I'm just swinging by to tell you I've written my very first blog for club Wonky in Bristol of which I'm a resident DJ.
For my first post I've showcased some of my favourite Swedes, the Shout Out Louds.
You can read the article here and if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, come by to the club!
Until next time xx
The Magician's Private Library, produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, beautifully showcases Holly's master penmanship. Each song weaves a rich tapestry of sound; from rumbling basslines, parping horns (courtesy of Antibalas) and haunting string sections (thanks to Marques Toliver) as well as acoustic and electric guitars, minimal beats, vintage organ and appropriately used samples. Each song is feather light and yet due to the layers and layers of sounds, carries weight about them that makes them memorable, touching and just really... interesting.
THE MAGICIAN'S PRIVATE LIBRARY
02 / Joints
03 / Waves
04 / No One Just Is
05 / Slow Burn Treason
06 / Sweet Dreams
07 / Everytime I Go To Sleep
08 / High Tide
09 / Canvas
10 / Sleep On Fire
Check out Holly on the road in a video by Tim Noakes. The song is 'Slow Burn Treason'.
Download MP3 ♫ Holly Miranda - Waves
Download MP3 ♫ Holly Miranda - No One Just Is
You can see Holly Miranda supporting Tegan & Sara on their American tour.
Or get a little magic of your own by pre-ordering The Magician's Private Library from Amazon.
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - WORK
Swedish Stockholm sensations the Shout Out Louds get to work releasing their third full length studio recording. Shifting the tempo down a gear has made Work a slightly more relaxed affair than their debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff and is more in keeping with the style they went for on their sophomore album Our Ill Wills.
Although Work is short on rocking anthems, it compensates with punching drums and growing grooves entwined with beautiful string arrangements. Definitely a strong stand alone album which grows with every listen.
Download MP3 ♫ Shout Out Louds - Moon
VAMPIRE WEEKEND - CONTRA
In my opinion, popular chic New Yorkers Vampire Weekend are overhyped. Their unique brand of indie surf rock was refreshing on their debut Vampire Weekend, but has become slightly more annoying on their follow-up Contra. Saying that, a couple of songs set themselves apart by being less "in your face" and less "trying hard to be alternative", namely 'Taxi Cab'.
Overall, it deserves a listen. You'll either love it like the majority of hipster kids, or stick with more genuine conterparts such as band Ra Ra Riot.
Download MP3 ♫ Vampire Weekend - Taxi Cab
LAURA VEIRS - JULY FLAME
Backtracking to her roots with more of a gentle country folk feel, Laura Veirs' July Flame - a collection of mostly downtempo tracks - is layered with delicate guitar parts, fragile harmonies and soothing string arrangements. It's an accessible album which would be perfect for listening to whilst soaking up the sun on a grassy meadow, and may have been a more appropriate release in the height of summer, instead of wintery January.
July Flame however, is stripped of radio worthy catchy pop/rock she included on previous releases Year Of Meteors and Saltbreakers.
Simple and quality relaxing folk music, but possibly not the strongest album in her discography.
Download MP3 ♫ Laura Veirs - Wide-Eyed, Legless
Since his death, his popularity has constantly grown. His cult status however, remains intact. People who dislike Jeff Buckley seem to be few and far between. His mother has released ongoing albums featuring demos, live, rare or unfinished tracks and covers. His songs have appeared in movie soundtracks and yet rarely seems to get radio play. In ten years, his albums are the ones I will always go back to and feel amazed with every listen, just like it was my first. I love his music and poetry so much I even have his lyrics tattooed on my back.
Quite a few people have attempted to cover Jeff Buckley tracks but perhaps a handful have done him even 50% justice. Saying that, here are a some of my favourite attempts...
Adem – Mojo Pin
Jeff Buckley – Mojo Pin from Grace 
Scarlett Johansson – Last Goodbye
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye from Grace  - Also covered by Natalie Merchant
Ane Brun – So Real
Jeff Buckley – So Real from Grace 
Holly Miranda – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over
Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over from Grace  - Also covered by Jamie Cullem / John Mayer / Moska
Bitmap – Dream Brother
Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother from Grace 
Stephen Fretwell – Morning Theft
Jeff Buckley – Morning Theft from Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk 
Lewis Taylor – Everybody Here Wants You (Listen at Last.fm)
Jeff Buckley - Everybody Here Wants You from Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk  - Also covered by Kylie Auldist / Big Sir / Matthew Herbert & Dani Siciliano
Other known covers:
‘Grace’ – King Creosote / FourPlay String Quartet
‘Lilac Wine’ – Katie Melua / Sarah Slean
‘Hallelujah’ – Imogen Heap / Rufus Wainwright / Alexandra Burke
‘Yard Of Blonde Girls’ – Micah P Hinson
‘Nightmares By The Sea’ – Katatonia
Various Songs - The String Quartet Tribute To Jeff Buckley
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