Cultivating great musical taste

Archive for September, 2013

Song of the Day: Rebels in the Light by Manicanparty

I have only just discovered Manicanparty and fell in love with Rebels in the Light, partly because of the Lion King-esque chanting scattered throughout. It’s very different from the folk and rock music that usually appears on here, but hey good music is good music!

There’s an amazing feeling to this track, I’ve recently said that simplicity can make a great song, but this is an example of the complete opposite. (more…)

Song of the Day: The Heights of Lola by Keston Cobblers Club

I discovered Keston Cobblers Club today because of Pepper, who have created an awesome app that you should check out, and after listening to their album One, for Words it was the song The Heights of Lola that stood out above all the others. It’s a very catchy song and I can imagine it’s the sort of track that people play again and again in order to try to master the pace and lyrics and successfully complete a sing-a-long without a single mistake. That would be an achievement indeed. (more…)

Song of the Day: While the World Burns by Svavar Knútur featuring Markéta Irglová

Well, While the World Burns by Svavar Knútur and featuring Markéta Irglová is a quiet and simplistic piece of music. There’s no complexity to the music or the lyrics, proving that simplicity is sometimes the best.

Svavar is a singer/songwriter who hails from Iceland and he brings a wonderful quality to While the World Burns. The song itself is quite haunting, the type of track that can resonate with anyone if they’re in the right mood, but also just a track that is a pleasure to listen to because it is a wonderful display of what good musicians can create. (more…)

Song of the Day: Nerves of Steel by Flaming June

Today is Folkstock day! It’s an exciting acoustic festival taking place up in Hertfordshire, and I can’t be there. So for today I present to you a song from one of the musicians that will be playing, Nerves of Steel by Flaming June. To me, Flaming June is really exciting, I find this music is folk rock at its best and Nerves of Steel is a fantastic example of what is on offer.

It begins really subtly, just the guitar strumming away, then a few more instruments come into it, building up the tension and drama,adding to the overall atmosphere of the track. (more…)

Song of the Day: What a World by Tom Bertram

After listening to several songs on his website it became apparent that Tom Bertram is in fact quite an understated performer. For today’s Song of the Day, What a World, it’s the soft guitar accompanied by the even softer vocals that won me over. (more…)

Song of the Day: In the Bullrushes by The Day of Rabblement

The Day of Rabblement is another local band from Portsmouth, it’s rather satisfying to see the list of awesome local bands constantly growing. The song of theirs I have become addicted to is In the Bullrushes, I love it because of the intimate feel that comes with the track and because it almost sounds fragile. (more…)

Getting to Know: Hometown Show

Hometown Show

Hometown Show’s artwork for Love, Liquor and Lonely Nights

“I’d say we’re a country, blue-grass inspired band, yeah,” explained Matthew Harrison, “it’s a mix of all different sorts of music, from folk, country, blue-grass and 1920s.” Judging by their performance only a few minutes later that was definitely a spot on description of Hometown Show‘s style.

During Victorious Festival in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard I was lucky enough to get an interview with the local band. They come from the South Coast and deliver a lively blend of country and blue-grass and do a better job of performing Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift songs than Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. (more…)