July 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
Talmud Beach and their self-titled debut album kind of flew under my radar last year. Therefore this new music video Time On Highway 5 directed by James Tuovinen was a welcome eye opener. After watching this thing several times during the past two months, I’m more than ready to jump on this loose train. People outside Finland can soon follow my path, because the excellent Bone Voyage Recording Company is currently working on the European release of this album. Time On Highway 5 goes like this.
July 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
This summer, I haven’t really had much time to go through my mailbox. Therefore it is now full of promo emails and it would take hours to go through them all. I’m not prepared to do that. However, songwriter Will Schwartz from Queens and his New Haircut EP on Monkfish Records somehow managed to lure me into listening to the music and I kind of instantly liked his bedroom folk pop. Therefore it found it’s way on my playlist and have managed to stay there for several weeks. Well-written stories and well-crafted songs. New Haircut EP came out on Monkfish Records in june 2013. This is the opener Strangers.
July 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
A note to self. You need to get familiar with The Parson Red Heads. I’ve liked everything I’ve heard from them, but I still don’t own any of their albums. Something needs to be done. This just so my kind of music. In a way it feels like they’ve had the same musical education that I’ve had. A bit of The Byrds ,The Jayhawks, a lot of harmonies. And obviously it’s not just their style and the delivery. They are excellent songwriters. Here’s one proof. A wonderful song Times from their 6 EP that came out few months ago.
July 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
If you were reading this blog back in 2009, you might remember that I was seriously addicted to young German folk singer-songwriter Haruko aka Susanne Stanglow. Her debut album Wild Geese received full five hearts and ended up as #5 on my best of 2009 list. It has been a while since that, but now there’s finally a new Haruko full-lenght Feathers & Driftwood out and available. During the first few weeks listening to this beauty, it has become quite clear that the relationship between me and Haruko’s folk songs was strong enough to battle through those few years without a new Haruko album. Sure that early crush and overexcitement of finding something new and thrilling might have faded away, but I still have deep affection towards her music. This is beautiful, hauntingly beautiful. This is the opener Come Home. Listen to / buy the whole thing on her Bandcamp.
July 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
Some great British americana / alt.country that I’ve been listening to all summer long.
Peter Bruntnell: Retrospective (Loose Music, 2013)
Peter Bruntnell might well be the finest British americana singer-songwriter. I was a big fan some years ago and especially the records Normal For Bridgewater, Ends Of Earth and Ghost in A Spitfire have gotten a lot airtime in this household. I’ve kind of lost touch during the last few years. Probably mostly because the last few albums haven’t been that easily available around these parts. Loose Music reminded me about the greatness of this tunesmith by releasing a career spanning Peter Bruntnell Retrospective on 17th of june and it is a great compilation. Ok, a couple of my own favourites are missing, but that’s usually the case with every retrospective and there’s nothing wrong with the ones that made the cut. This guy just have too many good songs to choose from. This is one of them, Handful of Stars.
The Wynntown Marshals: The Long Haul (Wynntown Recordings, 2013)
Scottish alt.country group The Wynntown Marshals came to my attention with their excellent album Westerner few years back. Follow-up The Long Haul hit my heart early this summer and it’s another damn good release. They recently signed a deal with Blue Rose Records and therefore you should be able to get this beauty in Finland as well sometime in the fall. Meanwhile you can listen to / buy it on their bandcamp. This is Whatever It Takes.
July 21, 2013 § 1 Comment
This is an early shout out, because exciting things are happening in September. One of my favourite current singer-songwriters Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses from Philadelphia (originally Flint, Michigan) will be touring in Europe this September/October and the tour schedule includes four shows in Finland (+ in-store performance at 8raita record store) with the wonderful local group Ochre Room. I couldn’t be any happier. Wonderful American troubadour touring with a Finnish band that I love dearly. More about this closer to the tour, but this is the schedule at the moment, so you can already mark your calendars.
Small Houses Finland tour
11.9. Klubi, Tampere (with Ochre Room)
12.9 Soppi, Rauma (with Ochre Room)
13.9. 8Raita, Turku (in-store performance)
13.9. Flavour Of The Month, Pikku-Torre, Turku (with Ochre Room)
14.9. Helsinki, Korjaamo (with Ochre Room)
And here are couple of great recent Small Houses videos that I haven’t posted before. Excellent new song Old Habits first and then great live version of I Saw Santa Fe from his great 2013 album Exactly Where I Wanted To Be (Yer Bird Records). I Saw Santa Fe is a video from Halfway House Sessions at SXSW.
And here’s Don’t Try by the excellent Ochre Room.
Update 23.7.2013: Added Kahvila Soppi, Rauma to the tour schedule.
July 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
Math and Physics Club was a big fave of mine some years ago. Since then I’ve kind of lost touch with the band and also with indie pop in general. This has nothing do with the current quality of either of them. My interests have just drifted towards things like country, folk, R&B. Long Drag, the marvellous new single by Math and Physics Club is a welcome reminder that there’s still place in my heart for this lovely band. It’s an outtake from their upcoming album Our Hearts Beat Out Loud and it was released by the greatest indie pop label Matinee Recordings. This one below is Long Drag and it’s oh so good.