Seaboard RISE 2

After being away for quite a bit, I discovered the world of MIDI and keyboard. Before I know it, I got into the rabbit hole. It has become a bit of an obsession. Now I am ordering my first MIDI keyboard. I will post details here when I received it. It’s not one of those Arturia, M-Audio, Korg or Alesis but I reckon it will do the job for me as a beginner.

I got into thinking of composing my own tunes because I’ve been doing bicycle blogging and I am afraid, using other people’s tunes even though they are copyright -free might have future implications. So, that’s how I got into this hobby after learning a few tricks via Garage Band.

This one is called  Seaboard RISE 2 by a company called ROLI. It’s truly captivating at first glance. It looks so slick and the design in clean. The touch keys also remind me of the Buchla easel for its intuitive design. This is something I look forward to having in the future when I have the budget for it.

This looks like a good instrument for beginners and professionals. It also looks great on stage if you know what I mean.

Sunshine Vibe: A Place To Call Our Own Joe Symes & The Loving Kind 

It took me a while to write about my decent observation/reaction about this new EP but I will soldier on. I am talking about the A Place to Call Our Own by Liverpool’s Joe Symes and the Loving Kind. So the music was just sitting there waiting for its time to be heard. And the surprise was all worth it. Remember, I wrote something about them a few years ago. I was struck by their sense of melody, harmony and that unique vibe that they can call their own. Is the title a nod to their native place? Perhaps it is. Or maybe it is up to the listeners to create their own story based on the imagery of each song.

The subjects deal about everyday life, relationships, nostalgia, and how life moves on in the midst of chaos and resolution. I notice a hint of Teenage Fan Club and Travis there but perhaps this is normal ion a band that is known to record memorable melodic songs. Their musical career spans a few years and they have grown better with each release. Even Joe’s singing has attained that depth of expression which is sweet, ironic and also sad at times. But if there is one word that defines this release it’s FUN. Yes! With somewhere around half an hour, you have songs that make you get off your feet, smile and supercharge your day. The energy and optimism is all over the second track Follow You. I love how the drums roll with such insistent glee.

Other songs are worth your ears if you are a big fan of Oasis, The Beatles and even The Smiths. There is that spoonful of Johnny Marr in It’s All Make Believe. There is no dull moment in A place To Call Our Own. When you find yourself struggling on a bad day, I suggest you pop this up and see how the mood changes. Music is there to uplift us when we are down. This is something that Joey Symes and the Loving Kind always deliver!

Sean Grace: Unique and Evocative

New York-based flutist Sean Grace is more Jazz and New Age than Traditional Irish. That is why he is in this blog and not the other one. I stumbled upon him via YOuTube by accident. I was looking for updates about the Irish band Lunasa when he appeared in the searches. It turns out he had a few tunes with Irish trad style. His music is evocative of the Transatlantic style of playing. I can listen to him all day. I like musicians who create music for the sake of music. It is such a refreshing attitude.
He has two albums out. The first one is an EP called New Frontiers, which nods to the old tradition that meets the new style. The second one is Alice in Wonderland, which is Jazz, or eclectic Jazz.
If you are looking for instrumental music with an evocative and unique style, check out Sean Grace’s music. Listen to them here:

On The Cheerful Side with Alex Rainer

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!

Indie-Pop Playlist for 2022

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.