Friday, January 31, 2020

Basic Plumbing - Keeping Up Appearances

The release of an excellent album should be a cause for unmitigated celebration. However, the world isn't perfect and our joy at the quality of Keeping Up Appearances is dampened by the knowledge that Patrick Doyle, the man behind Basic Plumbing, died at age 32 before the album could be released. Indisputably, Mr. Doyle make a mark in the indie music world in his short time with us. His earlier projects included Scottish bands Correcto, Dot to Dot, Sexy Kids and The Royal We, and then as co-founder of Veronica Falls. Subsequent to the demise of VF, he launched solo project Boys Forever and moved from the UK to Los Angeles. Although Boys Forever was well received, Doyle rebranded his solo work as Basic Plumbing for the songs on Keeping Up Appearances. Where Boys Forever boasted soaring harmonies and delectable indie pop, Basic Plumbing pulled back in some of VF's melancholy and dark shading, while retaining pop structures and hooks. The result is an album that sounds like a live recording, while retaining high production and performance values. As before, Doyle proves to be an excellent songwriter as well as an able vocalist, touching on joy and sadness. He also played all the instruments except bass, which was provided by Helen Skinner. This is a fine album and deserves the ears of any indie pop fan.

Keeping Up Appearances is available now in digital, vinyl and CD formats. See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for album

Thursday, January 30, 2020

"From Never To Once" by Lewsberg

Today our ears visit Rotterdam for "From Never to Once", the new track from Dutch four-piece Lewsberg. The song is appealingly raw with a driving Velvet Underground-style rhythm and talk-sing vocals. Enjoy the track and the video below, and mark your calendar for March 27, when we will have the band's second LP. Titled In This House, it will be self-released in digital, CD and vinyl formats. See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for In This House

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Son Little - aloha

Son Little says aloha, and it is about the freshest, most appealing musical greeting you are going to find this winter. Possessing an agile voice that can seduce, charm, and soothe, the artist packed the album with 12 tracks of folky R&B accented with clever and unexpected touches. He played nearly all of the instruments himself, writing and recording the album in eight days, although he enlisted the production services of Renaud Letang. The music is warm, emotionally resonant and powerful. For us, it was love at first listen, but we were even more thrilled as each play revealed more nuances, both lyrical and instrumentally. If you want an album that is like coming in from the winter cold and sitting down by the fireplace to let the chill dissipate, this is your album.  Highly recommended.

Son Little's given name is Aaron Livingstone. In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated with The Roots, Mavis Staples and RJD2. aloha is his third album, and it is out this Friday on Anti- Records.

Various links to source aloha
Bandcamp for aloha

Sunday, January 26, 2020

"In Blue" by Loudmammoth

Loudmammoth are Sophie Hall-Luke, Will Bean, Liam Slack, and Declan Mulholland. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east corner of England, they formed the band in 2018, and have now released their third single, "In Blue". An intriguing tune, it showcases the quartet's ability to tell a musical story with simple but adeptly assembled elements. The single is out now via Last Night From Glasgow. We also suggest that you hit the Bandcamp link to hear Loudmammoth's first two singles.

Various links to source "In Blue"
Last Night From Glasgow