Saturday, August 30, 2014

“Wolf” by Mammals – A Song Review

     Mammals is the pseudonym of Guy Brown, but the band also includes Nathaniel Joyce and Jake Fondleworthy.Brown identifies his hometown as Manly, Australia. He is now located in Sydney. If pressured to associate a single genre with Mammals, the best response would certainly be electronica. Still, Mammals will step outside of the genre, as in “Wolf,” a song that was inspired by the death of a friend.
     “Wolf” begins acoustically – not a typical start for someone with the processing skills of Guy Brown. An electric guitar and a kick drum enter at the 0:31 mark. However, it’s not electronica, even after the vocals undergo significant processing a short while later. If your tastes are similar to ours, you’ll agree that the first two minutes are enjoyable. Then, at the 2:09 mark, “Wolf” becomes blogworthy. The Soundcloud waveform visualizes the steady energy increase. At 2:48 a Rock guitar takes the focus, but a “cleaner” guitar, the drums and some electronica play a cooperative role.
     “Wolf” by Mammals

     “Codeine Eyes” by Mammals

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gaslight Anthem’s “Get Hurt” and Dotan’s “Home”

     This post includes two songs with three things in common. First, both songs feature the kick drum. At the start of “Get Hurt,” the kick drum provides a heartbeat while the lyrics are heartfelt (“I keep my wounds without a bandage…”). In “Home,” the kick drum establishes the level of energy of this anthem.
     Second, Soundcloud versions of the songs only recently surfaced.
     Third, the songs were the focus of previous Indie Obsessive posts that were limited to Youtube versions. 

     “Get Hurt” by Gaslight Anthem - From the July 26th post CLICK HERE, if interested.

     “Home” by Dotan - From the August 11th post CLICK HERE, if interested.

“I’m Not Coming Back” by Husky – A Song Review

     Husky is yet another reason to pay attention to the Australian music scene. The trio has had strong offerings in the past, such as “History’s Door.” But they stepped it up this year with their release of “I’m Not Coming Back.” The song uses the falsetto range very effectively, incorporates the trumpet (or at least an electronically generated trumpet sound), and is a sequence of change-of-pace transitions that maintain the listener’s attention for the full 3:27.
     Husky is from Melbourne. The members are Husky Gawenda (vocals and guitar), Gideon Preiss (keys and vocals), Evan Tweedie (bass and vocals). They visited the United States after the release of the previous album. One stop on that tour was San Francisco. We're hoping that history repeats itself.
     “I’m Not Coming Back” by Husky

     “History's Door” by Husky