I am not good in words, I am not a music connoisseur.. and I am not a lot of other things.. I will stick to what I know: sharing (my biased) music appreciation.
I found here earlier this year and I am a bit pissed off that this introduction didn’t happen sooner. She is everything I want to listen to on a Monday winter night, pre Christmas time. She sings about her (or me), love and general life wonders. Her voice is comforting and familiar and keeps you great company, with a glass of wine.
Zara McFarlane comes from a Jamaican family in Dagenham, in the border of London and Essex. She grew up listening to reggae at all family gatherings and R&B of Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross. She studied musical theatre and Jazz vocals and to this day she teaches workshops in vocals and improvisation around Britain. Her debut album, Until Tomorrow, received great reviews and at the age of 27 she was the newest representative of British Jazz to the world. In February 2014 Zara released her second album for Peterson’s Brownswood label called If You Knew Her, which included a cover of the famous Reggae song from the seventies, Police And Thieves. The album received critical acclaim and she was awarded the title of “Best Jazz Act” at the MOBO awards last October.
All I have to say is that she will definitely worm up the atmosphere of your room, your evening or your dinner party.
“THESE SONGS ON THIS NEW ALBUM ARE MORE PERSONAL THAN ANYTHING I’VE EVER WRITTEN. IT’S ME OPENING UP, TAKING LISTENERS ON A JOURNEY.”
right… so where were we?
Influences:...New York, Connecticut, Montreal, Oakland. Then….Eleanor Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Ruth Garbus, Bert Brecht, Bjork, Todd Rundgren, Fela Kuti, you.
Merrill Garbus is definitely my new crush. To date, she has three full-length studio albums and her project, Tune Yards, is currently signed to the British independent record label 4AD.
Tune Yards is Merrill Garbus (drums, vocals, keys, ukulele) and Nate Brenner (bass, synths, vocals). Merrill samples and loops herself, creating sounds that she plays and loops again almost in a self-absorbed kind of way. Some might argue that her lyrics are flirting with the ” small talk ” category, but to me the way she chooses to present herself through her last album Nikki Nack is invigorating and real.
She is the real thing, she sounds like the real thing, Joke’s on you, all askew, heard her name in Timbuktu.
Tune Yards are touring Europe now, so catch them if you can (preferably in intimate venues rather than open spaces, I hear they failed to impress at Glastonbury)
‘I’ll repeat…I’m not a rapper, MC or lyricist…hiphop or any other genre for that matter doesn’t mean shit to me.’
Ghostpoet, born Obaro Ejimiwe, is turning 31 today. He is a Mercury Music Prize Nominee (with his first album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam in 2011) from Coventry, UK, raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria and Dominica. His second album Some Say I So I Say Light was released in May 2013 and was co-produced with Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar). He was also included in the album Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, which was recorded in Bamako, Mali over 7 days in October, when Ghostpoet joined by the percussive beats of talking drum band Doucoura on the Damon Albarn and Two Inch Punch produced track ‘Season Change’.
They say it is in your 30’s when you get to really know yourself. If that’s the case, I am excited by what this decade has in store from Ghostpoet!
The complexity of the ideas that can be brought by two drummers while inhaling the fresh air of Brighton is a reason to like this project. Rachel & Ed, aka Gaps were experimenting with electronic and folk sounds during the past year and the outcome can only promise great things. Very fresh and interesting sound with atmospheric vocals that reminded me why browsing through soundcloud is always rewarding.
Saw them on Jools and it took me four minutes, as long as this song, to become intrigued by them. An American band from cold and innocent Minnesota is bringing a cool electronic – RnB kind of sound with seductive vocals and sexy presence. Their album is called Shulamith with twelve interesting (strictly describing them) tracks.