For Nocturnal Cyclists: Whodoes – Night

It’s been a while since I heard something new from Vasilis Chountas who goes by the monicker Whodoes Musica. He brings many influences to his music including his native Greece and progressive/experimental styles that will enchant people with discriminating ears.

Night is taken from his new album Hours. This one is washed in atmospheric melodies and chilled beats. This is a perfect track for night riding- and in my case night cycling! The calm mood is like cool wind against my face. I can close my eyes and dream of deserted parks and empty boulevards. I can think of old relationships and mourn about the obstinate hands of time. I am cocooned in this cool dark sScreen Shot 2018-02-14 at 6.49.38 PMonic web and contented to stay here as I keep hitting playback.

Whodoes continues to evolve as an artist and I am really hoping that many listeners will get to hear Hours and all the wonderful tracks in that album-this one included!

Soundtrack for a rainy night: Standing in the Shadow of your Ghost

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Pain, loss, and fear have never been so beautiful as captured musically by Philly indie rockers Stellarscope. If you love albums by Joy Division and The Cure(in the early 80s) then you will love the mood of “Standing in the Shadow of your Ghost.” For me it is fitting in this rainy night. The synths are spacey and the drums are robust. Basically, this album is the creative output of two people:  Tom Lugo & Bob Forman. You can tell that hours spent writing and recording together gave us this trippy output.

Most of the tracks are mid-tempo which is good for background music for dim lights and a book in hand. There are also danceable tracks like Only Strangers Now which calls to mind the late and great Ian Curtis. The gothic brooding of Tom Lugo’s voice and the hypnotic drums of Bob Forman create an almost beautiful form of revelation.

The power of “Standing in the Shadow of your Ghost” is in its craft. The quality of the recording is already evident in the first track and even though there is no darkness in your horizon, you will appreciate this for its creative strength.

The album closes with How it Ends with its oceanic soundscapes. All things must come to an end. Love, no matter how fervent can sadly end. In this sad times of instant gratification, Stellarscope remind us that you can take your tragedy and make it into art. And while we quietly weep for the ghost of our pasts, helpless to the obstinate hands of time, that aching and bleeding part of our humanity refuses to move on yet. Because our stubbornness to hold on to meaning is what makes us human after all.

 

New Gigs and New Music from Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

The music scene in Liverpool is very much alive and exciting. All you have to do is Catch Up with them through this fantastic show called Made in Liverpool. Yes you don’t have to go back to the 60s or 70s because fresh and hot music is available today. One of the bands I am exciting to mention is Joey Symes & The Loving kind making their way in this blog with their morning fresh music!

If you haven’t noticed yet, hey released their new EP early this year. The EP is titled Acoustic Variations. The band have to say about this release and the gigs that followed after(understand that this was a correspondence early this year but I was drowning in work):

“The band’s last release ‘Things Get Better’ was a three week BBC Introducing & BBC 6 Music feature and the band have recently been filmed by LFC TV ( Liverpool Football Club ) and also The Arts Alive Show on Virgin media channel 159. We also recently played at The Royal Court Theatre in the city centre for the JFT96 event and also headlined the 02 academy 1 in Liverpool for the official aftershow party for Noel Gallagher’s high flying birds for a second time and we are currently recording our second album at Peter Gabriel’s Solid State Logic studio’s in Oxford due for release  in the new year.”

Jammerzine has something positive to say about the album:

This EP is also a total 180° departure from the last album in many ways. It is considerably more subdued in it’s delivery. The album “Joe Symes and the Loving Kind” was a lot more rigid in it’s delivery where as “Acoustic Variations” is more subdued while the band is more comfortable in their surroundings. Some of the songs, such as “Fine Line” almost have a vintage quality to them while “I’m Gonna Find Out Some Day” gives the hooks of a modern classic of a band with experience.

Check out their tour poster below to catch them live:

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We Singing Colors: The Coolest Band To Come Out Of Bucharest!

Band bio:

We Singing Colors is an Indie-pop band from Bucharest.

In 2014 has released the first album “Made of wool, made of heavy metal”.

The band played all over Romania, in the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Spain and India.

Their songs were featured on independent radio stations in USA and Canada as well.

Links:

Concerts: http://bandsintown.com/WeSingingColors

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wesingingcolors

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wesingingcolors

Bandcamp: http://we-singing-colors.bandcamp.com/

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/we-singing-colors/id793269354

 

If Romania has to offer something in the indie-pop world, then it has to be We Singing Colors. Their music is composed and recorded around the acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. In 2014, they released their debut album “Made of wool, made of heavy metal”. They are well-received in Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Spain and India. They also have listeners in North America and their songs are played the USA and Canada.

Songs from Made of wool, made of heavy metal” have universal appeal and I think, with enough exposure and constant touring, they will get mainstream success. Songs like Far, far, far and Destiny will appeal to fans of acoustic folk while their other songs (which are complex and atmospheric) will find admirers in the wider musical spectrum.

I am enjoying their music videos viua YouTube!

Big thanks to my Romanian pal Ionut Proca for introducing the group to me. You should check them out. They are really the coolest band to come out of Bucharest!

Add them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wesingingcolors/

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Retro Pop: European Skies Music Video

Video directed by Geno Carrapetta.

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Mr Retro Pop is back!

I like this dude. I am talking about Mr Retro Pop Joel Sarakula. He is a down to earth kind of guy and he seems to be the sort who seldom gets offended. He is also very accommodating especially when it comes to explaining his style of music and also how much he has grown creatively after his last album The Golden Age which I reviewed here.

This single is taken his latest album The Imposter which I enjoyed a lot. I took it out for a bike ride, took it to the beach, listened to it during so many sleepless nights. European Skies is a breezy song with that signature 70s sound-I mean Europop and disco. he explained to me that the video is his attempt to be funny. Yeah I totally dig the moves.

I also dedicate this post to the late Melanie Lynch who passed away this year. She loves The Golden Age and I will definitely miss talking to her about this type of music.