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.
The track above, ‘North Sea Fret’, is a fantastic introduction to the sounds and styles of highly unusual duo MetaQuorum. A pair of veteran musicians with a ‘sense of mischief’, their new album ‘Midnight Sun’ is out now.
Usually instrumental, their music blasts down barriers between genres and styles, moulding plentiful ideas into their sprawling tracks. The musicianship and skill in constructing these compositions must be huge, and their style certainly makes for an intriguing alternative to the pop music we’re spoon-fed on the radio.
If something different is what you seek, then look no further….
The above track is taken from the brand new psych rock mini-odyssey from singer songwriter Spirals – out now on Bandcamp.
The mixtape, inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd, blends modern electronic influences with the mind bending aspects of traditional psychadelic rock. It makes a refreshing change and is surprisingly affecting an accessible for something that is so mindfully non-commercial. Good, fun music with a dark undertone.
With a debut single out now, Chris Hornsby is a UK based singer songwriter who brings a folky/country style to the acoustic scene. Based in London (but originally from the North East), his debut single ‘I Was Hoping I’d Run Into You’ is a well produced, fun song that has a real cosy feel to it:
Also worth checking out are the b-sides, top quality songs both, which accompany the single.
You can buy the single now from all good online stores, including Amazon and iTunes.
Jet Setter, a four piece band from Dublin, are an exciting example of the brand new music coming out of the Irish capital. Harmlessnoise.ie recently described them as ‘delivering a new type of music…fresh and unlike any other brand of guitar songs that I’ve heard lately… it simulates all types of tantalizing styles from The Replacements to The Byrds, an unlikely but very smooth blend’. All four Jet Setter boys have been playing and gigging for years with various bands before they decided to form Jet Setter during a late-night party in the R.A.G.E in Dublin.
The idea was to combine their musical influences into a new, invigorating sound, and with Paddy Ormond on lead guitar, Neil Dexter on drums, Jeffrey Courtney on bass and Ross Hamer providing snapshot vocals, the result is original, refreshing and powerful. Jet Setter are getting ready to release a limited edition vinyl double single with Any Other City, who’s previous releases include the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Villagers, Squarehead, and most recently Girl Band. Jet Setter will be touring the UK and Ireland in early summer 2014.
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