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septembre 9, 2010

Oh Land – Fauna

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Origine du Groupe : Danemark

Style : Electro , Alternative , Experimental , Vocal

Sortie : 2008

Vous trouvez pas que ça manque un peu de grâce par ici ? Il y a un peu trop d’artistes masculins pour ainsi dire pas très gracieux. Mais ne vous en faîtes pas, votre fidèle serviteur à la
solution pour parer le taux de testostérone un peu trop élevé de ce blog. J’invoque la sublime Oh Land (de son vrai nom Nanna Øland Fabricius) chanteuse Pop déguisée derrière de la musique

Cette jeune Danoise a commencé dans le domaine de la danse mais une blessure au dos l’a contrainte à changer de cap, et à se diriger comme par magie vers la musique. Elle a mis 4 ans à élaborer
son premier opus : « Fauna », album hybride aux limites des genres. On est dans un premier temps intrigué par la couverture .

Magnifique n’est-ce pas ? En tout cas elle donne envie d’écouter l’album et d’en apprendre un peu plus sur ce qui caractérise sa musique. Cet album a été entièrement composé par la demoiselle,
elle y joue du piano, du violon. Bien entendu elle a aussi reçu de l’aide de musiciens plus ou moins célèbres comme Dorit Chrysle ou encore Davide Rossi. L’album commence par le morceau « Numb »
(oui, oui comme le magnifique morceau du groupe Portishead) où l’on entend Oh Land fredonner un air envoûtant pendant une trentaine de secondes avant que les premiers mots ne sortent de sa bouche
et que le kick drum puissant ne fasse son apparition. Une belle entrée en la matière donc pour cet album qui nous réserve de nombreuses surprises. Parmi ces surprises il y a le morceau « Heavy
Eyes » qui est tout simplement sublime et le premier single « Audition Day ». « Heavy Eyes » et ses percus à vous rendre fou, la mélodie entraînante portée par la voix de Oh Land et quelques coeurs
par-ci par-là, et l’utilisation de glitch sur les percus connote le côté expé du morceau. Ca déboite. « Audition Day » et son « Pom Pom Pom », que vous ne manquerez pas de répéter, ainsi que sa
bassline violente aux allures de dubstep.

A l’écoute de cet album on est frappé par les ressemblances que Oh Land partage avec une scandinave bien connue, la bien dénommée Björk. Leur style sont plutôt proches, la musique est
expérimentale, truffée d’électronique. Mais les points communs ne s’arrêtent pas là, Oh Land, tout comme Björk, a développé un style visuel très particulier et très travaillé. Ses apparitions
scéniques sont truffés de costumes et autres accessoires en tout genre. Si l’on peut les comparer, souhaitons lui de suivre le même chemin que Björk.

par Tiago


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septembre 9, 2010

Eric Sardinas – Eric Sardinas And Big Motor

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Rock , Blues

Sortie : 2008

Eric Sardinas is a bit of an enigma. The long-haired, tattooed guitarslinger would seem more at home cranking out scorched-earth heavy metal rather than playing in the energetic blues-rock style
that he’s perfected. One might expect Sardinas to strap on an oddly-shaped B.C. Rich Warlock, or even a Dean Dimebag tribute guitar instead of the custom-made Dobro resonator guitars that he
prefers. No matter your expectations, you can always depend on Eric Sardinas to surprise and entertain.

Learning The Blues At 78rpm

Sardinas discovered the Delta blues at the unbelievably young age of six, when he first picked up a guitar. Spinning ancient 78s, he developed his unique style of playing listening to Charley
Patton, Son House, and Robert Johnson before moving on to modern-era blues guitarists like Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and Otis Rush. Throw in a dash of British blues-rock, hard rock, and more
than a little Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan influence, and you’ll have the unique, electrifying, exhilarating sound of Eric Sardinas.

Street Corner Blues

After a bit of wandering, Sardinas landed in Los Angeles in 1990. At first he survived much like his early country-blues idols, performing with an acoustic guitar on the street corner for spare
change. He later put together a band, the Eric Sardinas Project (ESP), honing his sound by performing 300 nights a year for nearly six years. The band’s hard work paid off, earning ESP a gig
touring with Johnny Winter. Sardinas and crew recorded their debut, Treat Me Right, in 1999 for the respected jazz/blues label Evidence. Sardinas subsequently released albums in 2001 and 2003,
and has since performed with bluesmen like Hubert Sumlin and David « Honeyboy » Edwards.

With his fourth album, the generically-titled Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, the enigmatic guitarist manages to turn the humble Dobro into a true musical weapon of mass destruction. Although Delta
blues players would often use acoustic resonator guitars to play louder, and be heard above the juke-joint crowd, Sardinas wields his electrified Dobro as a samurai sword, slashing-and-crashing
through these songs like some screaming bird of prey swooping down on dinner.

Eric Sardinas And Big Motor

With Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, Sardinas further refines his trademark sonic fury, mixing in bits and pieces of 1960s-styled British blooze-rock, John Lee-inspired boogie, Southern soul, old
school Delta blues, even a bit of twangy, country-tinged blues (think early-1970s Johnny Winter). Bass guitarist Levell Price and drummer Patrick Caccia provide a locomotive beat behind Sardinas’
six-string pyrotechnics; together, the trio raises a lot of joyful noise for three guys.

The album-opening « All I Need » is a 120mph raver, built upon an unrelenting rhythm, embroidered with taut, barbed-wire fretwork. The infectious, melodic « Ride » hides its pop overtones beneath a
soaring guitar line, a Gospel-tinged chorus, and a Hendrix heartbeat…kind of reminds me of Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie. The up-tempo « Gone To Memphis » is a soulful, uplifting tune with
some finely-engraved Dobro work and warm vocal harmonies.

Lest listeners think that Sardinas has gone soft, the rollicking boogie-based « It’s Nothing New » turns the amp up a notch, and by the time that ES and Big Motor kick into the juke-joint stomp
« Just Like That, » you’ll be turning over chairs and dancing on the table. Sardinas’ showcases some nasty, menacing slide-playing here as the band bashes-and-crashes behind his switchblade
fretwork. A relatively straight-forward cover of the Elvis gem « Burning Love » displays Sardinas’ playful side, while a cover of Tony Joe White’s « As The Crow Flies » offers up a true 180-proof
Delta gumbo with a soulful vocal turn and imaginative six-string solos.

The Reverend’s Bottom Line

Sardinas has too often been dismissed as a mere Stevie Ray clone or Hendrix acolyte, both comparisons sadly missing the mark. As shown by Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, there’s a lot more going on
here than meets the eye (or ear). There are many shades and textures to the songs here, and if Sardinas primarily mines nuggets of musical gold from an overworked blues-rock idiom, he’s done so
in his own unique style. Falling firmly on the harder-rocking side of the blues-rock equation, Eric Sardinas nevertheless plays a Dobro like nobody’s business, and the songs here showcase an
artist still having fun and exploring the limits of his talents and the music. (Favored Nations Records)




Tracklist :

   1. All I Need

   2. Ride

   3. Find My Heart

   4. Gone To Memphis

   5. It’s Nothin’ New

   6. This Time

   7. Just Like That

   8. Burning Love

   9. Wonderin’ Blues

  10. Door To Diamonds

  11. As The Crow Flies

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septembre 9, 2010

Snow & Voices – Anything That Moves

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Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Alternative Rock , Indie , Psychedelic Pop

Sortie : 2010

Beat Surrender gets an increasing amount of emails these days, not all the music « fits » the blog and by definition my personal taste but time permitting I always try to take a listen to
everything that drops into my inbox and there are occasions where something on the fringes catches my attention and Snow & Voices new album Anything That Moves was one of them, the promo
track that got my attention was Maybe Finland and straight of I was captivated by the vocal of Lauri Kranz.

Kranz’ has a talented song-writing partner, multi-instrumentalist / producer Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple) and together with a supporting cast of LA musicians they’ve come up with a nine
track album of LA dream pop described as « a multi-layered aural landscape », not a bad summary. Without prior knowledge of the band I’d convinced myself they were from Scandinavia and not
California (thrown off the scent by the first track title and band name maybe?), there’s no L.A. sunshine to be found here and listening between dusk and darkness is recommended – Kranz’ vocal
and the albums melancholy fit that time of day perfectly. The album is released independently on the bands own label on May 25th.

by simon230


Tracklist :

1. Maybe Finland (3:56)

2. Everything Coming Apart (4:39)

3. Blue (5:19)

4. I Am a Storm (2:54)

5. The Letting Go (5:27)

6. Swallow Me (5:00)

7. Mistress (4:19)

8. Liar (7:27)

9. Please Be My Lover (4:07)

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septembre 9, 2010

Junior Soul – Soul Man Dub

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Origine du Groupe : U.K

Style : Dub , Reggae

Sortie : 1978

DUBWISEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tracklist :

01 – A1 – Penny For Your Song Dub

02 – A2 – Shocking Love Dub

03 – A3 – In This World Dub

04 – A4 – Help Me Make It Through The Night Dub

05 – B1 – Love Story Liberty Dub

06 – B2 – Talking Love Dub

07 – B3 – Three Times A Lady Dub

08 – B4 – Grove Me Dub

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septembre 9, 2010

Cacique’97 – Cacique’97

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Origine du Groupe : Portugal , Mozambic

Style : Afrobeat , World Music

Sortie : 2009

From Official Myspace :

Lisbon has always been a stage for the meeting of several cultures, mostly due to the past of the city as the capital of a colonial empire in Africa and Latin America. Nowadays it is a huge pot
of creativity which attracts artists from all over the world and it is a privileged space where musicians find each other, share ideas and mix rhythms. It is from this mixture that, in 2005,
afrobeat collective Cacique..97 was born.

With musicians with Mozambican and Portuguese origins, this collective incorporates members from groups such as Cool Hipnoise, Philharmonic Weed and The Most Wanted, well known projects in the
areas of funk, reggae and the afro sound.

The passion for the music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen has united these musicians for the pursuance of a common goal: to create a collective that mirrored the Lisbon mixture, by crossing the
characteristic urban Nigerian rhythm which is afrobeat, with the musical tradition of the Portuguese-speaking African countries and of Brazil, whom has always been very present in the Portuguese

Cacique..97 intend to give birth to a global soundtrack of the new times without losing the activist approach and the promotion of social awareness so fond to afrobeat.

Tracklist :

01. Jorge da Capadócia 5:55

02. Eu Quero Tudo 4:16

03. Mifolo 5:05

04. Sr.Diplomata 5:07

05. Get No Stronger 5:25

06. Come From Nigeria 6:23

07. 13 4:32

08. Dragão 6:06

09. Kodé 5:28

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