VAN MORRISON Released Classic LP ‘MOONDANCE’ 50 Years Ago…

Old and new albums to make your day

28 February 2020

This month 50 years ago Irish singer/songwriter VAN MORRISON released his classic album MOONDANCE. A brilliant LP mixing rock, soul and jazz in a most affecting way. Gripping ballads such as ‘And It Stoned Me’, ‘Crazy Love’, ‘Into The Mystic’ and ‘Brand New
are amongst the most touching love songs he ever wrote. And spirited upbeat
pearls ‘Caravan’, ‘These Dreams Of You’ and ‘Glad Things’ emphasize the monumental
and incomparable soul voice of The Belfast Cowboy. Just a stunning record by one of
the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Sheer splendor, pure magic!

Rolling Stone wrote: “Van’s new album might send one back to the bright enthusiasm of “Brown-Eyed Girl” and the magic blues of Them Again; Van now sings with a magnetically
full electric band, complete with piano, organ, vibes, and intricately controlled saxophones
and flute. The band’s performance has a stately brilliance; and if it recaptures some of the feeling of the earlier music, the past is serving as a rite of passage toward the celebrations of Moondance.”
. Full review here.

Hard to pick only three highlights. Anyway, I chose this trio of blissful beauties…



(An awe-inspiring live version at The Band’s farewell concert – 1978)

Album in full…

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OUT TODAY! ‘Compass’ – New Album By Dream Pop Duo UMMAGMA…

26 July 2019

Who: Canada born Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov from Ukraine. They started their musical project back 16 years ago in Moscow. Now based in Peterborough, Ontario, the duo already released two LPs
Sound: Electro pop in various colors, diverse rhythms and stirring soundscapes. From frisky to meditative, from exalted to ruminative. Multi-layered and multi-harmonious
Stream album here…

Singles/clips off the album…



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Electro Pop Tandem UMMAGMA Shares Brand New Starry-Eyed Single ‘CARAVAN’…

Brand new sonic impulses

6 April 2019


Who: The duo of Canada born Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov from Ukraine started their electronic pop project back in 2003 in Moscow. Now based in Peterborough, Ontario, the pair released two albums so far and have their third full length, after a 7-year gap, entitled ‘Compass‘ ready for release on 21st June. In a press statement, the longplayer is described as “an album of grace and change, of familiarity and exploration, of emotion and euphoria, of sky-scraping cinematic highs and intimate and intriguing lows. This is the sound
of a band allowing themselves to jump creative divides, to kick down musical barriers, and rip up the rule book or perhaps just ignore the fact that there ever was one in the first place.”

Track: CARAVAN – first single, officially out on 8th May, off the new LP

Score: There’s so much happening here. After a tribal jungle like drum intro, an ongoing glimmering guitar riff kicks in, an enchanting synth-pop melody develops with starry-eyed alternating vocals by the duo taking you to dreamland, until tantalizing guitars grab your attention just before the drums and that sparkling riff take over again for the trippy outro. The overall whirling dynamic of this flashing escapade will tickle your senses! Capture the blissful vibes right here…

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New album COMPASS out 21st June – all info right here