Heartbreaking Masterwork – ‘FALL TO PIECES’ By TRICKY About His Tragic Loss

Music fro the laziest day of the week…

13 August 2020

Artist: TRICKY (Bristol)
Album: FALL TO PIECES
Released: 4 September 2020

Info: A spine-tingling reflection of inconsolable pain, heartbreaking sadness and deep
grief following the tragic death of his 24-year-old daughter Mazy Mina Topley-Bird who
took her own life last year after struggling with severe depression, only 24 years old.

Tricky wrote and recorded the LP in his Berlin apartment with (mostly) Polish artist Marta Złakowska as vocalist. She played with Tricky one night a few years ago in Krakow when Tricky found himself without a female singer. The promoter said he knew a local bartender who could do the job. Since then Złakowska tours constantly with the ex-Massive Attack musician.

“It feels like I’m in a world that doesn’t exist, knowing nothing will ever be the same
again. No words or text can really explain — my soul feels empty.”
Tricky

The Standard (English newspaper): A compelling window into an artist’s grief. It’s a grief that blackens the mood of Fall To Pieces, an album of short tracks that often end abruptly, emerging and disappearing like bursts of half-awake anxiety during a night of restless sleep. The lyrics are, for the most part, terse snatches of an inner monologue, open to interpretation, but on occasion wincingly plain: “What a f***ing game/I hate this f***ing pain,” he whispers over an austere piano loop on Hate This Pain. It’s a dour listen but it’s compelling, a window into the mind of an artist trying to work through something incomprehensible.” Score: 4/5

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Conor Oberst Melancholy – ‘DOWN IN THE WEEDS, WHERE THE WORLD ONCE WAS’ By BRIGHT EYES

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

6 September 2020

Artist: Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst)
Album: Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was – tenth LP
Released: 21 August 2020

Pitchfork verdict: “Conor Oberst and company have not lost their taste for grandiosity
on their first album in nearly a decade, setting familiar woes against a dazzling collage of sounds… Down in the Weeds, recorded before the global pandemic, suits the daily desolation of lockdown. It also makes me regret that Oberst can’t perform these songs live, where young fans and old could form bonds as lasting with them as with Bright Eyes’ past staples… Running over the same old ground, Bright Eyes have found the same old fears. Wish they were here.”

Full review: here.

Keyline: “I hope our music makes people feel less alone.” Conor Oberst

Singles: Persona Non Grata / Forced Convalescence / One And Done

– PERSONA NON GRATA –

– FORCED CONVALESCENCE –

– ONE AND DONE

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BRIGHT EYES: Facebook

Heart And Soul In Vocal Motion – ‘WHOLE NEW MESS’ By ANGEL OLSEN

Music fro the laziest day of the week…

30 August 2020

Artist: Angel Olsen (Asheville, North Carolina, US)
Album: Whole New Mess
Info: The record features nine songs, stripped to the
bone, from her magnificent 2019 album All Mirrors and
two new songs, title track ‘Whole New Mess‘and sensitive
reverie ‘Waving, Smiling’.

Released: 30 August 2020

NME verdict: “Most of these songs appeared in maximalist form on last year’s acclaimed ‘All Mirrors’, but stripped-back versions reveal their true power… Most artists keep their demos to themselves, pulling them out of a dusty box in the attic only when someone at the label suggests they bolt them onto a flashy anniversary release or if the Record Store Day goodie box is looking a bit empty… If ‘All Mirrors’ took you to a lavish, creaky ballroom, then ‘Whole New Mess’ tucks you away in the cupboard under the stairs, the door slammed tightly shut. Olsen had always planned to release the original recordings of the ‘All Mirrors’ songs, but wanted the bolder, louder versions to come to her fans first. “I thought it would be more interesting to see something explosive, and then take a look back to where it started to do it the other way around,” she’s explained of her plans to flip the order in which the albums came out.
Score: 4/5.

Angel Olsen: “I’m trying to embrace this part of myself that’s unpolished.”

Enjoy this vocal beauty


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ANGEL OLSEN: Facebook

Sensitive Starry-Eyed Magic – Here’s Amazing Voice ASHLEY RAY With Her Majestic Ballad ‘JUST A HOUSE’

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

23 August 2020

ASHLEY RAY is an alluring country-folk-Americana artist from the all-time legendary music town of Nashville. She released her notable album Pauline a few weeks ago. A marvelous work of high-quality songwriting. Riveting, enchanting, and an overall vocal exploit. Once you heard Ray‘s heart-rending voice you are gloriously charmed.

One of the longplayer’s highlights is JUST A HOUSE.
A goosebumps ballad that moves your heart and soul.
Tender and tantalizing with a sensitive Linda Ronstadt
touch. Starry-eyed magic.

These 4 walls are runnin’ out o’ days /Can’t be what it was
Even if you stay / It’s another lonely winter
If ya never leave / Can’t take it up to heaven
Mama, can’t you see / That it’s just a house
It’s just a house

Enjoy here…

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ASHLEY RAY: Facebook


Stream PAULINE here

NEIL YOUNG Is Lookin’ For A New Leader For AMERICA

Gripping reveries for the laziest day of the week

16 August 2020

Living legend NEIL YOUNG shared a new acoustic version of his 2006 song
Lookin’ For A Leader now called LOOKIN’ FOR A LEADER 2020. A wake-up
call to all Americans to vote for a new White House leader next November as
ignorant bully Trump split America right down the middle turning his country
into the Divided States Of America.

America is beautiful
but she has an ugly side
We’re lookin’ for a leader
in this country far and wide

Fuck Trump…

NEIL YOUNG: Website

Melodramatic Voice ZOLA JESUS Covers ‘CHANGES’ BLACK SABBATH – A Spine-Tingling Performance

Gripping reveries for the laziest day of the week

9 August 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled Black Sabbath
debut LP and second longplayer Paranoid, Sacred Bones Records released
‘What Is This That Stands Before Me?‘ last May. A compilation of Sabbath
covers recorded by artists from across their roster, with The Soft Moon, Thou,
Uniform, Hilary Woods,
and more.

One of the most remarkable efforts is by melodramatic and
theatrical artist ZOLA JESUS. Her spine-tingling voice makes
your hair stand up in the back of your neck. Jaw-dropping
tour de force.

Listen here…


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Here’s the original

ZOLA JESUS: Facebook

Jaw-Dropping Voice! Hear ‘LOS ANGELES’ By Arresting Songstress ANNABEL LEE

Relaxing reveries for the laziest day of the week

ANNABEL LEE is a “force of f***ing nature” who makes pop music with a grunge disposition. Born and raised in North Dighton, Massachusetts, Annabel – born Sarah Borrello – s a hot blooded singer-songwriter summons the intellectual grit of artists like Fiona Apple and Alanis Morrisette, paired with the unorthodox and commanding energy of a punk band playing in a dingy basement.”

She shared a gripping live take of LOS ANGELES, the dangerously glam city of the angels.

Lee about the making of: “The morning I wrote this song I woke up crying. I sat in my bed
with my guitar, hungover- it was raining- a peculiar occurrence here in LA, but something that always stirred up old emotions for me. I wrote the song in about 10 minutes. The most literal thing I’d ever written. It’s the story of how I coped- or didn’t cope- how I used people, destroyed my health, and self-medicated to forget it all. A romantic time. Releasing personal work feels very strange in this climate, but it’s the best small gift I can offer.”

Los Angeles is a jaw-dropping vocal tour de force.
Stripped to the bone tristesse. Dramatic, high-octane
and breath-taking like a female Nick Cave. That tense!

You’re wasting me, Los Angeles
And I can’t go home

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Now that you’re here watch this dazzling footage of
Annabel Lee‘s recent and truly amazing Drive In Concert
performing the Sex Pistols’ raging punk blast Problems
and other electrical stuff…

ANNABEL LEE: Facebook

When The Lady Sings The Blues – Here’s RIVER RIPLEY With Melancholic Beauty ‘HAZE’

Relaxing reveries for the laziest day of the week

27 July 2020

RIVER RIPLEY is a singer/songwriter from
Ventura, California
blessed with an alluring voice.

Her bluesy musing ‘HAZE’ is a grief-stricken ballad. Introspective, heavyhearted and sorrowful with a melancholic timbre and a touch of Chris Isaak guitar romanticism.
Music for the midnight hours, music for lonely moments, music for broken hearts
and hurt souls.

Dim the lights and enjoy here…

RIVER RIPLEY: Facebook

Grace-ful Starsailor – Here’s British Singer Songwriter SAM BROOKES With New Single ‘EKARMA’

Relaxing reveries for the laziest day of the week

19 July 2020

British compelling singer/songwriter SAM BROOKES releases
his first new music since heavyhearted 2014 album Kairos.

He announced the release of new longplayer Black Feathers
on 23rd October via Go Slowly Records.

Ahead comes first single EKARMA. The appealing reverie “explores the inner
strength found in periods of isolation weaved with dark but ultimately soothing
memories of the ocean. Ekarma was inspired by a frightening childhood experience
which saw Brookes nearly swept out to sea whilst swimming on a family holiday, too
far from the shore to call for help.

“I had this overwhelming feeling of fear that almost crippled me but I realised it was
up to me to get myself back to shore. This memory often revisits me as an adult when
I feel that I’m ‘too far from the shore’.”
explained Brookes.

Ekarma is a sensitive and emotive humdinger. Not only Brookes’ voice but also his frightening swim accident as a youngster brings Jeff Buckley to mind who drowned in 1997. It’s a spine-chilling heart and soul song that makes you silent and puzzles your mindset.

Listen here…

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SAM BROOKES: Website  

(photo on top: Sarah Cresswell)

Beach Girls Harmonies – New Single ‘PEOPLE OF THE SUN’ By FIRE IN HER EYES

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

12 July 2020

London psych/folk trio FIRE IN HER EYES entered the music scene
last year with two notable singles Presenting  and Aladdin’s Cave.

And here’s third new mediation ‘PEOPLE OF THE SUN’.

“A song that calls to those who seek a deeper understanding of life.
A conscious awakening to the beauty that surrounds us” says the band.

It’s a vocal tour de force sounding like if the Californian harmony legends The Beach
Boys
came together again for an a cappella performance. Emotive, tender, and quixotic.
The romantic, positive feel (and the single’s artwork too) brings the romantic 60s hippie sentiments to mind. FIRE IN HER EYES share a hopeful message. Truly important in
these bizarre times we live in.

Enjoy the beach girls here…


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FIRE IN HERE EYES: Facebook


photo by Mona Cordes