Friday, November 17, 2017

“Cool” by The Hunter Express - Free Friday (“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 is a song that qualifies as a Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) download.
     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. 
     “Cool” is a track that we enjoyed during the first listen, but could not have predicted that the song would come to populate so many of our playlists. The unconventionality of the lead vocals is appealing when it stands alone, then ideal when combined with the backing vocals. The guitars don’t demand attention; over time, the realization is that they deserve it.

     The Hunter Express is an indie rock/folk project by Melbourne singer/songwriter Brad Ellis. Emerging out of Melbourne's vibrant indie folk scene, his first single, "Home," received airplay on independent stations around Australia. This December, Ellis releases his self titled debut LP. The LP expands on Ellis' collective sound, driven by his distinctive vocals and storytelling manner. The Triple J information about the project lists other contributors - Troy Downward, Juman Rahmi, Jarrad Brown, Tyler Campbell, Olaf Scott, and Matt Dixon.

     “Cool” by The Hunter Express To access the free download, go to Triple J site (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/6405161) and click the download arrow.  



“Head Sonata (Love Control)” by Fil Bo Riva – A Song Review

     “Head Sonata (Love Control)” is dynamic in multiple dimensions. The tempo changes often, but the song maintains its flow because the transitions are fluid. From an instrumental perspective, the support slides within the range of minimalist background (such as at 2:30) to a power suitable for a cinematic alien invasion (similar to Jeff Wayne's musical version of “War of the Worlds”).

     Vocally, the song begins with gentle harmonization in voicing devotion to another. Later, the vocals are forceful, providing the proper fit with thunderous instruments. There are even variations in the approaches to energy builds. Early in the track, a build occurs in incremental steps. In comparison, beginning at 2:50, there is a steady-build crescendo that leads to an explosion of sound at 3:32.  

     Fil Bo Riva has an international flavor - being was born in Rome, raised in Dublin, and now residing in Berlin. He started as a solo project but has joined forces with guitarist Felix A. Remm and producer Robert Stephenson. While discussing the latest release, Fil Bo Riva noted:
  “The title ‘Head Sonata’ was just meant to be a name placeholder at the start. The song was built around the chorus guitar riff and the first time I heard Felix [A. Remm] play it, I felt my head spinning and it immediately gave me a trippy and repetitive feeling. A few minutes later I had the title written down. I simply liked the sound of it. These two words somehow translated my imagination of the songs soundscape… And since the track didn’t have any lyrics nor a melody for the first few months, the word ‘sonata’, literally meaning a piece played, actually suited the song very good. Finally, a breeze of inspiration came to my mind, I wrote down the lyrics and the song was finished. A ‘Head Sonata’ was born.”

     The song will be on an album scheduled for release in 2018. Tour dates are included at the bottom of this post. For the remainder of 2017, the tour is with Milky Chance.

     “Head Sonata (Love Control)” by Fil Bo Riva


2017 TOUR with MILKY CHANCE
18.11.17 - Amsterdam, Melkweg  (NL)
19.11.17 - Paris, Elysee Montmartre  (FR)
23.11.17 - Esch-Sur-Alzette, Rockhal (LU)
25.11.17 - Copenhagen, Vega (DK)
26.11.17 - Oslo, Parkteatret  (NO)
27.11.17 - Stockholm, Berns (SE)
29.11.17 - Warsaw, Progresja Music Zone  (PL)
02.12.17 - Zürich, Halle 622 (CH)
03.12.17 - Milan, Fabrique (IT)
04.12.17 - Vienna, Gasometer (AT)

FIL BO RIVA – 2018 TOUR
10.04.18 - Hannover, Musikzentrum (D)
11.04.18 - Essen, Zeche Carl (D)
12.04.18 - Köln, Gebäude 9 (D)
14.04.18 - Eindhoven, Naked Songs (NL)
16.04.18 - Brighton, Hope & Ruin (UK)
17.04.18 - London, Sebright Arms (UK)
18.04.18 - Paris, Le Pop Up (FR)
20.04.18 - Aachen, Musikbunker (D)
21.04.18 - Offenbach, Hafen 2 (D)
22.04.18 -Trier, Exhaus (D)
25.04.18 - Monthey, Pont Rouge (CH)
26.04.18 - Milano, Magnolia (IT)
28.04.18 - Zürich, Plaza (CH)
29.04.18 - München, Ampere (D)
01.05.18 - Vienna, Flex (AT)
02.05.18 - Nürnberg, Musikzentrale (D)
03.05.18 - Leipzig, UT Connewitz (D)
12.05.18 - Bremen, Lagerhaus (D)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out)" by Noah Gundersen – A Song Review

     Indie Obsessive admires risk-takers. In music, reinventing yourself after gaining traction is a career-jeopardizing move. There will almost certainly be some alienated fans. Sure, there are examples of successful reinventions (two examples are David Bowie first entering and then leaving his Ziggy Stardust phase; Radiohead’s “OK Computer" is another example). But some reinventions fail, miserably.

     Noah Gundersen took a chance with his release of the album “White Noise.” Gundersen was experiencing success as an Indie Folk singer/songwriter. His concert performances were praised and more than one single found the way onto a TV show soundtrack. So, “White Noise” is a modern-day equivalent to Bob Dylan walking onto the stage at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival with electric guitar in hand.

     We are in favor of the reinvention. Two songs from the latest album are embedded below. It’s not merely a heavier reliance on the electric guitar. "Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out)" includes synth-generated warbles and other elements of Psychedelia. Noah Gundersen now has a more energetic, ready-to-experiment persona.

     Quoting press materials:
  “’Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out)’ perfectly articulates Gundersen’s artistic vision – a gonzo American road trip painted in sun-drenched Californian guitars and smooth vocals. 'Is this the good life you were imagining?' Noah asks, Tied up and tired of everything.' The upbeat Indie-Pop vibe of the single is struck through with subtle discordances, like blood in the water. Playing with genre and sound in a manner reminiscent of Thom Yorke and Kurt Vile, ‘Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out)’ is an intoxicating blend of youthful frustration and euphoric release, from an artist at the peak of his abilities.”

     "Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out)" by Noah Gundersen


Lyrics of "Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out)"
Is this the good life
You were imagining
Tied up and tired
Of everything

Overreacting
Everyone's laughing
Totally distracted
Just one of the masses
Cut up, cut up to pieces

(Ooh, ooh, ooh...)

Deer in the headlights
Frozen in the street
Head above the water
Still swimmin' up stream

Fade in, fade out
A car crash
We can't stop now
When everybody's watching you drown
So fade out

All of the bodies
Up against the line
Coming over
One at a time

The only way out
Of this god damn landfill
Number one hit of the summer
You can go and fuck yourself

Fade in, fade out
A car crash
We can't stop now
When everybody's watching you drown
So fade out
Fade in, fade out
A car crash
We can't stop now
When everybody's watching you drown
So fade out
Fade out

(Ooh, ooh, ooh...)

"The Sound" by Noah Gundersen


2018 Tour Schedule
Jan 18, 2018 - Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA
Jan 19, 2018 - The Bartlett, Spokane, WA
Jan 20, 2018 - Top Hat , Missoula, MT
Jan 21, 2018 - Pub Station, Billings, MT
Jan 23, 2018 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Jan 25, 2018 -  recordBar, Kansas City, MO
Jan 26, 2018 - Off Broadway, St Louis, MO
Jan 27, 2018 - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Jan 28, 2018 - HI-FI, Indianapolis, IN
Jan 30, 2018 - Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
Jan 31, 2018 - Skully's, Columbus, OH
Feb 01, 2018 - Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 02, 2018 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Feb 03, 2018 - Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 05, 2018 - The Haunt, Ithaca, NY
Feb 06, 2018 - Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
Feb 07, 2018 - Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
Feb 08, 2018 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Feb 10, 2018 - The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
Feb 11, 2018 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Feb 12, 2018 - Pour House, Charleston, SC
Feb 13, 2018 - Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
Feb 14, 2018 - Proud Larry's, Oxford, MS
Feb 16, 2018 - Common Grounds, Waco, TX
Feb 17, 2018 - ACM Performance LAB, Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 20, 2018 - Santa Fe Brewing Co, Santa Fe, NM
Feb 22, 2018 - The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, CA
Feb 23, 2018 - The Siren, Morro Bay, CA
Feb 24, 2018 - Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA
Feb 25, 2018 - Harlow's, Sacramento, CA
Mar 05, 2018 - The Borderline, London, United Kingdom
Mar 07, 2018 - Festival del Millenni - El Molino, Barcelona, Spain
Mar 08, 2018 - Cafe Berlin, Madrid, Spain
Mar 10, 2018 - Serraglio, Milan, Italy
Mar 12, 2018 - Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 14, 2018 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Mar 15, 2018 - Artheater, Köln, Germany
Mar 16, 2018 - Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Mar 17, 2018 - Hakken, Hamburg, Germany
Mar 19, 2018 - Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark
Mar 20, 2018 - Lille Vega, København V, Denmark
Mar 21, 2018 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Mar 22, 2018 - Bryggarsalen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 23, 2018 - Folk a Rock, Malmo, Sweden

“June” by Banfi – A Song Review

      “June” was released in August, but it sat on our list of blogworthy songs for an unjustifiable amount of time. “June” is an energy infusion. Banfi are Joe Banfi (vocals, guitar), Aaron Graham (drums), and Chris McCuaig (bass). The band is based in London. 

     “June” by Banfi 


Lyrics of “June” by Banfi
I’m driving there tomorrow
She’s where I belong
Where the road narrows
She’s where I belong

I’ll tell her why I didn’t feel how she used to feel
When I should’ve consoled her
Those things I should’ve told her
I’ll suffer till I’m old

You need to breathe, honey
Don’t make me let you go
You need to breathe, honey
Don’t make me let you go
You need to breathe, honey
Don’t let this moment steal all the days that we’re yet to know
She’s crossing
She’s crossing, over the fall

Talking to my shadow
She was so alone
Walking through the sorrow
Buried in all our sound
Searching through the quiet fields
Where she used to feel
Like the weather called for her
I used to be the shelter
I’ll suffer till I’m old

You need to breathe, honey
Don’t make me let you go
You need to breathe, honey
Don’t make me let you go
You need to breathe, honey
Don’t let this moment steal all the days that we’re yet to know
She’s crossing
She’s crossing, over the fall

Everybody’s saying I was over-protective
Breaking my heart when I think of her now
Trying to understand why I’d ever forget that trust in her eyes
If the dream’s so dead to me now

Everybody’s saying I was over-protective
Breaking my heart when I think of her now
Trying to understand why she’d only remember
Love that makes her
Love that makes her lose

Love that makes her lose

You need to breathe, honey
(She’s crossing)
Don’t make me let you go
(She’s crossing, over the fall)
You need to breathe, honey
(She’s crossing)
Don’t make me let you go
(She’s crossing, over the fall)
You need to breathe, honey
(She’s crossing)
Don’t let this moment steal all the days that we’re yet to know
Don’t let this moment steal all the days that we’re yet to know
Don’t let this moment steal all the days that we’re yet to know
She’s crossing
She’s crossing, over the fall
She’s crossing
She’s crossing, over the fall

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“Single, No Return” by Ten Fé – A Song Review

     Have you ever listened to a someone who wasn’t saying anything profound or enlightening, but you were sure the person held a depth and complexity you would struggle to fully comprehend?. Well, that is the feeling of appreciation that surfaces each time we play the latest release from Ten Fé.

     “Single, No Return” has a sophistication that is the sum of its elements. No single feature has a complexity that explains our admiration for the track. But it isn’t difficult to identify features we enjoy. Perhaps the favorite is the guitar that maintains a sonic hover over the melody. Of course, there is the pulsating electronic vibe that has become a signature sound of Ten Fé. Both are heard before the vocals enter at 0:23. Then, the pulsations are most apparent during the verses, while the sonic hover resides above the chorus. 

     The vocals of “Single, No Return” are velvety and fluid as inflections provide emphasis on statements. Quoting content provided at SubmitHub:
  "The swagger and stride of ‘Single, No Return’ give a sense of a band who are loving being on the road and playing together night after night. The theme is pretty timeless and the band refer to it as a direct descendant of Hank William’s ‘Ramblin Man,’ a song that they have in their busking repertoire. When it came to arranging it, it naturally had the country, Stones, CCR, CSN&Y vibe with a bit of Black Country swing added to the mix."

     Ten Fé are based in London. The name is Spanish for “have faith.” They are now a five-member band, comprising Ben Moorhouse (vocals, guitar), Leo Duncan (vocals, guitar), Rob Shipley (bass), Johnny Drain (keys), and Alex Hammond (drums).

     “Single, No Return” by Ten Fé 


Lyrics of “Single, No Return” by Ten Fé
Caught a train across the even way
Where it took me, I don't know
Ticket man he asking me which way
There's only one I go

Single, no return
My bridges burn
When everything that I have learned
Points to this one thing
Single, no return
I wish I'd learn
For every bridge I burn
Keep on running
(No return)
Keep on running

Woke the woman sleeping next to me
It's always hard to say goodbye
When she asked if she could come with me again
This was my reply

Single, no return
My bridges burn
But everything that I have learned
Points to this one thing
Single, no return
I wish I'd learn
For every bridge I burn
I keep on running
(No return)
Keep on running
I gotta keep on
(No return)

My love won't last

Something sleeping deep inside of me
And where it comes from I don't know
I'd like to blame it on my daddy, you see
Get up, get up, It's time to go

Single, no return
My bridges burn
But everything that I have learned
Points to this one thing
Single, no return
I wish I'd learn
For every bridge I burn
Keeps me running

Single, no return
My bridges burn
And all that I have learned, wrong

Single, no return
When will I learn?
For ever bridge I burn
Keeps me running
(No return)
Keeps me running
(No return)
Keep on running
(No return)
I gotta keep on

Single!