Friday, January 27, 2012

Shine - Judas & Mary

The song and video of the new single Judas And Mary from the second Shine record is out.





If you don't know Shine, I highly recommend their first album The Common Station:



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

David Myhr - Soundshine (Update - with review!)

Though still waiting for the full CD to arrive, I don't want to wait to present you the music of David Myhr.
The Stockholm-based former member of The Merrymakers released his first solo record in Japan already last year. A proper European release will follow in 2012.


David says: ”I love that tingling down the spine when I hear a great song – when superior craftmanship meets the magic. I constantly strive for that that with my own songs”.

Maybe that passion for great music reflects also in the title of the record - Soundshine. One of the best titles for a long time!

The songs I could listen so far (Looking For A Life, Loveblind, Got You Where He Wanted) are somewhere between Jellyfish, The Beatles, Mike Viola's Lurch and The Feeling. And they are very catchy, great songs.

Looking for a Life by davidmyhr

Got you where he wanted by davidmyhr

Update

Finally the Japanese pressing of Soundshine arrived. After listening to it several times, all I can say is: Thumbs up! This is a PowerPop gem - from start to finish.

Never Mine is a strong opener, leading to the catchy Looking For A Life and Got You Where He Wanted. I Love The Feeling has such a summer feeling, you have to play this in a convertible. Get it Right starts slowly and builds up to one of the best songs of the record (what a chorus!). Cut To The Case is a dangerous earworm (and also convertible friendly). With Don't Say No and Loveblind follow two more upbeat songs. The One is a beautiful ballad (there are some parts that remind me a lot of Billy Joel and Queen). Wanderlust and Icy Tracks are pure PowerPop. Ride Along has some Beatlesque parts. The last two tracks are Japan exclusive: Boom Boom Beat has a harder rock sound. The album ends with Record Collection, a song about how important it is to have a good taste in music...

Soundshine has not a single filler - and a lot of memorable songs. 2012 starts good!

So Mr. Myhr - how about Germany?


Official website: davidmyhr.com 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gotye - Making Mirrors

Our German radio stations have recently a strange behavior. They play surprisingly good music. Besides Lana Del Rey (an unsusal and beautiful song for mainstream radio airplay: Video Games) there is Gotye.
Gotye is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental artist and singer-songwriter.
In August 2011 he released his third LP Making Mirrors. 
Gotye connects very different genres like Pop, Disco, Rock, Dub, Motown Soul, Electro, Ambient and Folk into a strangely homogenous work.
There are some influences and similarities to Peter Gabriel and AIR. Because of the high variety of the songs there's much to discover, it's really a kind of journey through the musical world.


Gotye said about the new album: "It's more about reflection - the look at yourself that a mirror offers and also the way it gives you a different perspective on things around you. So I guess I feel a bit analogous to what these songs become to me - you know little ways for me to explore my record collection, explore the world of sound that I'm fascinated by, and also sometimes get a different perspective on memories and emotions I've been mulling over that they find voice in these songs"

There is a video for the current single Somebody that I used to know, which I highly recommend to watch:


On soundcloud you can stream the full record:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bryan Scary - Daffy's Elixir

Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears where in my memories for their superb EP Mad Valentines from 2009.


If you don't know the EP, I highly recommend it to you, especially if you like Jellyfish!

I completely missed the kickstarter campaign for the new record Daffy's Elixir.
Fortunately the album will be released soon - on April 18 2012.


You can preorder a limited edition here:

Bryan Scary “Daffy’s Elixir” limited edition book + CD (pre-order)


Discography:
  • The Shredding Tears (2006)
  • Flight of the Knife (2008)
  • Mad Valentines EP (2009)
  • Daffy's Elixir (2012)

Farrah

I thought I'd start 2012 with some new stuff (at least new for me).

Farrah is a independent British band pending between indie rock and pure melodic pop. They released four records in the last ten years, toured in Europe and Japan.


Singer Jez Ashurst: “We’re confusing, I think, and hard to categorise – and a lot of people like to categorise bands. We’ve always recorded, produced and owned our records, plus we make our own videos as well, so we’re as ‘indie’ as you can get. Yet we try to create polished, ageless music you might think sounds like it couldn't have come from a punk or DIY aesthetic. People sometimes say we sound ‘too commercial’ – as though these two things are mutually exclusive. We just make the music we like.

I recommend listening to their last self titled LP Farrah. All twelve songs are high class, melodic and beautiful pieces of a great record:

 

Official website: www.farrah.co.uk