Cornershop – alternative indie rock band of the 90s that opened doors to my experience of trip-hop, electronica, fuelled also by artists like Norman Cook, The Chemical Brothers. Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk – I remember also being hooked by British band All Seeing I (Beat Goes On, 1998) and I Monster, another awesome psychedelic pop band fronted also by Dean Honer.
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Awesome world inspired electronic genre crossing band.
” A departure from the political tones of the last couple of releases, Saudade is, according to Wikipedia, a Portuguese word that describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. A very fitting title for the atmosphere of the music, more than just first class Electro Bossanova, this album has range of feeling, great production and is yet another fantastic release from Thievery Corporation. ” – dlgale1947 @ discogs.con
2015 Artist of the year.
My interest in music rarely comes through simply listening to an artist and buying their album, instead I participate in an organic process of familiarising myself with a personality. Tom Waits is an atypical celebrity, which is to say somebody without the celebrity ego. He conveys a high level of empathy and belief that to others may seem eccentric.
Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny – Beyond The Missouri Sky.
Now this is World Jazz man… It has been in my collection of Jazz for many years, and is often played on my Mission 2 speakers during times of complete serenity. The album is a calm aimless wander down through the fields of golden sunset. Its that mellow stroll by the river.
English folk music, and folk music in general, dates back to the time of witches, warlocks, the green man and the sea nymph. Finding information on that elusive local clan of folk artists or trying to research the band that the world forgot can be difficult. However the great minds at www.progarchives.com have created a precious resource for just such an occasion – and thanks to them I have a little more information on Diabolus:
Although very little known – ‘the band that the world forgot’, says Max von Seibold, drummer’s son, in a memory website (www.diabolustheband.net) -, Oxford band DIABOLUS is an early predecessor for symphonic rock to come in the middle 70’s. Members: John Hadfield (lead guitar, vocals), Anthony Hadfield (bass, vocals), Philip Howard (flute, tenor sax, organ, piano, vocals), Ellwood von Seibold (drums, percussion) and Peter Cornel (role unknown). Band was considered not comercial. Disbandments and reunions keep the band playing under the name SUNFLY.
Their only LP, “High Tones”, was recorded in 1971, in London, produced by Hugh Murphy and Shel Talmy (THE WHO); but never released because of ‘comercial’ reasons. An unauthorized edition was released in Germany by Bellaphon. When the members found out about this, in the mid 1990’s, they legally fought back property and re-released the album with Sunrise Records, Europe). Music runs from folk tunes to excessive instrumentation, including flute, sax and chorus sang by three of the members of the band, passing through jazz-fusion and complex time composing. GENTLE GIANT’s choruses run similarly to DIABOLUS’; flute sound takes them close to JETHRO TULL. Sax prefigures later PINK FLOYD sound, but while in PF sax is “invited” in DIABOLUS it comes as part of the whole. Some of the tunes approach electric jazz through the use of broken times and an open drumming, with moments of total free improvisation.
Rachel Sermanni – Under Mountains
During my exploration on Half Moon Run I decided to check out their video Full Circle – played live for the Mahogany Sessions. Within the suggested videos section was an interesting titled song – Marshmallow Unicorn played by Rachel Sermanni – somebody I had not, at the time, encountered.
I was instantly captivated with her velvety vocals and her intricately layered emotional inflections, the video itself sees her sitting on a busy street (images of Brighton Lanes came to mind), delivering a beautiful poetic piece accompanied with soft acoustic guitar. Her delivery is dreamy, almost introspective, her vocal delicacy is beautiful, with haunting romantic whispering and heart felt rhythm. – It terms of genre she falls within the folk fairy-tale flavour, a space well known to the likes of Emiliana Torrini and Karine Polwart.
Useful Related Links:
* Rachel Sermanni home (good place for tour and venue dates – she is a busy busy lass)
* Folk Radio UK review (featuring some free track samples)
* YouTube home of the Mahogany Sessions
To mark the new Millennium Michael Spitteler set out to establish a locally hosted vintage steam show following his life-long passion, and thanks to the support of family, exhibitors and traders the Kettering Vintage Rally was born. Now in its 14th year the show boasts a huge arrangement of exhibits including: Classic Busses and Coaches, Military Vehicles, Vintage Motorcycles, Steam engines, Classic Campers, Classic Commercial Vehicles and a host of craft and trade stalls, not forgetting a cracking bar with a delicious range of real ales and entertainment.
The 2014 show will be on the 20th and 21st September at Cranford (Nr Kettering) Northamptonshire, NN14 4AW. Enquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org – trade forms, craft and public camping forms and further details can be found at Kettering Vintage Rally & Steam Fayre.