Before writing about The National’s new Album “Sleep Well Beast” I have to fully disclose they are one my favorite bands and so I will never be impartial when speaking about them. However I also don’t intend to, nor we ever do in Musically Speaking. Matt’s voice is transcendent and the way they produce melodies is just to beautiful and organically for me not to love it. In this case is also helpful to be impartial since my knowledge of this band is as well greater due to this passion. Finally I should also disclose I hated the only time I saw them live. Not only the audience, as well the venue and Matt’s specific performance that night were not what I expected from such a pacific band. And this just intrigued me more and made me appreciate them with more depth.
Arcade Fire changed their game with “Reflektor” after having released what would be already considered one of the Albums of the beginning of the decade with the release of “The Suburbs”. Both these albums, being their third and fourth set the bar really high to any type of competition existent in this area of Great Bands of Indie Rock. This year with the release of “Everything Now” they divided opinions among critics and have let down some of their base audience with more repetitive chorus and emptier lyrics directly related to their main topic of critic to capitalism and consumerism of nowadays. However there are not bands that manage to this transition from the more Romantic and Creative way of approaching art to a more political approach and many were the ones believing Arcade Fire has not delivered with this latter album. The Grammy Academy was not one of them, and they are now nominated for Best Alternative Album of 2017.
Quiosque na Liberdade, depois de encontro no mítico S.Jorge, foi mais próximo do Tivoli, onde atuou no dia seguinte, que nos sentámos com um graduado em Sociologia que dá pelo nome de Severo mas que disso tem pouco. Na verdade, o Luís foi muito do que estava à espera e foi revelando uma identidade pessoal muito próxima da musical o que permite um intimismo diferente num concerto ao vivo, como veio a provar no dia seguinte. Nessa manhã quase tarde, que ainda não o era por estarmos de estômago vazio, Luis estava calmo. E é essa mesma calma constante com um presença quase que espiritual e sempre com um novo pensamento a propôr que se manifesta tanto na sua música como se manifestou nesta conversa.
Coming from South West London comes this Duo with Augustin Eude (guitar, bass and backing vocals) and Luke Pearce (singer and guitar) that combines several genres in their debut album “The Meeting Place”. For the last two years although living majority of the time in different countries it ha been in Summer and Christmas that they get together, jam and record. Simple yet beautiful process that produced these 13 good pieces of work.
Foi com “Oeste” que me apaixonei pela primeira vez pela musicalidade do Valter. Uma voz como poucas, melodias de bater o pé desde o primeiro momento e por fim um sentido lírico orientado para derreter o coração a qualquer um. O seu sotaque Nortenho nota-se mais no falar corrente do que na música, talvez por ser único aos que realmente conhecem o ser humano fantástico por trás da guitarra.
Foi numa sexta-feira como muitas outras na qual a cabeça pesava mais do que o habitual que a equipa do Musically Speaking foi visitar a São Domingos de Benfica, local de nascimento de muitos e o pouso de Benjamim que depois de alguns anos como Walter Benjamim a viver em Londres se mudou com tudo para o País que o viu crescer. De Walter leva apenas Benjamin e pouco mais. Luís Nunes, nome no registo, é um dos músicos mais respeitados em Portugal muito devido também aos seus trabalhos de produção de bandas como You Can’t Win Charlie Brown e sem duvida muito versátil. Começou por se lançar com a Língua de Camões depois de sempre ter escrito em Inglês, mesmo quando petiz, com “Auto-Rádio” e é com a colaboração com Barnaby Keen no álbum “1986” quem tem andado a correr o país.
Coming from little Old Town of Chapin, in South Carolina, where he was born and raised, Samuel Ervin Beam, a.k.a, Iron & Wine, has already released five full length studio albums and has achieved an immense success for the simplicity he prints into his music. The formula is the more than known in the Folk Genre, marvelously applied in this case by Sam. He his back now with the release of his new work titled “Beast Epic”. But is it really?
Grizzly Bear was the nickname of Ed Droste’s boyfriend at the same time that the band was actually just a solo project in 2002. Two years later he releases his first work with the collaboration of his to be drummer, Christopher Bear. “Horn of Plenty” was an Hypnotizing piece performed live with their to be bassist Chris Taylor. However Ed remember those first shows as their worse and resembles the band only really starts when Daniel Rossen, an old friend from jazz camp, joined them live with another guitar. And the whole scary situation of a solo project was gone with the wind for the somehow shy Ed.
Coming from little Old Town of Chapin, in South Carolina, where he was born and raised, Samuel Ervin Beam, a.k.a, Iron & Wine, has already released five full length studio albums and has achieved an immense success for the simplicity he prints into his music. The formula is the more than known in the Folk Genre, marvellously applied in this case by Sam. He his back now in 2017 to release in August his new Album named “Beast Epic” under SubPop Records. Will his Indie Folk be great Again?
In June 2008, in Texas, El Paso, Greg Gonzalez started this project, that only in 2012 had its first EP released, by the name of “I”. Four tracks that helped to consolidate the Youtube fame that was noticeable almost since the beginning of the band. An extraordinary marketing campaign done by their brand image and live shows towards an audience that just got bigger, first in Youtube, and more recently as well in Spotify.