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Suddenly… life has new meaning
Suddenly… feeling is being
Suddenly… I don’t have to be afraid
Suddenly… All falls into place

New album “The Optimist” out June 9th 2017

Ordinary Friday

Once again, time was scarce this week, so instead of a Flashback Friday, here are just some random thoughts of this week:

 

Looking forward to a huuuuge new compilation from Eardrums Music. Knut will soon present 4 (!) CDs worth of wonderful Scandinavian sounds for absolutely free! Check his blog entry for more details. Bring ’em on, Knut! 🙂

OMFG… that new James Bond song is really really terrible! It’s even worse than the latest White Stripes record. Listen to the complete song here if you dare!

Terrible, isn’t it? Well, to get you back on the right track, head over to RetroWonderland for one of the best songs of the early 90ies!

If you haven’t heard it already: German Mew-A-Likes Polarkreis 18 are releasing their second album The Colour Of Snow on October 17th, and they are offering a new song for free. Visit this site, leave your e-mail, and download Prisoner (you can easily unsubscribe from the newsletter again if you like…). This one really hints at an epic album. And just in case you’ve missed it before: the fabulous Nephew Remix of Allein Allein is still available at Data Sapiens… don’t miss it!!!

I’m From Barcelona will be playing at a venue near me in two weeks… I’m still thinking about going or not. To be honest, I only know their first hit We’re From Barcelona and the new one Music Killed Me (available for free here), and both are not really songs I desperately love. So help me out here: is the band worth visiting? Any song recommendations that will convince me?

One concert I’ll definitely attend is the Figurines together with I Am Kloot. I can imagine that this will be a pretty special evening, as both bands are pretty special in my opinion. Well, you’ll read about it here after November 1st!

Figurines – The Wonder (MP3)
Figurines – Rivalry (MP3)
Figurines – Bright (MP3)

More concerts lined up for me:

23.10.08 Anathema (Angels Walk Among Us, MP3)
24.10.08 Nada Surf (Do It Again, MP3)
25.10.08 Live/Wire
31.10.08 Musical Box
01.11.08 Figurines/I Am Kloot

as always, hardly any good concerts during the year, but then everything together in two weeks!

Have you discovered Northern Lights yet?

More Mixed Stuff

Travis have just released their next single from The Boy With No Name. It’s my favourite, My Eyes. And as you expect it from the boys, there’s a funny video to go with the song:

I’ve just found a great remix of Imogen Heap‘s wonderful Hide And Seek. The Unofficial Ciaran Strings Remix makes this perfect song even more perfect… or perfecterer… the perfectest? Well, check it out, will you? 🙂

Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (Ciaran Strings Remix) (MP3)

And another break-up: Brazil, Indiana-based Prog/Psych-Rock-band, has decided to disband. Somehow, I can’t find any information on the circumstances, I’ve just read it in the latest blog-entry from one band member. Aaron also tells us that the remaining band members will start working on new projects, and that they will start releasing previously unreleased material of Brazil via MySpace over the next few weeks. Another interesting and talented band gone… 😦

Brazil – Candles Cast Long Shadows (MP3)
Brazil – Crime And The Antique Solution (MP3)

Been listening to Maritime‘s latest CD Heresy And The Hotel Choir, and I’m really surprised how good it is! I’m not too familiar with the band, but this one is a great collection of catchy and well-crafted indie-rock-songs. Might well become a contender for that famous year-end-list!

Maritime – Guns Of Navarone (MP3)
Maritime – For Science Fiction (MP3)

And I’ve just been informed that Eyes On The Highway, the latest album by Danes Saybia, has been delivered to my home. I’m really curious of the direction the band will take on this album. I loved the debut, I liked the second one… what will I think of the third?

From debut album The Second You Sleep:
Saybia – The Second You Sleep (MP3)

And finally, Porcupine Tree have announced more European tourdates, and there’s one in Switzerland amongst them (HUZZAAHH!). They will be accompanied by Anathema, so if you’re somewhere around these locations, don’t miss this double-pack of great Prog-Rock!!!

12th Nov – Volkshaus, Zurich
15th Nov – Arena, Vienna
17th Nov – Alcatraz, Milan
18th Nov – Tendastrisce, Rome
22nd Nov – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
25th Nov – Sentrum Scene, Oslo
26th Nov – Vega, Copenhagen
5th Dec – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam

Porcupine Tree – Trains (MP3)
Porcupine Tree – The Sound Of Muzak (MP3)
Anathema – Are You There? (MP3)
Anathema – Angelica (MP3)

Anathema – Live Review

This was the second time I saw Anathema live; the first time, they were “only” the supporting act for Porcupine Tree, but even in the short time they had back then, they were very convicing. So I was of course very curious how they’d do as a headliner.



But first we had to go through the supporting act called Moondawn, a Swiss melodic metal band with a female singer. Their mix of Evanescence and Nightwish was rather… hm, well… average. I guess these are the occasions that mobile-games were invented for. 🙂






After a short break, Anathema entered the stage. The star of the band clearly is singer and guitarist Vincent Cavanagh who got the loudest cheering when he appeared. He came across very natural, greeted some of the fans that he recognized from earlier concerts, and also welcomed the crowd with a few German words. Very nice indeed!






Musically, the band was also in a very good mood. They played right through their back catalogue (but left out the older, death-metally stuff… thank you!), with a strong focus on their latest (and in my opinion best) release A Natural Disaster. My highlights were Balance/Closer (still a strong opener), Temporary Peace, A Natural Disaster (with guest vocals from the lovely Lee) and Hope. They also played the occasional new song, and they all sounded very good to me.






Vincent kept talking about the new album, so it seems that someting is in the making although the band is still unsigned. I’ve found a provisional tracklist on the Net (see below), and I really hope that this new album will see the light of day soon. Songwriter/guitarist Danny Cavanagh has let us know that one of the new songs, Angels Walk Among Us, will be available as a free download from this week on, so keep checking their homepage (or this blog… I will definitely post it when it’s out!). Two of the other new songs, Everything and A Simple Mistake, are also still available (Links below).






The band played over for over 2 hours, and I guess it could have gone on for at least another hour. It was a very good atmosphere, and Anathema proved that they can easily perform as a headliner. There will be more concerts across Europe, and I think they’ll also play some festivals. Check their website for the dates and go if you can!



Apparantly, there are some record companies interested in signing the band, but nothing has been decided yet. I just hope that Anathema will soon get out of that unsigned state they’re in, and that we soon can enjoy more of this great music. Keeping my fingers crossed!



www.anathema.ws



Anathema – A Natural Disaster (Live)

Anathema – Everything (Live)

Anathema – Hope (Live)

Anathema – Flying (Live)



“Everything” projected track listing:



01. Thin Air (Ann Further)

02. Bricks (working title)

03. Lightning Song

04. Sunlight

05. Get Off. Get Out. (working title)

06. Angels Walk Among Us

07. Everything (MP3)

08. A Simple Mistake (ZIP-File)

09. Voodoo (working title)

10. Masters (No One Is Free)

11. Paradigm Shift

12. Hindsight





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Danish melancho-pop heroes Saybia have revamped their homepage. Always a good sign that there’s something going on. I’m quite curious about their next album which should be out this year…

Here are two very catchy songs from Leeds band i concur. I’ve really fallen for Oblige. Great stuff!
i concur – Oblige (MP3)
i concur – Decimal Places (MP3)

Belgian band Suburb Songs has befriended me on MySpace, and their song Another Side Of You is worth some of your time. Think about singer/songwriter indie pop mixed with a hint of electronica.
Suburb Songs – Another Side Of You (MP3)

Neo-Prog-band Anathema (still without a record contract… what world are we living in???) has announced some concert dates for Europe. Guess who will attend the one in Switzerland? 🙂
Anathema – Everything (MP3)
Anathema – A Simple Mistake (ZIP)

There’s a great video montage by Danish artist Lasse Hoile for Porcupine Tree‘s new masterpiece Fear Of A Blank Planet (review will follow next week). And the band has also redesigned their homepage. Here’s the video:

And that’s that. Have a great weekend!