Here’s my (late again, I know…I’m so sorry) Playlist for the week! I know I haven’t been that great with posts lately, but I’ve been in the middle of moving and lots of transition and change. It’s all so great!
Also, my pal Zac Farro of Halfnoise dropped his full-length LP: Volcano Crowe today! It’s a MUST HEAR. Seriously, sooooo stinkin’ good. The melodies, the harmonies, the instruments, the percussion….goodness, all so brilliant. You can go check it out on Bandcamp by clicking the album cover below!
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:
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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.)
So pumped for today’s featured Interview! My good pal from Nashville, Julian Dente recently started up his own solo musical project called YØUTH and it is truly amazing! I have had the privilege of knowing Julian for about 4 years now and the kid is seriously talented! Had the chance to reconnect with him – since my move from Nashville to Charlotte – and ask him a few questions about this awesome new project he’s taken on. Here’s the exclusive interview, enjoy!
Where are you from? Nashville, TN born/raised.
How long have you been playing music? My first memory of playing music is in the back of a tour bus with an acoustic guitar when I was 7 years old, I’m 22 now so I guess 15 years. Wow.
How did you form YØUTH and how long has it been? I originally was playing music just as Julian Dente, released an EP in 2012 and did a few east coast tours with my good friend Jesse Denaro in 2013. This year I decided I wanted to set myself apart from the singer-songwriter scene and brand myself in a new way. So it’s really only been a few months!
What’s your driving force? Connection. Music has helped me through so much anxiety and confusion, knowing people my age and older were struggling with the same things and understood. I want to convey the brokenness we all feel, and the hope/redemption that’s available to everyone.
Who are your main influences? My parents for sure. Both of them are Berklee grads and had/have a very successful career in music. They’ve always been completely supportive and encouraging of everything I want to do, I don’t know where I’d be without them.
What do you think sets you apart from any other artist or band? Probably the main thing is that I play all the instruments on all of my recordings.
How do you shut yourself off and focus to rehearse or record? I usually just sit on my back porch with an acoustic guitar and record voice memos of ideas until my phone dies.
How did your name “YØUTH” come about? My name (Julian) means “Youthful” so I just took that and rolled with it.
So, for those readers who haven’t heard your stuff yet, what can they expect from the tracks you put out? Songs about the confusion of growing up, hope in something bigger than me, and a lot of breakup songs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This song has easily become an on-repeat tune. There’s just something about it that I can’t seem to shake off – and I mean that in a positive connotation. This down-tempo, almost eery track is drenched in moodiness with its breathy, whispering vocals. The track is full of psychedelic guitar tones, and plenty of sexy-pop goodness…when it’s on, I’m constantly swaying to it. I cannot get enough.
This Atlanta based band, Mood Rings, sure knows how to create some delicious sounds. The whole album is a treat to the ears. Not just this video, or song – the whole dang thing. So, check ’em out!