Monthly Archives: October 2017
Mr. Davidson is the mastermind multi-instrumentalist behind Twain. The indie-folk sensation is highly appreciated by fellow musicians such as Big Thief, who described him to be “a voice for the ineffable that must be heard.” After his collaborations with artists like Delondes and his part in The Low Anthem and Spirit Family Reunion, he’s decided to focus on his main project Twain and is releasing a new album “Rare Feeling”.
If you’ve known Twain longer, this title mind sound familiar. The acoustic song “Rare Feeling” has already been released on the EP Alternator, late last year. This explains track 6 on the album, “Rare Feeling pt. 2”, which is a newly recorded version of the song. Recently released songs “Little Dog Mind” and “Solar Pilgrim”, of which the last one has been premiered by Big Thief, will be on the full-length, along with 7 other tracks. Fan’s of Twain’s previous album “Life Labors in the Choir” are in luck, since the recent tracks reveal a renewed yet similar sound. A slightly nostalgic album you’d say, but in a refreshing and modern way. Out on the 20th of October.
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Starsailor may have been on the scene for awhile, but they are 100% worth a second glance.They recently released their new album, All This Life, in early September. This is the band’s first studio album since 2009, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Their lyrics can sing any pain away. They have an aw about them only expert songwriters can perfect. James Walsh, lead singer of Starsailor, has had plenty of experience to know his way around writing a song.
Speaking of songs, I have a few standout favorites on the album. They are “Take a Little Time,” “Best of Me” and “No One Else.” Each song has something different to offer. Their album is a new refresher to their older-released music. They really outdid themselves this time around.
James Stelfox on the bass grounds each song. The steady baseline brings the album together to make it complete. Ben Byrne on the drums keeps it interesting through the album. Drums are always the first thing I notice when listening to an album, and I wasn’t disappointed. Barry Westhead, keyboardist, absolutely kills it with each note. One of my favorite aspects to a song is if it has keys or not. For me personally, it brings a more elegant approach to a song. I commend him for what he has done with each track.
Overall, the album is worth a listen. Put it on when you drive around, while your studying, or maybe when you want to listen to a well-rounded album. It’s worth the time.
Check them out on the rest of their UK Headline Tour:
19th Oct – Liverpool, Academy
21st Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
22nd Oct – Glasgow, O2 ABC
24th Oct – Manchester, O2 Ritz
25th Oct – Brighton, Concorde 2
26th Oct – London, KOKO
By: Allison Wyrsch | Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! – All Rights Reserved –
Rock is in the family for Adam & Elvis. The pair that started it all consists of Patrick and Tom Malone. The two have an incredible sense of style when it came to formulating their new album “Through Snow and Small Talk” with other bandmates Steve Wraight and Dan Robershaw. The strange synth-induced album keeps you drawn in, but you want to keep listening for more. Keep your eye on Adam & Elvis. They have major potential to be something great. The latest single, ‘She Bites Mosquitoes” is a killer track. I didn’t know what I was expecting when I first listened, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear it.
The band said, “It feels good to have it out there, I like the song, but having old songs waiting to be released whilst writing new ones, it does begin to feel like something blocking the drains. As an artist I hope the song relieves some younger and emotional souls and makes the slightly older smirk and think about sillier and more dramatic times.” The band worked together to create something that was truly theirs. Patrick of the duo said, “Me & Tom worked on the nightshift through a lot of it so that we could have uninterrupted access to the studio so I learnt that we can be determined when we need to be, but I also learnt how few people call us, which in truth helped make the album. Tom tried a lot of new things with the production so he found a lot of things that worked and a few that didn’t.” One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Darker Than Black.” It kind of reminds me of when I was watching “Across The Universe.” It is truly unique song which brings me back to the older styles of rock, while making it modern with synth work. This is music I’d like to play while going to work. It immedietly envelops me into their world of rock. We end the album review with a fun round of questions getting to know who the band is.
MWN: Who is your dream collaboration can be a producer, band, and other musicians?
Adam and Elvis: If they let Phil Spector out, which I don’t think they should, then I’d like to have him produce an album for us. A really mad one like Leonard Cohen’s ‘Death of a Ladies Man.’
MWN: What’s your favorite festival you’ve played so far and why?
Adam and Elvis: Y-not festival was fun, anytime we’ve played up north it’s been messy and wonderful. That festival we did 3 sets on this tiny stage next to the cigarette stand and we didn’t have one guitar tuner between the whole band.
MWN: A bit of random fire round questions. If you had to play an instrument in a symphony what would it be?
Adam and Elvis: I would play a grand piano because they don’t have to sit in the midst of all the talented individuals, they sit separately, and I am a narcissist I suppose.
MWN: First recollection of live music? Saw the Stranglers live and my mate got strangled for going too crazy. True story. Favorite love song?
Adam and Elvis: ‘Aint no cure for love’ by Leonard Cohen. The last verse makes me cry without tears after a bottle of wine.
MWN: What is one musical event or recording you wish you had been alive to see or hear in person?
Adam and Elvis: I think Bukowski was hanging about with Lennon when he was recording ‘Imagine,’ I’d have liked to be around then to talk rubbish and get hammered with those two. I don’t like the album, but I wouldn’t want to interrupt a great album or steal ideas.
MWN: Any last thoughts?
Adam and Elvis: Check out “Through Snow and Small Talk.” If you’re into synth-rock with a vibe only they can provide. Can’t wait to hopefully catch a show when I’m in London next year. It’ll be a show worth remembering.
Interview By: Allison Wyrsch & Maria Limon | Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! – All Rights Reserved-
MWN: How does being from Copenhagen influence your music?
Off Bloom: We have a lot of friends who make music in Copenhagen as well. They are super inspiring because they always push us to be better. It’s healthy competition.
MWN: Any other bands you can recommend to our readers?
Off Bloom: Well the Copenhagen scene with all our friends is really on fire right now. So: Vera, Vasco, Goss, Soleima, School of X, Liss. Go check em out!
MWN: So your 5-track EP titled “Lover Like Me.” Is out now. What can people expect from it?
Off Bloom: Expect the unexpected. This EP is a representation of our experiences, encounters and feelings over the past few months. Its about love, sex, frustration, intoxication and just being human.
MWN: I really like the song “Golden Dreams.” It sounds so well crafted! What was your creative process like for that song?
Off Bloom: Thanks! Basically it was to try and get that feeling of letting loose and not taking yourself too seriously into a song. When you get caught up in your own life drama its important to go out with your mates and just have fun. We also just wanted to make an absolute banger!
MWN: In general how do you guys approach making music? In the recording of this last EP did you guys discover anything about the band or your individual sound as musicians that you might have not noticed before?
Off Bloom: For us making music is about honesty. Honesty towards yourself and the vibe when entering the studio. If you are too caught up in trying to sound a certain way or not trust what comes out of you then it will never work. We are also always trying to develop and to keep learning and get better. The only way to do that is to work your arse off so in that way we are constantly discovering new things about each other and our sound!
MWN: A few random questions coming at ya. Alright so do you remember the first record you ever bought?
Off Bloom: Alex: It was either Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles or Eye Q. Cant remember…
Mette: Spice Girls – Spice
Mads: either Aqua, Nirvana, Eye Q or Metallica. All the good stuff…
MWN: Ha the Spice Girls! Love that. Alright, what was the first concert you remember attending?
Mette: Justin Timberlake
Mads: Kira and Kindred Spirits
MWN: Good Ones! What about your favorite song to listen to when you are sad?
Alex: The National – “Empire Line”
Mette: Adele – Back Catalogue
Mads: The Beatles – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
MWN: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” totally gets me in my feels haha. Alright what about your favorite love song?
Alex: Cat Stevens – “Father and Son.” For the love between a father and son. So beautiful.
Mette: The Beatles – “Back Catalogue”
Mads: Nick Cave – “The Ship Song”
MWN: Love that song by Cat Stevens. Lastly to wrap things up. Once more thank you so much. One last questions for you guys. Is there anything you’d like to say to the people who support your music?
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