Weekend Wind Down
We all make hard decisions in our lives. I’m not always willing to make them, no matter how prepared I am. I find myself a bit numb from a big decision and change in my life. It has been tough and unusual, and while some days are easier than others, mostly I’ve felt flat.
The other night I was talking to a friend who said I suddenly seemed a bit more chipper. There was more energy and warmth in my words and I was enjoying the cobwebs glistening in the refracting sunlight outside the window rather than staring blankly at nothing.
I am convinced it’s because I’d been listening to music for a few good hours. The once cavernous house was suddenly full of life again, songs coming from places of weariness, self righteousness, unshakable joy, broken hearts, self doubt and unrelenting aggression; every corner filling with the sounds of people.
I’m no fool though. Music is a necessity in my life but it’s not a crutch (and I don’t want to make unwanted associations) so I’m off to Sydney for an extended weekend to see my family and regroup.
New Zealand duo, Black City Lights, have released another wonderfully moody song. The high tension of the electronic keys in Give it Up are anchored by the deep vocals and washed out sound. Black City Lights have been busily working away on dark music that reminds me a little of Polica. They are not, however, by any means derivative.
Remember Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet? It crossed my mind in lieu of his version of The Great Gatsby. The soundtrack of Gatsby is pretty cool and breaks the trend of the expected jazz. After all, if you’re going to direct a film on a book which has already been made into film you should really think about how you’re going to impress your own influence and ideas into the mix.
Anyway Romeo and Juliet also had a pretty impressive soundtrack, full full full of emotion. Just listen to Des’ree’s Kissing You and try not to cry a little.
This UK based 29 year old, Matt Brewer, has a beautiful instrumental approach and recognises talent in those whose voices can match his songs to the heavens. JP Cooper’s golden syrup vocals on Old Friend remind me of Fink. The name ‘Frameworks’ should be earmarked for his future album release. Until then, look into his EPs; they’re worth every moment’s pause.
This song was a nice surprise while I was driving to work, listening to the radio. Hayden Calnin seems relatively young and new but he’s toured with musos like Matt Corby (who just released a new track). Calnin bangs out the verses confidently, boasting a broad vocal range which pangs at your heart strings the way Ryan Adams’ voice might have in the past.
Okay let’s have a break from the sad for a moment with The Dancers who sound at first like Matt and Kim mixed with The Stars. For Something in Your Eyes is refreshing and uplifting. My only gripe is the band’s common name, which made finding info about them difficult. Let the music do the talking.
I have been ridiculously obsessed with this song for a while now. Despite its good coverage on other blogs I have to give Young Galaxy some attention because their promising talent cannot be ignored. With New Summer there is a refreshing innocence, naivety and sentimentality which surely everyone feels. I don’t know what it is they’re doing but they’re getting it right and I think it’s down to really good song writing.
There’s a beautiful simplicity to this r’n’b slow jam. It reminds me a lot of the nineties classics; a good dose of melancholy with plenty of groove and a beat to drive it all home. If I was in Manchester, where Bipolar Sunshine is based, or London I would keep an eye out for his upcoming UK gigs.
24 Manchester – Dot to Dot Festival
25 Bristol – Dot to Dot Festival
26 Nottingham – Dot to Dot Festival
20 London – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen [EP RELEASE SHOW]
21 Manchester – Soup Kitchen [EP RELEASE SHOW]
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten the Aussies. New band, Baptism Of Uzi have released a cute and catchy piano driven smooth song, Stray Current. What a sexy song! Regular readers of this blog know I’m a sucker for piano heavy tracks so I’m very much looking forward to future releases from these guys. I’ve decided I’m going to head to their Sydney or Melbourne gigs over the next two months. Details below.
Friday June 28
Brighton Up Bar – With Guests
$10 on the door
Saturday July 6
Northcote Social Club – With Turtlenecjk, Atolls.
$10+BF from Northcotesocialclub.com