Carousel

Carousel came my way about a month ago, via SoundCloud. It was their dreamy track, ‘Wolf’s Awake‘ that lured me in. Since then, I’ve been listening to them almost regularly. Fortunately for me, they were in Charlotte last night and I had the privilege of seeing them live. Having recently just listened to their newest EP “Palms” (It came out last year, I am just late, ha), I was especially stoked to see them do a live performance. The guys opened for Cherub – which I was equally as stoked to see – being from Nashville and all. Carousel went above and beyond my expectations! Great stage presence, really dancy, mellow vibes to their songs. Just so good. They were hands down my favourite of the night. (Sorry, ProbCause and Cherub! You all ruled too though.)

 

If you’re into melodic vocals, light synths and fun poppy-beats, then you’ll love Carousel. They’ve been compared to Passion Pit for their gossamer-type of music and airy style, but who they really remind me of is Gypsy & The Cat and Mackintosh Braun. Two bands that I love! So, it wasn’t hard for me to become hooked on this band.

 

Check ’em out for yourself, listen to their whole Palms EP here:

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Have a lovely Saturday! Xo

 

The Sound of Design

 

Today’s post is inspired by beautiful interior’s. Preferably this one. The Brazilian designer-architect, Guilhermo Torres, envelopes this room with an eclectic mix of antique, old world, contemporary and retro-modern pieces. I can’t help but feel inspired.

 

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I wanted to change things up a bit, it isn’t often we think music blog = furniture or interior design…but for me, I’m incredibly drawn to the different styles of the room. Like genres of music, almost. All genres different, beautiful in their own ways. I have never been one for simply picking a favourite and leaving it at that, I like to mix, fuse, entwine different styles of music, design, art, life..together. That is essentially who I am as a creative mind.

 

All that being said, here’s a little bit of classical music to ease your mind, and set the rest of your afternoon into one that is peaceful, productive and all together wonderful. :)

 

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Playlist No. 13

 

 

Reeeeeally feelin’ this new Thievery Corporation album: Saudade. This album is fully dedicated to the Brazilian-born genre, with it’s electro-samba tunes, filled with sensuous female vocals and mesmerizing organic beats. I can’t get enough.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I am currently. Happy Monday!

 

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Video of the Week(end)

 

I’ve been pretty stoked about this band lately, Sylvan Esso. Their new music video, “Coffee is exactly the title’s definition. If this track were actually a cup of joe, I’d be up every morning, eagerly. Like caffeine, this video is one giant sip of raw energy. This track, and video that goes along with it, has done the job of fueling the rest of my day in quite the refreshing manner. With the graceful vocals of Amelia Meath – reminiscent of early Regina Spektor and Feist – mixed with rockin’ synths and eclectic beats produced by Nicholas Sanborn. This duo sure knows how to make a buzz….a coffee buzz, if ya know what I mean. ;)

 

Check out their video for “Coffee” here:

 

Have a great weekend! Xo

Bluegrass + Folk Monday (Playlist No. 12)

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Thought’d I bring ya a little somethin’ different this Monday!

 

I literally have had Sarah Jarosz‘ “Build Me Up From Bones” track on repeat for three days straight. It’s so good. Anyways, here are my tops for the week – a la Bluegrass/Folk style. Enjoy!

 

Xo

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Exclusive Interview with Up and Coming Band, Colours

 

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend is faring well. I am really excited for today’s post! I recently had the opportunity to interview a new, up and coming band by the name of Colours. Kyle Tamo, the lead vocalist of this group, has been a long-time friend of mine (going on almost 7 years now) and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a tad bit proud of all he has accomplished musically. They truly are nothing short of incredible. The Florida-based capture the sheer essence of emotion in every song they have written so far. The band carries alluring, smooth, yet powerful vocals and effortless, fluid guitar-tones with the occasional charming piano break – Colours is utterly compelling, a musical black hole – unique and subtle instrumentation that will engulf all your senses.

 

Please read on for the short interview we recently had.

Please list all of you band members and their roles in the band.
Kyle Tamo – vocalist
Morgan Alley – drums
Matt Favero – bass

 
What are your hometowns?
I (Kyle) am born and raised in Colchester, CT. While the other two members grew up together in Sarasota, FL

 
How did you get together? And how long has it been?
Morgan and I once played together in the past, Morgan and Matt also played together. These connections with one another and an equal vision for music brought us together in 2013.

 
What’s the bands driving force?
The groups driving force is to make Colours a brand separate from ourselves. We want to music to speak for itself and influence on a level further than casual listening. We’re lucky enough to be a part of something that we see so much potential in.

 
Who are your main band influences?
The band in its short life has already shifted directions due to influence and contagious passion from artist like Crosses, Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, The XX among many many others.

 
Who does what creatively in the band? And what sets you apart from any other band?
We all have a strong hand creatively in the band, even separate from the music. Branding personal image, graphic design, photography and video is all done through the band collaboratively. We don’t claim to be innovators or pioneers that separates us from other bands. What sets us apart is our passion for doing what we do right, and well. The details matter in this, we look at it as art over just music.

 

How do you shut yourself off and focus to rehearse or record?
Sticking to the idea and brand we have as a band is important. We have been strategic in our movement and in our presence and find it important we don’t forget that. We try not to sacrifice the value we see in Colours and often that means not settling for something seemingly “good”. I suppose it comes down to diligence and discipline.

 

How did your name “Colours” come about? And why the choice of spelling it the English way with the “u”?
The name Colours sat well with us in the respect of our personalities and approach to music. We all have a strong pallet creatively and found ourselves bringing a lot of variable or color to the table. Adding the “u” was just another attempt at keeping a name so simple more memorable. Also…we like Canadians.

 

So for those readers who haven’t heard it yet, what can they expect from the EP and other new songs put out?
The EP was our “stranger at the party”. We made the music together without knowing what was going to come out or how it was going to be received. While we are proud of the music that came of it, we held ourselves back creatively to get a feel for what we can do. Were now working on a full length that will represent us more accurately. We are now comfortable and ready to have a substantial presence. Expect hip hop and rhythm influenced music with controlled and flowing vocal melodies.

 

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/skin-bones-ep/id674107426, this link will bring you to 6 songs that will give you an understanding of the abilities in Colours.
Contact us with any inquiry at coloursfl@gmail.com

 

Anything else you wanna add?
Thank you so much for the questions, and stay tuned for a full length that will be clear of creativity and passion.

 

 

You can hear more of Colours on their Bandcamp profile.
Follow them Instagram and check out their YouTube channel here.

 

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Hope you enjoyed the interview and are eager to check out this talented group of guys! They are a must-hear!

Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

Xo

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