Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Red Rum Club - Matador Review

One of the last playlists I did featured a new song called "Honey" by the band Red Rum Club.
I enjoyed the track, it had a rock / party feeling, something like Cat Empire. They are a new band from Liverpool, United Kingdom. 
I was quite curious about their debut album, Honey is really a great track.

I heard it last night and I was very disappointed. It's funny to write this now, following my last post where I said that I almost never write negative reviews. Well, here's one.

The album is poor. The songs are similar, and they don't follow the energy of Honey. It looks like they have a permanent trumpet player so, they have in every song the trumpets riff. Which is a shame, is something unnecessary, they should really cut off most of those riffs.

They are a British band trying to sound American Western, but, in most of the songs they end up as a mix of Ricky Martin with some bad american "pop/rock" band like Nickelback or Hoobastank. 

Also weird, the singers voice is a little bit similar to James Dean Bradfield from the Manics, so try to imagine Bradfield singing "sugar rock latino" songs.

Angeline, the album first song is pretty cool, in the same line as Honey.
Then things get worse. "Would You Rather Be Lonely" makes me remember the hit "Hey Baby (If You'll Be My Girl". "Hung Up" sounds like a floppy "trying to be" western song and "TV Said So" sounds like a floppy "trying to be" Hawaiian song.
When it reaches song number 3, you start really to think why there is always a trumpet doing the singers or guitars melody. You get that feeling, something like "oh no, not again..."
Honey is great, happy, energetic, wish there were more songs like that.
The rest is a mix of romantic latino songs. Calexico, Casanova and Remedy are, again, something Ricky Martin could have sang. The album ends with a graceless ballad. 

So, I'm sorry, but Red Rum Club is something that I will let pass.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Terrible 1975

I know I'm not the most impartial reviewer. Most of the music that I buy or review, I, usually write very good things about it. That's one of the reasons why I don't give a punctuation to them, it would have too many 10/10 or 5/5.
So, to prove that I don't like everything today, I'm writing about a band that I can't stand. The 1975.

I never listened much to the 1975. I thought it was something that I had to do. It was appearing in many of my "recommended to you" Spotify playlists and I saw that the band won a lot of awards and nominations for alternative, pop / rock and indie music. 
Then, lately, I gave it a try and I was surprise how terrible the band actually are. Well, they were always on the front page of NME, they won the Brit Awards in 2017, they won best album for Q a couple of years ago.
How? How did they win that, and how is the press so surrendered to them?
Their music is awful, it's like pop music for kids, stuff like Justin Bieber or One Direction. 
More surprisingly, how can good press place them somewhere in Indie British music? There are so good artists lately, why are the focus all over them? How can they performed in Glastonbury more than one time?
Well, I know everyone has their own taste and everyone is free to like (or dislike) music but, in my opinion, The 1975 are just a successful band made by producers, managers and influences. They should never be tagged as indie or pop rock act. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 Is Here And We're Back!

2019 is here, what a time to be alive, that a time to listen to good music!
Strange Sound, the blog and the playlist are back again. The blog is turning 13 years now, time flies!
Well, nothing better than to start the new year and the resurrection with a brand new playlist with songs that marked my 2018 mixed with some other that are super fresh in my ears-.
So have a listen to the next 10 songs that feature Ennio Morricone, Lea Porcelain, Girl in Red, Suede, Whitey, David Holmes, Molly Burch, Supergrass, Franz Ferdinand and Frank Sinatra!
More posts coming soon!
Don't forget to check also the Indie Pendence playlist (it gets together all of the songs that passed by Strange Sound playlist over the years) here: https://open.spotify.com/user/miguelmatosmonteiro/playlist/1Yx830GzBcfMCVDa60HNx4?si=YpFjUSE5S_69NYsc-rtl4w

Friday, November 02, 2018

The Importance Of The White Album

The Beatles, or the White Album, is turning 50th. There's is going to be a 6 CD deluxe pack with remastered versions, a lot of demos, sessions, never before released songs, etc. A treasure for Beatles fans.

I see The White Album a little bit different from what i actually read in the news.
By this time, the band had reached the climax of their psychedelic transformation with the release of Sgt. Peppers just after the lunatic Magical Mystery Tour. Their transformation really begun with the release of Rubber Soul. They become a more complex band, and left a side their "shaking" tunes. However, their success never fell, and they continued to be the world's most famous band.

As I said, this album just after their climax, and after a climax the only way is down. Which can be a very good thing actually. Did we really wanted The Beatles to become stranger and stranger? I don't think it would sound that good so, in my opinion, they did well when they tried to conciliate their new sound with their rock n' roll roots.

The result was a very long, funny, enjoyable album.
Back In The USSR brings some California vibes, Ob-La-Di is a masterful pop song with one of the best bass lines ever and there some comic great and a little forgotten songs like "Bungalow Bill", "Piggies", "Rocky Raccoon" or "Cry Baby Cry".

Then, there is space for typical McCartney ballads. "Martha My Dear", "I Will", "Honey Pie" and, probably, one of the most important Beatles songs "Blackbird" stand among those genious little "granny" songs from Paul. However, the songwriter also let his wild persona take over when he wrote authentic adrenaline songs like the superb "Helter Skelter" or "Why Don't We Do It In The Road". Mainly, the influence of "Helter Skelter" on most of the modern music is undeniable. You can hear its influence on Metal, Hard-Rock, Pop, Rock, Punk, almost every listenable style of music today. The song is incredible, a starting point for anyone who has ever picked a guitar.

Also, I think that during this time, Lennon started to become the revolutionary artist that would define his solo career. "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", "Revolution I" and "I'm So Tired" are songs on the same lines of his Imagine album. The, both of the albums end with cheesy ballads from John and, more amazingly, one of them "Good Night" is sung by Ringo, and it gives it a very paternal feeling.

After writing marvellous things about the songwriting of John and Paul, I choose my favourite song from the album the mythical "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from George (and Eric, of course). This is a very inner song. I think that you can listen the sadness of Harrison during this time on the song. It's a dark melody, with ramping guitar riff, from a man who wanted his songs to be taken more seriously. Fucking brilliant, a moment of history. Actually, I think that it is because of this that George is my favourite Beatle. He was standing there, waiting for his time to come, on the shadow of John and Paul and, in the end, he wrote a lot of my favourite Beatles songs and my favourite solo album by any of them.

Well, 50 years after, The White Album is still a modern very well balanced rock album, made by the most important band of the world. An essential listen to any music fan.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

20 Years Of "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours"

Manic Street Preachers are going to do a full celebration pack for the 20th anniversary of their fifth album, "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours".
The album, that was released in 1998, will be re-released, with a lot of demos and mixes, and the Manics will play 13 concerts around the UK during next year's Spring.
The reissue will have 3 CDs, the first is the full album, the second alternative versions of the album, and the third disc will include remixes and b-sides.
Maybe the funniest and strangest thing of this release is that the band decided to leave out "Nobody Loved You" from the main album and replace it with "Prologue To History".
Speaking to the NME, lyricist Nicky Wire told:

“James [Dean Bradfield, frontman] has remastered it, I found all the demos. They’re amazing – all on cassettes, recorded in someone’s front room. We’ve put [fan favourite B-side] ‘Prologue To History’ on the album now and kicked off ‘Nobody Loved You’. We’ve moved that onto disc two with a great demo that we’ve found. It’s packed full of really interesting and intimate stuff, as well as us in the studio and off the leash on certain songs like ‘Tsunami’ that are much more raw.
“There are some amazing remixes too – by people like Mogwai, Massive Attack and Cornelius. It was a great period where people would take your work and transform it into something really special.”

"This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours" is the band's most successful album and the only one to have reached the number 1 in the official UK charts. It includes as well, probably, the Manics most famous song "If Your Tolerate This, Then Your Children Will Be Next" (it was a period for long titles, wasn't it?). This was a golden era for British music and this work represents it very well. Legendary songs like "Tsunami", "The Everlasting" or, a personal favourite, "You Stole The Sun From My Heart" were recorded for this album.

You can expect also a remastered vinyl edition.
The tracklist is:

CD 1 – Remastered original album

1 The Everlasting
2 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
3 You Stole the Sun from My Heart
4 Ready for Drowning
5 Tsunami
6 My Little Empire
7 I’m Not Working
8 You’re Tender and You’re Tired
9 Born a Girl
10 Be Natural
11 Black Dog On My Shoulder
12 Prologue To History
13 S.Y.M.M.

CD 2 – Demos & Live Rehearsals

1 The Everlasting
2 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Dave Bascombe Mix)
3 You Stole the Sun from My Heart
4 Ready for Drowning
5 Tsunami
6 My Little Empire
7 I’m Not Working
8 You’re Tender and You’re Tired
9 Born A Girl
10 Be Natural
11 Black Dog On My Shoulder
12 Prologue To History
13 S.Y.M.M.
14 Nobody Loved You

CD3 – Remixes & B Sides

1 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Massive Attack Remix)
2 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (David Holmes Remix)
3 The Everlasting (Deadly Avenger’s Psalm 315)
4 The Everlasting (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix)
5 You Stole the Sun from My Heart (David Holmes Remix)
6 You Stole the Sun from My Heart (Mogwai Remix)
7 Tsunami (Cornelius Remix)
8 Tsunami (Stereolab Remix)
9 Montana/ Autumn/78
10 Black Holes For The Young
11 Valley Boy
12 Socialist Serenade
13 Buildings For Dead People


Monday, October 15, 2018

Brett Anderson Is Writing a New Book

After the success of his autobiography, Brett Anderson, the lead singer of Suede is writing the second volume of the story of his life.
"Coal Black Mornings" covered the time since he was born until Suede signed their first professional contract in 1992.
We can assume now that the next book, "Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn" will cover Anderson's mid-90's life, probably until somewhere Suede's break up or maybe even further. It will be interesting to see Brett write about the departure of Bernard Butler from Suede, his relationship with his then girlfriend, Sam, the come back of Justine Frischmann, his vision of the new Suede with Richard Oakes and Neil Codling.
Well, personally, my favourite period of Suede (not counting with the current era) was the Coming Up times, where the band was just like a gang, full of confidence.

Brett's first book was very well received by the fans and the critics and, hopefully, his new work will have the same effect.

We can expect it in the Autumn of 2019. That's a long time, but as we know, Brett has been very busy, recording and touring Suede's spectacular new album "The Blue Hour" 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Always Ascending By Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are, in my opinion, one of the most interesting bands in the world today.
They released 3 super acclaimed albums, then, I think they lost a bit of media attention with "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action" and then did the supergroup FFS with The Sparks, which kinda divided the fans and the critics (and Alex Kapranos also formed BNQT).
With Always Ascending we can see the band, again (and again and again) trying to develop their sound and trying to make something fresh and new, and that's something we should really praise. It would be easy for them to do a new "Take Me Out" with a frontal indie-rock sound, but the band
really wants to get further and achieve new sonorities.
Always Ascending is, basically a mature indie/rock/electronic record.
If I were in a band, I would select the best song of the album (excluding long melancholic emotional or experimental songs) as the first single. I do think that big part of the artists do it, and Franz Ferdinand selected the title-song of the album as their opening and as first single and I understand why. It is the best song of the album. An electronic, dreamy song about viewing life as a Shepard Tone, always directly facing our path, and moving forward, and it is what the band is always doing, renovating their sound with amazing songs, without forgetting their own style. Always Ascending is a very complex song with lot of different parts but complex as the album is, so it's its right representation.
The second song, Lazy Boy is a danceable song, with a catchy bass riff, and a direct guitar chorus. Again, Kapranos likes to write about simple things in life, without getting too much poetic about the subjects. The songs is not about how love will change your life, or how war screws up the world, it's only about a lazy boy that doesn't like to get out of the bed, and loves his girlfriend. Simple, direct and smart. Franz Ferdinand's lyrics has always been much more practical than most of the bands. Something like a modern Jarvis Cocker poem, it describes the world has it is, without a story-line.
Then we have Paper Cages, a song that, at the beginning I didn't like that much, but now I think it is one of the best from the album. Catchy and melodic. It's something that Metronomy could have written during their most inspiring moments (far superior, but you get the point).
Finally is what I describe like a normal song of the album. Not the best, not the worst, just a nice song that fills good in the album. A song, probably about social integration.
The Academy Award is my least favourite song. It looks like an American ballad, like a modern western/Scottish song.
Track number 6 is Lois Lane. The song, with the name of the partner of Superman, sonorously, really reminds me of the 80's. I think it has a lot of inspiring from the instrumental song of Depeche Mode "Nothing To Fear" from their 1982 album "A Broken Frame". The riff of the chorus, and the middle keyboard solo really seems taken from there. Nothing against, I love Depeche Mode, and actually in a lot of moments from this album you can feel their influence.
Huck And Jim is a strange song. The intro of the song is great but then you get into dark areas. The pre-chorus is like a rap/reggae sound that, really doesn't fit well with Franz Ferdinand. I said that The Academy Awards was the lowest moment of the album, but I'm reconsidering now that this song might be worse. It's not bad, it's only not as good as the other songs.
Gimpse Of Love is another 80's renovated song. Catchy, funny, with a nice keyboard line, nice backing choruses. I very decent song.
The second single from the album was Feel The Love Go. Again, with Always Ascending it is the most electronic/industrial song. Hard, aggressive and addicted. The song is very intense and has (as Always Ascending) nice "lalala" creepy backing vocals, that really helps you to memorise the song. A hit song, without any doubt.   
The last song is, as typical, a beautiful ballad. Slow, Don't Kill Me Slow is a electronic ballad, very sweet and very (emotionally) moving. You could say it's a sad song that you can happily dance to it. Also, the outro is very dreamy and very travelling. After 9 aggressive electronic indie rock songs, this is the perfect song for you to make peace with the album. One of my favourite songs. Last week I was listen to it every single morning on the way to work.

Resuming, I cannot place Always Ascending in a rank in Franz Ferdinad's career. The album is, undoubtedly, a step forward from their work, but it goes along their career, it's nothing revolutionary. The band's line up changed from their last work to this one, but, honestly, you cannot feel that on their sound, which says that the new members adaptation was very easy and natural, and the band could keep their identity exactly as it was.
I love this band, and I think that, not only they are one of the best performs of today's music but also they are one of the most creative bands around. They should be really on the top, which they are not, and it's a pity. If you have the opportunity you should see them live. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Skeleton Tree Review

Firstly, an album is much more than a set of songs. An album is a creative process, that take months of writing and of improvement. It's a trip to a time and an era of the writer's life. When people are commenting albums they should be aware of the environment in which it was created. What was the purpose that lead the artist to choose a darker sound, or a commercial one, or an instrumental album.

When you are one of the best lyricists of the last decades, this sentence takes a whole new level. Every Nick Cave album is an experience, a story, a group of songs that make much more sense together.
Although the death of Arthur (Cave's son) happened after most of the lyrics of Skeleton Tree were completed, you simply can't separate this event to this album.
The songs are much darker, sadder and more melancholic than Cave's previous work.
Most of the songs are stripped down performances of poems (not stories) accompanied by surrounding ambient sounds. Simple, beautiful, and sad.
I do believe that the death of Arthur, made a huge impact on the sound of the album, on the structure of it. Eight ballads, as dark as they could be. The artwork follows the same lines. Everything black.

Some of the lyrics are a lot prophetic, knowing that they were written prior to Cave's son death. The opening lines of the album are "You feel from the sky, crash landed in a field". Could be Jesus, or could be Arthur.
In "Jesus Alone" you have one of the most descriptive songs of the album, talking about a figure of Jesus, that could be a million of different people, and, in a distance, Nick tries to call that person, with his voice. The drums are irregular, and the main sound in loop made in some synthesizer. "Rings Of Saturn" is a rare moment of joy and happiness, an appreciation of a feminine figure, a beautiful moment. "Girl In Amber" is, probably my favourite song so far. Probably the most dramatic part of the album, with an almost religious and holy sound mixed up with a desperate way of singing. "Magneto" is a key track. It's the one that gave the title to the documentary that was made for the album. Quoting Cave:
"In love, in love, in love you laugh
In love you move, I move
And one more time with feeling
For love, you love, I laugh, you love
Saw you in half
And the stars are splashed across the ceiling"
One of the best moments of the album.
"Anthrocene" is a more a narrative song, with angels voices in the background. Just some kind of a cello sound, piano, backing voices and poetry. Do you really need much more than that?
"I Need You" looks like the goodbye song of Cave to his son. A mix of a declaration of loss and some old memories. Cave's voice sounds fragile, almost breaking. "I'll miss you when you're gone away forever". As it is "Distant Sky". This time, Nick sounds more resigned to what happened and is carrying is life, although he will miss forever his "darling companion". The chorus is sung by Else Torp, giving it more an angelical and biblical melody.
The album ends with the title track "Skeleton Tree" that is the most bright song. A funny way of ending such a depressive album, is with a song that gives you hope and will to continue living and being strong to face our problems and depressions. A moment full of fresh air after a hard time.

In resume, Skeleton Tree is a very very hard album. That's because it expresses so well the feelings of the musicians that you almost to start feel like them. And this is the true value of music. Feeling the authors through their work. Cave really did that, exhaustively, and all of his pain and suffer are present on every song. It's like reading a 500-page book, but in a form of 8 songs.

Cave passed through a very hard time and, as a true master of the art of writing he expressed it amazingly.

It's sad, but sad is beautiful and so is the album, truly honest and beautiful.

With no surprise it got universal acclaim. It will be remembered as of the most honest albums ever recorded.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dolores O'Riordan From The Cranberries Has Died

The legendary Irish singer, Dolores O'Riordan, most famous for being the lead singer of The Cranberries has, suddenly, passed away today.
The singer, was in London in a recording session and there is not public cause for her dead.
Aged 46, she had a remarkable voice and she and her band, along with some bands from the early 90's, a new perspective of women leading rock bands.
The Cranberries were still active, after their first hiatus and had release new material in 2017. Dolores had also a solo career with two albums and some other side projects.
She will be missed.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The (Almost) Christmas Playlist

In this Christmas time, I'm back with the playlists.
So, nothing better than pick up 10 Christmas songs.
However, instead of selecting the same old songs that you can hear everyday on the shopping centre, I picked 10 songs that, melodically, reminds me of this part of the year.
The lyrics of the songs are not related with this religious holiday, but the melodies reminds me of peaceful, melancholic and happy thoughts (what real Christmas should really be about).
So here's a playlist about women, love, addiction, loss but with so beautiful melodies and instrumentals that you could be playing them on your Christmas dinner!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Low In High School By Morrissey

Before I listened to the album, I read the review on NME.
I, mainly, like NME, they are a good website with current news, and, they usually have some good reviews of albums. However, they got "seriously wrong" on their review of Low In High School by Morrissey. 
First, Morrissey was always very critical to the press. Actually, he was in the correct side on this war. Since his earlier days, his relationship with the press was harsh. 

Even this year, he claimed: ""I did an interview a couple of weeks ago for a German newspaper and, of course, let me just say this: That was the last print interview I will ever do. Unless you see the words form in my mouth and then you see or hear the words come out of my mouth… please, if you don’t see that, I didn’t say them."

So, we can see that Morrissey and the press don't like each other, and I really think that the press will do their "moral" job to try to get Morrissey out of the business. And that's exactly what NME tried to do with their review of the new album.

Low In High School is a masterpiece. Again! Morrissey has his correct formula of writing songs and that's effective and fine, and very much enjoyable. All of his songs are brilliant, some better than others, but they all have a degree of quality far above the general music business.

The album begins with frenetic and frontal rock song. "My Love, I'd Do Anything For You" is a good presentation for the album, a loud fast track. Then it's the second single "I Wish You Lonely". People say that Moz only writes very pressing songs but actually, I think that he has some depressive, but funny, lyrics with joyful melodies, and this one is a great example. "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage" is a sexy cabaret song, obscure melodies and lyrics, with a big hard ending about "Everbody's heading for the Exit". "Home Is A Question Mark" is one of the best songs with one of the most deep and beautiful lyrics. Again, it is among the best songs Morrissey ever write, and I can't understand how the music business can ignore such a beautiful and well done song. It is so beautiful that you can't stop singing the chorus as loud as you can. And the lyrics, almost everyone on this planet suffered a little bit about the dilemma of where is our place on earth and it is what this song is about. Where do we belong really?
"Spent The Day In Bed" is the main single. A catchy song, that, although it doesn't stuck on your mind on the first time that you listen to it, it really gets you singing along. It's about the manipulation of the press (he's right, and that's why the press doesn't like Morrissey) and the joyful of doing nothing. 

"I Bury The Living" it's the best track of the album, and should be among the best songs of this year. a 7-minute track that blames, in a ironic way, the men who actually, commits war, the soldiers. The lyrics are so brilliant that you can't stop thinking about it: "Call me brave, call me a peacemaking hero Call me anything, except what I am", "When I lose mine, my mother will say: 'He died doing the job he loved" But I died with a bullet to the forehead That wasn't the job I loved'". It's brilliant and truth, although the big leaders command and led the soldiers to the extermination, it's actually the soldiers that kill the other people,. They need to have responsibility also. 

"In Your Lap" is a sweet melancholic piano song. "The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel" is a latin dance-able song, with a huge political message of support is the Israeli innocent people. "All The Young People Must Fall In Love" it's a joyful song about freedom, it's probably my less favourite song of the album but it's quite good! "When You Open Your Legs" is a romantic song, with a nice theatrical riff. "Who Will Protect Us From The Police" is a rock/punk song, also about a topic that Moz really likes, the opposition of the Police force. 

To end the album, NME wrote that Morrissey composed a "least listenable track", but, in fact he wrote a super epic album closing anthem. "Israel" is dramatic, beautiful, hard, emotional song. About a very controversial theme. Again, I think the press will do anything they can to stop Morrissey of spreading poems like this one, because, everyone who supports Israel is against them. 

As a resume, maybe, Low In High School, is not Morrissey's best work, but, undoubtedly is among their best. I would say that, lyrically, it's his best album. 
It's sad that professional music journalists don't see the importance of it, and the beauty in it. 

We, fans, see it, and we listen to it, and we thank you, Morrissey, for a piece of work like this.
Thank you.       

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Always Ascending

Franz Ferdinand have released a new single and announced a new album.
The album has the same name as the presentation song "Always Ascending".
This is the first album of the band after they teamed up with Sparks to form FFS.
Also, it's the first album without Nick McCarthy, the musician left the band last year. To replace him, FF hired a new guitarist Dino Bardot and a keyboardist Julian Corrie.

The new single is a lot more electronic and dreamy than the previous works. I really like it.
Actually the band is always getting a step further in electronic music. They started with a indie/rock guitar oriented sound and through every album they get a little bit more danceable and electronic (Tonight was their climax for me).

So, let's wait to see, but there's a great new indie electronic song around!
The new album is coming on the 9th of February. It's a long wait but we're always ascending.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spent The Day In Bed

Morrissey's new single already has an official video!
The video for Spent The Day In Bed is a full song film (not like the lyric-films from World Peace Is None Of Your Business) and features a very familiar face if you are a football fan: the problematic English player Joey Barton, which retired not long ago. Barton is a well-know Smiths fan.
The video also features, Morrissey, his band and David Hoyle. It was directed by Sophie Muller.
Check it right here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Too Late And Too Soon

Charles Bradley appeared on the international music industry too late, and has gone for the other world too soon.
Rest in peace friend, it's never too late to follow your dreams, and no one is ever too old to do anything, and Bradley showed us that.
I was lucky enough to see him performing once in Portugal. I didn't have many expectations from the concert but it turned out to be the best moment of the festival I was in.
The music remains.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Morrissey Unveil New Song And New Album

Morrissey, the legendary British artists released a new single and a new album is coming up!
The new song is called "Spent The Day In Bed" and it's available on YouTube through a lyrics video.
Well, the song didn't catch my attention during the first take.
The "Spent The Day In Bed" lyrics is catchy and it really gets inside your mind.
The instrumental is a little bit disappointing for me. The keyboards sound a little bit like a really from Falco or something like that form the 80's. The lyrics are fine, typical Moz style. Hopefully the song will sound better with time. The chorus is fine, the middle eight is also good, the surrounding keyboard sound is great, but the main synth riff isn't really my type.
The melody is great, the instrumental is just average.

The new album is called "Low In High School" and it's going to be released on the 17th of November. The tracklist is:

01 My Love, I’d Do Anything for You
02 I Wish You Lonely
03 Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
04 Home Is a Question Mark
05 Spent the Day in Bed
06 I Bury the Living
07 In Your Lap
08 The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel
09 All the Young People Must Fall in Love
10 When You Open Up Your Legs
11 Who Will Protect Us From the Police?
12 Israel

Some really interesting titles. Really hoping for a #1 album. Morrissey deserves it, cares about it, and then he would have a number 1 album in 4 different decades.

Listen to the new single here:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Playlist Explained

On this week's playlist we have a new single by Beach House. The band just released a compilation album of b-sides and rarities and Chariot is one of the two new exclusive songs from the album.
To commemorate Depeche Mode's concert in Portugal, I included their new single "Going Backwards" in a live session redemption only included on the single.
Supergrass' Alright has been my wake up song this week and it really gives your energy for the rest of the day!
Also, Arcade Fire's new album is almost coming out and they launched a new single called Creature Comfort. Great as always, one of the best bands around.
Travis annouced a 18-anniversary edition of The Man Who and Turn is one of my favourite songs from the album.
The Horrors also have a new single, and it's also in Strange Sound. Machine, everyone.
The Moonlandingz, Temples, Josh Rouse are just songs that were playing on the radio and I memorised them because they are cool!
To end the playlist, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Ringo Starr! The legendary drummer is going to release is new album soon and Give More Love is the new single! Peace and Love everybody everywhere!
Listen here:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Man Who Is An Adult

Travis, the super nice Scottish band are going to re-release their fantastic "The Man Who" album as a 18-year old anniversary edition.
The special box-set will include 2 LPs and 2 CDs .
The main LP and CD will include the album, and the second will include B-Sides.
This is an amazing album, that pushed Travis to the high lights. The Man Who includes songs like "Why Does It Always Rain On Me",  "Writing To Reach You", "Turn", "Driftwood" or "Luv".
Wait for the 08.09.2017.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Depeche Mode At NOS Alive

Yestarday I went to see one of my favourite bands again, after some years. Depeche Mode played at the critically acclaimed festival NOS Alive.
Before the British band there was Kodaline and Imagine Dragons, good concerts, not really my type, but they did created a fantastic atmosphere with the public. 

Well, first of all, although NOS Alive has always the best line up (and it really has) the location is a little poor. It's not big enough for everyone, the toilets are all located in only one place, there's no grass, always cement, and  everything is at the same height, there's no little valleys like there is in Paredes de Coura or Primavera festival. This valleys really contribute to a better sound.
Also, I probably was unlucky but I watched the concert from a place where the sound was not very good. Christian Eigner bass drum was too loud and it kinda drowned the rest of the sounds.

However, the band, as always were great! The set was a little bit shorter than usual (because it was on a festival). They started with Going Backwards, their new single. Here, and also during In Your Room and Barrel Of A Gun, the bass drum killed the songs, which was a pity. One of the best moment for me was, surprisingly, Wrong, the lead single from Sound Of The Universe. I always liked the song but their new live redemption gives a lot to the song. More aggression, more despair, it was perfect. Stripped, I Feel You and World in My Eyes were very enjoyable.
The sing-a-long in Never Let Me Down, Everything Counts and Enjoy The Silence was good and showed a good chemistry between the band and the public. Martin's songs were Judas and Home, both of them great, and Home is much better as a full band than acoustic, 
Cover Me, from the new album was the most atmospheric song, worked very well with the film in the background. 
Personal Jesus was obviously the perfect song for the end, a stadium anthem.

It was the birthday of Andy Fletcher, and people sang Happy Birthday To You with the melody of Judas, that was beautiful!

In resume, Depeche Mode are always great, however, the festival didn't help to make the best of the concerts. Set-list reduced, too full (but not only with DM fans), sound was not perfect. 
Still, something I will take with me forever but, I am hoping for a winter show announcement in a closed arena, tat would be perfect! 

The full concert is available online here:

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Horrors Announce New Album And Tour

The Horrors are going to release their fifth album on the 22nd of September, later this year.
The album, called "V" is going to be supported by a tour that is going to pass by Portugal. I already bought my ticket for their show in Porto on Hard Club's stage.
The first single is called Machine and, as its name suggests, it's a much more electronic orientated song. Some fans said that they are sounding look like Depeche Mode, and I agree. Their time together during DM's new tour has influenced them.
The song is great. More aggressive from their previous work, less catchy, more complex. It's cool.
Take a listen to Machine here:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Patrick Duff

Today is the birthday of one of my favourite artists and the only one that I met in real life. Patrick Duff
I met him during a concert in London. He dedicated me a song and we have a super great and lovely chat. Can't never forget that moment, actually, the concert and some personal issues, made one of the most intense days I ever had in my entire life. It was 4 years ago, a different life.

Patrick made brilliant music in Strangelove, in Moon and as a solo artist. A true hero, all of his songs are more than amazing.