“Connected” takes three long strides through Indie Rock. A piano and acoustic guitar introduce the song. The first stride occurs when the percussion and vocals enter. The electric guitar includes Southern Rock elements during this first section of the song. The next stride occurs at 2:08, when the electric guitar pushes to the front and initiates a section in which the supporting Southern Rock elements are replaced by Shoegaze characteristics. Then, at 3:27, “Connected” transitions to full-fledged Rock. The guitar in this third section is reminiscent of the guitar work in Jeff Wayne's orchestral version of H.G. Wells’ book “The War of the Worlds.”
Monday, October 24, 2016
Today’s post features two songs with a combination of male and female vocals. The two vocal contributions aren’t equal, but both are fundamental to the sound. The songs reflect opposite sides of a relationship. “Knockin’ At My Door” has a gentle optimism, as it reflects on the life changes arriving with the relationship. The song contrasts the hopelessness experienced before the meeting with the hopefulness afterward.
“(we used to feel) Higher” is in a different space. The relationship is far from its peak. But it is not a lost cause.
Goodblood is a duo from Columbus, Ohio. They are Jason Turner and Tyler Earnest.
“Knockin’ At My Door” by Goodblood – The song is primarily acoustic, with a nonintrusive electric guitar making a presence.
Little Children is Linus Lutti in Stockholm, Sweden – “(we used to feel) Higher.” Linus Lutti, Andreas Söderström, and Nanna Brickaman.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Each release from Matthew and Me reminds us of music from Yes during its heyday (1968-1978). Matthew and Me hasn’t taken the Yes sound, or even borrowed it. There are fundamental differences between the music of the two bands. Still, we are fans of both partially because we enjoy characteristics they share.
Matthew and Me are based in Totnes, UK. The core members are Matthew Board (vocals) and Lucy Fawcett (drums). “Silver” and "Figure" will be the first two tracks on the EP "Startpoint," due for release on November 18th via Beatnik Creative.
“Silver” by Matthew and Me