Friday, 30 September 2016

Playlist: This Month's Breaking More Waves Update

Playlists. They’re bloody everywhere these days aren’t they? It makes you wonder if anyone is actually listening to a singular album anymore. Even more than that, everyone seems to want to be a playlist curator. Particularly bloggers. After all, let’s face it, this stuff is easy. Just take a genre, a theme or just any random selection of tunes and a title and there you have it – you can now put ‘playlist curator’ on your bio.

So this post is about a Breaking More Waves playlist. The concept is simple – it’s intended as a monthly catch up of what I’ve already posted on the blog. I update it at the end of each month. All the old songs disappear and a bunch of new ones magic themselves in. It bundles everything together in one easy place, so if you haven’t had time / can’t be bothered / don’t like reading the blog you can still listen to the music I’ve put on this site in the past month, assuming it’s on Spotify.

So now I can put ‘playlist curator’ on my bio. It will look far cooler than ‘Chartered Surveyor’ or ‘Chartered Manager’ or any of the multitude of boring looking things that actually earn me money and enable me to live my life in the way I want to. Plus unlike those two professional qualifications it only took me 10 minutes to knock up.

So enjoy the Breaking More Waves playlist. All the songs I posted on the blog that you missed . This month's includes indie rock from the likes of Black Honey and Pumarosa, instrumental retro electronics from Stranger Things associated SURVIVE, pop brilliance from Sweden’s Skott and newcomers such as Pets, 4th Chapter and Ider

Why not follow the playlist and make me look cooler and more ‘relevant’ than the 20 people who currently do so after my first couple of attempts at this?

Whilst you’re listening don’t forget that albums exist as well. Right now I’m spending a lot of time with Bon Iver’s 22, A Million. It’s early days but to my ears it is a record that already sounds like it is going to show up on a lot of end of year lists, including mine. You’re probably already familiar with the 2nd song on the album 10 d E A T h b R E a s T, but just in case you’re not, here’s your entry point into a fascinating and immersive body of work that gets better as you go deeper with it. It’s also on the playlist.

Find, play and follow the Breaking More Waves Spotify playlist by clicking here.

Bon Iver - 10 d E A T h b R E a s T

New Music: Jerry Williams - Let's Just Forget It (Video)

Jerry Williams is carving out a rather good space for herself musically, managing to neatly encompass elements of indie, pop and traditional singer songwriter into each new tune she releases. 

Her latest, Let’s Just Forget It is probably her finest one to date. Out goes the musical chirpiness of Boy Oh Boy or Mother and in slides a tender melancholy musicality combined with Jerry’s personal real-life lyrics. “Just hold your arms around me, this cruel world, let’s just forget it,” she sings at whoever the song is directed to, as the music swells to an intimate and tender crescendo. Her voice as ever is sweet perfection. Beautiful stuff.

The video, a one shot piece, was filmed on West Wittering beach near Chichester – one of my favourite areas of coast in the south of the UK – its simplicity working well with the song. OK I’ll admit at the end I thought Jerry was going to rush off into the distance and jump headlong into the sea, but then maybe the (likely) accompanying shout of “f*ck this, it’s cold,” probably wouldn’t have suited the poignant atmosphere of the work up to that point.

Let’s Just Forget It is the title track of Jerry’s new EP which also features Mother, a track that has now hit over 2 million streams on Spotify – not bad for an unsigned artist. 

Jerry is also about to head out on her first UK tour, starting this Sunday in Portsmouth at The Loft. Breaking More Waves will be in attendence so follow me on Twitter (here) for some opinions of the gig there. That show is already totally sold out, although tickets are available for her other shows in London (3rd), Manchester (4th), Bristol (5th) and Birmingham (6th) – grab one quick.

Jerry Williams - Let's Just Forget It

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

New Music: Shells - Jailbird

This is a beautiful piece of pop music. In fact, to call it pop seems to lessen it's value. It's worth far more than that. Delicate in its creation but bold in its lyrical content, Sarah Sheldrake who goes by the name of Shells, sings the prettiest of melodies of how she’s “losing all control, I’m giving in to desire.” Don’t be fooled by the purity and gentle construct of the music, there’s plenty of deep seated passion and courage here. 

I first caught Shells live earlier this year at Bushstock Festival and although her live set up was relatively simplistic, what came across is what you hear on this song – something that has been painstakingly constructed and performed by a singer with a wonderfully natural, elemental voice.

Just lovely. 

If only all pop music was like this.

Shells - Jailbird

New Music: S U R V I V E - A.H.B

My route into the music of S U R V I V E is probably the same as many others – through the addictive Stephen King / Steven Spielberg referencing Netflix hit of the summer Stranger Things and its immersive score. That score was put together by two members of this Austin based four piece, namely Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon after show producers The Duffer Brothers came knocking. With near perfect timing Stein and Dixon were also readying their latest work with the two other members of S U R V I V E, namely Adam Jones and Mark Donica, and by the time I finished the TV series it was possible to pre-order the new album, which is simply named after its catalogue number RR7349.

Although it’s not officially released until this Friday, the album is already streaming on a variety of websites and my CD copy arrived in the post a few days early, enabling my recent journeys to work to be filled with the bleak menacing sounds of vintage synth soundscapes. If you enjoy albums by the likes of John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis or Goblin, or like the embrace of brooding almost druggy sounding ambient music then RR7349 is for you. Alongside Cliff Martinez’s brilliant soundtrack for The Neon Demon film, also released this year, this record has rejuvenated my interest in instrumental atmospheric electronic music. S U R V I V E are worth more of your attention than just Stranger Things and RR7349 deserves your investment. From the record here's the opening track A.H.B - a pulsing spacey sounding piece of warm electronics.

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S U R V I V E - A.H.B