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01-02-2013 // Track: Rebecca Brandt - Numbers & Shapes (live)

Rebecca Brandt did a release show of her debut album Numbers & Shapes back in September and there's a great video here with some images and sounds from that show. It looks & sounds magical and it makes me just a little more sad to not have been there. Other than that: Great Stuff!

30-01-2013 // Album: Les Monstres Terribles - Le Loup & Le Lapin

One of the most played songs of 2013 so far is this addictive song by Les Monstres Terribles from their November-release Le Loup & Le Lapin (French for The Wolf & The Rabbit). The singer has a bit of a hypnotizing voice and the noizy melodies combined with his voice and the somewhat simple (yet perfect) lyrics make this a song impossible to ignore.

Another brilliant piece of weird music is "Graveyard Shift". The lyrics tell a strange story, the music is disturbing and dark. Making it a perfect soundtrack song (or plot) for a lot of horrormovies. Especially the last 15 seconds are stuck in my brain for weeks now & I find myself singing this on the strangest moments (at work, surrounded by customers).

The album starts off really easy-going instrumental, with a slow, haunting song that'll grab your attention right away. This is no album to just play in the background. It is best enjoyed doing absolutely nothing. The many layers of music hold a rich and subtle sound that'll open up a little more each time you listen to it. It may take a while before you fall in love, but once you do, this is an album unlike anything you've ever heard.

The albums finest song (That Melody) actually describes perfectly how I feel about this album:
when i’m with you
the darker it gets
the more you shine through
the more i can see

Great! Fucking! Album!

28-01-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Wildlife - Born To Ruin

The 1st track of Wildlife's new album ...On The Heart is a wild, energetic rocksong. Perfect for sleepy Monday-mornings. Start your week off with a bang!

26-01-2013 // Track: The Griswolds - Heart Of A Lion

Saturday night: Let's Dance!

24-01-2013 // Album: Seryn - This Is Where We Are

Tomorrow it’ll be 2 years ago since this album was released, but I’ve just discovered it 4 weeks ago. That is one of the amazing things of music (and most other art forms), no matter how new or old something is: if it’s good, it’s good. And this 2011-release by Seryn is good. Very good!

Seryn is a 6-piece band from Texas and combines several layers of guitars, banjo and ukulele with great harmonies and rhythmic changes. Making every song a surprise, without ever falling into the same routine. Some songs are more slow and dreamy, others are up-tempo, but the amazing harmony of their combined voices is something that stands out in all the 10 songs on this high quality debut album.

This 2011 album that I discovered on the break of 2012 is without a doubt my 1st fine pick of 2013. A beautiful, addictive album that is best enjoyed over and over again. Their calendar is filled with a lot of US-shows for the coming 2 months, hopefully a new release is also in the works. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for it.

Great. Fucking. Record.

23-01-2013 // , Track: BOY - Drive Darling / July (acoustic)

Just discovered the female duo BOY two weeks ago and I've heard a few fine songs, but "Drive, Darling" is Addictive as Fuck! The 2nd acoustic song is "July" and is more beautiful, but a tiny bit less addictive. It's probably the chorus, but who cares? Just enjoy!

23-01-2013 // Track: Small Houses - Oh, Hiding Out

On February 26th Small Houses will release his new album Exactly Where You Wanted To Be, and as a little heads up he has already released 2 songs on his bandcamp ánd a video for "Oh, Hiding Out". It is Small Houses at his best and I can't wait for that new album to be released in little over a month.

19-01-2013 // Track: All Shall Be Well - I'm A Hunter, Not A Thief

New music from experimental rockband All Shall Be Well. Epic as their previous work and a great way to kick off your weekend!

15-01-2013 // Track: Matt Bauer - Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs

Another familair name: Matt Bauer. He released a new EP in October and although it's good, in all honesty I must admit it's not as great as I expected it to be. There's one perfect song on it though: "Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs". This has made me sing every night for the last 7 weeks or so, addictive as fuck!

14-01-2013 // Track: Neil Halstead - Digging Shelters

Neil Halstead is a name te remember and keep an eye out for in 2013. I'm very sure this year will see his breakthrough. His well-deserved breakthrough. Listen to another beauty, just released..

12-01-2013 // Track: First Rate People - You Won't Get This Joke At All

The weekend started about 11 minutes ago and I'm already dancing to this great new track by First Rate People. Canadian indiepop at its finest! Have a good weekend, dance your ass off!

11-01-2013 // interviews: 2012: Interview with Rebecca Brandt

The year 2012 is coming to an end (actually it ended a week ago, but I'm sticking with the intro..). It is that time of the year for Christmas carols, buying presents for our loved ones and reflecting on the year that (almost) lies behind us. For us music bloggers it also means writing year lists, pretending our opinions matter to the world. Which of course, they do not, but even bloggers have dreams. These last few weeks I’ve asked several of my favorite artists of 2012 to look back on what this year has brought them. For their own musical careers, but also about the music they’ve enjoyed themselves and, if any, what their plans for 2013 are. These are their stories (yes, I did just quote the A-Team intro).

Although I refused to do a 'best of 2012'-list, I’ve given this a lot of thought and if I had to choose one album as my 2012-favorite, it would be Rebecca Brandt’s Numbers & Shapes. From the huge amount of great records I’ve heard last year this is the one album that always makes me smile. Always brings me comfort. Never stops amazing me. I am still truly surprised and overwhelmed by the deep emotions that this records holds. Emotions I’ve never heard and felt in an instrumental record. Instrumental music has always interested me, but Numbers & Shapes have added the emotional layer I’ve never experienced in instrumental music. I hope this makes sense, I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Numbers & shapes has opened my eyes, touched my heart and has given me joy like no other album has. If for some twisted reason I could only take one album released in 2012 with me into the future, this would be it. And I would never regret it. The final 2012-interview is with Rebecca Brandt. Read about her year and future plans (let’s hope they involve new recordings..), listen to some fine music.

1. If you had to name one moment, what would you consider the highlight of 2012?
My best moment of 2012 was definitely midnight on May 1, when my first album "Numbers & Shapes" was officially released. I had been working towards that moment for over 2 years, and to finally get the chance to put my music out in the world was a really significant experience for me.

2. What are doing at the moment (November 2012)?
I'm still chugging along, trying to work hard! I recently finished scores on 2 short films and am providing music for several upcoming commercials. I've also begun fleshing out ideas for some new pieces, just really basic, structural stuff. And there are a few other exciting projects and possibilities in the works...!

3. Which great band/artist did you discover yourself in 2012?
They are in no way a new group and have been around for years, but I recently discovered the music of Balmorhea and am pretty much in love. They play some really cool instrumental stuff with post-rock and classical vibes, totally up my alley.

4. What's your favourite album released this year?
I am very much a Yann Tiersen fan, so I've got to say his record "Skyline." This may be cheating a bit because while it was released in 2012 in the US, it had an earlier release in 2011 in parts of Europe. Still, I am crazy for his sound and this album is just beautiful.

5. How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
I'm not really sure yet, though I do know it will involve music, probably a fun show to dance in the New Year! I'll probably stick around my area in Brooklyn... Manhattan gets a bit too nuts for me during the holidays.

6. What are your plans for 2013?
6. On my shortlist for 2013 plans: play some shows, write some new music, get a puppy, win the lotto and retreat to the mountains in Peru. Not necessarily in that order.

Thank you Rebecca. For a beautiful album. For the answers to these questions. And about those mountains in Peru, the Netherlands are also pretty beautiful and perfect for retreating..

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