Tuesday, September 19, 2017

“Who We Are” by Welshly Arms – A Song Review

     Welshly Arms recently released a four-track EP entitled “Legendary.” The title track received deserving television exposure as backing music. The EP includes a second anthem that should draw attention - “Who We Are.”

     Welshly Arms is formed of Sam Getz (guitar, vocals), Brett Lindemann (keys), Jimmy Weaver (bass), Mikey Gould (drums), and Bri and Jon Bryant (backing vocals). Quoting an email submission:
  “Hailing from Cleveland, OH - Welshly Arms is a six-piece group that combines their love of The Blues with Rock, Rhythm, and Soul to create a fresh and powerful sound that’s emblematic of their Midwestern origin. The band released the video for the EP’s title track, “Legendary” earlier this summer, which has since accumulated nearly 2 million views while the track itself has over 19 million streams on Spotify. Welshly Arms has also seen major sync success with ads for Miller, Hulu, NFL, Indian Motorcycles, & Beck’s Beer.”

     “Who We Are” by Welshly Arms 


Lyrics of “Who We Are” by Welshly Arms
I've done some things I won't forget
But still I live with no regrets
I've taken liberties
Now they belong to me
Yeah, they belong to me

And I've walked a dark and narrow road
To places no one goes alone
And everything I've seen
Is written on my sleeve
It's got its mark on me

Let's start a fire
Let's pull this trigger
Cause all these bruises
Make our skin thicker
Now everybody
Can see our scars
(Can see our scars)
It's what we're made of
It's who we are
It's what we're made of
It's who we are

And every day will come to pass
Each one quicker than the last
We learn from each mistake
With every bone we break
That it leaves us stronger in the end

Let's start a fire
Let's pull this trigger
Cause all these bruises
Make our skin thicker
Now everybody
Can see our scars
(Can see our scars)
It's what we're made of
It's who we are
It's what we're made of
It's who we are

We need some patience
(Need some patience)
To ease our minds
(Ease our minds)
These years of trouble
(Years of trouble)
Will fade in time
(Fade in time)
We all need some love
(Need some love)
To get by (To get by)
Pull the curtain
(Pull the curtain)
And see the light
(See the light)

Let's start a fire
Let's pull this trigger
'Cause all these bruises
Make our skin thicker
Now everybody
Can see our scars
It's what we're made of
It's who we are

Let's start a fire
Let's pull this trigger
'Cause all these bruises
Make our skin thicker
Now everybody
Can see our scars
(Can see our scars)
It's what we're made of
It's who we are
It's what we're made of
It's who we are
It's what we're made of
It's who we are

Monday, September 18, 2017

“Ghost” by Wildes – A Song Review

     “Haunting” is an overused term when describing vocals, so we normally look for a different word. But the intent in Wildes’ “Ghost” was to create a haunting aura. Almost every feature of the single has an otherworldly feel.

     Wildes is the performance name of Ella Walker. When explaining the message of “Ghost,” the Londoner stated, “It’s a song about the effects a past lover has on our future selves.  Their words haunt us, and we long for their memories to remain after they’ve gone.  Even the smallest moment with them can shape who we become.”



Lyrics of “Ghost” by Wildes
In the night I lay awake
A shadow dawns across my face
A silver line that I could trace
Growing fainter

The memories I kept in store
Trapped inside my heavy soul
Will they stay young while I grow old
A timeless chamber

All my wounds are open wide
They won’t heal, while you’re insight
Try to clear my troubled mind
Too many times

Together we’ll be
Oh, I won’t heal so
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me
And in your arms, I’ll know
Oh, I’ll feel you closer
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me

Oh, we said is set in stone
Can’t forget the words you’ve spoke
Echoing through empty homes
How you haunt me

I’ll always feel you on my skin
And the raging of the winds
And away you fly
Through the blackened skies

All my wounds are opened up
They won’t heal without your love
Try to clear my troubled mind
Too many times

Together we’ll be
Oh, I won’t heal so
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me
And in your arms, I’ll know
Oh, I’ll feel you closer
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me

I keep holding on
So, say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me

Together we’ll be
Oh, I won’t heal so
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me
And in your arms, I’ll know
Oh, I feel you closer
Say you’ll always haunt me
Say you’ll always haunt me

Sunday, September 17, 2017

“Rabbit Holes” by Crooked Weather – A Song Review

     “Rabbit Holes” peacefully leads the listener down the path of Acoustic Folk, then takes an unexpected turn onto an electrified passageway that is a combination of Rock and Psychedelia. The constant is the male portion of the attractive male/female harmonization. At times, the female voice is a reincarnation of the vocals of Stevie Nicks when they were at their vibrato-infused best in the late 1970s.

     The song is from Crooked Weather, which hail from East Yorkshire, UK. The members are Holly Blackshaw, Will Bladen, David Tomlinson, and Tom Skelly. But the credits of “Rabbit Holes” identify the song’s contributors as:
Will Bladen - Acoustic/Electric guitar, vocals & percussion
Holly Blackshaw - Acoustic guitar, vocals & percussion
Rob Burgess - Drums, Bass and Keyboard

     “Rabbit Holes” was written by Bladen. He explains:
  “Rabbit Holes was written surrounded by nature, by the open widow of a rundown Cornish farm house after a period of listening to a lot of The Tallest Man on Earth. The song follows the path of someone yearning to reach their love who has gone to a place that can't be followed. Although they both want to be together, the desperate efforts are seemingly in vein.”
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crookedweather

Lyrics of “Rabbit Holes” by Crooked Weather
What can I do to stop you falling down your rabbit hole
On this silver afternoon?
I seem to arrive five minutes late every time
Every time, every time I planned on meeting with your smile.

These days
So, I'm looking for it,
Looking on this silver afternoon.
On this silver afternoon

I've got a secret that I need to tell you
To tell you, ya only you
Well it grows and it flows, and I know
Only you have the key to unlock all that it holds.

Holds
On this silver afternoon.

My shoelaces are tied together,
As I stumble up a down escalator,
Just trying to keep up with you.

What can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?
On this silver afternoon?
On this silver afternoon?
On this silver afternoon?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

“Appointments” by Julien Baker – The Video

     Julien Baker released another insight into her nearly 22-year-old soul. Through most of “Appointments,” the emotion is laid bare in a calm, introspective manner. The end is an explosion of feelings.

     Baker has an extensive tour schedule before her. One stop will be at The Fillmore in San Francisco on December 12 (for ticket information, CLICK HERE). The full schedule is at the bottom of this post.


Lyrics of “Appointments” by Julien Baker
I'm staying in tonight
I won't stop you from leaving
I know that I'm not what you wanted
Am I?

Wanted someone who I used to be like
Now you think I'm not trying
I don't argue, it's not worth the effort
To lie

You don't want to bring it up
And I already know how it looks
You don't have to remind me so much
How I disappoint you

Suggest that I talk to somebody again
That knows how to help me get better
Until then, I should just try not to miss any more
Appointments

I think if I ruin this
That I know I can live with it
Nothing turns out like I pictured it
Maybe the emptiness is just a lesson in canvases

I think if I fail again
That I know you're still listening
Maybe it's all gonna turn out all right
And I know that it's not, but I have to believe that it is

I have to believe that it is
I have to believe that it is
(I have to believe it, I have to believe it)
I have to believe that it is
(Probably not, but I have to believe that it is)

When I tell you that it is
Oh, it's not for my benefit
Maybe it's all gonna turn out all right
Oh, I know that it's not, but I have to believe that it is

 Julien Baker 2017 tour dates:
09/20 Chicago, IL @ Amnesty International & Sofar Sounds Give A Home show
09/21 Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival 2017
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade +
10/13 Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle +
10/15 Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater +
10/17 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
10/18 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre +
10/25 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 New York, NY @ Town Hall +
10/28 Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre +
10/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer +
11/03 The Hague, NL @ Crossing Border Festival
11/04 Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
11/06 Bristol, UK @ The Lantern
11/07 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/08 Glasgow, UK @ CCA
11/09 Dublin, IE @ Whelans
11/10 London, UK @ Union Chapel (SOLD OUT)
11/12 Brussels, BE @ Autumn Falls
11/14 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 Düsseldorf, DE @ New Fall Festival
11/17 Madrid, ES @ El Sol
11/18 Braga, PT @ Theatro Circo
11/19 Barcelona, ES @ La De Apolo
11/29 Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
11/30 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
12/01 Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
12/02 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall +
12/07 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett +
12/08 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre +
12/09 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater +
12/12 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
12/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theatre +
12/15 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic +
12/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 Austin, TX @ Emo's +
12/19 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater +
12/20 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater +

* supporting Belle & Sebastian
# supporting Ben Folds
+ Half Waif supports

Friday, September 15, 2017

“Long Way Down” by Lloyd Llewellyn – A Song Review

     When listeners sense that a vocalist is fully invested into the inspiration behind and the messaging of a song, to the point of risking emotional bankruptcy, they too make the investment. Indie Obsessive reaches into its emotion wallet each time “Long Way Down” radiates from the speakers.

     The vocals of Lloyd Llewellyn define the depth of “Long Way Down,” but the instrumentals and backing vocals perform critical roles in establishing its shape and smoothing any unintended rough edges. The instrumental support ranges from minimalist piano to thundering percussion. At the start, the piano is simple, yet effective. Shortly, a lone trumpet joins, along with gentle piano notes from further to the right along the keyboard. Later, the percussion transitions from taps, to spaced handclaps, and then emotion-stirring thunderous drumming.

     While the contributions of the instruments should be appreciated, it’s the soulfulness of Llewellyn’s voice that makes “Long Way Down” an emotional experience. Production and processing can work magic with recorded vocals. But passion must be carried to the recording by the artist. Lloyd Llewellyn brought passion to the recording of “Long Way Down.”

     Lloyd Llewellyn is a singer/songwriter in London. He plays the piano and guitar on “Long Way Down.” The bass belongs to Charles Frayer. According to his press materials: 
  "Inspired by his Grandad, Lloyd’s music is founded on an early passion for blues artists such as BB King , Robert Johnson and Ray Charles. Merging this with more contemporary influences such as Bon Iver, Ben Howard, and London Grammar, Lloyd Llewellyn has crafted a sound that when coupled with his distinctive vocals he is set apart from his peers."

     “Long Way Down” by Lloyd Llewellyn 


Lyrics of “Long Way Down” by Lloyd Llewellyn
And I'm rising from the dust
Fighting with my bold, but brittle bones
Take a helping hand
I've battled with the depths of warring souls
And I refuse to go
And I refuse to go

I voiced and gained control
Of the demons that marked my home
It's a long way down
It's a long way down

White knuckles turned to stone
I'm tearing at the grip of sanguine holds
It's a long way down
It's a long way down

Woo, I’m crawling through the walls
I'm losing fears, but losing home
It's a long way down
It's a long way down

I’m crawling through the walls
I'm losing fears, but losing home
It's a long way down
It's a long way down

Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
It’s a long way down
Oh, no, no, no

I'm rising from the dust
Fighting with my bold, but brittle bones
Take a helping hand
I've battled with the depths of warring souls
And I refuse to go
And I refuse to go