Sunday, 10 August 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 10/08/2014 - Reigning Sound, Emma Ruth Rundle, Hollie Cook, Common, Dry The River

Five tracks to help kick off the new season...

London Scouser:-
Dry The River - ' Everlasting Light' (2014)

I can't believe it's been more than two years since Shellhunter first introduced me to Dry The River with 'The Chambers & The Valves' which was one of my songs of 2012. They're back with this single from their upcoming 2nd album 'Alarms In The Heart' which is released on August 25th. This song is a little rockier than their old stuff and I don't disapprove in the slightest. The video is a good watch as the band members get seven shades of $#1t knocked out of them by some mean looking ladies on the judo mat !!!

Common - 'Speak My Piece' (2014)

I'm currently up t'north visiting the Lakes and Blackpool. Why? Because it's my wife's hood. But despite 10 days of rolling hills, beaches and tranquility, I can never fully rid myself of the airport, where I work. Thanks to this track from Common's 10th album, Nobody's Smiling, out last month. With it's simple 808 style old school beat, it's the stand out track but it's the chorus and the end of the track that reminds me of distorted ground to air radio chatter. Sounds cool but alas there's no escaping it, even in Wainwright's country.

Emma Ruth Rundle - 'Arms I Know So Well' (2014)

Emma Ruth Rundle is a busy lass.  She fronts LA's The Marriages, The Nocturnes and plays in instrumental Post-Rock band called Red Sparrows.  Additional to this she has recently released her first solo album called Some Heavy Ocean.  Atmospheric folk mixed with gorgeous sadness, the album features some spectacular tracks such as Arms I Know So Well.  Grandeur with Reverb!

Old Pa's Corner :-
Reigning Sound - 'Never Coming Home' (2014)

I have not heard much of these guys and can not understand why. This track from their album Album Shattered (2014) is a real cracker and is another of those that creep up on you and you will be humming it before you know it.

It is a great album full of great little love songs. Good quality stuff all round and worth a listen. 

Hollie Cook - 'Postman' (2014)

On two separate occasions this song has got my attention and I had to find out what it was, the same song! Why haven't I heard of her before? Born into music, Hollie's father is Paul Cook (drummer for the Sex Pistols) and her mother is Jeni who was backing singer for Culture Club. Boy George is even her God Father. Well I know having musical relations doesn't necessarily mean you will automatically be an amazing musician but on this occasion I think the influences have created more than interesting results. Hollie, who is also in the reformed band The Slits, released her debut album in 2011 which I don't know how I missed. If this great reggae track complete with steel drums is anything to go by, I shall be revisiting her back catalogue which includes a Dub version of her debut. Easy no'!

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK 10/08/2014 - Reigning Sound, Emma Ruth Rundle, Hollie Cook, Common, Dry The River
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10 August 2014 at 15:32

A nice musical pick'n'mix of different genres....everyone's a winner

15 August 2014 at 11:53

LS - as you say bit of a departure but pretty good
SFW - Gorgeous sadness a bit like good suffering I suppose. Pleasant!
SH - easy yes! love this one. MF.
FC - no sound on video. Tried YT, same and next track sounded slow, not right...eventually found it...great beat backing

24 August 2014 at 12:44

FC - an enjoyable slice of Hip-Hop, I've listened a few times on Spotify and whilst naughty words don't make songs, the fact that version is a clean edit frustrated me !!!
SFW - I also agree with the 'gorgeous sadness' very pleasant and will be added to my TOTY contenders.
OP - it is definitely a hummer (in a good way) I even found my toes tapping. A great sign
SH - another winner... I could imagine this being played late at night with candles and mozzies to keep me company

and Top Of The League is... Reigning Sound