Whimsical, weird pop rock/singer-songwriter-y sounds here from London-based artist Rozi Plain. I read somewhere that her third album Friend was like a combination of Jack Johnson and Bjork and nowhere is that blend of the bizarre more apparent than this song Friend City.
I don’t know what it is about this tune, but I absolutely love it. From the squiggly background sounds to the ethereal vocals, it’s all fantastic.
It’s my birthday today, which means i’m in the mood for something a little more high-octane than usual. So here goes.
Dirty Zeppelin-inspired guitar intro? Check. Dave Grohl-esque growling vocals? Check. Threatening to break out into a full-on thrash chorus but teetering on the edge and holding back until the final 30 seconds or so? Oh, OK then.
Top work, Lyle Christine. Nicely played, sir.
Here’s some shoegaze-y, new wave sounds from Sheffield guitar rockers The Crookes, who wouldn’t sound out of place on late 80s/early 90s club night alongside early-era New Order and a semi-decent goth/rock group inspired in equal measure by The Cure and My Bloody Valentine.
The song’s called I Wanna Waste My Time On You – which is possibly the most Robert Smith-esque title this millennium.
I may have posted about these guys in the past, but short of searching through the first two years of my blog I don’t have an immediate way of checking. So I’m just going to assume I haven’t.
Gild the Lily by Glasgow rockers Paws. Great tune. (skip to 15.00 on the video. Or just listen to the whole album…)
Ah, it’s been a while since we did any moody blues – so here’s Aberdeen/Glasgow singer-songwriter Rick Redbeard with his fantastic, gravelly-voiced slice of whiskey-fuelled misery.
This song is called In My Wake and it’s taken from his recent album Awake Unto – a great piece of work for anyone wanting a Caledonia-American blues experience. And very nice it is too.
Going for something a bit different today, with some ambient, soundscape-y stuff from composer Giles Lamb. I’ve been listening to his album Acoust:Oma and it’s really fantastic, but I’ve kind of fallen in love with this wonderfully melancholic opening track Ever.
My word, this is beautiful. Unfortunately I can’t find a sniff of a video for it anywhere on the web, so just listen to the Spotify link. You won’t regret it.
Another offering from my home city, here – Edinburgh throwback rockers Miracle Glass Country. Kind of a Lennon-tinged, 60s pysch rock vibe which, while not exactly original, is still done very well.
This song is called Higher Than High. Might not be to everyone’s liking, but I really enjoyed it.