Eric Frisch Delivers An Anthem of Truth, Power, and Confidence Through Head Up In The Clouds

4 Jun

Upon first listening to Eric Frisch, listeners can hear the sound of The Weepies, Dr. Dog, and Iron & Wine all rolled up in one. From the ensemble rock sound and power solos on the track to the carefully placed keyboard, Head Up In The Clouds delivers such beautiful vocal talents of Eric Frisch, while simultaneously delivering an anthem of truth, power, and confidence. The folk acoustics and raw and powerful vocal talents of Frisch, will make listeners want to hear more of his raw and emotional sound. With lyrics such as “nothing can change who I am now”, and “now I know what I stand for”, the single Head Up In The Clouds not only delivers to fit the overall vibe of his other music, it makes anyone listening curious to see what lies ahead.

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Time (Specifically 1969) Has Told Me

28 May
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Nick Drake 

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Richard Thompson

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Danny Thompson

Have you ever played the game six degrees of separation before? The idea behind the game is that all people are connected within six steps of each other. For example, perhaps the guy you met on the train yesterday frequently eats at a bagel place where your brother’s best friend works the counter. It’s a small world after all, right? Well, it’s an even smaller world with music – you’d be surprised to find how many musicians have recorded in the same studio with other musicians. A quick check of an album’s liner notes may shock you. Thus is the case of today’s post – let’s head back in time to 1969 and find Nick Drake recording his debut album Five Leaves Left at Sound Techniques in London.

Drake, who signed to Island records at 20 and released three studio albums before turning inwards and committing suicide at 26, was a tortured folk genius whose creative guitar tunings, chord progressions, and lyric bent conventions and significantly impacted those lucky enough to work with him during his unfortunately short career. His music is haunting, much the probable consequence of severe depression, and although bucolic and tranquil for the modern listener, the music is tinged with a lugubrious solitude. Five Years Left, recorded when Drake was around 20 and released in July of 1969, finds its way on several top 500 album lists and for good reason; it is a masterful collection of Drake’s talent … and the talent of others. Take a listen to “Time Has Told Me.”

Right? There is nothing quite like it – hence the draw of Nick Drake. Did you notice the twangy electric guitar and swooning bass? That is where our game of musical degrees begins. Let’s start with the electric guitar.

Recorded at around the same time of Drake’s album and released in December of 1969, Liege & Lief, one of the most influential British folk albums ever released, featured the guitar stylings of Richard Thompson – “Farewell, Farewell,” one of my favorites on the album, is Thompson’s arrangement. Why bring up guitarist Richard Thompson? He played electric guitar on “Time Has Told Me.” He was also a founding member of Fairport Convention, who, in 1969, released three albums – the third being Liege & Lief. Impacted by American folk acts like Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention revived older British folk songs, and added a modern tint to the classics. The band, of course, is most known for the dulcet vocal of Sandy Denny, who, like Nick Drake, also suffered from depression and died young. Thompson’s guitar, though, cannot be overstated – his impact on the scene was invaluable.

Often when people consider late 60s British folk , they think of Fairport Convention and Pentangle, a band that explored more of the Folk Baroque scene, implementing Jazz influences into their folk tunes. Formed in 1967, Pentangle also featured a powerful female vocalist – Jacqui McShee (who still performs with the band) and a bassist named Danny Thompson (no relation to Richard) who also played bass on, you guessed it, “Time Has Told Me” by Nick Drake. Only a few months after Drake’s debut release, Pentangle released its third studio album (it had released two in 1968 – these bands were quite prodigious) Basket of Light, and on it was the traditional piece “Once I Had A Sweetheart” that was creatively arranged by the talented quintet. The music is tinged with a progressive sentiment – a true precursor to some progressive acts that sprouted after the British folk movement petered out in the early 1970s.

So there you have it – Nick Drake records his seminal debut album in 1968/1969 and from perhaps its most famous track we find two British folk giants whose careers have both spanned more than 50 years – time certainly has told us much.

Hidden Roots Shows A Reflective Vibe From Musician luliano

26 May

Intially turning on luliano’s music will make listeners want to reflect on his strong lyrics and effortless sound. On the other hand on some other tracks, listeners will want to dance while listening to the feel good music that luliano creates. Drawing comparisons to the musicians Mika and Devendra Banhart, luliano combines vocal similarities with the sound of electric and nylon guitar strings in the background of his tracks. Listeners can also hear a subtle hint of Toro y Moi within his music as well. Hidden Roots is not only well formed in sound, but tells us just a start of what luliano has in store for the future. Hearing musical inspiration from all around Europe, luliano crafts his sound into something we can all experience when turning on Hidden Roots in our headphones.

For more listening: Who Knows-luliano

Aya Maguire Enchants With Powerful Voice & Heartbreak Timeline On Album The Sandcastle King

26 May

Aya Maguire enchants listeners with a powerful voice on her album The Sandcastle King. Words cannot even describe her exact sound. When listening, one can find similarities with Copeland and Fleetwood Mac. From the poignant lyrics and descriptive visual metaphors, Maguire makes her voice into a storytelling instrument. Her storytelling talents are just as powerful as the acoustic guitar that hums in the background of her music. Sharing her music at first in Portland and Seattle, she then drew on the influences of folk and reflections and channeled that into her overall sound. The album exemplifies the waves of heartbreak, unrequited love, growth, and shows how one turns struggles into strengthened victories. Quoting Maguire directly, she explains that “not everything one feels can become good music, honest emotion is just one necessary component”. By mixing in authentic reflecting and a powerful voice, she makes a statement on the album The Sandcastle King that announces she has arrived for listeners to hear her stories.

For more listening: The Sandcastle King-Live

Paper Planes Volume 1 Combines Musings & Imagery In A Musical Masterpiece

20 May

Listeners when first hearing Paper Planes Volume 1, will anticipate an album very reminiscent of Islands, Apples In Stereo, Fun, and a dash of American Analog Set. Mixed with the sound qualities comparable to what an audience would experience front row of a musical, Kicklighter intrigues listeners with his unique sound. With lyrics that are part narrative and full of emotion, his word choice and descriptive imagery sets him apart amongst musicians within this quirky genre. “All the world, a possibility, never got to know you so well, the moment was gone” is just a small snippet of word greatness that this album showcases. Words can’t really describe how masterful and appealing Paper Planes Volume 1 truly is until one listens to the collection and reflects on the wonderment their ears have experienced. Paper Planes Volume 2, I’m ready for your tracks to fill my living room, blasting sound in my headphones walking on my sidewalk stroll to work, and playing in the car while setting out for an adventure.

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