Going Solo pt.II: Leaves and Stone, Hold on Photon

Again, I am on a train. Uhm, can you see a recurring pattern here? A lot of changes are coming, and I won’t lie to you, I am both overly excited and absolutely terrified. Oh well, cross your virtual fingers for me, please. In the meanwhile I have the second Going Solo feature for you, featuring a US songwriter a là Bob Dylan and an Italian Bryan Adams-esque band (two people…not technically solo, but I am quite sure you’ll forgive me for that). Continue reading

Absolut Red

And the Leeds saga shall continue…

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Hey all, I am currently on a train back from Leeds, struggling both to stay awake and not focus on the ridiculous amount of time left before my arrival. Thankfully, today I have a bunch of young fellas keeping me company – ahem, with their music. The Italian four-piece Absolut Red is an indie-rock band from Bologna, one of the local capitals of the music-hype.

The debut album “A Supposedly Fun Thing We’ll Probably do Again” appears soaked into the early MySpace Generation (above all with Arctic Monkeys). The formula is pretty straight-forward: smoothly electric guitar riffs a là Sergio Pizzorno of The Strokes (Life in Black and White), steady and slightly boogie drums, clear edgy vocals with a Strokesesque aftertaste (Sunday). The choice of drawing from the early 2000s heritage (with a pinch of Blur’s Britpop in Embrionology), may be both praised or criticised: despite the lack of reinterpretation, the band revives a trend with a flawless touch.

There is, indeed, a hint of uniqueness in the steady tempo of the jazzy Bathroom Whistling; moreover, we get an occasional hint of reverb-y electro-tribe more in line with the current British music trends, showing a clear focus on the aforementioned scene, and making instantaneously a tasty release for a wider audience. Highly appreciated the richer fuzzier sound of Africa Savannah – this is the ultimate proof that, blending in original touch and relying less on a bullet-proof formula, Absolut Red would certainly break through.
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A Supposedly Fun Thing We’ll Probably do Again
Similar Artist: Athletes in Paris, Paris is Burning
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Monday Freebies: Dragonwinter compilation, The Maginot Band, Johnny and the Giros

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Last monday freebies before Christmas – I’m in Italy right now, so I rally hope all of you are spending your last work week rocking! Today we got one compilation and two singles, so let’s get it started!

Dragonwinter – The best Italian indie of 2012

A watering-mouth compilation, all tracks chosen by Davide Drago from Shiver webzine and Breakfast Jumpers. The download includes the powerful Architecture of the Universe and Stoop’s jazzy-vibe, the fragile folk of Mimes of Wine, the already mentioned Girless and The Orphan.  Psychedelia with King Of The Opera and a pinch of new-wave with Twin Room, and also Mamavegas,  Mai personal Mood, and Ka Mate Ka Ora. The two Italian-lyric-tracks are La verità stretta by Nicoletta Noè  and Oratio’s Curo la forma.

The Maginot Band – Veiled Clock

It’s Christmas time, and Scotland’s The Maginot Band return with their very own festive single, Veiled Clock. Drawing from  The Maccabees’ indie-vibe and the Mystery Jets-retro chic, the track gets Christmassy with the inclusion of choir like backing vocals and the use of sleigh bells. Grab it now from Soundcloud and get ready to an alt-Christmas.

Johnny & the Giros – Got Them Running / Shoot Me Up

It is not just time to cozy up with a mince pie in our hand. It’s time for Christmas parties! What a better soundtrack than the new Johnny & The Giros‘ double A-side single, Got Them Running / Shoot Me Up. This is a cocktail mix of Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Rapture, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club – the best way to warm up a bit in this freezing cold.

 

Interview (eng/ita) with Missincat

Caterina Barbieri, aka Missincat, is an Italian folk-songwriter now living in Berlin. Now in her homecountry to promote the new album ‘Wow’, Caterina found some time to have a chat and talk about Berlin, Italy, Aussie music and bare foot in the snow. If you haven’t already, you can just taste the album below, and let it be the soundtrack of this intimate interview.

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