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  • Cornershop – 90s alternative

    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.Cornershop


  • Thievery Corporation

    thievery corporation 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

    Check out: Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes
    Vocals by Emiliana Torrini on The Richest Man In Babylon album [around 14.03 minutes in]


  • Nothing is real, so cheer up!

    ” So if you really go the whole way and see how you feel at the prospect of vanishing forever. Have all your efforts, and all your achievements, and all your attainments turning into dust and nothingness. What is the feeling? What happens to you?

    So in this way, by seeing that nothingness is the fundamental reality, and you see it’s your reality. Then how can anything contaminate you? All the idea of you being scared, and put out and worried, and so on, this is nothing, it’s a dream. Because you’re really nothing.

    So cheer up. ”

    Something byAzedia

    courtesy of Metrolyrics

    posted by MixHound


  • Featured Jazz 2015

    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.


  • Featured site

    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:

    Diabolus biography
    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.

     


  • Who knows where the time goes?

    A suitable birthday tribute then was made for my mum’s 55th birthday. A child of the 60s and avid fan of English folk my mum has followed the Fairport Convention since their conception in 1967. 16th May 2015 saw my mother’s live reunion with Fairport Conventions, along with her my sister experienced her first experience of live folk music. Cropredy Festival 1996 was my first formal introduction and since then I too have become a firm appreciator of folk. Fond memories are often had of the tents, fields and fair folk who may be found among the merrymaking that is Cropredy.

    I hope to feature more folk and folk rock music as time goes on. Some notable folk bands and artists I enjoy are:

    Karine Polwart

    Diabolus – Witch & Warlock

    Dibjack – northamptonshire folk

    Early Fleetwood Mac (1967 – 1970)

    Joni Mitchell

    Clannad

    King Crimson (early)

     


  • Karine Polwart

    Karine Polwart – This Earthly Spell

    This Scottish philosopher come talented folk artist first caught my attention back in March 2008, she was featured on the now sadly discontinued HMV Choice magazine (March 08 issue).

    Having earned a Masters in Philosophical Enquiry at Glasgow Karine Polwart’s writing certainly covers many of life’s great topics, with a beautiful poetic intelligence her lyrics often delve into worldly arguments and dark matters, ranging from the physical, the emotional, questions of the heart and those of the metaphysical.

    Karine has been around since the late 90s Folk boom, with a background in music she first followed an academic path in philosophy, with her first solo album release Faultlines in 2003. My first album purchase was of This Earthly Spell – Karine’s follow up album to Scribbled In Chalk. The album is a beautifully delicate mixture of traditional songs featuring a simple collaboration of only 2 to 3 musicians, keeping the sound folky and crisp. Her elegant vocals, those expressive Scottish inflections and her country jazz flavours produce wonderfully elegant songs that carry the thought provoking lyrics straight to the soul.

    What is unique to Karine’s song writing is her method of combining dark, often depressing themes, with an angelic uplifting voice, she constantly weaves opposites together in her material. Her writing plays with contradiction to produce beautifully lyrical metaphor and oxymoron.   The end result is a humbling journey of hope and morality in the face of conflict and trail. After her academic studies she became a philosophy tutor, and in a way her lessons continue today through her music.

    Useful Related Links:

    Karine Polwart – This Earthly Spell

    Malinky – Scotlands Finest Folksong Group (Karine Polwart joined the group as lead singer between 1998 and 2005)


  • Rachel Sermanni

    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.

    Rachel Sermanni

    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