The Zolas

The Zolas

The ZolasThe Zolas already gave the world one great nov­el­ist (that was Émile), now two younger mem­bers of the fam­ily are try­ing their luck as musi­cians. We’ll see, but this rather min­i­mal­ist, “post­mod­ern” pop sounds more than promising.

According to their Facebook page bio, Zachary Gray is the main song­writer of the duo, but that’s really only a guess, because the text is quite ambigu­ous. It reads like this:

“The Zolas’ tumul­tuous song­writ­ing cap­tures the zeit­geist of being in your 20s, Read More

Leonard Cohen

Classic track:
‘Suzanne’ by Leonard Cohen

Leonard CohenLong live Leonard Cohen!

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(via Radio Free Chicago)

A.C. Newman

A.C. Newman: ‘I’m Not Talking’

A.C. NewmanThis is a must-have.

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The first sin­gle from A.C. Newman’s next album ‘Shut Down The Streets.

(via Faronheit)

Cold Specks

Cold Specks

Cold SpecksCold Specks a.k.a. Al Spx is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in London, who has released her first album ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’ in June. I guess this stage name is just a more pro­nounce­able vari­ant of the real one. But she says, its real pur­pose is “to put some dis­tance between her­self and the album’s sparsely arranged, evoca­tive and ‘bru­tally hon­est’ songs.” (CBC.ca)

Listening to these songs, it’s no big won­der that she feels she needs some dis­tance. For me, they are about the end­less frus­tra­tion over death. Love and faith offer no com­fort. Well, that’s not a stand­point you can remain in for long with­out los­ing your san­ity. Maybe some­one, who has no will to live, could. (Or some­one called Schopenhauer.) But every­body else should escape from it.

On the other hand, it’s all a bit like vam­pire sto­ries. Those are also about blood, pain and death, but still, very few qual­ify as tragedies. We read or watch them for the chills, and maybe that’s how we should lis­ten to Al’s music, too. After all, this is just a way to show respect towards some­thing really powerful.

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Will Driving West

Will Driving West

Will Driving WestDavid Ratté’s band, Will Driving West released their sec­ond LP last month, titled ‘Castles’. He and band­mate Andréa Bélanger sing in his low-key compositions.

We get lots of quiet gui­tar and piano while verses and cho­ruses alter­nate neatly. Nothing rev­o­lu­tion­ary here, these guys are not exper­i­ment­ing with their arrange­ments or song struc­tures. But those fancy things are not always needed or wanted by every­one. Will Driving West man­age to pro­duce a cou­ple of lov­ably mod­est tracks that are always nice to lis­ten to.

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JBM

JBM (a.k.a. Jesse Marchant)

JBMJesse Marchant, bet­ter known as JBM, will release his sec­ond LP ‘Stray Ashes’ in four days.

Depressing and uplift­ing at the same time, his music can stand com­par­i­son with Bon Iver’s. His lyrics are all about hearts on sticks or hearts hung from branches in the night, and I’ve promised myself to stay away from such thoughts, but songs like these make me want to be a bit sad for a while. Sadness is kind of beau­ti­ful, you know.

Then the music is over, and slowly I cheer up again. I hope he will too, in time.

I’ve attached the first and the last track, but you can lis­ten to the full album here.