Singles/Songs, Song of the Day

Song of the Day: The Maccabees – Kamakura

                                                                                       Kamakura

The Macabees have been disbanded earlier this year playing their final gigs in July admittedly I was never an avid follower however the music did cross my ears via my twin brother playing them from his room.

So knowing that they had a good number of decent songs it was a nice reminder when they popped up on my Spotify suggestion playlist. This song from the final album Marks to Prove It (2015).

In short I have had this song on constantly there is just a wintry quality that is fitting with the changing seasons. The lyrics are sombre throughout but in particular of not ‘saying a word because it breaks her heart’ add to the melancholic feel to the track. Furthermore the stripped back verses are gripping and then loosen up into a more expansive chorus with a thin string like sound backing creating a shift that is very effective in moving you.

I guess it is one of those instances where you find a song that fits not only your mood but the weather and environment around you increasing your level of enjoyment.

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Song of the Day: Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence (Single)

                                                    The Sin and the Sentence (Official Video)

This is the best song they have released in the last 4 years plus it’s more memorable than everything on the whole of Silence In the Snow (2015).

It’s the lead track of the forthcoming album (out 20/10/2017) of the same name. Packing a hell of a punch with Heafy screaming again after not doing so for the last LP, because he put his voice out on tour and he was worried of the potential damage caused. But to many ‘fans’ the screaming is welcomed with open arms since it was a sore point for many when it was no longer present. Some complained about it and are still irritated that they have changed. As bands always should. Change is what Trivium do. Get over it ‘fans’ who don’t like how they sound now and go listen to Ascendancy! If that is your Trivium stop moaning and stick to that record it isn’t going anywhere (sorry that is something that really irks me).

The Sin and the Sentence has killer hooks that come in multiple forms, both the clean vocal melodies and harsher have their contagions. As ever the riffage is layered on super thick from the guitars, leads, rhythm rule (provided by Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu). New drummer Alex Bent really frees the band up as he can do everything. He and Paolo Gregoletto are a great duo instantly playing brilliantly as a rhythm section. Many of the passages will stick with you.

The Sin and the Sentence is a stupidly triumphant return that will please every Trivium fan no matter which Trivium they prefer.

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Song of the Day: Good Foxy – Easy Money (Single)

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                                                                        Easy Money Single

New single from the Clitheroe greats is as joyful and summery as they come. The vocals are a delight to the ears light over the clean crisp upbeat rhythm guitars, bass happily plays along with the drums are a perfect match as ever. The solos are as ever air guitarable reverbed and all more awesome for it.

The single is just as good a quality as all their 1970’s influenced psychedelic music is, which is music that is missing from a lot of peoples libraries and Good Foxy are there to fill that gap in. Even if you don’t know that there is a gap once you listen to this single you’ll know that there was.

Easy Money is easy listening.

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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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Song of the Day: Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser – All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun

                                                    All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun

Two angelic voices and an acoustic guitar or two are a gateway to a beautiful place. This time it is Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) who are a perfect musical match.

There isn’t much instrumentally to the song as stated above it is a couple of guitars but what they are doing is still quality. The main draw though is the singing and extension the lyrical content. It begins with a sweet giggle over the guitar and Fraser taking the first verse showing her talents before Buckley takes over for the chorus. Solo they are both gorgeous but when they sync up and harmonize then it really, really highlights that these musicians were meant to create this stunning song.

It is a brilliant duet which lets both artists stretch their musical muscles showing each others strengths. I only wish there was more from the two.

 

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Song of the Day : Paramore – Told You So

                                                                                      Told You So (Official Video)

A refreshing new Summery sound for the band but one that everyone is familiar with it has brightened up the airwaves since its release yesterday.

It is vibrant with the funky licks, classic catchy vocals that are  are warped by drastically lowering the pitch every now and again adding a nice little dynamic. The drumming is very elaborate  which I would like to highlight as they really are key to the feel of the track.

Told You So is an upgrade from many of the hits that have been released over the past months, mainly because it has personality and is super fun! It’s easily my favourite pop song of this year so far.

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Song of the Day: Gramatik-Straight Off the Block

                                                      Gramatik- Straight Off the Block

It is one of those songs that you never want to end. Through it I also found that it samples the song by Curtis Mayfield called Little Child Runnin Wild  for the film Super Fly. That is also a top track and another artist I am certainly going to delve into. 

Obviously drawing from such a strong song to begin with helps. But Gramatik changes it up by taking  parts away and stripping it back, taking the saxophone line and part of the vocals letting them lead. The simple funk guitar adds to the chilled out vibes crafted by this wondrous remix.

You will get why I love it so much after you crank it up.

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