To some, it may feel like a bold statement to say that Satan himself is residing in heaven, however, to Cholesterol Jones its just plain truth.
The folk singer has released a track that expresses his opinion on the election of Donald trump. The metaphor behind the name entertains is the idea that someone who is destructive and unfair, is now ruling the USA. Donald being Satan, Heaven being the US.
The track itself is an ensemble of acoustic folk, with light instrumentation and the inclusion of a gospel singer, giving it the ultimate feel.
The song is available now, so be sure to check it out.
Kalibe, who have released their second album, “Mãe da Lua” , are an ever-evolving collective comprised of musicians from across the world, playing instruments native to their country alongside those from countries many thousands of miles away. This may sound doomed to failure but there is something strangely affecting about traditional African pipes combining with tribal South American drumming and even Mongolian throat singing.
This is very much music from the heart – instruments which will seem alien to many, possessing earthy, gnarled tones which evoke the surrounding of their creation – the pipes are a reflection of the tropical birds in the trees; the percussion, the streams and breeze in the trees. The fact that many of the sounds are routed in backgrounds completely unknown to each other historically do not prevent a perfect synergy – this is music to be shared and to provide positivity to the listeners.
Although the main language featured on the tracks is Portuguese, there are dialects from around the world, with no boundaries placed on how the messages are conveyed. The effect is quite startling and not a little emotional – there is something quite moving about such ancient sounds coming together with not just one album but on individual tracks.
If vintage rock from back in the day is your thing, then make sure to check out the new single, ‘Belinda’ by Albino. It’s full of organs, guitar solos, the raw vocals of Ben Tucker and a whole load o’ whiskey, which we’ve heard the band operates on.
Since their inception in 2005, Albino has undergone a musical metamorphosis, travelling a long way from their humble beginnings, but now, the off-the-wall band has cemented their style and truly found their own sound. Whilst Albino’s eclectic and multi-talented musical line up has changed over the years, this latest track proves their musical direction, commitment and energy has always remained constant.
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A Light From The Other Side is the new album from Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards, who has developed her very own brand of jazz infused folk, with a few hints of blues and roots music too.
Growing up in North Queensland, Australia, was difficult for Lisa; her Mother who was formerly a concert pianist, had moved there for her Father and thus Lisa’s childhood became a turbulent time. Alcohol and substance abuse were issues from a young age, but Lisa eventually fled her troubles to the city where she would pursue a career in music.
Check out ‘Frank Sinatra’ from the album here:
Lisa’s travels and experiences have woven a rich tapestry of musical styles into her own work, resulting in the artist she is today. As a result, her eclectic, yet endearing sound has seen her compared with the likes of Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse and even Ella Fitzgerald.
Despite this, Lisa has been gifted with a voice like no one else’s that will immediately stop you in your tracks the first time you hear it; it’s truly like nothing else.
A Light From The Other Side is out now and was produced with the help of renowned singer-songwriter/producer, Greg J. Walker.
Standing up to the questionable presidency of Donald Trump is Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.
With his song of protest, ‘Freedom’ tells you everything you need to know about the 45th president of the USA and why you should stand up and protest his leadership. You might be wondering why a Scotsman is writing an Anti-Trump protest song, but in fact, Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant with family in the US who fear that they may be deported. He is also concerned about the messages that Trump has sent out so far concerning race and sex, and he doesn’t want his three children to grow up in a world where these comments are considered acceptable.
Taking influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Lou Reed, Beldon has penned an easy-listening pop-rock tune that is both pleasing to listen to, as well as being informative, with a powerful agenda.
Beldon’s affinity for writing ballads and protest songs is demonstrated through his quality musicianship and clever storytelling, employing touches of humour along with substantial lyricism that always has a purpose. As well as this, Beldon favours true musicality, utilising real musicians and real instruments to create his contemporary style of melodic pop-rock.
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‘Storytellers’, originally written in 1977, but never released, is now out as a build up single to the reissue of Gaodhal’s Vision, by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, which is available from 28th April 2017.
The fusion album may be celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the sounds that lie within it are timeless. This song acts as a crucial example of the band’s indo-celtic flair, with the soft sounds of the violin caressing the notes; the melody feeling almost like a precursor to smooth soul classics such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’.
What is wonderful about this piece of music is that it takes you on a journey of feeling, allowing the listener to be swept along, with the highs and low of its varying paces and tones, into different realms of emotion.
There are so many musical elements to ‘Storytellers’ that it feels ahead of its time, for example the electric guitars that slide in midway through the track are still being echoed today through funk numbers like Daft Punk’s 2013 hit ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’.
Limerick-born Joe has said he plans to use his tools as a musician to combat the commercialism that currently surrounds St Patrick’s Day, and with skillful music such as his, I believe he’s going the right way about it.
Listen to ‘Storytellers’ here on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/storytellers-feat-rory-gallagher-single/id1212148858
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Plus, don’t miss out on their 40th anniversary concert either: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/from-egypt-to-eire-40th-anniversary-of-gaodhals-vision
Call Me The Moon is the latest project and album from the experienced and talented musician, Mark L. Oakes.
The Belgian singer-songwriter has compiled a collection of beautiful ballads and easy listening folk rock tunes that are sure to please any ears.
One might compare Mark’s sound to a modern version of Neil Young with a bit more piano instead of guitar, but Oakes is by no means a tribute artist. He has developed a melodically driven style of folk music with strong subtext and a truly emotive sound. Mark also notes artists such as Tom Petty, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams as some of his primary influences and this is clear when listening to his expertly-crafted songs.
‘Shredded Jeans’ is a highlight from Call Me The Moon and the name of the track seems perfectly apt when you consider that Oakes labelled the record as the ideal soundtrack for a ‘karmic road trip’.
Mainly tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of Londoner cellist, Ben Trigg, and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles. Travelling between Europe and the United States with a bag full of projects, Mark sees Call Me The Moon as a silver thread out of a vague existential maze.
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