Billed as “genre-bending”, and a “non-stop electro-pop dynamite” and filled with enough energy to power an entire city, Brooklyn-based Alan Wilkis brings his new EP, “Pink and Purple”. Recorded at his home over the last year, his second release (the first being 2008′s Babies Dream Big) takes the music one step further. The vivacious energy and its determination to break typical genre definitions make it a perfect choice for the electic musical choices on Something Chewie. Enjoy today’s track, “Snuggle Up To Nail Down”:
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:
And now for the completely different Blue October – and suffice to say, the harder to research – everything just tells me about the other one! So the British “Blue October” are an electro-pop band, complete with the 80s twist too – especially evident in the vocals of Ross Carter. They’ve put out three albums now, the latest being “One Day Silver, One Day Gold”, where “Somewhere” is taken from. Later this month, they will be releasing a 2 CD remastered attempt at their first album, “Incoming”, which you can preorder here.
Kent, a famous rock band from Sweden, sings in – you guessed it – Swedish. And that’s fair, its their language! But there’s something that might not come across when you give them a listen. Even though their songs for the most part appear uplifting and jumpy, the actual translation and the meanings behind the lyrics, is quite different. This track, “Den dÃ¶da vinkeln” is from their latest album, “Du & jag dÃ¶den”, which literally translates to “You & I Death”. The theme may be somewhat dark, but don’t let that stop you from taking a listen to today’s track. Kent are currently producing their seventh studio album due out later this year.
Straight from London comes Headland, with an album deliciously titled “Touchy Feely”, and the track curiously “Freak Flag Fly”! I was going to link to the Amazon UK page for the album, until I discovered they were selling it (admittedly through the Market Place) at the godawful price of Â£32! It must be a good one then!
Big in Denmark, Carpark North produce an exciting synth rock sound which reached the top of the Danish charts. Their second album “All Things to All People” reinvigorated the band in 2005 after fans feared the end of the band with a two-year hiatus. It may have been two years since their last album, but on their website, the band writes that they are writing songs for a new album due out later this year. Good news for fans of their music!