Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“Bow Down” (feat. Cryptic Wisdom) by I-NZ – A Song Review

     Indie Obsessive doesn’t run away from genre-diversity, but doesn’t run toward it either. The contributors to this blog recognize their weaknesses and strengths. It’s happenstance that the posts over the last week have been more distributed around the genre map than is our usual pattern. The posts have visited Rock, Folk, Ambient, Pop…. When a song is found that urges us to share it, we aren’t patient.
     This post features a Hip-Hop song. “Bow Down” carries some Eminem-like elements, but stands on its own feet. The song belongs to I-NZ, and features Cryptic Wisdom.

     Quoting his Facebook bio:
I-NZ is a Dubai based MC from New Zealand. Formerly part of the rap group Traknotz, I-NZ has embarked on a solo journey with the aim of creating meaningful and conscientious music.
     “Bow Down” (feat. Cryptic Wisdom) by I-NZ



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

“Hold Me” by Tors – A Song Review

     Vocal harmony is similar to an addictive drug. When separated from its influence for even a short time, it is easy to assert there was never a dependency and “I could have quit at any time I wanted.” But after experiencing the stimulation again, the strength of the assertions is lessened or abandoned.
     Listening to “Hold Me” by Tors triggered a return to our addiction to vocal harmonization and the exhilaration it brings.   

     Tors have relocated to London, but is originally from Devon, UK. The four members are brothers Matthew and Theo Weedon (guitars), Andrew Humphries (keys, synth), and Jack Bowden (drums). The grandfather of the brothers was Bert ‘Guitar Wizard’ Weedon, who performed with some Rock greats, such as George Harrison and Jimmy Page.

     “Hold Me” by Tors


Lyrics of “Hold Me” by Tors
Close, closer than before
Trying to ignore people
Walking through your door

Stand, standing right before
Trying to ignore
All the flowers on your drawer

Blaming myself for everything that you’ve seen now in your dreams
Wishing that you were just back in my arms, my arms

So hold me
Let me tell you not to fear
It’s gone, it’s done, it’s over

Closed, book I read out loud
Hope you hear somehow bedtime stories ending now

Blaming myself for everything that you’ve seen now in your dreams
Wishing that you were just back in my arms, my arms

So hold me
Let me tell you not to fear
It’s gone, it’s done, it’s over
The sounds and sights have disappeared
I hope tonight that you’ll be cleared
Then you’ll come and stay with me, I swear I’ll care

Hold tight tonight, I will never let go
Hold tight tonight, I will never let go

So hold me
Let me tell you not to fear
It’s gone, it’s done, it’s over
The sounds and sights have disappeared
I hope tonight that you’ll be cleared
Then you’ll come and stay with me, I swear I’ll care

Close.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Whistling Indie – Still Going Strong

     An Indie Obsessive post in October 2013 featured Indie songs that included whistling (CLICK HERE, if you're interested in the earlier post). There have been other posts with songs that included whistling, but it’s time to dedicate another post to the skill.

     LP is short for Laura Pergolizzi. Staying with initials, LP was born in NY, but is now a resident of LA. Her song is “Lost on You.

     Plàsi is a Swedish singer/songwriter with Greek roots. This is the title track of his debut EP "Now & Then." If you enjoy his soft vocals and acoustic guitar, we recommend you listen to “Alone.”


     “Winter Is Coming” was released by Firewoodisland in 2015. Listening to only the lead vocals, Passenger comes to mind. But the additional quality voices and the trumpet distinguishes the song from anything in the discography of Passenger. The members of Firewoodisland are Stian Vedøy, Abi Eleri Vedøy, Stephen Allen, Rowan Blake Talbot and Dylan Jones. They claim Bristol, UK as their hometown.


     Mountains of the Moon are Adam Huttunen, Martin Zaar, Jessica Tjörnmark, and Alexander Lund. They are based in Stockholm, Sweden.
     “How I Leapt from the Stratosphere” by Mountains of the Moon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtnsofthemoon/

     Saint Motel is on the Friday schedule for BottleRock Festival in Napa, as well as many other impressive 2017 events.
     “You Can Be You” by Saint Motel

\Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saintmotel

     RIVVRS is singer/songwriter based in California. He will perform at The Neck of the Woods in San Francisco on January 28.
     “Hold On” by RIVVRS


     “Gone” by Jr Jr – This one would be higher in the post, if it contained more whistling (in fact, we're not certain whether it's machine-generated whistling).

Website: http://www.jrjrmusic.com/

Honorable Mentions
 “Whistle King” by The Georgia Flood
“Cool Girl” by Diva Faune – good Folktronica
 “All and Everyone” by Small Feet
“Through the Valley” by Shawn James (Hozier style)
“Goji Berry Sunset” by Jealous of the Birds
“Bloom” by The Paper Kites
Timeflies – Once In A While (Acoustic Version)
“Hearts a Gun” by Gypsy & The Cat
“Fire” by Snowfox Noisy
“Beautiful” by Nia Ekanem
“By Spring We’ll Be New People” by Bear Paw
“Rut & Nuzzle” by Snowblink
“Different Kind of Love” by Kid Runner
“Wake Up” by Jaya