Album Reviews

Post-Weekend Music with Lily & Madeleine

Happy Wednesday, and post-Halloween AND NOVEMBER you guys! Can’t believe it’s already November…only 49 sleeps until Christmas. That’s wild.

 

 

So, not sure how familiar you all are with these two Indiana sisters, Lily & Madeleine, but you MUST listen to their newest album “Fumes”. If you’re a fan of Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit, Arcade Fire…and beautiful, striking harmonies, you’ll love them. Not to mention their record label, Asthmatic Kitty, is THE prestigious indie label started by none other than mister Sufjan Stevens. I mean, you HAVE to at least have ’em on your radar. ;)

 

So, here are a couple of tunes below that I’m loving, taken from their SoundCloud:

 

 

There it is, guys! Enjoy, and sorry it took me so long to post again….thanks for stickin’ around. <3

 

 

 

Ryan Adams Self-Titled. Yes, It Is Hype Worthy

So, I haven’t stopped hearing and seeing all this chitter-chatter about Ryan Adams newest album which is Self-Titled. It dropped just this past Monday and this extremely talented American singer-songwriter has now released his FOURTEENTH studio album! FOURTEENTH! Guys..that’s almost half my age!

 

Let’s be honest, Adams never ceases to make amazing music. He has talent for daaaays. However, let me just state one thing. This album is not your happy, go-lucky, life is wonderful kind of album. It is definitely a lot more moody than his other ones. Concentrating on hardships, broken-heartedness and pain. The lyrics are somber, and I don’t think there’s an actual happy song on the record – which to some (optimists), could be be a downer. I myself am an optimist, however the musical genius behind these “love lost”, downcast tracks cover up most of it for me. So, no, I’m not bothered by it one bit – I mean, it’s a bummer, of course, to feel all the emotion in these tracks and know that it’s real. Real pain, real experiences and feelings – but, Adams has lured me in with his melodic ballads and bursts of electric guitar riffs. They’re catchy, passionate and raw, and I love that. I personally think that a lot of it is super reminiscent of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – which, let’s be real – who doesn’t love them!?

 

My top 3 tracks on the album would have to be Track 1, “Gimme Something Good“, Track 2, “Kim“, and Track 5 “Wrecking Ball“. All of the tracks are great, but these are just my picks. I’d love to know your favourites in the comments!

 

 

 

So there you have it. My two cents on the album. But, you can read more on LA Times, here, or NPR, here...or Treble, here.

 

Also, follow Ryan Adams on Twitter, SoundCloud, Like him on Facebook and go buy his album on iTunes!

 

Thanks, have a wonderful rest of your week! Xx

LONG LIVE Devan Dubois, “Le Fou”

 

Hey guys! Welcome to my special Tuesday post, which I’m super excited about! My Nashville friend, Devan Dubois (with Sensibility Music) just released a new full-length album today called “Le Fou” and it’s amazing! Truly a work of art. It’s currently available on iTunes, and you all should go buy it.

 

Devan, not too long ago, was featured in Nylon Magazine, along with his LONG LIVE music video which you can view below. Want some more info and background on him? Well, he was also interviewed in UK’s Far Out Magazine, which can be read here aaaaand he was interviewed in BEAT Magazine, which can be read heeeere!

 

 

So basically, I shouldn’t need to write or say much – cus the articles, and especially his music, will do the talking. All in all, he is a friend of many talents. A visual and musical kaleidoscope, if you will. Nylon said it best in their article:

 

You can’t deny that black and white music videos add a level of cool, but when you pair that with some trippy visuals, your eyes will be glued to the screen. His southern roots shine through as his folky guitar rhythms are accompanied by some hip-hop drums– two styles we love and go perfectly together.

 

So, here you go. Watch it. Love it. Buy it. Share it. Thank you! Xo

 

https://vimeo.com/103826800

 

LONG LIVE music video:

 

You can find Devan on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Lindsay’s Wednesday Wonder: Bonobo Forever

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When Sammie Sun asked me to guest post at first I was like “yes!”. Then I forgot about how I’m way behind on music trends and even further behind on all things blog savvy. But alas, here I am.

 

However uncool I may be about knowing the latest bands and the last festival I attended was Pitchfork ’09, I’d like to think I’m still pretty hip. Or Sammie probably wouldn’t even be my friend. Right? (Insert snort laugh.)

 

With that, I declare it Bonobo day! When my British husband introduced me I was immediately in love with the hypnotic layers of his work. Simon Green is brilliant and sets the bar for his genre of music.

I’m a Black Sands girl but in the summer you’ll find Ketto on repeat in my car at any time of the day. I was so excited to hear that they will be releasing a new vinyl “Ten Tigers” in the UK on July 1st.

 

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Anyways, this post is just perfect to do my nerdy fan shout out in! I’m sucker for heavy bass remixes and you’ve got to check out the re-dub of “First Fire’s” on spotify. All I have to say is yum.

 

Here is the whole song below:

 

So cheers to new music my friends!
Xo  – Lindsay, bka herwelshness

 

 

 

Jordana Loves: The Honey Trees ‘Bright Fire’

Hey everyone! Sammie here. Just wanted to preface this post by saying how excited I am for the this guest blogger (my sister) and the next post on Saturday (a surprise). Hope you enjoy them and feel free to leave comments or ideas or whatever! Thanks so much, and enjoy Jordie‘s post!

 

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It’s finally here, a new record by The Honey Trees! I discovered this lovely duo a few years ago on Myspace, ha! (those were the days). I remember instantly falling in love with Becky & Jacob’s beautiful melodies and almost perfect harmonies. I played their Wake the Earth EP over and over again, longing for more and alas! Here it is! Their new record ‘Bright Fire’ dropped in April, and like their last EP, this one has been on repeat a lot lately. This is the kind of album you just lay on your floor and listen to. It’s downright dreamy, whimsical, poetic and just beautiful. I especially love how 60’s inspired some of the tracks are. You’ll just have to take a listen for yourself! Purchase it here or on iTunes!

 

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Album Review: Noah Gundersen “Ledges”

Hello, and happy Saturday! It has been quite some time since I’ve had the chance to sit down and actually concoct a Saturday blog post. The summer can do that, ya know? Early mornings to go to the pool, or beach…or just out in general. But today is a bit rainy, a bit gloomy…so what better time than now? Let’s jump right in!

 

Noah Gundersen. To simply say this Washington-native is talented would be a travesty of sorts. Okay, okay..maybe not THAT serious, but he is gifted beyond measure. His long awaited full-length album: “Ledges“, finally arrived in February 2014 and man, was it ever welcomed.

 

The 24-year old singer/songwriter shares history of his life with us, diving into vulnerable tales of love, heartache, death, and devotion, all immersed with a sense of familial intimacy. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. Gundersen’s sister Abby (her solo stuff is beeeeautiful as well) sings and plays strings, his brother provides drums, and various friends and relatives sing on the record. Besides, blood is thicker than water.

 

The album opens with “Poor Man’s Son” which is a slow and striving tune. After a few minutes it slowly transitions into what seems like a modified version of “Down to the River to Pray”. It was a one-take recording, and it carries that raw, intense, almost aggressive emotion with it, all while lingering on some beautiful harmonies. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, check out the live recording of this track:

 

Some of my favourite tracks on this album are:

 

Ledges:


Poison VineFirst Defeat and Liberator.

 

I think there’s a pattern in the last three tracks, causing me to love them so (not to mention having them on repeat). They are incredibly emotional, (mind you, the whole album is) and it’s shown in the harmonious belting out of lyrics towards the end. One of my favourite elements of this album is the family participation. These last three tracks wouldn’t be what they are without Abby’s vocals and harmonies – they’re just simply beautiful.

 

I won’t really give any more away, because I really do want you all to take the time to listen to the whole album. Noah’s ability to write, sing with such vigor and passion, and create timeless, mature and heart-wrenching tracks is unsurpassable. I will continue to listen to the Ledges album, as well as play my favourite songs over and over again until I get fed up…which will be never. So, on we go….

 

P.s. Here’s the official music video for “Ledges” – directed by my good Nashville buddy Cale Glendening. (Nothing short of amazing.)

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