4 Cities – Highway


Stairway To Sound

Just heard the fantastic ‘Highway’ by 4 Cities on soundcloud. I am blown away by the old school rock sound which has only been heard in fits and starts after the 90’s. A modern day cowboy feeling, with the surreal sounds that only true musical instruments can bring. Electronica has great potential, but digitization can only take you so far.

According to their website: ‘ 4 CiTieS is an indie band. It mixes a very eclectic set of styles from alternative pop, indie, funk, rock and electronic music. At the moment, 4 CiTieS is busy working on the first album release which will be available by the end of 2012.

All songs have been fully created/performed/produced by the singer songwriter Mariano Latorre in his home studio at London, UK during 5 weekends while working as a software developer at Time Out London.’

All I can say that I am eagerly awating the album and wish them all the best

All the songs can be downloaded by providing your email at their website : http://www.4cities.co.uk/

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Airplanes – Summer Daydream


Its a few degrees higher, the sun is out, the birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and I am nursing the ‘lack of a hangover’, for the lack of a better word/phrase. Had only one pint of beer last night! The combination of extreme humidity (by Berlin standards) and virtually no alcohol (by my own standards), made it a night of uncomfortable, disjointed sleep. Consequently, I don’t feel my best and brightest and might just spend the day lying around, daydreaming and sipping choco milkshake in the complimentary Coca Cola glass (1994 edition) from McDonalds, features in the pic with Oakley shades  (Shameless product placement I know :)). Don’t really need a tan (am almost dark by European standards), so no motivation to as they say ‘Soak it in’. In the meanwhile, surfing soundcloud I came across this track by this US base band called ‘The Airplanes’. It fits my situation for the moment perfectly. The drums and the warped sounds in the middle are an absolute delight. I don’t know how I missed this one for so long ( a month). However here it is:

As always, if you like what you here more songs of theirs can be found on their soundcloud/bandcamp pages. All of their stuff is absolutely delightful (eargasm stuff) and  legitimately downloadable for free but you can also pay them what you wish to on bandcamp (I recommend that)

Lilu’s Song


Perfect End to an imperfect day! Well not so much imperfect, but lets say ‘less than ideal’! I woke up mildly hungover and realised that my house looks like a wreck,second only to countries destroyed by superpowers looking for WMDs. So as a good citizen I got down to action and after 7 hours of ordeal, I can finally sit back and relax. But then, when you discover such gems like Lilu’s Song by Zefora, you know it has been a good day. All is well that ends well! But when the beginning, intermediate and final sections of an Odyssey make every pore on your skin relax and induce a happy dreamy state without any Mary Jane on offer, you know you have uncovered Stupendosity. Spas might be out of business and the world might be a peaceful place, courtesy:

Macatier


Fresh on the Indie scene is a very promising upcoming talent : Macatier, from Bristol, UK. Macatier is actually Dan Brown, who just turned 21 about a week ago and writes, sings, plays on his own and aspires to write and play ‘half as well as Ben Howard does’ Having recently played at the Red Bull Studios in London, his music has a loyal and growing following on all his social networking sites and I do believe that better things are in order soon. The sound is described by him as ‘Upbeat Acoustic’ (which fits fairly well) and I particularly liked the following tracks:

1) Boxing Clever: A very good tempo like some of John Butler Trio’s earlier work on display here. Makes you wanna sit back, relax and nod your neck vigorously at the same time. Not a good idea for the spinally challenged but who knows, a right shake might fix stuff doctors can’t ;). Box Clever, duck better ;)!

2) Drinking in LA: I didn’t expect to but was pleasantly surprised by the accomplished writing and vocals in this one. I think Ben Howard would be proud of this one 🙂

Well all his songs are also available for legit downloads on his soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/macatier

He also has a facebook page which I recommend you should follow as info on events and venues for his live performances are updated there: https://www.facebook.com/macatier

So, enjoy the freshness, intensity and sheer rawness of his work. Attend a few events, give a few likes, spread the love!