I love The National. It’s no secret; I’ve been hooked since I first listened to About Today in 2008 (four years late to the party – the Cherry Tree EP was released in 2004). Needless to say, with the subsequent release of High Violet in 2010 and the fantastic Trouble Will Find Me in 2013, the band have gained more fans and an increasing level of critical acclaim and the fame that comes along with it. And I became completely enamoured. In the past eight months I’ve gone from never having seen them live to being lucky enough to see them three times.
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New York singer-songwriter Annie Dressner took a coveted spot on my Spotify starred list at the end of 2012 when I listened to her debut album Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names. Since moving to the UK, Dressner has played many venues across the country, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and Secret Garden Party – with more festival dates to come this summer. Her website boasts praise from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, amongst others, and from listening to her new EP East Twenties, it’s easy to see why. Continue reading
Some time ago I wrote a post about finding brilliant tracks through their use in tv-shows and occasionally in adverts. Well, it’s happened again. Coming scarily close to overtaking their cats advert as my favourite IKEA advert ever (yes, I rank IKEA adverts separately from all other adverts), the Swedish flat-packed furniture people have put together a video that makes tidying-up look like the most emotional and heartfelt activity ever. It’s put together beautifully and soundtracked by the brilliant An Escape Plan.
Last week I was lucky enough to see two brilliant artists in one of the most grown-up settings I’ve been to in a long while. Keeping in mind that five days previously I was jumping around like a mad person whilst watching Muse at the O2 in London, finding myself sat in the front row of a tiny concert hall somewhere in Manchester was something of a novelty. I’ve loved Julia Stone since I first heard the material she’d produced with her brother Angus, and kicked myself for missing their UK tour dates a couple of years ago. But it was the fact that Paul Thomas Saunders was supporting that led me to book the tickets in the first place.
If you’re a regular Radio 1 listener you might have heard this band being touted by the likes of Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton of late. This was how I first heard them, tuned into Zane Lowe, driving a minibus full of rowdy seventeen-year-olds up the Welsh coastline and desperately trying to drown them out by cranking up the volume. And All I Want seemed to be the perfect track. It’s soothing and thoughtful and has that nice acousticy guitar quality that I’m so fond of. In many ways, it’d fit quite nicely in my current music selection (think Lucy Rose, Daughter, Mumford etc). For a number of reasons though, it’s not actually a good representation of the rest of their self-titled EP, which I’ll come to later. Continue reading
One of my biggest regrets about having a lot of work lately has been not being able to tell you about this band sooner. The most I could manage was a Twitter update a month or so ago. But the work is done, the sun is shining and I’m inside listening to 2:54. And I couldn’t be happier.
I have a new obsession. In the past 24hrs I have listened to Dry The River 116 times (and counting- they’re still on repeat). This didn’t come about as a result of their position on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 list, a fact that I only discovered sometime yesterday afternoon after trying to find their Wikipedia page (they don’t have one). Instead it came from seeing some of their lyrics on a picture. And my god, they have got some truly great lyrics- “You were alone and steady with wintry calm, Somewhere inside the fire of your youth went dark”.