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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:

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

 

 

 

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:

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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.)