Tag Archives: 2015

First Sight Brings New Meaning To True Love

24 Nov

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With no better way to describe Van Norden, as having dream pop influences, this Vancouver musician carries an almost gothic sound to his music, and First Sight brings it to you in a powerful way. The overall sound does not sound cluttered at all, which sometimes is hard to do amongst the EDM scene. The lyrical quality of First Sight does not back down either with mentioning of constellations, finding each other within space, and the feeling of that intense love at first sight feeling. Prior to releasing First Sight, Van Norden has experience being an acoustic folk musician, frequently playing with the LA based SPINdriftr. With a sound that could be best described as having international influences, it’s to no surprise that Van Norden frequently collaborates with musicians in Canada and Los Angeles. The track overall delivers a deep, almost ethereal environment rather than being an ordinary track alone, and for that, we are excited to see what Van Norden has next in store.

 

2015 Albums Preview – January and February

28 Dec

How was your 2014? As demonstrated by the Top Songs/Albums countdown, 2014 was an exceptional year for music. At the end of each year of this blog’s existence I have always found myself questioning how the following year will one-up the previous year, and every year I am surprised by the following year’s ability to exceed my expectations. While many contemn modern music, I always exclaim that good music exists when you life the veil of mainstream mediocrity, and The Music Court exists to help you strip off this superficial covering. Let us help you get a jump start on your 2015. Here are some albums you should check out during the beginning of 2015.

Absent Fathers by Justin Townes Earle – January 13.

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Absent Fathers is the apt follow-up companion LP to Single Mothers from the Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle (Steve Earle’s son). Earle’s alt/country croon and guitar-driven tracks are worth a few listens to and, considering the success of Single Mothers, there is no doubt that Absent Fathers will be a solid release.

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What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists – January 20

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If “Make You Better,” the Decemberists’ first single from its seventh studio album, is any indication of  what Colin Meloy’s new creation will sound like, I am happy to report that the music will blend The Decemberists’ recent drive to a more pop sound with its alternative roots. The music combines a Death Cab for Cutie sound with a little R.E.M. and even some Carbon Leaf. Then, of course, in typical Decemberists fashion, the song features some diverse instrumentation and creative harmonies.

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Vestiges and Claws by Jose Gonzalez – February 17.

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I am so very much looking forward to Vestiges and Claws. The album, Jose Gonzalez’ first solo LP release since 2007 (has it been so long?), is bound to be a 10-track testament to 60’s throwback acoustic music. “Every Age,” the official video of which is available on YouTube (and below), is classic Jose Gonzalez, relaxed and melodic with light percussion.

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