Tuesday, December 18, 2018

“Golden Ruin” by True Crime – A Song Feature

     True Crime deserves a longer post for their song “Golden Ruin,” but our investigative skills are lacking – couldn’t even find a Facebook page [did find a disturbing amount of content dedicated to serial killers]. Reaching out to the band, the following was received:
  “We are a goth pop and sometimes mumbling dance band from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada (one of the coldest cities in the world). The band started as a side project in a haunted basement, with the aim of sounding like Fleetwood Mac meets Dracula. The aim of the project is to create songs that are sexy, catchy, and that try to break through the gloom. In 2018, the band has released 29 songs as electronic EP's and singles. Expect a proper True Crime album sometime in 2019.”

     “Golden Ruin” by True Crime


“Milestone” by Matt Walden – A Song Feature

      The song is strong by itself, so the beauty and emotion of the beginning narrative are equivalent to receiving gifts for purchasing an item you want. The vocals in “Milestone” are those of Matt Walden and the narrative is from Joey Kidney. They co-wrote the song over facetime.
     The elegance of the lyrics is not restricted to the contribution from Joey Kidney. The first verse voices longing to know more about the lady when he first saw her, while the final verse states that in that moment he actually knew everything he needed to – he knew love.
     Matt Walden is from Bradenton, Florida.

     “Milestone” by Matt Walden




Lyrics of “Milestone” by Matt Walden
[It's when she walks in that door
And you look at her like it's the first time you've ever seen her
And your heart drops, and you are amazed
And you can't wait to tell all your friends about this girl
You can't wait to tell your mom about this girl
And you simply say to yourself
"This is her, this is the one"
That's love]

In the moment that she walked in
Wanna know everything about her
Does she still talk with her father?
Or do they not speak anymore?

It's the cardinal sin
The things I think about her
Lasting two feet an hour
But I don't know which direction I'm heading in

Mmm, love
Maybe tonight we will stand alone
Because we are afraid of what's unknown
This could be our milestone

When I asked you to be my girl
I was nervous for your answer
And my heart started beating faster
Minutes turned to hours in my head
Six years have passed
I still think about that moment
Now you're the mother of the children that I'm holding

Mmm, love
Maybe tonight we won't stand alone
Because we aren't afraid of what's unknown

This could be our...
This could be our...
This could be our milestone

I'll still fight for you, even if we fight all night
We can make it through to see the morning light
And I'll still fight for you, even if we fight all night
We can make it through to see the morning light

I'll still fight for you, even if we fight all night
We can make it through to see the morning light
I'll still fight for you, even if we fight all night
We can make it through to see the morning light

This could be our...
This could be our...
This could be our milestone

In the moment that she walked in
I knew everything about her
She still talks with her father
And I know that I'm in… love

Monday, December 17, 2018

“Choose” by Ry Jones – A Song Feature

      “Choose” is a track for days that call for an energy boost with sophistication. Yes, the single from Ry Jones uses finger snaps, handclaps, and brief whistles. Each boosts the energy. The sophistication is carried by the song arrangement, the brass and the vocals. Just after the two-minute mark, the tempo of “Choose” slows and the song is reduced to piano and vocals. The exit from downtempo is aided by the trumpet.

     Ry Jones is from Seattle but is now based in London. Quoting his bio:
  “Raised on the grunge and rock sounds of the Seattle music scene, newcomer Ry Jones has a deep-seated penchant for rich instrumentation and compelling lyrics. Jones further developed his musical influences when he moved to London to study entrepreneurship, immersing himself in the R&B and pop ruminations of Tom Misch, Mura Masa and Ben Howard. Unsatisfied with familial expectations and the prospect of a job in the corporate world, Jones dived deeper into music, but it wasn't until he met Blair MacKichan (wrote/produced Sia's "The Greatest" featuring Kendrick Lamar) that his vision for Ry Jones came to fruition.”

     In explaining “Choose,” Jones said it was “written about the crossroads we sometimes face in deciding between pursuing what we're truly passionate about and what is expected.” “Choose” is a culmination of Jones's influences, blending the raw Seattle sound with a deep London feel.

     “Choose” by Ry Jones 


Sunday, December 16, 2018

“I Found God” by Mainland – A Song Feature

     The members of Mainland met in New York City, adopted a California-related name, and perhaps predictably relocated to Los Angeles. They are Jordan Topf (vocals, guitar), Corey Mullee (guitar, synth), and Alex Pitta (bass). Topf’s mother was raised in California and would talk about still missing the “mainland.”

     Mainland’s single “I Found God” has a religion-based title and contains lyrics that reference religion (“holy water,” “preaching to the choir,”” and “walking on water”). However, the song is about the experience of discovery the body of a significant other.

     “I Found God” by Mainland


Lyrics of “I Found God” by Mainland
Look my way, I can see your reflection
Heat from the floor, I can feel your intentions
Holy water, let me drink your perfection
Hey girl do I know your name?

Two years gone now, we're breathing the fire
You and I, we divide our desire
Sheets fly fast, no one preaching to the choir
Hey girl now you know my name

Wherever you run, wherever you go
I, I want you alone, I need you to know

That I found God
In your body, body, body
I found love
With somebody, body, body, yeah
And every single day we'll be walking on water, water together
Cause I found God
In your body, body, body, yeah

You're my queen, I'm the king at the altar
Everything that you need I can offer
Hallelujah may the love not falter
Hey girl let me hear you sing

I want you alone
I need you to know

That I found God
In your body, body, body
I found love
With somebody, body, body, yeah
And every single day we'll be walking on water, water together
Cause I found God
In your body, body, body, yeah

Surrender my heart
Surrender myself
We do it for glory
Time will tell
Surrender your heart
Surrender yourself
We do it for glory
Time will tell

Cause I found God
In your body, body, body
I found love
With somebody, body, body
I found God
In your body, body, body
I found love
With somebody, body, body, yeah
Cause I found God
In your body, body, body, yeah

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tree Machines and Samuel Scott McCumber - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)


     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.

     Tree Machines made the move from Lawrence, Kansas to Los Angeles. The band is formed of Doug Wooldridge (vocals, guitar), Patrick Aubry (keyboards, bass), producer Mike Giffin (drums), and David Gentry (guitar). In talking about the song "Up For Air:"
  "I wanted to create something that was a little more retro and hip hop-inspired," says Mike Giffin, the behind-the-scenes producer and multi-instrumentalist in Tree Machines. "Almost instantly, Doug (Wooldridge, the band's lyricist and vocalist) came up with the catchy melody and rhythmic patterns that are still there in the song to this day. Who knew it was going to be the album's title track of the album?"
  Wooldridge concurs, "I've always had an affinity for this song ever since Mike brought the beat in for us to listen to. While making this album, we've recorded about 20 or so tracks and Mike kept trying to add this one it to the pile of songs 'not quite ready for release,' but each time I'd come into the studio and see 'Up For Air' missing from the list, I'd put it back it defiance! "Now that everything is said and done, it's one of my favorite songs on the album."
  About his lyrics on the cut, Wooldridge explains, "Some of this album deals with loneliness and the feeling of being in a wholly unfamiliar place trying to figure out what we're doing out here on the West Coast and if we can even keep our heads above water long enough to keep going, even if it's only for one more day."

     “Up For Air” by Tree Machines 


    Samuel Scott McCumber wrote “Emilia” for the birth of his daughter. He is based in Omaha, Nebraska.


Lyrics of “Emilia” by Samuel Scott McCumber
When I heard the news
You were coming soon
When I saw the screen's
Little flicker of a heart beat

I never prayed so hard
The night you came
Paced the room back and forth
Drove your Mother insane.
Emilia

You're beautiful
In every way
Your smile
Takes my breath away.
Emilia

I hope your fears fall short
And your faith grows strong
I hope your love runs deeper
Than the rivers run long
I know you'll get your Mother's will to fight
And stand up for what you believe is right
Emilia

This life you have
Is a beautiful gift
It'll be easy
To take things for granted

But don't you dare forget
When the days get hard
That your strength in God
Will guide your heart
Emilia
I hope your fears fall short
And your faith grows strong
I hope your love runs deeper
Than the rivers run long
I know you'll get your Mother's will to fight
And stand up for what you believe is right
Emilia
[Repeat]

Friday, December 14, 2018

“Dying in the Heat” by Nightseason – A Song Feature

     “Dying in the Heat” is a Bluesy Electronic single from the duo Nightseason. The vocals carry the emotion of the message. The interesting backstory about the duo:
  “Nightseason wrote their debut EP over emails without ever meeting in person. Surfing through Spotify, drummer-turned-producer Patrick Zeinali had a vision of the voice he wanted for his new project. The howling, raw vocals of Jordan Caiola from indie rock band Mo Lowda & the Humble struck a fine chord. The two found common ground over recent rough break ups, and had the desire to put their feelings out there while turning alt rock on its head.”

     “Dying in the Heat” by Nightseason


Lyrics of “Dying in the Heat” by Nightseason
I'll never be lonely
I know just what I gotta do
I’ve been breakin’ my bones, babe
Every damn day man, just to get on home to you
And I've been tryin’ just to please you
I've been dyin’ in the heat of your love
So listen up close, babe

Dying in the heat of your love
Dying in the heat of your love
In your love

I'm perfectly lonely
You'll never know just what I'm gonna do
And you been playin’ them head games
Every damn day just, to bring me home to you
And I've been tryin’ just to please you
And I've been dying in the heat of your love
So listen up close, babe

Dying in the heat of your love
Dying in the heat of your love
In your love
[Repeat]
In your love

And it’s you, babe
And it’s you, babe
You make me never want to fall in love
And it’s you, babe
And it’s you, babe
I never wanted
I never wanted this

Now there's a storm comin’
There's a storm comin’
Now there's a storm comin’
And I’m dying
Dying in the heat of your love
In your love
Dying in the heat of your love

Thursday, December 13, 2018

“Blood Spilling” by Rocstrong – A Song Feature

     Rocstrong is a musician from Dublin, Ireland, but only because his parents relocated from Congo DRC. His heritage surfaces in “Blood Spilling,” lyrically, rhythmically and vocally. The lead vocals hold storytelling, hip-hop sensibilities, while the backing vocals reflect the Congolese influence. It’s a powerful combination, particularly when the vocals are layered and mixed to be given equal attention.

     The percussion pays homage to the home country of Rocstrong’s parents. At times, rotund drums create low-frequency beats that would be chest-vibrating in a live setting. At other times, the rhythm of the percussion is unmistakably borrowed from the region.

     Lyrically, “Blood Spilling” is directed to the economic and political environment of Congo DRC. Rocstrong was motivated by considering how a nation that is one of the richest in terms of natural resources is the home of economically deprived people. He states,
  “For my dreams to even come close to coming true, I had to leave my home and chase it elsewhere. Greed has crippled the place that I’m from and the same will happen globally sooner or later.”

     “Blood Spilling” is a single from his 5-track EP “All On Black.” The EP was released via West One Music Group and produced by Rocstrong, Marcin Ciszczon and Keith O’Reilly. The central themes of “All On Black” are the power of money over us and the wealth disparity in today’s society.

     “Blood Spilling” by Rocstrong



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

“Love Has All Been Done Before” by Jade Bird – A Song Feature

     Is it bold or even informative to spotlight a band or performer in the final weeks of a breakthrough year as an “Artist to Watch” in the following year? In the abstract, it sounds like a situation of finding room on an already well-populated bandwagon in hopes of being credited with helping build the platform. Jade Bird is an exception. She experienced a breakout in 2018; it was a year of accomplishments. But naming Jade Bird as an “Artist To Watch in 2019” is insightful, since it is a prediction that she can maintain the steep trajectory of 2018.

     Vevo named Jade Bird one their 2019 Artists To Watch. After repeatedly watching videos of the exclusive live performance for the annual series, we agree. Separately, the two videos are testimonies to her skills. Together, they show Bird’s versatility. “Love Has All Been Done Before” is vocally powerful as she belts out an explanation of what she is looking for in a relationship. The lyrics are included in this post - sweetness and pureness are not carrying the day. In comparison, “What Am I Here For” is a gentle vocal purity questioning a romance that appears one-sided.

     “Love Has All Been Done Before” by Jade Bird




     “What Am I Here For” by Jade Bird 


Lyrics of “Love Has All Been Done Before” by Jade Bird
Sick and tired of just lettin' you in
Just to let you down again
Exasperated with the expectation
You'll be more than just a friend
But in honesty that I, I can be
A fourth finger with four limbs to carry
Won't let you make a fool out of me, boy
See boy

You are good and you are pure
The angel knockin' at my door
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before
And you are sweet and you are nice
Keep me calm and satisfied
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before

You almost had me for a minute there
Givin' my whole life to this love affair
Well I'm not gonna sit here and stroke your hair
You almost had me for a minute there
It doesn't help that you mean well
They say the devil's in the detail
And I'm tryin' not to raise hell
But it's lightning 'fore the rain fell

You are good and you are pure
The angel knockin' at my door
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before
And you are sweet and you are nice
Keep me calm and satisfied
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before

Everything's a rerun
Before it's even begun
Tell me, what's the reason?
If everything's a season
Then I'm a setting sun
We're already done

You are good and you are pure
The angel knockin' at my door
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before
And you are sweet and you are nice
Keep me calm and satisfied
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before

We're already done
You are good and you are pure
The angel knockin' at my door
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before
You are sweet and you are nice
Keep me calm and satisfied
But I need something, something more
'Cause love has all been done before

Oh, love has all been done before
Love has all been done before
Love has all been done before
Love has all been done before
You are sweet and you are pure
But love has all been done before

2019 Tour with Hozier:
March 10—Buffalo, NY—Shea’s Performing Arts Centre
March 11—Albany, NY—Palace Theatre
March 13—Baltimore, MD—Hippodrome Theatre
March 14—Norfolk, VA—Chrysler Hall
March 16—Raleigh, NC—Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
March 17—Charlotte, NC—Oven’s Auditorium
March 19—Miami Beach, FL—The Fillmore Miami Beach-The Jackie Gleeson Theatre
March 20—St. Petersburg, FL—Mahaffey Theater
March 21—Orlando, FL—Walt Disney Theatre
March 23—Atlanta, GA—Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
March 24—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry House
March 26—Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre
March 27—New Orleans, LA—The Fillmore New Orleans-Music Hall
March 29—Dallas, TX—Southside Ballroom
March 30—Houston, TX—Revention Music Centre
March 31—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
April 2—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion
April 3—Tulsa, OK—Brady Theatre
April 5—Denver, CO—Bellco Theatre
April 6—Salt Lake City, UT—The Union Event Centre
April 9—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Forever Cemetery
April 10—Santa Barbara, CA—Arlington Theatre
April 12—Reno, NV—Grand Sierra Resort & Casino-Grand Theatre
April 13—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory Concert House
April 14—Spokane, WA—First Interstate Center for the Arts