Twin Oaks

Some days I am deeply thankful for the internet…even though it many times contradicts its original purpose which to me is to save time. Gratefulness sets in when a band like Twin Oaks gets in contact with me.

Twin Oaks does sonically what an image of twin oaks conjures in me…lightness and strongness, brightness and darkness, feeling cozy and overwhelmed, all at the same time.

Lauren Brown and Aaron Domingo set out as a folk duo in Los Angeles. They have, however, expanded to create a grander atmosphere (be not mistaken: Atmosphere with capital A, but the instrumentation is still minimalistic). They joined up with multi-instrumentalist Louis Bernal and later with drummer Rhyan Riesgo.

Last year saw the release of mini-album “The Lion’s Den” which was well received and correctly so. For me it is an album that I cannot get enough of and it suits many moods and seasons.

So I am very happy to announce that Twin Oaks have a debut full album in the making from which a couple of songs are already available.

Find the Twin Oaks in all the usual places and their website: www.twinoaksmusic.com and Facebook
page: www.facebook/twinoaksmusic

Now, let the music speak and, yes, this music is eloquent!

This is the stunning “Find A Way”

And this is a new song of the forthcoming album: “Animal” – intoxicating!

All We Are

All I am today is very tired but it was well worth it. Yesterday I went to see All We Are perform in Cologne, Germany. (Yeah, I know, that joke is as tired as me).

The gig experience was a short (the support group had cancelled) but very impressive one, as Guro (bass), Luis (guitar) and Richards (drums) create a very full sound. The energy flowed from the very first moment in Studio 672. And the songs (mostly from their self-titled debut album after two EPs) are beautiful, the harmonies take you higher, Guro’s voice is something else and then there’s the rhythm…I think the “psychedelic boogie” description really hits it on the spot. You cannot draw many comparisons which, I agree with them, is a good thing.

That groove is new to All We Are’s music. They had always wanted to make music people can move to but did not know how to. After all, when they started out in 2011, all three played guitars. Hard to believe that Guro is fairly new to playing bass and Richard to playing drums, then.

For those in the media who find All We Are’s album very slick…actually, it was not all in the production as the band can reproduce that sound very easily on stage and this without cheating.

As you can see, I was truly impressed and I was not the only one. They were well received in Cologne and I urge you to go out and see them play live and also enjoy their debut album.

I will give you a wee taster here of their album. Most of you will already be acquainted with ‘Keep me alive’ but there is so much more good stuff on their album (All We Are on Domino Records). Like that:

It has been mentioned a gazillion times that they are a truly international band, but first and foremost they regards themselves as a Liverpool band. What they praise as the virtues of Liverpool, All We Are themselves exude, too: They are a really friendly and funny bunch and it was an honour to have an interview with them!

Oh yes, I have an interview for you here. So without much further ado (and because I might do later but am in no state to do now: without typing the interview now) I will give you a link to the interview for your enjoyment.I will also play the interview on the Offbeat show next Thursday, 8-10pm, and there will be music by All We Are of course.

Find All We Are on their website http://www.thisisallweare.co.uk or for their Facebook page, click links above.

Folk from London Part 4 Claudia Heidegger

I know, I know, this was going to be three-parter on the London folk scene or rather a pick from the wide range of artists that thrive there. But of course there is a good reason to extend this mini-series and her name is Claudia Heidegger. When she contacted me and elaborated how she likes to tackle heavy subjects and above all religion and spirituality, I was, I confess, a little, overwhelmed. But this is no evangelist, far from it.

Claudia Heidegger actually had a problem with institutionalised religion and apart from her private experiences, she recognises correctly how much grief religion and faith can cause in this world and yet there could be a place for spirituality.

This and other subjects she would like to discuss without prejudices, without aggression and to be true to the meaning of folk music, what better medium is there? Was folk music not the simple (and by that I do not mean simple-minded) people’s newspaper, detailing, commenting on and passing on, everything that went on in a locality?

Claudia Heidegger writes a good-looking and interesting blog, too, which makes me a wee bit ashamed to mention her in such a short post. Find it on her website https://claudiaheidegger.wordpress.com. Also find her on Bandcamp, Twitter, Soundcloud etc.

I dare not go into knowledgeable detail about her musical side. Here’s a woman that knows her stuff! She played several instruments at an early age, was classically trained in Austria (where she is originally from), travelled with her band which broke up in Ireland and has lived in London since.

The music is fragile, delicate, a beautiful voice hovering above it and for me represents another side of folk music which is why this became a four-parter and there you have it.

Well, not quite, there are some songs to listen to, of course. Her EP The Other Side was released in 2013 and Claudia is currently working on a full-length album.

I find this very beautiful: The Other Side

 

This is one of her latest haunting songs – What I am to you

I will be off to a gig tomorrow, but I will update you on that on Saturday and even might bring you a little interview with “All We Are”. See you then!

Folk from London Part 3 Apples I’m Home

So, we had the world music, pop-oriented side of folk with Nou Enle (see part 1) with some indie thrown in for good measure and the dark, wild side of folk from Wyldeck (see part 2).

Here come Apples I’m home and what a great name that is. I still wonder, has it something to do with a certain famous, now uncoupled couple, residing in London, greeting their daughter on return to home? Fill me in! (Ah, tutting noise in the background…could it be a song title by Adam Green, too? :-))

Apples I’m home have released two EPs so far: 2012’s “Last week” and in 2014 “From the road” and I do like the dreamy cover art for a start.

If that kind of thing helps you: They were recently described as “The Mamas & The Papas meets Mumford & Sons”. Apples I’m home moved from Scotland’s Ayr to big Glasgow, then to rural Gloucestershire and now live and work in London. You do wonder, if living in London is beneficial to a folk band. But it is not all haystacks and barn dances. After all, in this blog already, I am introducing four folk bands from London. Obviously, there is a very lively folk scene in the capital. You will have a good chance to see Apples I’m home live somewhere in London, too.

In 2007, Abbie Sanderson (vocals, pianos, percussion) and Andy Thomas (vocals, guitars, percussion, banjo, mandolin) started the band. They were joined later by Jason Hakin (guitars, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Anna Golebiowski (violin, vocals).

You can find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/applesimhome mostly but also on Twitter, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, you name it.

Hold on, bear with me…here’s some music:

The upbeat, violin starring “From The Road”

My favourite is the tranquil “No more”

And this is not the end of the series yet, I will add another part because, well, for a good reason!