Video of the Day #50: Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children

March 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

I can’t say I’m the biggest expert on the Greenlandic indie scene, but recently I stumbled upon Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children and their songs are pretty marvellous. The album Nive Sings! came out in december 2010 and you can listen to it on their bandcamp. The album was produced by John Parish. Howe Gelb features on a couple of tracks and in one interview she named bands/artists like Townes Van Zandt, Michael Hurley, Giant Sand.. as her influences. So she definitely has a great taste in music. But enough with this pointless namedropping. The thing that matters is that she writes captivating folk songs and has a really beautiful voice. What a lovely album and what a lovely video.

Nive Nielsen at bandcamp
Nive Nielsen at myspace

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NT’s White Trash

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some great news. NT’s White Trash’s debut album Mourning Becomes Electric will be released on 18th of may by Stupido Records. What the hell is NT’s White Trash you might ask. Well I didn’t know either before I got the e-mail. It’s ex-Treeball & ex-Supermodel Nick Triani’s new group. The band also features other finnish indie heroes Janne Lehtinen, Heikki Tikka and Henrik Domingo. It’s pretty hard to make final conclusions about their sound based on one song so let’s steal Nick’s words from their soundcloud page:

“NT’s White Trash is loose and ragged by choice, and an opportunity to bridge the gap between my old band Supermodel’s lo-fi thrash and Treeball’s more considered pop. The album title refers to this new opportunity to turn things up!”

Listen to the first outtake The Whistle from the upcoming album below. Sounds great if you ask me.

NT’s White Trash Website
NT’s White Trash at facebook

Review: Malcolm Holcombe – To Drink The Rain

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Malcolm Holcombe: To Drink The Rain (Music Road Records, 2011)

To Drink The Rain is Malcolm Holcombe’s eight album, but the first one that I’ve heard. Well better late than never (if we start to celebrate the cliche), because this is pretty amazing stuff. Some of the rawest country-blues of the record might slide out of pop fan’s comfort zone, but this is only an issue with a couple of the songs. On most parts, To Drink The Rain easily floats into the core of my heart and songs like Becky’s Blessed (Backporch Flowers) and One Man Singin’ also finds a place to stay there. Especially Becky’s Blessed is one of the best songs of the year so far. This man is definitely a hardcore troubadour and able to write extremely captivating country, folk & blues songs and the album is full of down-to-earth & rough beauty. Maybe the album is not stylewise my closest companion, but Malcolm sounds so convincing all the time that I just have to throw all the prejudices away and just listen to one man singing.

Malcolm Holcombe Website
To Drink The Rain at Spotify

Review: Heartjet – Goodbye, Stan EP

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Heartjet: Goodbye, Stan EP (2010)

I’ve written about this finnish power pop duo a few times, but Heartjet deserves another push. After all, onechord.net exists because of bands like Heartjet. Nowadays there just aren’t too many bands around that are influenced by the greatest bands/artists ever like The Posies, Jason Falkner, Brendan Benson, Matthew Sweet and Nada Surf. Therefore when new one enters the picture and shows that they can also write great songs themselves, it is a huge deal here at the onechord headquarters.

Goodbye, Stan EP is only available as a digital download, but it’s definitely worth buying even for those old bastards like myself who still prefer those round thingies. Sure it’s not the greatest power pop release you’ll ever hear, but they are pretty damn good already. If you have any interest towards 90’s power pop scene etc, I’m sure you will enjoy this. The songs are great and the harmonies are beautiful. It ranges from The Posies-influenced rockin’ power pop towards almost folky alternative pop and everything sounds really good. My favourite is still the powerpoppin’ greatness of Do You Doubt It?. The influences clearly shine through, but who cares when the influences couldn’t be any better and the song is marvellous. Goodbye, Stan is a really good debut EP. I’m looking forward for more.

Heartjet at facebook
Heartjet at myspace

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1939080770/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//

Review: Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath The Willow

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Daniel Romano: Sleep Beneath The Willow (You’ve Changed Records, 2011)

I got Daniel Romano’s new album Sleep Beneath The Willow through reviewshine, but it’s such a fabulous album that I really should buy a physical copy as well. Daniel Romano is a country singer-songwriter from Welland, ON, Canada and he has written a wonderful traditional country & folk album. Press release namedrops Glen Campbell and Lee Hazlewood, but it should have mentioned solo Gram Parsons as well, because some of the songs like Lost (For As Long As I Live) sounds a lot like Gram’s solo country balladry. While the focus seem to be on the 60’s and early 70’s influenced old-fashioned country songs, there’s definitely some variation. For example the opening track Time Forgot (To Change My Heart) throws some darker (and almost gothic) americana sounds into the picture.

This is really good stuff altogether and the greatest moments like Hard On You and Lost (For As Long As I Live) are just brilliant. Daniel should tour with another amazing troubadour Pete Molinari. They are both so wonderful at updating old country & folk sounds and making them sound as fresh and beautiful as they did back in the day. Plus they both have a fantastic song about a girl named Louise.

Listen to Time Forgot (To Change My Heart)
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Daniel Romano at myspace

Album of the Month: Samae Koskinen – Kuuluuko, kuuntelen

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Samae Koskinen: Kuuluuko, kuuntelen (KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2011)

I’m totally in love with this album. I know I just got this eight days ago, but I think I already know all the songs by heart. This album instantly became a friend that entertains me, comforts me and takes care of me. Isn’t that what good friends are supposed to do.  Like all the regular readers know, I’m a shy guy with a lot of insecurities and huge self esteem issues and this album (especially with the songs Tarinoita and Nuorelle miehelle) finds the way to deal with those subjects so beautifully and therapeutically that real-life Crane brothers would struggle to come up with a better way to make one feel better about himself/herself . There’s no pity, judgement or cynicism. Just open-hearted warmness and straightforward emotions. My life is good and even during the miserable days I’ve always had a strong belief that even the longest nights lead to daylight and things will eventually work out well. However, I know that on some level I will battle with low self esteem all my life and therefore it’s good to have Samae around ready to tell me that I’m beautiful. That’s a voice that I will hear. I’m listening.

Kuuluuko, kuuntelen is a delightful pop album. This album is a whole lot of fun and full of pure excitement just as much as it is moving and influential. Samae shows that you can leave a mark and handle difficult subjects without cutting your heart in two with the wrong side of a knife. The album is insanely catchy and melodic and the arrangements are gorgeous throughout the record. Even though I’ve kind of focused into those songs that deal with insecurities and lack of self belief, that’s only one side of this thoughtfully crafted story. Actually, the key track for me, and by far the greatest song of the year so far, is Hän, jolla on kaikki. A perfect song about getting married. It’s so beautiful. Just like Samae. Maybe just like me.

Samae Koskinen Website

Flavour of the Month’s april fools country and folk special: Peconia, Salmi & Räty

March 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

April’s Flavour Of The Month takes place next friday 1st of april at Pikku-Torre, Turku. Local acts Peconia and Salmi & Räty will share the stage and local fool yours truly will be playing some country and folk records before the concerts. You’ll find the facts below. Here’s a new live recording of a song called Swing On by Peconia.

FLAVOUR OF THE MONTHIN KANTRIAPRILLI

Flavour Of The Month-klubin aprillipäivän 1.4. ihan oikeasti nähtävänä ja kuultavana ohjelmana on tarjolla turkulaista country- ja folkmusiikkia. Amerikkalaista musiikkiperinnettä omilla akustisilla tavoillaan kuopivat Peconia sekä Beacon Street Radiants-yhtyeen raunioilla savuava Salmi & Räty-duo. Tunnelmaan ja teemaan sopivaa musiikkia kuullaan myös äänilevyiltä illan mittaan Flavour Of The Monthin tiskijukkien toimesta.

tiedot:
FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH esittää
“APRIL FOOL’S COUNTRY AND FOLK SPECIAL”
Peconia
Salmi & Räty

+ Flavour of the Month DJ team
pe 1.4. 2011 klo 21-03
Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku
LIPUT 3€

linkit:
http://peconia.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/beaconstreetradiants
http://www.torre.fi/

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