The mysterious group influenced by every era and genre of music focus on creating memorable songs with great production. The track that somehow sounds familiar but is entirely unique was written in one session and recorded over a number of years and locations. Listeners have reported crying, feeling a strong sense of happiness or even a sense of support during a hard time, proving how ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ can be interpreted by the individual in however way they wish.
Contributors to The Maladaptive Solution include Brad Beard, Michael Carpenter, Michael Giblin, Jimmy Haber and Kylie Whitney.
‘Ontology (Form and Content) is out now but remember it’s not just a song, it’s an assignment.
Paul Eccentric and John Dobinson have come together to form The Senti-Mentals – a ‘punk poet meets 50s doo-wop’ duo. Their new release is a seasonal tune in the tradition of Slade, Mud, Shaky and Wizzard. Escaping the classic Christmas cliché, ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’ focuses on the more humorous elements of the Christmas party season…
The single is accompanied by a brilliant animated video mocking the anti-hero in his attempt to pull anything with a pulse. Eccentric and Dobinson explain that the single follows “that one guy from accounts who assumes that every lady in the office wants to go home with him but he couldn’t be further from the truth.” The humorous track mixed by Pete Hammond was originally about the ridiculousness of the ‘chatting up’ process but soon became the perfect Christmas party classic.
Norwegian indie-pop princess Line Mari is releasing her debut album ’21 Days’ following the success of her singles, ‘Crush’ and ‘Haters’.
The shy, but supremely talented singer-songwriter was spotted by master producer Rob Cass who saw Line’s potential, so he invited her down to the renowned Abbey Road Studios where she has recorded her first full length record.
Line Mari always had her heart set on being a musician from birth, dancing in the womb as her mother explains. By the time she was in her teens Line Mari was writing her own songs and performing. Her shyness has fuelled her songwriting, making her lyrics more personal, emotive and introspective at the same time.
The album cover itself is really special – exclusively for the first edition, a small amount of real gold has been pressed into the ‘21 Days’ logo. The portrait of Line Mari on the cover is the work of upcoming German artist, Pixie Cold, who wanted to be involved simply because she loved the music. On the reverse side of the CD she has painted Line’s guitar – a special Gibson Custom Shop ES-339, named Mari.
The album is set for release on 16th December.
You can listen to Line Mari’s album here: https://play.spotify.com/album/01mELWzkBZHvF2d9KfC3dm
Call of Ancient Love is the brand new album from Russian multi-lingual spiritualist and musician Stan Gemes. Its limited edition physical copy sees the artist offering more than simply a sonic experience – also incorporating elements of touch, feel and taste to bring an inventive multi-sensory experience.
The album is packaged into five compartments, each compartment loaded with goodies relating to one of five elements: fire, water, earth, air and space.
The elements reflect the artist’s own worldly outlook, having journeyed all around the globe, soaking up spiritual experiences along the way.
The elements also reflect the worldly themes of the music, which sees Stan blending rock with traditional and tribal sounds from around the globe including Asian flutes, African percussion, Indian choirs and Hispanic guitars.
Contents of the album include a bracelet, fruit bar, stickers and a collage of photos collected of people from all around the world – all helping to represent Stan’s journey.
Whilst best enjoyed in its physical form, Call of the Ancient Love can also be streamed on Bandcamp.
“Christmas Without You” – written by Daisy and produced by Tim Laws, Pete Craigie and Chris Harvey. Not only is “Christmas Without You” a well-crafted song that will be played for years to come, 10% of the digital sales this year will be donated to BBC’s Children In Need.
Daisy’s crystal-clear vocals that soar above the music have been played almost everywhere you can think of, including thousands of shops, bars and airlines around the globe and her track So Much More Than Love featured on the hit US TV series ‘Pretty Little Liars’.
Daisy’s new laid back jazzy style was recorded on Elton John’s old piano from his house in Beverly Hills that now resides in Curtis Schwartz’ Berry House Studios (Stacey Kent). Having lost her dad 10 years ago to lung cancer, Hicks found the recording process particularly emotional as her father had recorded at Berry House Studios on many occasions.
I can guarantee that you’ll never have heard quite such a multi-ethnically influenced song as Joe O’Donnell’s version of the french Christmas carol, ‘Noel Nouvelet’. It truly is a cultural mixing pot of a track that picks and chooses musical sounds from all over the world and blends them together in expert fashion.
The intro to the song has a very middle eastern feel combined with more Indo-Asian sounding vocals, whilst we are reminded that ‘Noel Nouvelet’ is indeed a Christmas song with the more traditional bells hiding subtly in the background.
‘Noel Nouvelet’ is certainly a unique take on a Christmas carol, straying from the typical festive sound that most people are accustomed to. As a result, it is clear to see that Joe O’Donnell is a pioneer of world music, constantly pushing boundaries with his experimental blending of genres and musical locations.
You may have heard the name Joe O’Donnell before as he is famed for his 1977 violin led concept album, Gaodhal’s Vision, which featured talented guitarist, Rory Gallagher.
The ‘Shkayla’ part of the name is Gaelic for ‘stories’ and you really get the feeling whilst listening to Joe’s work that there is much more to it than just an aesthetically pleasing piece of music; even though it is a Christmas carol, you can sense the story telling behind it.
‘Noel Nouvelet’ might not be your typical everyday listening, but it is sure to turn heads at your next Christmas party!
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