The Echo And The Sound

Having a first name that is popular in music, can be a curse or a blessing. I regard it as a blessing even if the “Alices” seem to be either very confused or mildly threatening or straight out frightening or frightened. I am usually none of these but yet I welcome dearly another “Alice” song, i.e. I welcome another great band: The Echo And The Sound.

The Echo And The Sound are just a two-piece, guitar and drums – Brian Rich and Douglas Jewell. They are located in Los Angeles, California, even though they could not come from further afield if they tried, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania that is.

Since their beginning in 2012, they have already released three EPs, their debut EP, then “Its Execution” and their latest “Buffalo Mouth”. Find them on Facebook here.

What can you expect to hear? Why can you not just trust me and dive in? Have I not always been good to you bla bla bla…:-) Okay, okay, the music ROCKS, it really ROCKS, and it is DARK and it is COMPELLING, and it smells of THE ROAD and it ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS…

In their own words: “Punk rock overtones, blues-folk undertones, country-esque and gothic cantina styled.
Sounds like, “if Bob Dylan and Sam Shepard got into a fist fight while drinking in a desert cantina””.

Here, give it a shot:

Have a good Sunday evening!

Lisbon Kid

Now, I am not an expert on electronic music at all but I know what I like. So basically I can only tell you what I really love about Lisbon Kid‘s music other than impressing you with the fine-tuned vocabulary of the genre.

Then again, Lisbon Kid do not really fit into any genre, starting from calling themselves alternative acoustic electronica duo. Lisbon Kid consist of Danny de Matos and Rui da Silva who indeed hail from Portugal. They are both musicians and producers and now live in London.

As Lisbon Kid, Danny and Rui only got together over a year ago but before that both have done immense work in the music scene as producers. Hence perhaps the appeal to me in their music. They are not only at home in different dance music styles but also indiepop, alternative folk, you name it. They even produced Chloe Howl. Citing amongst many others Nick Drake as an artist they like, might give you an impression on how vast their musical range is.

Using the best of both analogue instruments and digital devices, they have created music that is astonishingly warm and soulful and relaxing and yet danceable. It features many famous singers who interpret the fine lyrics which are a notch above the usual lyrics of dance music if you want to really call it that. In Lisbon Kid’s case it would not be enough to call it just dance or chill or electronica. Enough of the trying to outline for you what exactly Lisbon Kid do: Just listen and you’ll know what I am on about.

Apart from doing wonderful remixes (I love my “Night Lights Remix”…helps me through the night), they have a debut single out: “Event Horizon” featuring Hafdis Huld – here it is:

And while we are waiting for the debut album which will be a fine, fine piece of a record, there is a sampler as a wee taster:

Have a good Sunday evening! And watch out for Lisbon Kid’s live shows!

Baltimore & Philadelphia – Dark Narrows & The Morelings

Does Baltimore, Maryland, USA, really take its name from the tiny Baltimore, Co. Cork in Ireland? Baltimore in Ireland is a bit of a meeting point for musicians, thus, projecting this onto a much much larger scale, the music scene in Baltimore, USA, must be gigantic.

Indeed, you will find many artists in Baltimore and of a wide spectrum. Lately, the fantastic Future Islands have been making waves with there unique brand of 80s synth pop meets the new millennium, their album “Singles” and above all their breathtaking live performances – you had to be there.

Dark Narrows from Baltimore (formed in 2014) also cannot deny their love of the “good” 80s music  bordering avant-garde, post-psych and some goth and dark wave. They are Dan R (Bass/Guitar/Drum) and Dan O (Guitar/Vocal/Synths) and fresh from the press is their self-titled debut album with 9 fine songs.  Find it on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

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About the song “Empty Tables” Dark Narrows say: “Dan R was going through a death in the family when he wrote this song and shortly after Dan O went through the same scenario. The song title is somewhat fitting to a somber topic that was on our minds as we formulated this song. As we recorded the guitar solo we really tried to capture a shaking sickly feeling. The Fender Starcaster Chorus modifications really made the sound click.”

I find the song deliciously Echo & The Bunnymen-esque.

This is a rockier sound with thumping bass, galloping drums and a nice noisy guitar:

And off to Philadelphia we go and find the Philly Sound which currently seems to  be Slacker music to most people what with the whole scene around The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile and The Violators – which I have nothing against at all, not at all. But The War on Drugs bass player Dave Hartley already points us in a totally different direction with his band “Nightlands”. And now there is dreamgaze with The Morelings and it is yummy.

The Morelings

Kedra Caroline and Matthew William spoil us rotten with dreamlike hypnotic music that would not be out of place on 4AD – the label AND the dimension. They are working on their debut album currently. Founded in 2014, they have already released their EP No Signs to much critical acclaim. Find it on itunes and Bandcamp. Just check out The Morelings website or Facebook page

Here is some of their wonderful music, now don’t blame me if you don’t get anything done for the rest of the day:

See you soon!

 

Franka De Mille

Franka de Mille could make me utterly depressed. How can a woman be so gorgeous, possess such a voice, such talent, such a stage persona and yet be so utterly down-to-earth and friendly. It being that and of course her songs lift me up. The only thing that does depress me then, is why is the woman not at a star in the making at once?

Franka De Mille is a London singer, songwriter and composer with THAT voice and very personal lyrics. She has a good knack on melodies which are bordering classical music, americana, folk and indie and yet are truly her own. Add to that orchestral arrangements and you have her debut album “Bridge The Roads”.

I hear the real thing is to see her live, performing like a modern day Edith Piaf or or or (but then again, comparisons to other female singers are often based on the one thing in common, being female, which is my pet hate, so I’ll say no more but let you listen).

Good good news! Franka is building a new studio, so we are all waiting with bated breath!

Meanwhile here are some tunes from her debut “Bridge The Roads”.