David Myhr – Soundshine

March 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

Monday was a great day for fans of power pop, because Lojinx released David Myhr’s solo debut Soundshine. The expectations were sky high, because David Myhr used to play in The Merrymakers, which is one of my all-time favourite power pop groups. Thankfully Soundshine fills those almost unrealistic expectations extremely well. This really is pure pop perfection and it’s no wonder that the album has gotten a fantastic reception in the pop-minded blogosphere. For example both Powerpopaholic and Absolute Powerpop think it’s the the album of the year so far. I can pretty much agree. Even though my addiction to Mörönsyötti has reached such heights that Soundshine probably can’t knock it out from the album of the year spot, this definitely is my favourite pure pop album of the year (and the opening track Never Mine is a strong candidate for the song of the year award). This catchy-as-hell pop heaven has more beautiful melodies than there are country songs about Carolina. I enjoyed the lyrical side of things as well. I have to mention the opening lines of Wanderlust. Sometimes I’m able to make art out of indecisiveness and therefore the line “I used to think I had a problem making up my mind / Now I’m not sure anymore” just made me smile. If you are looking for timeless melodies and harmony-filled pop music, you really can’t go wrong with Soundshine. Perfect spring soundtrack and if you are listening to this I guarantee that even the nastiest sudden cold spell can’t remove the sunshine from your heart.

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David Myhr Website

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Cats on Fire – All Blackshirts To Me

March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Big news! The new Cats on Fire album All Blackshirts To Me hit the record stores today. The regular readers all know that I love this band unconditionally. The finest indie pop band in the world in my books and All Blackshirts To Me is once again a wonderful record. The album was released in Finland by Soliti. The great indie pop label Matinee recordings is responsible for the US release. The record release party takes place at Dynamo, Turku on 30th of march.

A Few Empty Waves from the new album:

 
My Sense Of Pride from the new album:

 
Cats On Fire Website
Soliti Website

Arthur Alexander – The Girl That Radiates That Charm

March 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

File under: the best songs in the world. That’s pretty much the only reason why I posted this. But I suppose it’s a mighty good reason. Eilen Jewell introduced this song to me sometime late last year and since then I’ve listened to it so many times that I’ve lost count. Tonight is one of those nights when I ended up listening to The Girl That Radiates Charm on repeat. I still don’t know too much about Arthur Alexander, but damn.. this song is just perfect.

Video of the Day #95: Jacco Gardner

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Are you looking for new baroque pop and psych pop artists? If you are, this one is for you. Jacco Gardner from the Netherlands lists artists like Billy Nicholls, Duncan Browne, The Zombies, The Beach Boys, Curt Boettcher as his influences. So Jacco is definitely a man with great taste in music and he is also able to create a bit of magic himself. Action Weekend Records recently released his debut 7″ single Clear the Air and it is such a great baroque pop/psych treasure. This is the a-side Clear The Air.

Jacco Gardner Website

Wojciech – Ystävät, toverit (possible vinyl release)

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Do you want to buy a beautiful vinyl copy of Finnish indie classic Ystävät, toverit by Wojciech? If the answers is Yes or hell Yes, join this facebook group. If 150 people commits on buying the vinyl by joining the group, the label Plastic Passion (who also released the out-of-print CD back in 2004) will make it available on vinyl as soon as possible. This is Jäätehinen from this amazing album.

Wojciech Website
Wojciech at Facebook

Red Jacket Mine – Listen Up (If the World Is Going to Hell)

March 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

This new single Listen Up (If the World Is Going to Hell) was my first introduction to Seattle-based Red Jacket Mine. They’ve released two full-lenghts in the past (Lovers Lookout from 2009 was actually produced by one of my biggest heroes, Ken Stringfellow), so I’m joining the party rather late. However, I think I need to preview the earlier material as well, because I’m really enjoying Red Jacket Mine’s soulful pop music. “Curtis Mayfield meets Nick Lowe” says the bio about the a-side of the single. Now that’s a good way to lift the expectations extremely high. This is Listen Up (If the World Is Going to Hell):

And this is the b-side Rosy Days (There’s a moment or two in here that makes think of Joe Algeri/Jack & The Beanstalk)


 
Besides making great music, Red Jacket Mine’s frontman Lincoln Barr is also listening to great music. Lately I’ve been also listening to the artists he recommended on this Ardent interview. I knew Bahamas and Jason Collett beforehand, but Zeus, Peter Elkas and The Golden Dogs were new to me and I’ve really liked them. Especially Zeus.

Red Jacket Mine Website

Album of the Month: Viljami Kukkonen – Mörönsyötti

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

The new album of the month is obviously Mörönsyötti by Viljami Kukkonen. This one really hit me hard.. or let me rephrase that.. this one hit me really softly. Mörönsyötti is a giant leap ahead of everything else released this year. I just love everything about it. It’s a kind, caring and warm companion that will convince you that even the longest night leads to daylight. I love the fact that an album that contains quite a high amount of musical instruments and extremely detailed arrangements can sound so small, heartfelt and warm. As I previously wrote, listening to Mörönsyötti for the first time was almost like a spiritual experience. It’s not soul, but it’s soulful inspiration. Soft americana colliding with the adorable side of Finnish 70s schlager. A magical and colourful piece of music. You may have noticed already, that I’m not good at describing the exceptional beauty and sincere warmness of the album. This is just what my world should sound like.


 

 

Viljami Kukkonen at Facebook

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