Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Swim-Related Bands

     We noticed that your list of blogworthy songs included three by bands with names related to “swim.” The first song is “Collide” by Swim Season. It begins simply, but approaches almost orchestral at times. The members of the Melbourne-based band are James Seymour (Vocals/Guitar), Matthew Jennings (Guitar, vocals), Danielle Smarrelli (Keys, vocals), Nelson Yeung (bass), and Jonathon Ferraro (drums).

     “Collide” by Swim Season Music


     Twice, we grabbed an opportunity to see Swimm in concert. The first time was at an all-too-small venue in San Francisco and the second was at SXSW 2016. Both experiences were positive ones. The core of Swimm is the duo of Chris Hess and Adam Winn.

     “Speak Politely” by SWIMM


     Visiting a third continent in this post, Safe to Swim is a Brighton band. We are fans of their song “Struggling.” 



Monday, August 21, 2017

“Cologne” by Haux – A Song Review

     “Cologne” begins with a nine-second intensity build, leading to piano that sounds part church bell. It’s fitting for an upcoming performance at Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn. Haux will be joined by a string section on November 16, 2017 (for ticket information, CLICK HERE).
     Haux shows a distinctive vocal style in “Cologne.” He pairs syllables in a manner that often blurs word articulations, while increasing the attractiveness and setting the song apart from others in the same genre. Thus, the first verse begins with a quick “You traced,” and a pause before continuing the thought. The syllable pairing continues, but doesn’t dominate.
     Further into the song, “Cologne” is textured with sometimes thunderous percussion and gentle guitar. The backing vocals are simple, yet sophisticated. 

     Haux is the performance name of photographer-turned-musician Woodson Black. In discussing the inspiration for “Cologne,” he described his visit to the city:
  “There was a certain magic about Cologne. It struck me as a place that I might've had another life in if I hadn't lived the life I have. When I was back home, off tour, I remembered that feeling and tried to imagine a life there and the story of what might have been.”

     “Cologne” by Haux 


Lyrics of “Cologne” by Haux
You traced your hands
Across my back
When you whispered
If time could only take us back
Would you take me back
Would you? ….

I left the lakes I knew to follow you
Harbored the lines I'd lost
To see us through
Only to be with you

Remember Cologne
When it’s late at night
You’re all alone
You’re not feeling right
Can you still see the lights?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
[Repeat]

You shed a skin
You used to live within
Running from nights
You couldn't live again
Trying to find a friend

Remember Cologne
When it’s late at night
You’re all alone
You’re not feeling right
Can you still see the lights
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
[Repeat]

In the dark
Will you stay
Till the dust
Turns to flames
This forgotten love
Our forgotten love

Remember Cologne
When it’s late at night
You’re all alone
You’re not feeling right
Can you still see the lights?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?
Are we losing sight?

We’ll be all right
We’ll be all right
We’ll be all right
We’ll be all right

Tour Dates:
Sep 9: Otis, MA @ Welcome Campers Festival
Oct 26: Hamburg, Germany @ MS Stubnitz
Oct 28: Munich, Germany @ Manic Street Parade
Oct 30: Vienna, Austria @ B72
Nov 1: Linz, Austria @ Ahoi! Pop Festival
Nov 2: Zurich, Switzerland @ Gonzo
Nov 9: London, UK @ Hoxton Hall
Nov 16: Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op
           

Sunday, August 20, 2017

“Half Awake” by Simcoe – A Song Review

     The band membership changes and the band’s sound matures. What remains the same is our appreciation for Simcoe, the Toronto-based band. According to their Facebook page, the members are now Mike Barford, Bobby Houston, Mike Strizic, Pat Daniher, and Emily Coulston.

     “Half Awake” by Simcoe