Hey, gang. It’s been a little while since my last blog post. I thought I’d share a few albums I’ve been listening too and pass them on to you. Bear with me, the styles are all quite different.
First up is Damien Rice’s new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy. It’s his first album in 8 years and it’s really quite good. He’s coming to Portland next year and I may have to put him on my “gotta see” list. If you’re in the mood for something on the softer side, it’s a great choice. Here’s one of my favorites off this album, The Box.
Next up is one of my favorite, DJs, Blockhead. His new album is called Bells and Whistles. I listened to this on Spotify the other day and instantly fell in love with it. He’s self publishing this album and I made sure to pick up a copy off iTunes. He’s a funny guy (check out phatfriend.com) and his song titles never fail to make me chuckle. He’s in Portland tomorrow night but I won’t be able to catch him. Here’s one from the new album, On The Back of a Golden Dolphin.
Last but not least is Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave by Scottish band, The Twilight Sad. I happened to discover these guys through a recommendation from Owl John. I started listening to their album on a Tuesday and quickly realized they were going to be in town that Sunday. Fun fact: I have a knack for discovering a band I like about 11 days after they’ve been in town. I was happy to finally break the curse.
They had an in-store performance at Music Millennium that Sunday afternoon and I made a point to go hear them live. It was an acoustic performance with just the lead singer and guitar player (James and Andy). I was truly moved by the beauty of James’ voice and hearing the songs in a more stripped down arrangement. Got to meet them after their set (along with Mark, their drummer)-super nice guys. I went to their show that night and them along with We Were Promised Jetpacks. So glad I got to go.
Here’s a clip of them acoustically.
Here they are in their full band mode.