Passage D Original Movements
Benn Jordan - Passage D Original Movements
My feelings towards Benn Jordan's music is no secret. He is known to some as the man who produced the song which was used in a Dove commercial a few years back that showed in fast forward the process of model photo retouching.
This is the song used on that commercial, except, extended and stripped down to just piano. The fact that this version of the song appeared on a B side compilation of Benn Jordan's musical projects is testament to the prolifically talented abilities of this genre-defying and criminally underrated musician.
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane (Disco Stern Remix)
In 2011, I had a small fit of rage when Angus & Julia Stone won Triple J’s Hottest 100 song of the year for Big Jet Plane. Don’t get me wrong - I had been a fan of their work since their first EP, Chocolate and Cigarettes, but I found that the Angus Stone's vocals were whiny and I thought it was certainly not the strongest song from their second album.
I have since cooled down a lot and given Big Jet Plane a warmer my reception, even though I do not think it was the best song released in 2011. Mexican DJ Stern has added some dance sensibilities to Big Jet Plane and turned it into a mellow electronic number, keeping with the orchestration that complemented the Stones’ instrumentation on the original.
Paul Simon - Rewrite
It’s not hard to love this song. Big name musician aside, Rewrite is a songwriting masterpiece regardless of the performer.
An acoustic guitar, a 12-stringed kora and a bass djembe embellish the track. Simon’s love affair with west African music has permeated in much of his music since the seminal 1987 record, Graceland.
Simon’s expansive and equally impressive back catalogue means that it’s easy for a song such as Rewrite to be lost to obscurity. Then again, his noteworthiness means that this song will probably have more exposure than if it were penned by a lesser-known artist.
Rewrite appeared to Simon’s latest studio effort, the 2011 album So Beautiful, So What.
Kakkmaddafakka - Restless
The Norwegian rockers with the impossible-to-pronounce band name recently released the upbeat song Someone New from their new album. I was interested to know how a band with such personality and tight rock sensibilities could have flown under my radar for so long.
2011 seems to be the year when Kakkmaddafakka had their big break with Restless. Check out the quirky video below!
Snowmine - Curfews
Never underestimate a good palindrome.
Snowmine's debut album is called Laminate Pet Animal which, when spelled backwards, makes exactly the same phrase.
The band released this song as free download a few months after their record was released. It proves to be a worthy listen with a rambling song structure, utisiling stick piano and atmospheric layers to give the song an etherial majesty.
Check out the group’s Bandcamp for more music.
Download - Curfews
Said And Done
Jeff Pianki - Said and Done
I have to give full credit to the bloggers at My Folking Heart for introducing me to the music of Jeff Pianki. He is truly a sensational songwriter and I believe that his gift for music has enriched many people’s lives.
This track was released in late 2011. I read that Jeff is getting back in to the studio to record more music soon, but until then, enjoy a free download of this track and enjoy.
Download - Said and Done
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Paul Simon - Diamonds on The Souls of Her Shoes (Live in New York, 2011)
You can’t help but let the uplifting vocal and instrumental expressions of this song pick you up and carry you away on a foot tapping frenzy. Written twenty-five years ago, this song still gets people of all ages dancing as was proven at the Paul Simon concert held last week in Melbourne.
Paul Simon has been a powerful force in influencing modern music today. Bands such as Vampire Weekend have drawn inspiration from the groundbreaking 1988 album Graceland, from which Diamonds on The Souls of Her Shoes appears. The album is noted for its African musical influences and genre-defying upbeat vibe.
Vampire Weekend received a lot of backlash by fans of Paul Simon's solo work for 'lifting' similar influences, such as afrobeat and eastern African folk music in the wake of their 2008 breakthrough album. However Paul Simon defended the group.
'I felt bad. I wanted to go and tell them that I didn’t think they were taking anything. So that’s what I told them. They said, “Do you think we are?” and I said, “No, I think you’re going to the same sources that I went to. You’re drawing from the same well. You’re trying to write interesting songs.” In a way, we were on the same pursuit, but I don’t think you’re lifting from me, and anyway, you’re welcome to it, because everybody’s lifting all the time. That’s the way music grows and is shaped.'
The 71 year old is still an excellent performer and musicians continue benefiting from his illustrious 50+ year musical career.
Vampire Weekend are due to release their third album in May this year.
The Paper Kites - Bloom
The lush vocals of The Paper Kites are enough to melt away the frosty clutches of Winter and help you indulge in the beautiful Summer weather we’ve been having in Australia, whether you live here or not.
Bloom is probaly the most famous of The Paper Kites' tracks from their debut EP Woodbine. They have since released a second EP this year and embarked on a national tour.
Keep an ear out for this incredibly talented bunch of Australian artists.
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