March 24, 2018

Living Hour: Living Hour on Audiotree Live

Canadian dream pop/shoegaze Living Hour recorded a session for in Chicago, IL 2- 2018/03/07. They played five brand new songs about feeling alone and being insecure. Think the Cowboy Junkies meeting Dead Leaf Echo joined by a shared love for the spacey guitar tones. Note the trombone in Before You Leave and Inside, adding a touch of swing to the proceedings.

As per usual with this kind of live recordings its warts and all, so straying off-pitch in Water is presented as is, without any post-production studio trickery to fix things.

STASJ: Soft Forces

Dutch multi-instrumentalist and singer Stefanie Janssen has adopted the stage name STASJ for her new album Soft Forces. With electronics and classically trained vocals at the foundations for her music she goes for abstract, surrealistic lyrics, populating her world with kids, commuters and an aloof feline. It is not a pop record as such, neither is it a (modern) classical one. If anything it is a collection of highly personal stories and fairy tales, meandering travelogues and observations.

Janssen likes to surprise her audience, herself included, which makes Soft Forces a multi-layered tour de force. She embraced every glimmer of an idea she stumbled upon and - after close inspection and many trips back to the drawing board - turned it into a poem set to the appropriate kind of music to enhance the words. Jazz, piano pop, ambient and noise - everything is in its right place. Recommended if you like Anat Spiegel and D├ęsi Ducrot.

Organised Scum: "Unborn Cars" video

London synth pop band Organised Scum have made a video for their latest single Unborn Cars. Is technology taking over? Is that a good thing or not?


HCTF review of Unborn Cars.

March 23, 2018

Words about music (473): Iggy Pop

When the 'godfather of punk' thing started floatin' around, it was, I was really, really embarrassed. I thought I should have a great, big rig and a cape and everything, and it was very embarrassing. And then after a while, you learn that if people call you anything, this is a great gift.

Iggy Pop

Indianizer: Zenith

Italian psych-dance quartet Indianizer are all about creating multisensory experience. During their live shows the light show is in sync with their hectic and trippy grooves. They sound like a sped version of Mano Negra with a penchant for old school Sci-Fi effects.

The Turin based band is cultural omnivores, taking bits and pieces of any piece of literature that moves them. The short-lived but influential Tropicalia movement gets a nod during their version of Hermanos Nascondidos, a poem by Bertalicia Peralta. They bring poetry the dance floor, serving as an extra layer for those who care to listen to lyrics.