December 11, 2017

Galapaghost: Jim Beam

Multi-instrumentalist Casey Chandler have released another single from his Galapaghost project. Jim Beam is a showcase for his vocal range, a mid-tempo powerpop song driven by piano and a hint of electronics. It will be included on his new EP Pulse.

Pulse is available for pre-order. The EP will be released on January 12th.

December 10, 2017

PRP: Rubber Sun

Finnish progressive rock multi-instrumentalists Petteri Kurki and Rami Turtiainen have created another outlet for their music, besides their Grus Paridae project. Rubber Sun and Sunson, the two tracks they record as PRP lean to Steven Wilson's producing skills and David Gilmour's guitar tone.

If they could find a real drummer to keep the beat the tracks would truly come to life. Programming skills can not get past the sterile feel of a drum machine.

Sylvia Brooks: The Arrangement

Jazz singer Sylvia Brooks assembled a couple of well-known arrangers (Kim Richmond, Otmaro Ruiz, Jeff Colella, Christian Jacob, and Quinn Johnson) to find new ways to tackle standards and a handful of new songs for her third studio album. The Arrangement is a multifaceted diamond, highlighting different moods and genres, with her voice smack in the middle of the mix. Latin, big band, late night lounge and more have found to an album that is a celebration of vocal jazz.

Brooks took her phrasing cues from the Fourties and Fifties when this kind of music ruled the world. It is a tall order to add something new to classics such as Body And Soul and Night and Day, but by making some subtle changes while respecting the originals the music gets another lease on life. She doesn't try to be of Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald - there's no point in trying to get that kind of intensity, but she pulls of a kind of understated swing that is nigh impossible to resist. She always close attention to the lyrics of the songs. Her version of Eleanor Rigby focuses on compassion and Midnight Sun even sounds cheerful.

It was 10 years ago today: Led Zeppelin live @ O2 Arena in London

10 years ago Led Zeppelin took the stage at the 02 Arena in London as the headliners for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. With Jason Bonham filling the shoes of his father John Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones tore through their classics, even throwing in the first ever live peformance of For Your Life. The show was released in 2012 in various formats.

Tons of words have been written about the final hurrah (for now) of Led Zeppelin, but for the most in-depth coverage head over to Tight But Loose, run by Zep fan Dave Lewis.

December 09, 2017

The Altered Hours: Open Wide

Irish psychedelic quintet have released Open Wide, the lead single from On My Tongue. it;s a quietly haunting song, with a bit of the Pixies and Dead Can Dance. Tension without much release, with intricate call-and-response vocals.

On My Tongue will be released on February 24 a Art For Blind/Penske Recordings (digital, limited pink and regular black vinyl).