September 25, 2017

I am Oak: Pictures of the Floating World

Anyone who has been lucky enough to witness I am Oak's Thijs Kuijken performing his songs solo in intimate venue before an audience who have the decency to keep their mouths shut only wants one thing after Kuijken has taken his last bow: a crisp recording enabling to relive the experience over and over again. The new Pictures of the Floating World EP fills that gap. Recorded at a show in Sonicville in Brussels on January 20 for the Indies Keeping Secrets series he wowed the crowd with just this voice and his acoustic guitar. This is top shelf indie folk.

He is a poet choosing his words carefully. Without ever rising his voice he laments the death of loved ones, finding solace in nature and stories. While listening to this EP it is easy to think that he is playing for an audience of one. It will be hard to find another album that is this up close and personal

September 24, 2017

Words about music (454): Alex Turner

Guitar music or rock n' roll or whatever you want to call it sort of goes away with trends, but it'll never go away completely. It can't die because it's so fundamentally attractive.

Alex Turner

September 23, 2017

Morrissey: USA tour dates

Morrissey has announced a tour in the USA to promote the release of his new album Low in High School on November 17 on Etienne/BMG. The tour kicks off in Portland on October 31.

September 22, 2017

The Bullfight: new live album "Whisper In The Dark For Me""in December

Dutch folk noir band The Bullfight thier Whisper In The Dark For Me on December 11 live album via Brandy Alexander Recordings. It was recorded in a living room in The Hague on June 18, with no audience present. They have posted a video of their rendition of Bamboo Knife Woman.

A new studio album, most likely Chapter 2 of their Shame, Guilt, Deception concept, will be released in 2018.

The Saxophones: Aloha

Oakland based husband and wife folk duo The Saxophones are back with a new single. Aloha Alexi Erenkov (guitar, vocals, saxophone, Crumar synthesizer;) and Alison Alderdice (percussion, vocals) tell the story of a relationship going through up and downs, self-doubt and fulfillment. That's quite a lot for just one song, but they managed to capture it all into a soft-spoken track with superb dynamics. Longtime friend Richard Laws helped them put, playing bass and vibraphone.