Distances matter only when you are limited by dimensions! Till you drink enough to conquer the space-time continuum, you will only be so far away. Cheers anyways and enjoy the song:
Warning: If you are a lazy person who simply showers in the morning, side parts his hair and uses the public transport to get to work this song isn’t for you. However, if you kick open your window, rope it down into your monster 2-door convertible, which is illegally parked aligned with your balcony, and break atleast 3 red lights on your way to wherever the road might take you, then this is probably the soundtrack for you. Because in one word it is Badass!
The artiste is UK based ‘Augustus Caesar’, but the song does say that he is originally Zimbabwean. The sound is a blend of rock and hip hop and the attitude is like Chris Gayle going out to bat (if you watch cricket) or reminiscent in some way of ‘Samurai Apocalpyse’, the character played by RZA in the TV series Californication.
So, enjoy the video and beware of stupendomachismo side-effects:
To listen to the song on soundcloud:
An obscure, nondescript piece of cinema (liberal usage of the word), causes people (who have no connection to that movie) to lose their lives. Today appropriate depiction has more value than human life! In the name of the Lord we kill and then ironically enough aspire to go to heaven! We follow some general guidelines as strict religious doctrines and forget why those guidelines were framed in the first place : SO THAT WE CAN BE GOOD HUMANS! Apparently, having abundant facial hair is the only true path to Nirvana!
I dedicate this song, by Scottish musician Clyde Fury ( actual name: Martin McCluskey), to all the dimwitted disaster causing nincompoops who are so quick to react without any thought, that they were probably products of premature ejaculation. As for the song, it is beautiful, lyrical and was not written for this situation in particular, but I felt it fits the scenario somewhat. Martin’s vocals are smoky, husky and sometimes remind me of David Bowie and sometimes of an older Roger Waters (Amused to Death anyone?). His style of music is folksy-bluesy-psychadelic and have a listen to one such track yourself:
If you like the song, visit his soundcloud page , give a few likes, spread the word and enjoy the free downloads (large file sizes though).
One good thing leads to another! And some beauty is ageless, timeless! As the manufacturer of my Jeans (Levis = Product Placement after ages!) says, ‘Quality never goes out of style’! All that I quote can be attributed to the happy accident of discovering the independent work of Allison Attal (the vocalist of the track Translucent in July, featured on my last post). With a voice that is a unique blend of Nadia Ali and possibly Madonna, with a range of its own and a quirkiness which is both fresh and endearing, she has managed to make me applaud some genres of music which are normally not at the tops of my playlists.
I shall start with the smooth, jazzy track: ‘The Fall’. Enjoy it for its soulfulness, and dreamy hauntiness (if that’s a word) :
Next, is some wonderful work on the synth with great vocals (as always); this track has a mind of its own and works big time:
Quite possibly the answer to life, universe and everything! Turns each concept on its head and creates a symphonic spaceship so powerful that it takes you to every conceivable galaxy and back in a matter of six minutes. What I believed was impossible has been proved as just being infinitely improbable! Saturn’s Wolf and Allison Attal, take a bow:
Arguably, this is my favourite view of the Berliner Dom! However, as the authorities have decided to re-create a palace, that was destroyed in the communist era, this view will remain like this for a limited time only. For better or worse, things change and I can only hope it is an improvement like the re-edit of the David Bowie track Fame by The Apple Scruffs. It retains its old wax/soul/funky feel but the sound has simply been cleaned out to make it sound crisper. It can also be downloaded for free, but it is a big sized .wav file (which is why hypem won’t pick this track from my blog). Anyways, to positive changes:
Just came across this great track on soundcloud by Baby Schulz & Martin L. feat. Krümel 3000. A very different song with a great amalgamation of beats and a very unique and captivating vocal style are the hallmarks of this enterprise. The track is called ‘Für Immer’, and with my limited knowledge of German I can translate that as Forever. For a deeper understanding of the lyrics view the traslated version here. For now enjoy the song:
I do not know much about all the artistes involved except that Martin L comes from Weimar, Germany and usually he always combines with baby Schulz and on many occasions their tracks feature a third artiste as well. So visit them on soundcloud, give a few likes, spread the love, für immer \m/!
Mark Knopfler with a different accent? Pet Shop Boys meets Dire Straits meets Billy Joel? I might be off my rockers trying to classify this one, but we know that’s hard when the style is distinctive yet the influences possibly many. The artiste featured in today’s blogpost is Athens based ‘Sillyboy’. The band name is inspired by the ‘David Bowie’ single ‘Silly Boy Blue’ and maybe that’s the place that my mind should have wandered to when I attempted to categorize the musical style of Sillyboy.
However, on hearing the album (Nature of Things), which I received via a nice and detailed facebook message a day or so ago, all I can say is there are far too many positives to remain caught in the mundane act of artiste classification. For starters, like all things human, I watched the video of their single ‘All the records’. The sound like most of the album is synthpop/britpop/soft-rock. It’s a great track which attempts to delve into the many parts of your psyche when you might be caught in the ever so seldom yet fascinating act of introspection. The video (posted above) is metaphorically superb and I don’t want to put in spoilers, but to me it was a great way of showcasing how we try to keep superficial order in our lives to try to conceal the chaos within. We might all dream that one day pigs might fly, but for now they are roasted :)! I don’t know if the apple in the mouth of the pig was in any way signifying the iPhones/iPads everyone possesses today, but it may well be an unintended masterstroke as a sign of our times or the ‘Nature of Things’ today.
Now for the album, it starts with the upbeat song ‘Name your God’, which is upbeat in tempo but obviously a bit downcast in its core message, where the strife involved in keeping you faith is questioned. I thought this was a great beginning and the track is:
The album progresses well with ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘Selling Plenty’, which signify the phase of life when you stop complaining and thinking about the ‘Why Me questions’! The tunes are melodious, the songs well written and the vibe is almost effervescent. Then we come to the track whose video we posted above about ‘Introspection’!
After this we come to what I would describe as my favourite part of the album: and as always, it deals with the ever-mysterious species ‘Women’ who we love and sometimes love to hate. The title track deserves a special mention because it made me laugh out loud in a sort of helpless way. Read the lyrics at their bandcamp link and have a laugh yourself. For now, have a listen:
A couple of solid tracks follow in ‘Got your Numbers’ and ‘Over my Name’, and the album then moves on to a crescendo-like finish with the three tracks ‘The River’, ‘Supply Chain’ and ‘Animal’. Personally I loved way the intensity of intimate moments is captured in ‘The River’ and ‘Animal’. The River has a vibe which starts of like something slightly reminiscent of ‘Under the Bridge’ by RHCP but it progresses beautifully to a place I didn’t expect it to and for me is one of the best tracks on this album:
The drums on ‘Supply Chain’ are captivating and the lyrics bring a smile due to the parallels drawn between relationships and supply chains, but its the slow and tender ‘Animal’ which I applaud as it sarcastically finishes the album like cranberry sauce on your ‘roasted pork’. Dig In:
The album ‘Nature of Things’ is the second album by Sillyboy and will be out on September 24th via Just Gazing Records and through the distribution of EPM Music. Buy your copies then and for now stay tuned to the band via bandcamp and/or facebook
I wish them all the best and will now listen to their first Album! So long and thanks
Another awesome track from 4 Cities (featured last week), made it’s way to my inbox today. A perfect blend of rock and electronic sounds with great vocals on this one. The style reminds you somewhat of sound of the era when The Matrix came out. Only the sound is much more evolved and the vibe is very now! I have been shaking my head vigorously ever since the song has been playing on repeat on my music player and shall continue to do so until I finish the last remnants from the tube Voltaren. Without further ado:
The song can be downloaded by subscribing to their website : http://www.4cities.co.uk/
If you like the music you could follow the band on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/4cities
or you can like their facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/4cities