Singles/Songs, Song of the Day

Song of the Day: 3 Minutes to Midnight – High Windows

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                                                        High Windows (Listen and Buy from their Bandcamp page here)!

If someone asked you to describe what makes a song/piece of music special what would you say?

For me it is that unmatchable joy or emotional connection that can only be experienced/made through music. High Windows is such a track. I was honoured to be in the presence of the band when they performed it live reminding me why I love music.

At its core it is a classic rock track built on Jonathan Parks’ vocals and crazy guitar wizardry that mixes funk with more traditional rock and blues, getting your foot taping, head nodding but has a dancy quality also. For the first 54 seconds that is all you hear Parks’ class 1970’s-esc guitar tone and his singing.

Sam Leigh’s bass and David Stutt on drums join the fray giving a hint of the epicness that is about to come. The musicians slowly construct the layers, quickening the pace leading you into the HUGE chorus. By the second time it comes around you will be singing along belting it out in your room, it’ll make your soon to be released shower singles for sure.

3 Minutes to Midnight have put out a single that is tremendous, in addition to the gradual expansiveness of High Windows raising it to a high, high place indeed.

Go listen, like, follow and all that… FacebookJonathan Parks Music Facebook, 23 : 57’s SoundCloud, Jonathan Parks Music Twitter.

 

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Vinyl

Vinyl Vindication: Jay Som – Turn Into

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                                                  Turn Into Full Album (Via Polyvinyl Records’ YouTube Channel)

Jay Som’s (Melina Duterte) unofficial first collection of tracks where released a year ago in July of 2016. It was pressed into two vinyls one as you can see in the picture is a gorgeous fuschia and the other was a limited tea green/white starburst of which only 300 were made.

If I had known of Jay Som back then I would have tried to acquire one of them but alas I did not. That still does not take away from the one I own; it is possibly my favourite looking vinyl. Not just from the vibrant pop of the record but the whole package is stunning the front cover is a picture of some purple flowers (not sure which ones I did try and find out what they are) that Duterte took herself on her mobile. It works so well with the pale blue backing and on the reverse is another photo of the sky (presumably above the city she resides in Oakland, Ca). The inner sleeve has the track listing in pronounced block texted again backed by the blue of the front cover, I really do love it.

Then there is the music. It is dream pop and at times shoegaze-esc  brilliance. From the uber catchy Peach Boy with the keyboard to the vocal melodies that are certain to get you humming them for the rest of the week. Then the promotional single Ghost is just as good, personally I love the guitar but there is loads more to love as well. Another one of my favourites is the somewhat morbid sounding (don’t let that put you off) track Drown the delivery of Duterte’s vocals are in a lower register but even then you still can’t help but sing along. Unlimited Touch and Why I Say No are light and airy with the later having some of the best lyrics on the whole thing. The quality is consitent throughout.

Turn Into is a completely beautiful package you literally could not ask for anything more or for it to be altered in any way sonically or visually.  

 

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