Sunday, December 29, 2019

Cleanin’ Out the 2019 Closet (of Deserving Songs)

     With the year coming to an end, it’s time to pull deserving songs from the queue. It’s not a publish-or-perish situation for the songs, but there is a preference toward  posting songs during the year of their release.

     Harrison Storm is based in Melbourne, Australia. Four years ago, he exploded onto the blogosphere with his single “Be Yourself.” Harrison will be touring the U.S. in 2020. The schedule is shown in the above picture ("click" the picture to enlarge). There is a stop in San Francisco. On February 25, he will be at Café Du Nord with another recommendation – Hollow Coves. For ticket information to any of the shows CLICK HERE

     “You & I” by Harrison Storm

     Kiol is a multi-instrumentalist with ties to Italy, England and Ireland. He was born in Turin, Italy, but is now based in London. His song “Mallow” is a reflection on his time in summer school in Mallow, Ireland. He explains that during that summer (2014) he was encouraged to sing by some Irish fellas who started calling him Kiol, which is the sound of the word music (ceol) in ancient Gaelic.

     “Mallow” by Kiol

      Marti West is a singer/songwriter currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden. His music resides in the Folk genre, specifically the neighborhood of simple yet elegant instrumentalism and portrait lyrics.

     “Give Me Light” by Marti West

     Island is another London connection. The band’s bio states that they are an Alternative guitar band whose history is characterized by "old friendships, close bonds, and an almost telepathic mutual understanding. Forming as teenagers when frontman Rollo Doherty’s acoustic bedroom project was treated to the boisterous backing of guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards in a dingy windowless practice room where they began to painstakingly shape a sound which combined darkly twisting instrumental with a sweetly melodic song-writing nous that belied their age."

     “She” by Island

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