Cormac O Caoimh the alchemist

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There is no denying that in the Moon Loses Her Memory, Irish singer/songwriter Cormac O Caoimh has taken his musicality a notch up. Compared to New Season of Love which is insular, this one sounds expansive. An album exploring the outside world. There is this undeniable explosive nature in every track(even the quite ones). Having a mastery of Jazz Bossa and Irish folk, he uses these influence to create an upbeat album that goes down easily like awesome coffee. Maze of Your Heart, Yellow Crumbs, the title track The Moon Loses its Memory, Thirst and Water and Solid all take you to a jazzy and poppy ride. You Stole December and the tracks that follow exude a different mood. These songs are meant for sitting down.

His voice is smooth as always and he sometimes reminds me of Sting. But he really sounds like no other. Place a Letter on My Front Porch is one of the sweetest pop songs I’ve heard in a decade. There are also other tracks that sound like a fusion of different styles like in the case of Basement. I think the funky guitar rifts and sense of suspense in each verse are clever. I think the positioning of the tracks works in a sense that he placed the ‘pop’ songs in the first half of the album and leave the ‘ experimental’ ones on the second half.

Vocalist Aoife Regand also contributed her smooth vocals in various tracks including the hypnotic Lay Low for Awhile. I admire the violin of Clum Pettit as well as the percussion works of Cormac O’Connor. And lastly, the liner notes are beautiful courtesy of photographer William Crowley.

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Jork – Andy’s Song

According to Jork, Andy’s Song was written a long time ago but was never published. He added that it is a very special tune

Lee Tobin a.k.a. Jork

Lee Tobin a.k.a. Jork

with special meaning. I did not ask further as I plan that for future post. I think it fits the mood to the day:stormy, uncertain and reflective. I love his compositional skills. I followed this guy for years now and I am always enthusiastic with every new material from him. I can rarely say that to other artists as I listen to LOTS of music and you know how that is.

Jork is Lee Tobin and he plays many musical instruments. He has done many collaborations and dabbled with different musical styles including chiptune. Looking forward to more from him.

Chad Paquet and the nifty tunes.

https://myspace.com/chadpaquet Sometimes it is great to take a break from life and examine the bigger picture. A few years ago, Canadian musician Chad Paquet was putting an album together. He had everything figured out only to change his game plan. Perhaps this applies to all of us. Nothing is what it seems. Things can happen. Sometimes you invest your time and effort on a wrong person. Sometimes the situation doesn’t work. All it takes is a blind leap of faith and believe that things will work out in the end. These tracks posted on his myspace page reflect the things be had attained as a human being and as an artist. His instrumentals are wrapped in jaw dropping complexities. Pretty Glenn and Sometime in Smarchie’s are original compositions I heard few years back before his accident, which horribly rendered him incapacitated for more than a year. He is more of a jazz guy but his love for rock tunes makes his music eclectic. He is trying to collaborate with local vocalists who will sing his tunes. 20140709-103738-38258579.jpg 20140709-103738-38258631.jpg 20140709-103738-38258508.jpg

Americana, Blues, Roots, Folk, Jazz, Latin, and Rock: Nmbr11

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Several months ago, Nmbr11 ( a duo founded by artists Bernard Bulhack and Yeshiva), announced that they will record their debut album. It looks like the effort is taking shape nicely with the involvement of amazing musicians. According to their bio:

Nmbr11 was born on May 11th 2012 after the two met when they joined a blues project. Their interest in other genres drove them to branch off and create the duo. They were born and raised in South America (Bernard is from Chile and Yeshiva is from Venezuela), and came to live in the US over 13 years ago. Being exposed to many cultures resulted in the rich sound they now deliver in their music. Their hearts, however, are ever so taken by Americana music, which is the style they drift towards when it comes to writing.

Before I Die is their official single and the album Follow the Song will have its official release date on July 11. I am liking what I hear already! Why the number 11? Aha! That is one of the questions that Bernard and Yeshiva will answer when they get the Sphere Music interview. So watch out for that one. The album will be available in various formats including vinyl. So all you vinyl lovers, get ready. This will be a sultry treat to your ears.

Find out more here: http://store.nmbr11.com/Follow_The_Song-Nmbr11_-_Follow_The_Song_-_Full_Album_-_Digital_Download_1_1.html

Also visit: http://www.nmbr11.com/

In the studio.

In the studio.

Cornish Singer/Songwriter Dan Aston: On Google Plus Concerts and Many More.

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Instead of remaining in the traditional ways of playing live, Dan Aston has a new way of performing his music. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this is a resource that many artist are yet to tap their skills into. I am talking about Google plus concerts. Performing live has been part of his upbringing, as music is a family affair for the Astons. The internet proved to be another effective way of reaching potential fans all over the world.

This interview also talks about his goals and upcoming projects this year.

1. You are going to conduct your second Google hangout this march 30th. What’s good about this medium?

It’s a brand new way of performing music, a platform that is still in its early stages and one that hasn’t been discovered by many especially here in the UK. It enables musicians to perform sets to a global audience from their own home and the possibilities are endless! Some artists have had tremendous success through it as their shows get shared around the world and people tune in on their devices wherever they are. Initially, getting the technicalities right was a challenge, but my dad, Phil Aston, is an expert on Google Plus and thanks to his hard work and knowledge the set up I now have is great.

2. Can you tell us more about your current project(s)?

I’ve been busy writing pages of songs since the release of ‘The Way Home’. A few of them were played live during shows last year, some were dropped and some never left the notebook. I wrote a mini sequence of songs in DADGAD tuning not long ago that formed a short conceptual piece, and I don’t know what to really do with those. More recently I have been writing heavily with the idea of a new album in mind. I hope to return to the studio this year, although I think it will be a bit different this time around. The songs I have written for the next release sound great so far but I think they would sound even better with other musicians on them. I’m trying out some ideas with a pianist and percussion player and I may well have a three piece for the new album. It’s still early days though!live fal 2

3. I played one of (off your EP The Way Home) last week on my radio show. Can you tell us more about the experience recording this live version for the camera as opposed to the one you recorded for the EP?

To be honest I wasn’t sure if it would work the way I wanted it to at first and I’d never recorded like that before. However, I wanted to give fans some regular output and I think having a video adds a lot to just an audio file. After getting into recording videos regularly for my Youtube channel, it was from there that I took the big leap into the world of Google Plus Hangouts. In the hangouts it really is live! Quite a surreal experience, too. There I am playing to a computer and apparently forty people around the world are watching! It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to the next show.

4. You’ve been doing covers lately. One of them is Mansion on the Hill originally done by Bruce Springsteen. How huge is his influence in your music?

That’s my favourite song from Bruce Springsteen’s album ‘Nebraska’. When I first heard that album, it resonated with me immediately. It was playing in the background whilst I was washing the dishes and I stopped immediately to find out what the music was. The music on that album is so sparse, so raw and bleak yet beautiful and honest at the same time. Yes, it’s a depressing album, but let’s face it depressing music is often the best. I loved the intimacy of the stripped down production and instrumentation. Just one man, his guitar and his feelings. It was this album that introduced me to the harmonica too. Without hearing this album I wouldn’t have picked up the harmonica and wouldn’t be playing music the way I am now. I wasn’t a singer back then either. I was really shy and had never sung a note to anybody. Hearing that album and others by the likes of John Martyn and Nick Drake really inspired me to express myself through singing.

5. Harmonica and guitars…what other instruments do you play?

I can play a bit of piano and very basic violin and drums. I’ve used the piano to write songs in the past and I’d really like to learn to play it properly at some stage.

6. It must be a great experience hearing your song played on The David White Show on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Yeah it was nice, I was played on BBC Radio Cornwall prior to that too on another show. A lot of people still listen to the radio.

7. What are your live stage/recording plans this 2014?

I may be playing some festivals and a few stage gigs later in the year, but nothing is set in stone yet. I’ve primarily been focusing on getting to grips with Google Plus concerts and writing new material. I have some songs that I definitely want to be on the next release, some that I’m not sure about and some that I’m sure are yet to be written. Having the idea of a pianist on board is very interesting. Some songs I’ve been thinking about arranging for solo piano and voice, stripping the guitar out entirely. I hope to enter the studio later this year.

8. Where can listeners buy and download your recordings?

Pretty much anywhere! ‘The Way Home’ EP can be found digitally on Amazon, itunes, Google Music, Spotify, Bandcamp and more. Head to my website for further details http://danaston.com/

9. Message to our readers?

Keep supporting new music and check out one of my online concerts, they’re quite unusual and a lot of fun. People can interact during the show too and I’m going to be inviting some guests on during the next few shows, so if you have a webcam and a good internet connection you could join me! Thanks.

His style of music is filed under: Acoustic Folk, Jazz and Blues.

He listens to:John Martyn, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Gary Moore, Pink Floyd, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Queensryche, Porcupine Tree, Anathema and Black Sabbath.

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