Thursday, 28 May 2020

Turmeric Lost drop debut album 'Usterday'

You asked for it, here it is! The debut release from father-and-son duo Turmeric Lost, 'Usterday' is now available to stream via the Listowel General Store website. Enjoy!

Link to the album: Usterday

Peace,
    Br.

Monday, 25 May 2020

May Album Review: The 1975, 'Notes On A Conditional Form'


The 1975 are one of those bands that make me feel old...

I have spent the past few years, especially since 2005, trying to expand my musical horizons and really digging into all that is out there; I've made it a habit lately to listen to bands I've never heard of, or have been recommended to me, or that I have stumbled upon and really see what they offer. Music is so broad and expansive a world that it feels a bit like my responsibility as a self-professed audiophile to try to experience as much of it as I can. And yet...this band have always made me feel trepidatious. They've never grabbed me, never held my attention, and always seem to be in the news because of what their lead singer Matty Healy says and not because of their music. They have always felt like a band that wants to have the appeal and bravado of Brit-pop Oasis but lack the musical merits. Or maybe I have misread the whole thing. Maybe they're great and all the millennials reviewing music at NME really are onto something. So, here I am...

I have to say, it doesn't start well...

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Rabbit, The Most Emotive of Mammals

I love a sad song. Sad songs, the really good ones anyway, have lyrics that speak to your heart directly, sometimes even directly to your experience. There is much to be said for catharsis, for knowing that when you're sad, someone else is too and that you can share that singular emotion through music, the most emotive of all arts perhaps even in all of human invention...

I also love a song that builds, that takes you somewhere slowly creating tension and lifting you up to a point where you're not sure how much longer you can hold on, only for that moment of crescendo to properly allow the song to soar...

Recently, I became aware again of Matt Good's 2003 album 'Avalanche' and was struck dumb by my love for the song "While We Were Hunting Rabbits", one that fits all of the criteria above. The very idea behind the name is still such a mystery but it invariably led me to The National and their song "Pink Rabbits", another that matches many of the same criteria and also got me through some very hard times. Rabbits again...

And then there is Frightened Rabbit, the Scottish band that hold such a special and tortured place in my heart that it is all but impossible to adequately describe. Rabbits. Again.

Is it their skittish nature? Their hesitance to trust others? Their short life span but seemingly universal appeal? I don't know ... but I know it works. Please, enjoy...

Matthew Good, "While We Were Hunting Rabbits"


The National, "Pink Rabbits"


Frightened Rabbit, "State Hospital" and "Modern Leper"



Peace,
    Br.