I’m keen to re-present Beulah because today’s track is just good enough to get you in the mood for… anything! You already know the story of the band’s beginning but let’s just have more time to enjoy the music! Today’s track is again taken from 2001′s "The Coast is Never Clear" and is called "Gravity’s Bringing Us Down" but don’t let it! Enjoy!
My apologies for the lateness and shortness of today’s post – the sites been inaccessible for me for some time, and now I have to get an early night. I’m moving into my new accommodation this week, and although I try to keep on posting, if I miss a day, I’m very sorry!
As an “indie rock” band, Copeland you might expect Copeland to have a hard time fighting for notoriety in the music scene, yet worry not for it – the band, formed in 2000 by Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson and Jonathan Bucklew, have a fairly unique style that keeps them nice in the middle of catchy tunes and interesting features. Today’s song comes from their latest album, released October 31st last year, entitled “Eat, Sleep, Repeat”. If you think life is monotonous, at least the title is going for you! The track, “Careful Now”, is both a mellow and powerful track, and a nice combination at that:
Whilst we’re out on our "let’s do something different curve", here’s Conjure One, an electronic music project from Canada. A solo project by Rhys Fulber, previously of "electro-industrial" band Front Line Assembly, Conjure One has had two albums – proving his first wasn’t a one-off solo project. His second, "Extraordinary Ways" featured many guest vocalists, one of which was Poe. And the track, the imaginatively titled "Extraordinary Way". If you’re not much a fan of electronica, I’ll go on record saying its a pretty accessible track (and most of the album too) so here’s hoping you’ll enjoy it:
Aqualung, A.K.A. Matt Hales from merry ol’ England came to the public eye when his top track, “Strange and Beautiful” was used on an advert for the VW Beetle in 2002, and in the US for the song “Brighter than Sunshine” which was used in the film A Lot Like Love. But of course, you’ve probably heard them before – so let’s play a lesser-known but just-as-awesome track from his eponymous debut album, entitled “Good Times Gonna Come”:
Apart from keeping most of his personal life a secret, Hyde is in the public eye in Japan a whole lot of the time – part of the successful J-Rock band, L’Arc~en~Ciel (who will no doubt get a feature here some day) and a successful solo artist, marrying a model, starring in a couple of films and many albums – yet no one knows his actual name, or his birthday or any of the bitty details! Still, the music’s good and that’s all that counts – it’s quite a gentle piece: acoustic and mellow and using the softer sides of his voice. From his first solo album, “Roentgen”, here is “Shallow Sleep”:
The Format, a powerpop/indie rock band from Arizona, US have been around since 2001 and pumped out two albums so far. It’s not all been easy sailing for them, with their labels closing behind them and limited releases, but still their music is so positively upbeat, they’re obviously not bitter. My favourite album is the first, “Interventions + Lullabies” (although the second “Dog Problems” is still good) because it just seems so fun and jumpy and gets me in a really good mood. The vocals have a distinct, lovable edge, and blend nicely with the guitars and the many, many other instruments they often choose to use. Take a listen, and hopefully enjoy, “Tie the Rope”:
Lovedrug, an indie rock band from Ohio, appeared in my music library from out of nowhere – I can’t remember ever being recommended it, and spontaneously just went and got it. It turned out to be a good investment for the impulse buy: although at first they appear a very typical “me too” indie band, you’ll soon see there’s more under the cover than first appearances. I particularly like the last two minutes of today’s track “Blackout” which comes from their first full-length album, “Pretend You’re Alive”. They have since released a second album, earlier this year, which you can also buy, “Everything Starts Where It Ends”.
Day One is a trip-hop band from Bristol… no no no! All Wrong! Day_One (take full note of the underscore!) are from Leeds, and more specifically, Day_One are now “Vib Gyor”, who were previously featured last month. Yet their is quite a big difference between the two styles of the bands, and since it’s a nice, gentle tune, I think it deserves a mention. Day_One’s “Everybody” is an every day tune – the lyrics are fun to listen to, the music’s good (albeit somewhat simple, especially in comparison) and together its mighty fine listening. Enjoy today’s track!
It might seem a stretch to describe a song as all gentle, short and epic, but Thirteen Sense’s “Undivided” is just that, on top of everything else. The band, if you haven’t heard of them are from Cornwall, UK and formed in 2003, with two albums to date: 2004′s “The Invitation” where today’s track comes from and “Contact” which was released earlier this year. Both are amazing albums, although I have more of a fond spot for the earlier. As a little interesting tidbit I gleaned from Wikipedia, Thirteen Senses are the only band to have a top 20 single in the UK. Hope that persuades you to listen to today’s brilliant track:
theEndorphins are a melancholic progressive-ish rock band from the Netherlands formed in 2003. The three band members Astrid van der Veen, Arjan Hoekstra and Dennis Edelenbosch create a smooth mix of music with many different instruments and dueling dual (see what I did there?) vocals. Astrid has also worked with previously featured Ayreon, creating the progressive metal Ambeon project. Whilst looking for labels to work with, they have already put out several songs, available for free from their theEndorphan (see what they did there?) website, but they say their real best performance is in live shows. This track is “See It Clearer Than It Ever Was”: