing the tunes with a story and humour.

For The Puzzle she said that she writes lots of songs about heartbreak and that she still will…but hopefully not about her own heartbreak.  Before The Changing Of The Seasons she dedicated it to all of the Scandinavians in the audience and said they were all over the world just like the Irish…and just to cover herself, that the tune was also dedicated to everybody else who felt like they were Scandinavian after hearing it.  On My Star she asked how many people were friends with their ex’s and that the song was written for her ex…before he became her ex that is and once she said that a few prospects in the audience gave her a headsup that they were free.   The humour wasn’t just in the introductions though and there was a tour song in the encore that about them being nearly run off the road by a trucker in the forest.

Before her last song, Ane actually thanked the audience for being so attentive since it makes a big difference to the artists on stage when they know their music is being appreciated.   For a night as a whole it was the best gig I have been to in a long time- all the artist were engaging, the crowd were appreciative, and the majority of performances were mesmerising.  If you get a chance to see Ane Brun it is not something I would pass up!

The playlist which I managed to get a picture of thanks to Mr Silverfox at the end:

1   My Lover Will Go

2   Raise My Head (for the pedantics I am not sure if they actually sang this third)

3   To Let Myself Go

4   Gillian

5   The Puzzle

6   Changing of the Seasons

7   Round Table Conference

8   Lullaby for Grown Ups

9   Take it Slow

10 Armour

11 The Treehouse Song

12 My Star

13 The Fall

14 Don’t Leave

15 Ten Seconds

Encore

16 Big In Japan- Alphaville cover

17 If I Had A Bibbon Bow- Odetta cover

18 Petrified Forest- tour song fun and very humorous!

19 Balloon Ranger

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Lisa Hannigan On Daytrotter

May 21, 2009

For those you that don’t check out Daytrotter on a daily basis there is a nice treat waiting for you- 4 tracks from the sublime Lisa Hannigan!  You now have to register with the site to download the tunes but it is well worth it for their quality output.

Regretfully I have not seen her in at her small outings at Road Records but she is currently touring the UK/Ireland in June and July and will be at Electric Picnic in September.

There was a tweet from Road Records yesterday as well that they will be having her album See Sew at a special price of €13.99 this week so now is the time to go get it!


Lille

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Tinnitus Sticky

May 19, 2009

The actual post on my tinnitus was too long to remain a sticky so you can check out the full post here.

The important note is that if you are going to regularly go to gigs/clubs make sure you wear earplugs!