‘Inhale Day’, the first part of a two part EP project called ‘Breathe Life’ by ‘Said the Ghost’ (the solo project of Brighton based Jamie Lees), just came out on Summer Solstice. The second part of this grand production will be out on Winter Solstice, and that should literally cover the long and short of it ;). As for Inhale Day, it is a celebration of new beginnings with its shoegazy meditative guitar riffs, soulful singing and a distinctive fusion-hymnlike vibe which submerges your mind and unleashes splashes positive energy in your limbic system. What is clearly impressive is Jamie’s musical and vocal prowess. For starters, his soothing yet versatile voice will be at home in musical styles as diverse as Indian and Irish. To top it off, the eclectic sound that draws some comparisons to Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles, Grizzly Bear, Field Music, White Denim, War on Drugs, St.Vincent, even Stevie Wonder at times, is something that Jamie and Nick Lewis (Mastering) should be very very proud of. We can’t recommend this enough and please purchase this EP from the band camp links below and encourage Jamie for an even more stupendous return with the second part ‘Exhale Night’ later this year. Get ready to get immersed:
At times Roxette-ish at times bordering on Iver-y, the versatile soundscapes created by sibling duo Jenna and Steven Staraar paint many pictures across several genres and yet manage to maintaion a distinctive feel throughout the diversity. The music is a lot of ,incorporating elements of modern rock, glam pop as well as the ethereal minimalistic and classical aesthetics more commonly associated with post rock. A sampling of the Starar-Dust:
They live and work in the UK and you can follow their exploits on: http://www.starar.net/
Very relaxing, ambient and peaceful, the new album ‘Looks Kinda Lunar’ by Gudjohr is excellent. Each track has been carefully crafted with great focus on detail and the album together is wonderfully layered. The electronic and post/ambient rock combination creates great vibes and wonderfuly mellow tones which wonderfully complement the soothing vocals. Gudjohr was formed as a solo roject by Kips Golden (Guitarist in Saint Elmo and Bassist in The Best of British Suicide) in 2012. Lets hope Kips continues to Keep it golden 😉 :
Another band we featured last month, 4 Cities has come up with a brand new track called Ocean! The track has a great tune and the vocals deserve a special mention on this one! I can’t put my finger on the style but it really is a blend of many. There are passing similarities between this song and some of the works of Bowie/Joy Division/The Cure but then it metamorphoses regularly to something else. Anyhow, it is an accomplished piece of work and 4 Cities deserve a pat on their backs for following up the earlier super singles ‘Highway’ and ‘Quiet Bullets’ with this masterpiece!
If you like what you hear, remember that you can register on the 4 Cities website and download all their work for free.
Cheers and for those of you in Germany, wish you a very Happy Reunification day for tomorrow!
Just stumbled upon this promising band from New York: Jason Ross Evans. According to their website:
The Jason Ross Evans Band combines post-rock and jazz to create a unique sound. They are influenced by artists such as Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, Broken Social Scene, and Bill Frisell. Formed in 2011, the gang includes:
Jason Ross Evans–guitar
They have performed at such venues as: Sullivan Hall, The Delancey, The National Underground, Bowery Poetry Club, and The 55 Bar in New York City. Currently, they are recording our new album with a release set for Summer
The song I liked the most from their upcoming album From the beginning is :
I can only wish them the very best with the soon-to-be-released album. Lately they have started experimenting with vocals for some of their tracks. The tracks from the album and some other unfinished tracks can be found on their soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/jasonrossevans