Tag Archives: new music

The Twilight Sad

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It’s dark here

Beats twinkle

There’s a voice I can’t forget

And rain

I feel like I did before

Hurt. Charged with something. Willing to be known.

At the core of it is brilliance.

Thinking a band’s name is entirely perfect.

I cannot play it loud enough.

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Luluc: For Car Alarms in the Morning

I’m a morning person. I really mean that, I love the morning.  I even love that I have to nap later, naps to me are just as good as the mornings.

This morning I woke up at 6.30 because of a car alarm outside my flat. The jarring sound that happened over and over, so I shoved in my headphones and flicked through NPR’s latest first album listens. The first one I found that struck a gentle chord was ‘Passerby’ by a duo called Luluc – wonderfully soothing old fashioned song craft.

Sometimes I can do the embedding of Spotify albums thing, sometimes I can’t. Today is a lucky day.

Stranded

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Right now I am fully stranded. From nowhere a beautiful sunny Edinburgh day turned into a thunderstorm. I dived into a coffee shop and while watching the rain hammer the pavement listened to this Sam Amidon track on NPR. It’s called Bright Sunny South. I like the irony. Now I have to face the fact I’m going to get soaking – follow the link, listen and laugh at me.

The Month of May

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Pinch, punch first of the month! Inspired by the Arcade Fire tune here are some springtime songs…

Sharon Van Etten ‘Everytime the Sun Comes Up’

It’s impossible not to love this lady’s music. This is a lilting, yearning track from her soon to be released new album ‘Are We There’. You can also watch a live session of it with extra glimmers over at NME.com.

San Fermin ‘Sonsick’

I feel in love with this song  on my iPod. Play it loud, on a sunshine day and feel like the world is better.

John Denver ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free’

This week I have been listening to a lot of old vinyl, this is my most favourite song.

Music to Love

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Photo Courtesy of Dangerdust

There’s an American artist called Dangerdust that I’ve fallen in love with, they produce beautiful chalk drawings of quotes and song lyrics, featured above. For this Good Friday here are some other things to fall for.

Lyla Foy 

This girls music is beyond pretty.

Francois and the Atlas Mountains

The new album Piano Ombre beams jubilance.

I’ll Follow The Sun

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Edition: Jon Mckiel

It’s Saturday morning, kind of grey and you want to listen to something pretty, but with a bit of punch. Find it in Jon Mckiel’s album Tonka War Cloud. I know very little about him, or the story behind the album, just that it feels like the story of a road trip. A really, really good one – there be angry drums just when you need them. A discovery via the marvellous music blog Said the Gramophone. 

Music to work to

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I like working when there’s music. Spending loads of time writing, studying and making things for work is great but if there’s one thing that makes me restless it’s silence.  The right soundtrack is a delicate thing: lyrics are distracting, for real concentration I have to veto any kind of radio and tracks that are too upbeat set the rhythm all wrong (sorry Motown, I’ll see you later). Here’s where I got to: the finest instrumental alt-rock and acoustic albums to help lift productivity – along with mood and general life happiness.

Yo La Tengo 

American’s Yo La Tengo are an insanely good band. Last year they released some shimmering pop in Fade, my top album for sitting studiously is 2008’s They Shoot, We Score.

Mogwai 

When it comes to Mogwai the only thing to say is their an incredible, continually evolving band. My favourite album to work to is A Wrenched Virile Love, all too often I have ‘Rano Pano’ on repeat. 

Explosions in the Sky 

Stylistic bedfellows of another act I revere, Godspeed You Black Emperor! Explosions in the Sky’s music a swirling pool of instrumental joy. Back-catalogue wise Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is a solid shout.

Remember Remember 

When Remember Remember released their 2011 album The Quickening I slid right into it. Think Mogwai with a xylophone and jingle bells after they’ve eaten too much sugar.

William Tyler 

Tyler’s music is a hypnotic haven: what one man can achieve with an acoustic guitar the stuff that spurs dreams.

-What’s that I hear you cry?

-A Spotify playlist would be insanely handy?

-Good job I made one