Upon initial listening to Kai’s debut EP, 11:11, with the opening track Crowds, her vocals instantaneously struck me, and literally, stuck itself onto me. I find myself struggling to figure out which artiste’s vocals she reminds me clearly of. Is it Tanya Chua, Joanna Wang, Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat or Zee Avi?
COVE RED Taste of Life/Don’t Lose Heart single (Self-released)
Two slabs of glorious slabs of 70s-channeling folk-pop where pristine melodies intertwine with baroque instrumentation, melodic/harmonic intensity underscores encouraging sentiments about life. Cove Red (Rachael Teo and Koh Su Yin) return with a teaser for the debut album to come – this two song single recalls the heady days of the singer-songwriter genre that pervaded early 70s rock music. Think – James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Carole King, Bruce Cockburn, Joan Baez, Paul Simon – and you will be able to appreciate where exactly Cove Red is coming from.
Taste of Life, originally debuted in 2009 was featured in last year’s Noise CD for YOG whilst Don’t Lose Heart is a new number that showcases the strengths of the duo – a gorgeous tune, sweet vocals and warm string accompaniment (Basement in My Loft’s Koh Zhong Ren on cello and Su Yin on violin, wonderfully arranged).
Listen to the single on at www.myspace.com/cove2red (or to Don’t Lose Heart below) and also, Cove Red will be playing at an Earth Hour event this Sat, 26th March from 7.40-8.30pm at Singapore Expo, outside atrium 5, and the CD single will be available for sale then! Going for $5 each.
Swedish power pop band The Merrymakers was one of the leading lights of the 90s pop underground scene. Well, Merrymakers may be no more but here comes David Myhr to carry off where his former band left off with a spanking new single – Got You Where He Wanted – the first offering from upcoming album, Sunshine. Chock full of hooks and wondrous melodies, this is a classic pop gem in the making. Check it out, folks!
Listen to County Line below, a moody electric piano piece that recalls the late John Lennon and The Band, off the upcoming album – Wits End – from Cass McCombs, to be released by Domino Records on 11th April 2011. It is rather sumptuous, with McCombs also channeling Richard Manuel’s fragile pipes on this country-folk-ish tune. Worth checking out.
English band Noah & the Whale is – like Mumford & Sons – at the forefront of the current UK retro-folk movement. Consisting of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Tom Hobden (fiddle), Urby Whale (bass), and Fred Abbott (guitar/keys), the band is set to release its third album, Last Night On Earth, on March 15th via Mercury Records. The band’s first album since 2009 will feature ten brand new tracks, including the infectiously melodic first single L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Yes, it’s sweet and bouncy and a little familiar in that way but given a chance, Kai’s I Choose Me will keep you toe tapping for awhile. Listen below to understand what I mean. Download here if so inclined.
Bread & Circuses is the name of the new EP from Philippine band Camerawalls. Those of you who caught the band at this year’s Baybeats Festival would be familiar with its pleasing evocation of 80s twee/jangle post-punk reminiscent of The Smiths, Orange Juice, Felt, Belle and Sebastian etc. Well, I have just received the EP from band leader Clementine and fans of good old fashioned melodic pop-rock will absolutely love the gorgeous music of the Camerawalls. Review to come…
All this week, NPR Music is offering an advance album stream of the upcoming album by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs. The album, entitled God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, is available for free, on-demand listening now until its release on August 17 at NPR Music as part of the site’s “First Listen” series.
The Posies premiere their first song Licenses To Hide off the anticipated CD Blood/Candy (Out Sept 28th) with Ryko. The single, featuring angelic guest vocals from Lisa Lobsinger (lead singer of Reverie Sound Revue and vocalist of Broken Social Scene). Read the PoP review of Blood/Candy here.
The Futurists represents the musical meanderings and lyrical musings of Paul Housden who is also the singer and guitarist in Foxx on Fire. A debut album will be released soon, featuring the Adrian Whitehead on keyboards, the Terepai Richmond on drums and the Jak Housden on guitar and production. There will be an album launch with hot dogs, balloons… the whole schmear!
David Vandervelde is a singer-songwriter that has interested me recently with his intriguing take on country-folk-soul-pop. What Vandervelde does is to filter a 70s classic pop-rock agenda through alt-rock sensibilities. In 2010, Vandervelde (via Secret Canadian) released four digital singles, which will now be collected on 12″ vinyl (cover art above, available on 3 August). My favourite of the lively bunch is Learn How To Hang (Great title! Listen below) which sounds to me like feisty hybrid of REO Speedwagon and Jesus and Mary Chain, if you can imagine that. Vandervelde probably sums it up himself best on the Lindsay Buckingham-channeling Wave Country. Certainly, David Vandervelde is one singer-songwriter to keep a close eye (and ear) on.
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