Tinkering with August

 

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Layne Greene wrote these songs around late 2015 and after two years of tinkering, they found their way into this EP.

Today was a good day. I raced against a geared bike (I ride a fixed gear road bike) prior to to a delicious dinner. And then this amazing EP completed the evening. I am talking about August by Canadian singer-songwriter based in New Glasgow, Layne Greene. This four-track EP was actually conceived around August of 2015. And overtime, it was developed and layered with various musical ideas from the artist.

His music has always possessed this deceptive simplicity. His melodies are easy to sing along. But if you pay attention to the structure (I call it sonic architecture) you can hear the complexities underneath. The rhythms are rich and fascinating. I can hear the faint influence of Gregory Alan Isakov in the use of syncopated beats, ample use of reverb and atmospheric keys. Then there’s also his use of ambient and (downplayed) electronica (listen to the first track The Driving Song).

This robust EP is also the end result of talented musicians backing him up. For example, Bryan MacDonald brought his unique guitar style to each song. I haven’t heard any guitarist at par with his technique. He has keen ear for dreamy and otherworldly sounds. The complicated beats were masterfully rendered by Alex Lank. These two artists also appeared in his Everywhere Around Here album.

Could this be the introduction to the kind of sounds we will hear in his sophomore album? Who knows? He always keeps me guessing.

James Vincent McMorrow is back with the new single Rising Water!

The Irishman with an exquisite and smooth silky voice is back! The new single is Rising Water released in early July this year. James Vincent McMorrow broke into the indie pop/folk scene with Post Tropical and Early in the Morning. His live performances duplicate the meticulous perfection of his studio recordings. And yes that remarkable voice has attracted 100 million Spotify streams!  Rising Water is taken from the new album We Move. Expect the album to sell like hotcakes. Check out the lyric video of Rising Water above.

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NEW SINGLE “RISING WATER” AVAILABLE NOW

James Vincent McMorrow, an Irish singer/songwriter from Dublin, has just released his new single Rising Water. The single is the opening track of his upcoming album We Move, which is set to be released on September 2nd via Caroline Records. On July 4th, Rising Water was premiered by Annie Mac on her program ‘Mac’s Hottest Record in the World’ on BBC Radio, listen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040fl09.   After its UK debut, the single was released here in the U.S., which McMorrow called home for a few months while he recorded his new album.

In early 2015 McMorrow decamped to Los Angeles for four surreal months, wanting to experience something totally alien to any way he’d ever worked before. McMorrow explains “Making this album was about changing so many things. Physically changing where I was, mentally changing how I think about life, about myself, how I think about making music. Every time I’ve made a record in the past, I’ve walked to the edge of where I’ve wanted to be, I’ve gotten scared, and I’ve walked back to a safe distance.”

Rising Water is the perfect example of what the rest of the album holds. The single, along with the rest of the record, features production from Nineteen85 (Drake, dvsn), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna), as well as mixing from the legendary Jimmy Douglass (Donny Hathaway, Timbaland).

McMorrow’s 2010 debut ‘Early in the Morning’ achieved platinum-status and reached #1 in his home country of Ireland. His “Breath-taking” (VICE) second album ‘Post Tropical’ was nominated for the Choice Music Prize, and led to sell outs at the biggest venues of McMorrow’s career including two nights at Sydney Opera House, and London’s Barbican & Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Earlier this year, McMorrow surpassed 100 million Spotify streams, recorded a cover of “Wicked Games” for a trailer of season six of Game of Thrones, and was featured on “I’m In Love” off Kygo’s debut LP ‘Cloud Nine.’ 

Purchase ‘Rising Water’:

iTunes: https://smarturl.it/RisingWater

Amazon MP3: https://amzn.com/RisingWater

The Music Of The Outdoors:Open Letters by Jeremy Tuplin

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I think every passionate individual will always have that driving need to do something. The question is, will that ‘something’ remain the same. I’ve been pondering this for the past few days as I took a a break from blogging and devoted my time to something else. And that is also the reason why this review is long overdue. I feel that for a music lover, I need time and and a good place to listen to music in order for it to touch me. I need to be able to bring that music somewhere else and let it speak to me, if it fails to speak to me in my current state. Our taste in music changes with our mood and also our environment. Singer-songwriters are very familiar to this trade. That is why they don’t force themselves to just make music for the sake of quantity. There has to be ‘soul’ in it. And everyone who works in the creative field knows this as well. Time is important. And nature is our music.

When you listen singer/songwriters like Jeremy Tuplin, you need that special place not just physically but mentally. His songs are rich in imagery and texture. If you let them soak in, you will realize how they can resonate with your life, be it your past or current state. People who love Leonard Cohen will really like what he does with his melodies and lyrics. His voice is also deep and honest. You get the sense that he bleeds with every lines.

I love British folk and Irish ballads and his style is a familiar territory. That’s why when I heard the first stanza of Kathleen(the opening track) I am taken into that familiar world once again. That time in my early twenties when I got a copy of The Long Black Veil by the Chieftains. I hear a bit of Van Morrison but yes the rest of his tracks are distinctive. So what can he say about his music? According to him:

“I wanted to try and create something that’s not really specific to any genre. I’ve got loads of different influences – from Cass Mccombs to Willy Mason, from Leonard Cohen to Bill Callahan, but also acts from the London circuit who are barely known but incredible. There’s that underlying ‘folk’ element, but I’m hoping this EP moves away from that to something more contemporary.”

I think he really accomplished his goal in this album as all tracks sound eclectic. I am reminded of folk greats like Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young who moved away from the common formula and created albums that stand out the test of time.

Open Letters is now available for download via various sites. The EP has five songs early this year. Visit: https://resonatingwoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/merch

Rusted Sounds hits Resonance 

https://resonatingwoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/a-game-with-masks 

 If you haven’t yet do check out the latest release from Resonating Wood Recordings called A Game With Masks by Rusted Sounds. The new album has 12 songs all written around voice and guitar. In The Air is a personal favorite because I love its arrangement. Everything about it has a cinematic feel. A king of song you would love to listen to while watching the rain or seeing the sun set. 

A Game with Masks has a light overall feel as singer/songwriter Philip Soanes prefers the bare acoustic feel as opposed to the basic guitar-drum-bass set up. A Game with Mask should be a perfect accompany to your languid afternoons.

I have to say I love the strings, glokenspeil and other instruments that color this album (especially in the song Lie Down). Every songs works and it’s the kind of album you can play again and again, as it gains resonance with every listen. 

Recorded at home in Kraków, Poland and Bratislava, Slovakia in 2014 / early 2015.

credits

released 18 May 2015 
Cover art by Graham Hutchinson 
grahamhutchinson@hotmail.com 
http://www.grahamhutchinson.blogspot.com 
Insert Photograph by David Soanes. 
http://www.davidsoanesphotography.com 
Yulia Tsidylo – backing vocals on The List. 
All songs written and recorded by Rusted Sounds (Philip Soanes). 
2015 © Rusted Sounds 
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February 2015 Indie Music Updates

Hello folks! It’s a soothing weekend and I am bringing to you updates on cool music around the web. It’s amazing to know that 2015 is anther great year of music. We have electronic,acoustic and other types of music that’s ‘not radio.’

I discovered Alex Pardini more than a year ago when I stumbled upon his music on the web. Since thn we have kept a tight correspondent covering many topics including photography( he’s a pro). He gets better each year as he creates fantastic and elegant tunes. His music speaks to the side of me who likes finer, better and beautiful things in life. This is the first playlist I listened upon waking up. These are evening tunes but then again, beautiful music is always enriching any time of the day. So good, so rich!

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If you like something acoustic and soothing then check this song by singer/songwriter J.P. Kallio. What I like about his songs is that, you can appreciate his songs even if you are not a fan of folk music. His recordings are always excellent in terms of clarity and balance. This is the kind of quality that I look for in any stripped down tune.

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Whenever I listen to any Michael Stovall song, I get carried away. His emotional pieces always have a room for the ‘soundtrack of your life’ kind of moment. The depth of lyrics and beautiful singing are his strong points. The melodies are his gold.

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Talents between New Zealand and Ireland have created Altocirrus. I feel so fortunate to listen to their latest album plus review it for this site!

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This musical asset of Romania by the name of LeVant continues to dazzle me with his unique ideas. His tunes are somewhat in the  pop-but not so pop, category. His deep understanding of Classical, Medieval,Jazz,Electronic is astounding. Unjaded is his latest release.

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Pierre Masse continues to dabble with different styles of music. From acoustic to electronic, his versatility is excellent. I don’t think any artist who started a career doing acoustic rock could pull that off elegantly. And he did. Amazing!

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I am enjoying this new upload from Norwegian artist Kjell Roll Elgsaas. Very energetic and complex. Beautiful beats.

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And last but not the least, I need you to listen to this beautiful song from Cornish singer/songwriter Dan Aston.  Lemonade Sea is the title. This is recorded at The VIP Lounge in Penzance and featuring Sue Aston on violin and members from Cornish jazz band, Endangered Species.

Enjoy your weekend with beautiful music.