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21-10-2014: Album Flannel Graph - Ribs of Adam

A little over two months ago I fell madly in love with Flannel Graph's previous recording Five Foot Three EP and I was extremely pleased to find out they were releasing a new album on September 1st. Now that I've been spending six week with it I would like to sing their praise once more. Ribs of Adam is every inch as beautiful as their earlier work and a little better.

OVer the years that I've been writing this music blog I've discovered I'm not that great at analyzing records, but I think Flannel Graph has expanded their musical horizons on this record. They still write beautiful acoustic folk songs together, but there's a lot more happening around their voices and guitar. Opening track "In My Soul" is a fine example of this, with that classic deep south folk sound. As the 7-track record continues every song seems to be a little prettier than the one that just ended. Making this a delicious and haunting record to put on replay for hours to go.

The absolute highlight of this record is final track "The Life I Was Missing", it is mindblowing beautiful and it tops off a great record with a bang. "The Life I Was Missing" is one of the best songs of 2014 and Ribs of Adam is one of the finest releases of the year.
Flannel Graph is bound for greatness.

20-10-2014: Monday Morning Kick-Off Hilbrandt - Jacob

Monday Morning Kick-Off with Dutch folkband Hilbrandt. They're releasing their debut album next month and this 1st song is so addictive. Best played REALLY LOUD, which is always a good thing to do on a Monday morning. Have a good week!

19-10-2014: Track Matt Stalker & Fables - Seasick/Spiderwebs (live)

This is going to be a great day and great days deserve beautiful music. Last month I mentioned Matt Stalker & Fables' new record KNOTS as the Must-Have of the Month. Seasick/Spiderwebs is one of the 11 beautiful songs taken from that record and this live version is 4 minutes in heaven.

18-10-2014: Track Emily Danger - Peace Arch

Emily Danger calls this Dark Cabaret Rock: a perfect fit for her music. "Peace Arch" is a great melodramatic track with 80s synths and long slow screams over laidback drums. I love it.

17-10-2014: Album The Slow Clock - The Slow Clock

This fine record is the solo-project of Chinup-frontman Harmen Kuiper. The band is slowly working towards releasing their new record, meanwhile Harmen has released this album. It's a really fun and relaxing record, perfect for lazy Sundays or slow Fridays. While we're desperately waiting for the weekend to begin, this is a fine album to get in the mood.

Songs like these remind me of the older work by The Strokes and much similair up-tempo popbands from that time and era. There was a whole wave of fine bands playing happy, care-free tunes back in those days and The Slow Clock would fit in perfectly. There's not a song on this record clocking over 3 minutes, making this a high speed record that is over before you'll know it.

I don't know what this new record of his full band is going to sound like, but if it's anything like The Slow Clock I'm already extremely interested. Considering this is just an "in-between-release" I can't wait what they'll be releasing next. For now, let's enjoy Perfect Friday Music.

16-10-2014: Track The Tallest Tree - Boat / I'll Be Your

Two great songs by Canadian duo The Tallest Tree. Boat is a cool rockin' grungy track, I'll Be Your is smoother and even a little sexy. If this were a 90s release they'd be all over the magazine covers.

15-10-2014: Track Town of Saints - Miner's Song (piano version)

Town of Saints recently re-released their 2013 debut album Something To Fight With and it's a great record. The original version of "Miner's Song" was given a single release and this B-side piano version is even sweeter than the original. Stream the entire album @bandcamp.

14-10-2014: Track Kate Boy - Open Fire

This new Kate Boy-track is another showcase of this highly talented collective.

13-10-2014: Monday Morning Kick-Off Dom Flemons - But They Got It Fixed Right On

Original up-tempo country by Dom Flemons. They look like they're having a lot of fun and the song has the same happy sound. Perfect for another Monday Morning Kick-Off, may your week be as fine as this song!

12-10-2014: Track Strand of Oaks - Shut In

Great midnight track by Strand of Oaks for the not so romantics.

11-10-2014: Track Brady Toops - O For Grace

For those having a romantic evening, listen to Brady Toops.

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