Thursday, July 24, 2014

“Paris” – Three Song Reviews

     The song “Paris” by Magic Man has been receiving attention on satellite radio’s Channel 36 (“Alt Nation”). Good song, as we noted in a post that is one of the most popular entries in Indie Obsessive history. But because Indie Obsessive has a short attention span, we are currently listening to other songs with the same title often. So, this post is dedicated to “Paris.”
     Here are three songs with the single-word title “Paris.” There are more 2014-relevant songs with the title, but these are the ones that are in our wheelhouse. Still, Little Dragon’s “Paris” should receive a mention, since the band is visiting our area. Little Dragon will be at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California on August 22, 2014.

     The Away Days is a band from Istanbul, Turkey. The previous work by the band has been appreciated by and featured in Indie Obsessive, but “Paris” is their best work. The light guitar and vocals carry the listener along gently for most of the song. Then, we’re delivered to a swell that is far less gentle. “Paris” starts its built at the 1:44 mark, and an increased acceleration occurs at the 1:59 mark. Our favorite feature hits at 2:36, when the processing creates a greater depth of sound by introducing echo to the voice and guitar. While we continue to enjoy the earlier work of The Away Days, "Paris" is their song with the greatest attention to detail in its arrangement and mixing. The band is headed in a positive direction.
     The members of The Away Days are Oguzcan Ozen, Sezer Kic, Berk Tekelioglu and Burak Serter.
     “Paris” by The Away Days


     Scenic Route to Alaska is from Edmonton, Alberta. The three members are childhood friends Trevor Mann (lead vocals and guitar), Murray Wood (bass) and Shea Connor (drums and vocals). We favor bands with a larger population, since more instruments and more voices typically translate to a richer texture. On the other hand, within a small band, a skilled and creative drummer is much more likely to be given the license to showcase his skill and creativity. All three members of Scenic Route to Alaska provide positive contributions to “Paris,” but we particularly enjoy the drum work that steps forward at about the 1:46 mark of the song.      
          “Paris” by Scenic Route to Alaska (the band is currently allowing free downloads)

     Magic Man is a synth-rock band  that hails from Providence, Rhode Island. The band started as a duo, but Sam Lee and Alex Caplow have been joined by Justine Bowe (keyboards), Gabe Goodman (bass) and Joey Sulkowski (drums).
     Magic Man will visit The Independent on November 20, 2014. The band will be joined by Smallpools and Panama Wedding.
      “Paris” by Magic Man

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Walking on Cars and Osca – Band Reviews

     We have no complaints! Indie Obsessive is based in an area of the United States that receives more than its fair share of visits from bands we enjoy. Still, there are those times when we look jealously at pairings of bands in other areas. The above poster triggered one of those bouts with jealousy. Walking on Cars and Osca will share a London stage on September 10. If you favor bands with power vocals, strong piano accompaniment, and attention-grabbing percussion and guitar, then you want to be at the Electrowertz on September 10. The person who put the two bands together knows her/his music.

     Walking on Cars is an Indie Pop/Rock band in Dingle, Ireland. The members are Patrick Sheehy (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Sorcha Durham (piano and vocals), Paul Flannery (bass and vocals), Evan Hadnett (drums), and Dan Devane (lead guitar and vocals). Quoting the press material of Walking on Cars:
      "Having met at school, lead singer Patrick, pianist Sorcha, lead guitarist Dan, bassist Paul and drummer Evan played their first ever gig at a youth cafe in their hometown of Dingle and a year later decided to break out and tour their music around the country. Needless to say it was hugely well received and the band began getting a lot of attention at Irish radio and on the live circuit.
     Now signed to Virgin Records in the UK and for the world, Walking on Cars are about to take their soaring rock anthems to an international audience. The first single from their forthcoming EP is 'Hand In Hand,' a knee-buckling example of rock balladry at its finest as booming guitar riffs collide with indelibly gentle piano melodies."
     "Hand In Hand" by Walking on Cars

     "Don't Mind Me" by Walking on Cars

     "Catch Me If You Can" by Walking on Cars

      The song “Blood” by London’s Osca is like the attractive magician’s assistant, who disappears mysteriously, but reappears later to a round of applause. In February 2014, “Blood” received some attention in the blogosphere. Too quickly, it removed from Soundcloud. Today, it returned.
     The members of Osca are Jack Kenworthy, Dom Potts, Sean Reilly, and  Alex Johnson.
     "Blood" by Osca

Monday, July 21, 2014

“OctaHate” by Ryn Weaver – A Song Reviw

     This is a guest post from Michelle MD. - Indie Obsessive welcomes Michelle and thanks her for the contribution.

     As a San Francisco South Bay Area resident, "Live 105" is the local rock radio station.  A Sunday night feature of the station is "Soundcheck" with Aaron Axelson, where local, up and coming, or Indie artists are highlighted.  A Sunday evening drive home allowed me to hear "OctaHate" by Ryn Weaver for the first time.  While it often takes several listens to get into a song, the lively background percussion and Weaver's voice caused "OctaHate" to immediately catch my attention.
     A little background research revealed that Ryn Weaver is a 21 year old based in New York and Los Angeles.  "OctaHate" is her single debut and has created a buzz since its debut last month.  The song features an impressive writer and co-producer line-up of Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Benny Blanco (producer for Katy Perry and Ke$ha), Cashmere Cat, and Carli XCX (Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and "Boom Clap").
     The song begins with a catchy percussion beat that can then be heard in the background throughout the song.  Weaver's voice enters the track with a description of the heartbreaking nature of a relationship breakup. Each verse describes the feelings of the breakup, always coming back to the chorus lyrics:
I can't take it
From the day I saw my heart start breaking
Go on, save me
I can't take it, can't believe I really lost you, baby
Earth keeps shaking all around
Oh, you let me down
And I can't take it
From the day I saw my heart start breaking
Go on, save me.

      A tweet from Indie label Friends Keep Secrets shows Weaver has having signed, so hopefully we will not have to wait too long for additional singles from Weaver.
    "Octahate" by Ryn Weaver