Saturday, March 24, 2018

NOAH and MANE - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.

    NOAH is a singer/songwriter from Hood River, Oregon. His last name is Tauscher. While he identifies Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac and The Lumineers as influences, our comparison is to Ben Howard. 

      “Nothing More Human” by NOAH

     MANE is the performance name of Paige Court of Adelaide in South Australia. In talking about her latest single:
  “’Chasing Butterflies’ is about relentlessly searching for that feeling of excitement in something or someone over and over again, it’s about loving to love but getting bored really quickly, it’s about self-evaluating your behaviour and pain but wondering whether or not you’ll do anything about it to help yourself - it’s about being a bit fucked up.”

     “Chasing Butterflies” by MANE - To access the free download, go to the Triple J site ( and click the download arrow.  

Friday, March 23, 2018

“Discover” by Oskar Braves – A Song Review

     Oskar Braves’ lyrical commentary on social media is well timed. Currently, the CEO of Facebook is making television appearances to apologize. “Discover” is unconcerned with data harvests and leaks, instead shining a light on the potential impact of basing your perception of self-worth on regular visits to social media sites.

     The rhythm section in “Discover” is never shy or introverted, but becomes more assertive as the song progresses. Following a dream state bridge, the percussion explosively rolls its way to the forefront (at 3:08), leading a forceful charge that lasts until the final seconds of the track. Similarly, the guitar wails and wanes are more pronounced in the later stages of “Discover.”

     In discussing “Discover,” Oskar Braves stated:
  The song derives from people using social media as a platform to project a life which doesn’t reflect their true existence. “Twitter famous” or “Instagram famous” personal highlighting how good their life is to the masses of followers when in reality it might not be the case. The song also dips into the effects social media has on the everyday user. The lyrics “sleepless nights, one eye shut and refresh” optimizes this idea. We’ve all been there, the constant refreshing of pages to see what pointless posts are being written, not wanting to miss a shred of meaningless information which in turn will have no effect on you whatsoever. The chorus is a call out to people take everything on social media with a pinch of salt. Don’t get too caught up with the so called “famous” interweb stars, their life is not better than yours. We are all equals in the real world.

     Oskar Braves is a Scottish band hailing from Dunfermline, Fife. The members are David Stevens (vocals), Grant Allan (guitar), Conor Young (guitar), Connor Marnie (bass), and Andrew Davidson (drums). “Discover” was written by Grant Allan.

     “Discover” by Oskar Braves 

Lyrics of “Discover” by Oskar Braves
Share again
Your oh-so-precious life
Repeat and send
Falsify the truth
Cause there's nothing better for us to do

Glorify all you've ever known
Preach a lie
Giving snippets of a house
That you've neglected
And are ashamed to call a home

How long ‘til you discover
That it's all the same to me
I hope it brings you comfort
That you’re all the same to me

Thumbs bent
Held forever more
Mind recessed life under control
Do you want it?
Well we don’t really have a choice

Sleepless nights
One eye shut and refresh
There's nothing quite like having a routine
That means nothing
Who are you trying to please?

How long ‘til you discover
That it's all the same to me
I hope it brings you comfort
That you’re all the same to me
That you’re all the same to me

How long ‘til you discover
That it's all the same to me
I hope it brings you comfort
That you’re all the same to me
[Repeat 2x]

     "Discover" was recorded and produced by Michael Brennan Jr (Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals) at Substation in Rosyth, Fife. The song was mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Noel Gallagher, The Great Gatsby), while the video is the work of Rory Cowieson.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

“I’m Alive” by Layup – A Song Review

     Affirmative and uplifting – “I’m Alive” is the right song for an eventful day, such as a birthday shared by multiple friends. “This life, it happens fast; I’ll enjoy the time in this hour glass.”

     Layup is the collaboration of singer Chris Henderson, and producer Chad Copelin. “The name came about because we are both super competitive at everything we do. So having a sports name of sorts, was intentional. But at the same time, we want our music to be easily understood and digestible. So we figured, what’s easier in sports than a layup?” says Copelin.

     “I’m Alive” by Layup 

Lyrics of “I’m Alive” by Layup
A long time
It’s taken me
That I've figured out
Now to some degree

This life
It happens fast
I’ll enjoy the time in this hour glass
Yes, I will, will, will
Oh yes I will
Yeah, I've looked
And what I see
It's not what've been
It's whatcha gonna be

'Cause this world
We're walking through
It'll dig you out
Or it’ll bury you
Yes it will
Oh now I know
Now I know I'm alive
Oh now I know
Now I know I'm alive
Oh on I go
On I go on the rise
This life I'll live
'Cause oh I'm a
Oh I'm alive

Sweet tooth
In a candy store
And I'm more awake than I was before
I know now
Like I never knew
I'm alive inside
And I'm telling you
Yes I am
It’s got me feeling high
And I won't come down
I gotta big idea
I want to show you

So now I know
Now I know I'm alive
Oh now I know
Now I know I'm alive
Oh on I go
On I go on the rise
This life I'll live
Oh I'm a
Oh I'm alive
Oh I'm alive