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Sunday Playlist 08/27/2017

Hello again! I hope that you had a safe and enjoyable weekend. This week’s playlist is a collection of songs about youth. In our youth, we are bombarded by a host of new ideas and experiences. We have to navigate the good and the bad, truth and lies, in order to develop a nuanced understanding of the world. Some people obviously do it better than others. Many of these same techniques for thinking through problems and determining truth having a lasting impact as well.

  1. Stay by The Eastern Ellises from Nightwavs [CAN]
  2. Games (2nd Edit) by Square A Saw [DEU]
  3. Walk With the Dead by State Shirt from Lost Hills [USA]
  4. Clubbers Mix by Eddie McGilvray from Flatout Beats 2 [AUS]
  5. Earworm by Jaief & Asong from Earworms [DEU]
  6. Through the Night (Radio Edit) by DJRMusica [ESP]
  7. Burn Away by Other Noises from S.L.A.S.H [RUS]
  8. Monkeys Jumping by Rusty Tea Makers from Show It To Your Mother [RUS]
  9. Wunderkind by Kevin S. from Wunderkind [DEU]
  10. City by We Are FM from Season One [NLD]

You can find the playlist here.

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Music Review: Big House by CrumbSnatchers

Year: 2016
Genre: Indie, Indie Rock, Punk
Online: Official Website, Twitter, Facebook, Jamendo
Similar Artists: The Whalers, Kismet, Plastic Light Factory, White Rabbits, Fool’s Gold, OK Go, Fun
Tracks:

  1. Rubituckin
  2. Reckless Breakfast
  3. Swimming Upstream
  4. A Short Leash
  5. Tinfoil Friend
  6. Warm and Ripe
  7. Queen of My World
  8. Declaration
  9. Rubber Trees
  10. Damage
  11. Arrogance
  12. Shut the Fuck Up
  13. Adult Things

I first came across CrumbSnatchers whilst listening to a playlist of popular new releases at Jamendo. The song Rubituckin had garnered its share of plays and rightfully so. I decided to listen to some other tracks from the same release. I am glad that I did because the album has had its share of listens since I downloaded it.

Big House is the 2016 release of North American band CrumbSnatchers. It is a collection of thirteen songs that evoke thoughts of youth and time spent with friends. It is reminiscent of the album Leave No Trace by Fool’s Gold but with a more urban vibe. The songs are varied in style but manage to showcase some wonderful songwriting, vocals and musical performances from the members of the band. The sound engineering does an excellent job of bringing this all together.
Do I have a favourite song? It is a difficult task. If I had to choose then it is a toss-up between four songs: Rubituckin, Reckless Breakfast, Tinfoil Friend & Damage. Each of these songs has that “loveable loser” vibe that is easy to relate to. However, each song on the album is a well worth a listen.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for some fun Indie Rock. Even if you don’t listen to a lot of Indie Rock, be sure to check out the album anyway because you might be pleasantly surprised. Be sure to head on over to their official website or Jamendo to give the album a listen.

 


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Sunday Playlist 08/20/2017

Hello again, folks! I have another playlist for you. This time around, the theme is “Instrumental Love”. Included in the playlist are film and TV music and piano tracks as well as soft electronic tracks.

English: Skagit Valley, WA April 2003.

English: Skagit Valley, WA April 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the name suggests, this week’s playlist is a collection of instrumental tracks evoking the feeling of love in its various forms. It is the love shared by lovers, friends and family. It is also everything that comes with connecting with another human being, including loss. It brings forth questions about whether love is worth those negative feelings as well. Regardless, every single day thousands take the risk of heartbreak and grief because they deem the rewards of love worth the risk.

  1. Respiro by Mattia Vlad Morleo [ITA]
  2. The Time Machine by The Morning Light from The Morning Light EP [ITA]
  3. Crépuscule by Oniric from Nowhere [FRA]
  4. Destino by Doctor Grijander from Free [ESP]
  5. Walter’s Waltz by Gabrielle Bochicchio [ITA]
  6. For When You Are Sad by The Insorribles [ITA]
  7. Dandelion Wishes by José Manuel González Núñez from In Aeris [ESP]
  8. Moonlanderlove by K4mmerer from Breakout [SWE]
  9. Skagit Valley by Kendra Logozar from Faith [USA]
  10. Evoke by Killo-gram from Evoke [UKR]

You can find the playlist here.


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Music Review: Journey of a Feather by Ancelin

Year: 2010
Genre: Instrumental, Downtempo, Trip-Hop
Online: Jamendo
Tracks:

  1. The Journey of a Feather
  2. Walk on Air
  3. Apocalypse
  4. Fall in Jazz
  5. The Truth
  6. Happy End
  7. Childbearing
  8. Apolo 11
  9. Storm
  10. Go Up
  11. Eveux
  12. Une pensée
  13. Dance’s child
  14. Jungle of blues
  15. Un rêve
  16. Bubble
  17. Nanotechnologie
  18. Le_nouveau_né

I first came across French artist Ancelin on Jamendo a few years ago. The album Urban Cross was a pretty good album and lead to me downloading Journey of a Feather as well. It is one of the lengthier albums in my music collection as well but it is totally worth it.

Ancelin does a terrific job of evoking the sense of the modern cityscape in both albums. However, in Journey of a Feather there are a few more instrumental tracks instead of the entire album being Downtempo and Trip-Hop non-vocal tracks. However, all of the tracks seamlessly fit together under that wonderful theme.
The compositions are simply gorgeous and I find myself returning to both albums regularly. The songs offer that feeling of progression in time and space, bringing up repeatedly back to that idea of following something or someone. That continuity of theme also gives us a great starting point for creatives looking for some prompts.
Do I have any favourite songs on this album? If I had to choose, I would pick Dance’s Child. The song is an odd mix of world music with downtempo that makes it the obvious choice. Why? Because it evokes the sense of the multicultural city.

In conclusion, really enjoyed this album. I highly recommend this album to creatives looking to get in specific moods for creating their “shinies” and to people that are looking for some music to help them relax. Even if this doesn’t apply to you, it doesn’t hurt to head on over to Jamendo and stream the album.


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Sunday Playlist 08/13/2017

Hello again! I have another playlist for you again this week. This time around, the theme is “sweet love”. I know that I have made a few playlists with this theme but I think that now more than ever we need something positive to push through all of the negativity in the world. This one is a bit more varied, with a few more instrumental tracks than usual.

  1. Love Isn’t Wasted | David Krystal | She Sings to Me [AUS]
  2. Oiseaux | Gabriele Bochicchio [ITA]
  3. Stock in the Stars | George Woods | Heartbeat [USA]
  4. The River | Ben Drake | I Don’t Live Here [USA]
  5. Winter Love Song (instrumental) | Vitne | Winter Love Song (single) [NOR]
  6. Come Home | Now Endeavor | Lost in Translation [USA]
  7. You’ll Come Too | Barefoot McCoy | Bye Bye Bluebird [USA]
  8. Soul Kiss | Entheos | Entheos [USA]
  9. #sweetsixteen | Grace Valhalla | Fomo [FRA]
  10. Morena | Haroldo Torrechilha | Muito Prazer [BRA]

You can find the playlist here.


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Music Review: Color Out (EP) by Color Out

Year: 2015
Genre: Indie Rock, Punk Rock
Online: ReverbNation, Jamendo, Twitter, Facebook
Tracks:

  1. Mercurial (featuring AJ Perdomo)
  2. Anything But Everything
  3. Ghosts
  4. By Your Side
  5. Winter Chill
  6. Pretense

A few years ago, I happened across Color Out on one of Jamendo’s playlists. It immediately perked my interest and I ended up downloading all of the releases available on the platform. Since then, I listen to their entire catalogue at least once a fortnight. Today, I will be reviewing their self-titled EP released in 2015.

Right from the get-go, the tracks on this EP have a more serious element that is reminiscent of bands such as Anima, Indytronics, and Floppy Dee. The vocals and other instrumentation do justice to the solid compositions. This is also backed up by quality production values as well.
Do I have a favourite song on the EP? Whilst I really love Mercurial, I would have to say that my favourite track is Ghosts. I don’t quite know why the song resonates so well with me. Perhaps it is those wonderful transitions and changes of tempo that make the song so impactful.
The weakest of the songs is Pretense. It isn’t as crisply engineered and sounds a bit more like a bonus track from a live performance. That being said, I still find myself enjoying Pretense.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this album and the rest of the Color Out catalogue to anyone with an appreciation for indie rock with a punk edge. And if you don’t quite fit into that category, then I recommend that you give it a listen regardless. If you check out the album, feel free to let me know what you thought about it in the comments section.

 


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Sunday Playlist 07/30/2017

Sorry for not posting last week. In any case, I have a new playlist for you guys this week. This time around, I’ve created a mix of songs that fit easily into the Adult Contemporary and Easy Listening categories. I decided on this selection because I wanted something a bit more relaxing. Both of these genres also tend to be more reflective rather than reactionary, something that seems absent in a time where we are bombarded by a vast array of information and misinformation on a perpetual basis.
How do we navigate all of this information and therefore determine the validity of the information being put before us? The same can be said for our numerous connections online. With so many voices, how do we determine what the motives of their various status updates and shared content? Herein lies the focus on reflection and evaluation, which requires time and effort to unravel. How do we also juggle evaluation of information, personal time, career and our interpersonal relationships?

  1. Parachute by Mirva from One [AUS]
  2. Into the Dream by David Krystal from She Sings For Me [CAN]
  3. Too Young by Snowflake & Loveshadow from Open in the Garden [USA]
  4. Colors by Entheos from Entheos [USA]
  5. Hitchcock by Finn Anderson from Uncharted Lands EP [GBR]
  6. Bye Bye Bluebird by Barefoot McCoy from Bye Bye Bluebird [USA]
  7. You Give by Emily Richards from You Give [USA]
  8. One Two Three by Eve [KAZ]
  9. Code 4 by The Gasoline Brothers from Hm! [NLD]
  10. Convelesence by Azwel from From Now On [USA]

You can find the playlist here.