Evergreen (4) Seeds

December 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

So now the ‘Evergreen Seeds’ mixtape moves on to its 4th installment – I give you a seasoned seeder; James.

There is definitely something wintery about this song, I’m just not quite sure what that is yet. All I know is that I like it. It feels warm and comforting, like sitting by the fire or long journeys home. Simple vocals over an over-simplified acoustic riff are hardly a new formula, but to me this sounds fresh, it sounds real. Her voice is perfect, stark and forlorn but yet still dreamy and beautiful and the captivating live performances certainly seem to capture the audiences’ imagination if nothing else.

Lucy Rose – Middle of the Bed

After featuring on the title track of Bombay Bicycle Club’s second album ‘Flaws’, Lucy Rose seems to have developed a close affinity with the band; supporting them at acoustic shows as well as joining them on stage for the few tracks to which she lends her voice. Still very young and relatively undiscovered I think Lucy Rose could well be someone we hear much more from in the future, in the meantime put this on your iPod, close your eyes, listen and enjoy.

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Evergreen Seeds (Teil ii)

December 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

Roll on this winter-themed mixtape; today we say an international hello to Jason (who is evidently German)

Ich hab mich für dieses Lied entschieden da es die langen Tage im Winter, die Kälte , den Schnee und die Einsamkeit am besten beschreibt. Pantha du Prince ist einer meiner lieblings Künstler und seine Musik ist ideal zum entspannen. Wenn ich “Steiner im Flug” höre denke ich daran wie ich im Zug auf dem Weg nach Hause sitze und es dunkler und dunkler wird und die Fahrt nie aufhört und die ganze Welt an mir vorbeigeht. Ein Lied was mich an wichtige Tage meines Lebens errinert und gleichzeitig traurig macht. Ein sehr besonderes Lied.

Pantha Du Prince – Steiner im Flug

Cats and Cats and fake interviews

October 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

Cats and Cats and Cats – A Boy Called Haunts

 

Hullo again. Well I went to see Cats And Cats And Cats last week who played at The Cavern. It was dead and I was tired, the two don’t mix together too well. The show was odd. Standing in a room with a band who’s CD I’ve burnt out this summer, singing along with nobody save a singular comrade and the support acts, well, Ladycop, the other ones buggered off. It was also odd as Eva (violin-cat) has left, so they were playing along to a backing violin track. I’m not selling it, I know. But it was magical.

So it turned out that it was Ben’s (singer-cat) birthday, and they had nowhere to stay, so we let them pop in for the evening along with Ladycop (have I plugged ladycop, yet? LISTENTOLADYCOP!). I had the intention of doing an interview, but they seemed tired and I seemed drunk so I will make up a bit of what DEFINITELY WAS SAID, ok?

ME: Hullo Cats
THEM: Hullo
ME: Nice show, how’s the tour been going?
THEM: Really well, but mixed. We’ve played some shows like tonight, but Durham last night was fantastic. Who would have thunk? Cool cool. We’re playing our final show tomorrow in London, so we’re going to have a load of friends and a big party. Bigger that the one tonight anyway. Eva’s playing her last show there before she goes to WORK FOR THE MAN.
ME: Ah, yeah. What’s it like playing to a backing track?
THEM: Restricting. We couldn’t even play your favorite song, Tom, and for that we cannot apologise enough[sic]. Yeah, it’s not great, but we’re playing with a few people to find a replacement. And boy, when we do…!
ME: So you took quite a while to realease ‘If I Had An Atlas’. What happened?
THEM: Well, we recorded it about 2 years ago, but had a few issues with labels and all. But the we found Function. And they’re cool. And we’re cool with that. And now we’ve got studio time and hopefully that means more music out SOON! Which is also cool.

I forget what else we talked about. We did talk for quite a while. But that was about holidays. And tampons. But they’re lovely, so go buy their music. And maybe go to their shows. Cool.

 


I got a bit too into this,

 

Tom

Dripping in Gold (Guest Post)

September 4, 2010 § 8 Comments

I like this song, because I imagine it being sung by a fit bird.

Hope you enjoy,

Flight Facilities – Crave You (ft. Giselle)

Teds

Guest Post – Jack Steadman

August 17, 2010 § 4 Comments

There often comes a time when APFOS needs to take a break from the constant routine of brotherly blogging and let someone else make a refreshing input. Here’s our 3rd ever guest post: meet James!
 
Despite being a huge fan of the band Bombay Bicycle Club; bouncing back from an emphatic debut album with a stunningly beautiful acoustic record, and their third album (fully electric) securely in the pipeline, it is, somewhat ironically, not them who I am here to talk about. Anyone who is familiar with BBC’s unique sound would instantly recognise the crooning voice of Jack Steadman the ever-charismatic, super-mellow frontman who, in my opinion, embodies all that is exciting about music at the moment.

Steadman manages to find the time to experiment with all sorts of solo projects, from his solo-acoustic work to a rather more obscure spaced out electronica vibe. His breadth of musical talent is breathtaking and his genuine love of making music is what makes me believe why everything he touches turns to pure gold.

It was this track that really got me excited about what Steadman was doing, he samples parts of ‘Come On’ by Hendrix and the results are out of this world, the song almost seems to leap out of the speakers, desperate to be heard, daring the listener to dislike it. Steadman somehow manages to create a piece of music which balances a chilled sincerity with a pulsating beat and stacatto rythmns that are unquestionably danceable and infinitely listenable.

 
Jack Steadman – Good Times Roll (Remix)
 
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If you are still not convinced by this guy, just take a listen to ‘Dorcas’, a brilliant showcase of his undoubtable music credentials. Anyone that has ever picked up a guitar will relate with the fact that this Rodrigo y Gabriella esque performance is picked wincingly fast and is irrevocably impressive. Interestingly, Steadman converted this song into a masterpiece, called ‘My God’ with the whole band on the album ‘Flaws’; his irresistible voice providing the perfect forground to the simultaneously haunting but uplifting melodies of ‘Dorcas’. Enjoy.
 
Bombay Bicycle Club – Dorcas
 
 
Bombay Bicycle Club – My God
 
  mp3
 
 
James

Pimps In A Rural Crib

July 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

So because it’s 30 degrees outside and i just got back from Cornwall we have a guest blogger on the site today. Hi Tom.

Hustle – Tunng

A barn dance can be awful. Made worse by your mother dancing as though she’s just been in a Sound of Music flashmob, forcing you to drink till you can’t remember throwing up round the back of the house. But not this one, I promise. Because this one is presented by Tunng, and they have laptops, yo! And what a big difference that makes.

The loops on their new album ‘…And Then We Saw Land’ bubble away under the foaming guitars waiting to surface in a joyous climax, with Mike Lindsay whispering sweet nothings into your speakers. It’s glorious. Hustle is the pinnacle of this, dancing with syncopated hooks and guitar licks around my fictional barn, forgetting the darkness of the lyrics and just wanting to hum along to the tune on a bale of hay with a thread of straw in your mouth and pretending to be west-countryyy. Ooo arr luber.

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Village Green Preservation Society (The Kinks) – Kate Rusby


As you may have realised, I’m not one of the brothers you might find on this blog, and for this butting in I can only apologise. But before I leave you to dash back into my cave on the other side of the interweb I’d like to leave you with some more folk – hey, it’s summertime and I’m off to a Festival so I though I’d get in the mood. Kate Rusby has an outstandingly beautiful voice, the first time I ever heard her I fell in love with her. Listening to her sing Blooming Heather still paralyzes me in its beauty. However, it’s a pretty quiet song for a Monday. What you need gentle traveller is an uplifting ditty. Fare thee well!

Tom

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