Sunday, January 20, 2008

Aberdeen City


In 2006, the Boston-based indie-rock band Aberdeen City rereleased their 2005 debut LP, The Freezing Atlantic. The third track, Going to Get Sick of Me, was produced by Steve Lillywhite, known for his work with U2.

The bandmembers all met in 2001 during break at a lecture titled Young Hopes, Dead Dreams. Later they moved into a house rental, and set up equipment in the basement, where they conducted sonic experiments with indie-rock hooks. In time, results were labeled with various comparisons - one of such tags reads U2. Their songs are lyrically intuitive and obscure. Driving drum beats can present differing patterns as percussive enhancement between changes.

Since releasing The Freezing Atlantic, the band has been collaborating with singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer, lead singer for The Dresden Dolls.

The intro of the fourth track, Sixty Lives, teases eardrums through headphones with droning guitar, then builds up to a shoegaze riff.



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Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Dandelions


Stockholm-based band, The Dandelions, has been compared to The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Stooges, but you may also hear elements that remind you of The Clash and The Kinks.

The band's raw style represents garage rock. A genre that gained popularity in the early 1960s - with regional roots reaching to the late 50s - which then evolved into 1970s punk. But the garage-rock tag itself did not appear until the late 1970s, so that it could be individuated from music that became known as punk rock - popularized by Sex Pistols and The Clash. And garage rock is synonymous with 60s punk.

On the 54, from their self-titled debut EP, was included in the soundtrack for an episode of the television series One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars.


The Dandelions are sonic kindred spirits with The Hives.




Saturday, January 12, 2008

Golden Death Music [Ephemera Blues]

Columbus-based Golden Death Music is the musical pseudonym of singer-songwriter Michael Ramey. The rich, stylistic variety actualized on his latest release titled Ephemera Blues disguises the fact that he had everything to do with the album. And Ramey has a large collection of music that he often returns to - it serves as a reservoir of influences.

A melancholic fog overspreads Ephemera Blues. The closing track, Into the Ocean, captures a mysterious vibe that Pink Floyd was well-known for.

Throw yourself into the water
Feel the changed and tainted ocean
Let the damaged waves caress you
Feel the change...

In an interview with The English Assassin, Ramey described a esoteric factor that affects his songwriting:

There’s an emotional state I’ve been able to attain sometimes when I’m playing or listening to music that is characterized by a pure, thoughtless feeling of energy.

Not only does his music represent the pursuit of such a feeling, but his desire to share it with listeners.


Monday, January 7, 2008

Bela Karoli


The all-woman trio Bela Karoli released the 2007 album titled Furnished Rooms, which embodies refined baroque pop that blends electronic percussion elements seamlessly with vocals, stringed instruments and accordion. All through the album, the band's method remains true to the consistency of their unique style.

Primary-songwriter, Julie Davis, plucks jazzy double bass rhythms, and shares vocal duties with Brigid McAuliffe, who compresses accordion bellows. Carrie Beeder runs her bow across violin and cello strings.

Preludes 2 puts the words of T.S. Eliot to music. Davis' jerky melody captures the sense of spiritual exhaustion expressed by the poem.

The morning comes to consciousness
Of faint stale smells of beer
From the sawdust-trampled street
With all its muddy feet that press
To early coffee-stands.

With the other masquerades
That times resumes,
One thinks of all the hands
That are raising dingy shades
In a thousand furnished rooms.
Bela Karoli put extra time into arranging and polishing their sound in the studio.
Recording brought out the awkward situation of trying to figure out what we'd evolved into. Both the process of recording and hearing the songs made us ask a lot of questions. - Carrie Beeder



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Friday, January 4, 2008

Jane Vain & the Dark Matter


Jamie Fooks - singer-songwriter for Jane Vain & the Dark Matter - wrote Ships Bound to Sink for her latest album Love Is Where the Smoke Is. In the song, her voice resonates with the same velvety tone as Chan Marshall. Who is probably one of the biggest influences, revealed Fooks in a ChartAttack interview.

Don't Mind Us seeped out of feelings of isolation while Fooks lived alone in a basement apartment in an industrial area.

I'm So Afraid is an emotional appeal to the invisible audience she once endeavored to impress, having since learned how to impress tangible audiences.
"I used to apologize all the time for being nervous onstage....but I was being told I shouldn’t do it – that it draws attention to the fact that I am nervous." - Jamie Fooks, Fast Forward Weekly
Her musical catharsis has gained an attentive following as her fan base continues to grow.

Fooks informed Calgary Herald that Ships Bound To Sink is about dealing with someone who thought they were better than me, but were also romantically interested in me. I didn't want anything to do with them. It's hard telling someone who thinks they're better than you that they're not good enough for you.




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