It sounds slightly rude to describe the new music of Carmel as ‘mature’. It suggests one of two things. Possibly both.
First it implies that her 80s hits, now a distant memory given the speed of today’s world, were immature. And second, it could be construed as a comment on the age of a pop star returning after three decades out of the business.
So, when I say that the new singles from Carmel are ‘mature’, know that I don’t mean either of these things. What I mean is that these tracks deal with points of view which are more ‘grown up’ and don’t tally with a lot of the shallow tracks you hear on today’s radio.
And, for that, Carmel and her new band should be applauded.
SECOND WIFE BLUES
SECOND WIFE BLUES https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bzeq3dckuls3pinnqxktgzwicmq&tid=song-Tfaisquxvwuiapjoqauoficlxmi&hl=en_GB
SAD SITUATION https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Carmel_Sad_Situation?id=Bz64bdswsnnzcb3tiiz4uxanxwq&hl=en_GB
SECOND WIFE BLUES http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015MP9QWU/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_uPZcwb0DC3X70
SAD SITUATION http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015MOYC8E/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_kRZcwb0PTFBQM
SECOND WIFE BLUES
Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, and marrying those styles with intricate indie-rock guitar lines, Weinf is a songwriter who offers something a little different from the norm. A little to light to be rock, but too heavy to be a classic ‘singer-songwriter’, he instead finds a middle ground musically while lyrically pouring his heart out on new album ‘Requiem for Myself’.
The album happened almost by accident – the result of a writing binge which followed some awful medical news which had the potential to prematurely end Weinf’s life. The result is an album of songs on a very definite theme, questioning life itself, his place in it and various other deep themes that occurred to him during this stretch of time.
And now, having been told that all is well in terms of his health, the timing is perfect to get these songs out there – exploring dark feelings while safe in the knowledge that there is a happy ending coming. It would have been difficult listening were it not for that outcome, but as it is it simply documents an uncertain period with great dexterity.
With a quickfire delivery and a sharp, fresh take on rapping rhythms, the track above is the latest release from Los Angeles based hip hop artists Souleye.
‘The Victim’ is an impactful, impressive introduction to newcomers, and firmly captures the smart observational style that makes Souleye stand out among his peers.
New album ‘Shapeshifter’ is coming very soon, and if this track is anything to go by, it’s going to be a top listen.