I have been a fairly reflective mood recently and at those times I always go back to simple folk tunes on my ears instead of the more convoluted math rock or electronica that usually reside there.
Zenda Marie have that simplicity and in such lovely measures- wonderful harmonies, slow guitar strumming and low electronica that leaves you with the feeling of being in a meandering stream with the water slowly flowing over you. You can buy/stream their self-titled EP over at their Bandcamp.
A wonderful tune for a Sunday morning from Seeping Into Cinemas– low key vocals with subtle guitar, drums and keyboard to ease you into the day. Directed by Killian Broderick and featuring the striking Maya, the video is as much a pleasure on the eyes as the tune is on the ears…
You can get the single on iTunes and while there are no gigs listed on their MySpace, they are popping up now and again around Dublin so keep your eyes peeled. Betamax Format (who’s members comprise part of Seeping Into Cinemas) is also popping back up now and again on the gig circuit so keep them doubly peeled…sounds painful but worth catching them both!
Back from their tour of France, The Riptide Movement, one of the busiest gigging groups I know, will be having some gigs to showcase their new tunes from the forthcoming album Hot Tramp. If you haven’t come across their tunes before you should check out their MySpace to stream a few from their previous album What About The Tip Jars??
I’m not sure if that title is grammatically correct but it pretty much sums up what I mean. I have been very busy lately on some old endeavors but some new ones as well so finding the time to post here has been like trying to find the door to a different dimension.
Quite a bit of my spare time has been Between Two Waves over at Eardrums Pop with three excellent music people- hopefully in a few weeks time you will hear the fruits of those endeavors!
What the blog doesn’t show at the moment is how much new music I have been listening to and how many new albums I have had on repeat. There are so many good new tunes out at the moment- both submissions and new finds that have been titillating the ears and I will post soon.
A quick thank you as well for those individuals who nominated me in the best music blog category for the 2010 Irish Blog Awards…while I haven’t had a lot of time for here it’s nice to know that the efforts are appreciated.
For your eyes and ears is the excellent tune and video from one of my favs Dark Room Notes-enjoy!
How many Danish groups are good for your ears? It’s a question I have asked myself on more than one occasion and of course the answer is there are never enough!
The Alcoholic Faith Mission might have actually started in New York but their sound is Scandinavian through and through- glorious harmonies and varied instrumentation that come together to form a whole that is not only spectacular but becomes an addictive drug on the ears. An interesting twist to the name and their own words sum it up best:
Suddenly before them was big neon cross. This was a holy congregation called Apostolic Faith Mission – and this was just like booze is to the alcoholic, they thought. A true mission to withstand an empty existence; an Alcoholic Faith Mission.
For those users in Spotify countries click below for their latest album
Great news from Angus And Julia Stone– their second album Down The Way is due to be released in March 2010! Even better, according to their tour schedule, they will be hitting the UK and Europe from the 12th of April for a month so hopefully they will get to Dublin- their 2008 show in the Sugar Club was spectacular so another visit is always welcome.
And The Boys from the forthcoming album hits the spot with Julia’s delightful vocals so looking forward to hearing the rest.
You can get the single which also has Change and Take You Away from iTunes Australia and US.
Many thanks to United Visual Artists (www.uva.co.uk) for the profile picture from the music video 'Tonto' by Battles. They have done some amazing light fixtures for other groups and shows so check them out!