Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ane Brun - It All Starts with One (2011) REVIEW

Fresh out from collaborations as backing vocalist for Ani DiFranco and Peter Gabriel (she took Kate Bush's place on the re-interpretation of "Don't Give Up" on Gabriel's last album "New Blood"), Norwegian born, Sweden-based Ane Brun came out with her fourth studio album "It All Starts with One" on her own label Balloon Ranger Recordings in September this year, three years after the goldmine "Changing of the Seasons". Ane Brun is indeed no newbie, she is already a huge star in Norway and Sweden for half a decade, besides those four studio albums, Ane Brun released two compilations and two, yes two, live albums. "It All Starts with One" could very be a prophetic title, she just need one album to make her international breakthrough and this album could definitely be the one.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Snowman - Absence (2011) REVIEW

Snowman seems a somewhat banal bandname at first look, it is not if like these guys you are coming from Perth, Australia where snow is as rare as blue sky above Brussels, not that there is a band called Blue Sky around here, not that I know of. "Absence" is the band third album and an ironic title if there is one, Snowman disbanded soon after completing the album and it's a spooking shame. Indeed this seminal band as evolved from a cacophonous post-psychobilly guitar band with colossal drums and hellish screaming vocals on their first and eponymous album (2006) to a most sophisticated brand of Industrial music meets Liars meets The Bad Seeds with more texture, sound layers and some melodies on their sophomore 2008 album "The Horse, The Rat and The Swan". This one is an excellent piece of a record but it still remains a transitional effort to what "Absence" will become.

TV Ghost - Mass Dream (2011) REVIEW

Honestly, I've been a bit lazy lately, I'm late, sure, so I go with the best of them, in my humble opinion of course, and "Mass Dream" by the four guys from Lafayette, Indiana of all places TV Ghost is among them. The band took their name from the phenomenon of analog television frequency disturbances, and disturbed they definitely sound, mostly the insanely demented frontman Tim Gick, whose vocals stand somewhere between some psychotic Echo and The Bunnymen's Ian McCullough, 16 Horsepower/Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards or Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Cramps' late Lux Interior while some very upfront backing vocals are sometimes close to earlier Certain General. The music is harder to reference, one could think of The Scientists and The Cramps, some Pere Ubu, some Nations of Ulysses, even some The Birthday Party while sounding like none of them. The shrewd reader can already notice that their main influences are mainly rooted in the Post-Punk idiom of the eighties performed with the energy of hardcore and a tinge of Gothic to add some darkness to it all.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In The Country - Kungen VIDEO

Morten Qvenild is Susanna's The Magical Orchestra by himself and he has his own combo, a jazz trio, but is it jazz?, piano, double bass and drums, In The Country, with additional musicians (a.o. Marc Ribot) here and there. They already released four albums, the last one "Sounds and Sights" being double and with a DVD, which was released June 2011 via Rune Grammofon.
A jazz band who makes a video is not a common thing so here it is for your eyes and ears with the title "Kungen" from the album "Whiteout" released in 2009.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Ashes + Gun & The E-Kids AUDIO

From Norway, improv power rock two third ladies trio Hedvig Mollestad Trio with Ellen Brekken on electric and acoustic bass and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on the drums, guitarist and leader is Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, got their debut album "Shoot!" out since September 23rd via Rune Grammofon. The album is completely instrumental apart from the distant shouting in a Melvins cover. "Shoot!" is more song structured than other guitar led trios such as Bushman´s Revenge or Scorch Trio.
With the amount of ladies recording albums and performing concerts in Norway, I bet gender equity is just common sense over there.
Whatever, ladies and gentlemen, you can stream two tracks from the album below.

Ashes by Hedvig Mollestad Trio

Gun & The E-Kid by Hedvig Mollestad Trio