Autumn’s Grey Solace – Eifelian

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Autumn’s Grey Solace released their new album Eifelian this year!


The continuing efforts of Autumn’s Grey Solace over the years have involved steady progression into a sound of their own within a larger style in turn. The duo’s roots in the music of acts like the Cocteau Twins, Love Spirals Downwards, and other atmospheric rock partnerships remain constant; where the combined strength of Erin Welton’s voice and Scott Ferrell’s music lies best is in exploring the pair’s intersections. Thematically, Eifelian draws its name as well as its song titles from the pre-human history of the planet — an ambitious range to say the least, from “Archean Earth” and “Faint Young Sun” to “Holocene” and “Fauna.”

The close, intimate flow of the album’s 14 songs suggests less of a direct evocation of that crush of time as it does a dreamy reflection on time and timelessness. From the start, Welton’s heavily treated vocal sighs and Ferrell’s acoustic/electric arrangements of classic gauzy shimmer never fully reinvent the form but elegantly explore it, a near hour’s worth of enjoyably melancholic contemplations for late summer afternoons. –AllMusic

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Falling You – Adore

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Falling You recently released their new album Adore!

Adore explores a more optimistic, rock-oriented motif. Though the ethereal / ambient base is still there, the music ranges from ambient, to jangly shoegaze, to melodic space-rock, to dream-pop and finally back to ambient. The concept is a simple one – life is a varied and wonderful thing, and though it’s trials can weigh heavily on us, it’s tribulations can lift our hearts. Adore is about exploring the more optimistic side of emotional music and this gift called life. –Magnatune

Vocalists include Anji Bee (Lovespirals), Suzanne Perry (MelodyGuild, Love Spirals Downwards), Aimee Page (Vishnu’s Secret), Victoria Lloyd (Claire Voyant), Erica Mulkey (Unwoman, Stripmall Architecture), Dru Allen (This Ascension, Mirabilis), Summer Bowman (The Machine In The Garden, Mirabilis) and Kirsty Hawkshaw (Delerium, Mr. Sam). Sample the entire album here:

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Longing For Orpheus – Broken Down

Friday, February 25th, 2011

From The Artist:

Meredith Ruduski, the singer and co-writer of “Broken Down,” is a coloratura soprano…that is to say, a classically trained vocalist. I had the good fortune to be cast alongside her in a light opera a couple of years ago, around the same time I decided to try taking Longing for Orpheus in an Ambient Pop direction. I found myself pleasantly distracted in rehearsal after rehearsal by the pure, ethereal quality of her voice, so I asked her if she had any interest in non-classical music, and if she would be interested in collaborating on a song. Fortunately, she was.

Lyrics

All alone with the rain falling from my eyes
The stars shine clear and cold against the wet velvet sky
And as they fall to earth I try to understand why
A kiss from your lips should make me cry

Broken down, I’m broken down again
Featherlight in my dreams
Permeated with memories
Of your perfume, your sweet scent
Why did you leave me here
Broken down again

As I step outside myself, and watch the waters rise
I start to wonder what is real and what is my disguise
If I had the chance, would I still want to know why
I am bound to the earth as I watch you fly

I need you to breathe
I need you to see
I am lost within the space
Between reality and dreams

Credits

Released 20 February 2011
Derek Smootz – Synths and programming
Meredith Ruduski – Vocals

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The Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Sundays were an influential British indie group that first came on the scene in 1990. Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin formed the band in college at bristol, soon adding bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. Their level of commercial success was almost unprecedented by an indie act when their first album ‘Reading Writing and Arithmetic’ debuted in the British charts at number 4, (even cracking the US Top 40) with little publicity. This now seminal album also featured the single ‘Here’s Where The Story Ends’ and other classic indie pop tunes ‘Skin & Bones’, ‘Hideous Towns’ and ‘I Kicked A Boy’. After releasing two more follow-ups the band decided to go into hiatus to dedicate their time to family. Here’s hoping that it won’t be the last we hear from them!

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Cocteau Twins – Bluebeard

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This is the start of a new category, FLASHBACK, where we feature artists and releases of the past. This includes anything older than a couple years ago – music that should not be forgotten! Years later, the Cocteau Twins are still relevant and worthy of revisiting on a regular basis. The video for ‘Bluebeard’, released in 1993, is especially whimsical. Certainly makes a person miss Elizabeth Fraser, the original Angel!

Blonde Redhead – Here Sometimes

Monday, February 7th, 2011

About The Artist

Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock band originating from New York City in the early 1990s. It was formed by Kazu Makino, Maki Takahashi and Milan-born Italian twin brothers Simone Pace and Amedeo Pace. They take their name from a song by DNA, a 70s and 80s no-wave band from New York. Blonde Redhead caught the attention of Sonic Youth’s drummer, Steve Shelley, who produced their first self titled album in 1993. Shortly afterwards Maki Takahashi left the band and the remaining band members continued as a trio. On their third album, Fake Can Be Just As Good, they were joined by Vern Rumsey of Unwound as a guest bassist. After this they continued without a bass player for the release of the remainder of their albums. On their fourth album, In an Expression of the Inexpressible, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi was hired as producer, as well as contributing to singing on the song “Futurism vs. Passeism Part 2”. Guy Picciotto has produced their latest two records as well, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery is a Butterfly.

Blonde Redhead has gradually increased in popularity in the underground music scene. Their early music has been described as emulative of Sonic Youth, but their more recent releases have begun to stray from this generalization. Kazu Makino is noted for her high, eerie voice, which hovers over melodic guitar riffs and rhythmic drum beats.

The large span of time between Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery is a Butterfly is attributed to Makino’s recovery time after being trampled by a horse. Much of Misery Is A Butterfly’s imagery and illustration is equestrian or reflective of the accident. In the liner notes, Makino thanks her doctors “and her friends who fed her and cheered her up when she couldn’t do much on her own.”

The band’s 7th album is called “23” and was released in April 2007.

Their 8th album, “Penny Sparkle” was released in September 14, 2010.

Source: Last.FM

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