I wondered what “May It Be” sounds like with a different tempo, vocal rendition, and instrumentation. The Dark Side of the Moon has satisfied that curiosity. They did it in a way where it retains the atmosphere and imagery of the original track. Oh yes, for those who might wonder, this is a metal band playing loud music, but strange as it may seem, the cover still sits with my taste. After all, symphonic metal and all associated genres have classical and ambient elements. These sit well with the Enya sound. I was curious about them, so I did a little digging. Here’s a blurb from their official website:
Who are the successors of classical composers like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven? You’ll find some of them if you listen to the themes of your favorite movies. The epic stories of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and others would be nothing without the great musical pieces dragging you into other worlds, luring you into parallel universes. The Dark Side Of The Moon is taking the most significant themes of cinematography, TV shows, video games, and are transforming them into epic and powerful modern metal tracks. They take you on a musical quest from the depth of Moria up to the Iron Throne, descending into the inner core of those masterpieces to search and find the beast inside. As every human has a dark side, so has every song. You will hear musical pieces you thought you already knew in a way you wouldn’t have thought possible. Like the moon, every song has an unexplored side. This is where the band will be taking you. It all started with a bet between Melissa and Hans. Whoever won would win a dare towards the other. Hans won and challenged Melissa to record a metal version of “Jenny Of Oldstones” with him. After hearing that one song, Napalm Records immediately signed the band to do a whole album. So the band started the epic quest to transform their favorite cinematic themes into powerful metal tracks! In addition, the album will also have a few songs of their own, and, to make this journey even more magical, they invited some of their musician friends to join them. Melissa Bonny – vocals Hans Platz – guitars Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums Jenny Diehl – harp Well, that sounds exciting to me. What do you think? I didn’t mean to copy the whole thing, but it sounds alright for you to know what this band is all about. If you are lazy, check the website out for yourself. But, I think you should.
When you find yourself in a sombre mood, you need a music pill for that. The medicine happens to be the new album by Alex Rainer. Based on his musical resume, it looks like he has been around-and, I mean, performing in venues in Europe and other parts of the world. This album was a suggestion after a concert.
The album was devised during a 2019 European spring tour by Rainer with musician and Resonating Wood founder Philip Soanes. “It was over vodka shots in a smoky bar in Cracow, Poland,” Rainer recalls. “Philip and I had each just played sets at a packed house show, with a lot of old friends in attendance. He asked if I would consider recording the songs I’d been performing, for the label’s 25th release, and we just got to talking more and more about it.”
However, you can tell that he is more of a performer than a studio artist. His music comes alive when performed in a live setting. You can tell that in his rooftop video with the sights and sounds of the city. The magic is achieved with just his voice and a guitar. This fellow will give us exciting music for years to come, and we have open ears!
If you are looking for new songs in the indie-pop category, en you can find them here. I will be posting YouTbe playlists that are fresh-I am talking about a week-old playlist. I used to curate Spotify playlists, but my premium membership has expired, and I will get back to you on that when I settle my Spotify membership. These songs give you that happy vibe, which is what you need when you wake up in the morning. Nothing too heavy or moody. They are also folksy, so expect guitars and vocal harmonies.
There is always a kind of music for everyone. These days I am into weird and dark stuff. Sound Waves fit my mood as they create dance music that is not mainstream. I wrote about this musical project back in 2013, I think. So revisiting the ew sounds feel a bit nostalgic and at the same time impressive knowing that I’ve heard this before. The current track I am crazy about is called Heart Beat. It is now available to stream via Spotify and other outlets Sound Waves chose. I love the groovy pulsing bass and gentle percussion. Nothing is too overpowering; rather, the whole arrangement was meant to build a kind of mood. So if you have nothing to do at the weekend, then this is for you. It is great for lounging after watching a movie or reading a book. Well, I have to tell you, I watched many Dario Argento movies this week, and this tune reminds me of the feeling you get when you watch these movies. It is also kind of vampiric, which reminds me of an 80s cult classic Near Dark. Go check that out after listening to this.
Yes we are still in the middle of this insane pandemic. Typhoon Odette happened. Bacolod is still smiling. Thanks to the musical artists like aero. and others, who continue to perform, observe and create their own content with the local culture in mind. For now aero. releases singles but no album. I dig albums because it’s like reading a novel. It is a collection of chapters describing the inspiration of the creator. Perhaps this is not an accurate comparison but then again I am into books. Anyway, I keep missing out on his gigs because I would be too tired from riding long distance earlier in the day.