Apparently there’s quite a lot to discover from this gifted artist, I’m just beginning with his album Please Kid, Remember. It’s a collection of heart-melting chamber-pop, reminding us of forgotten sounds and beauty. Every song is filled with clever ideas, accompanied by interludes. Some might say that it sounds old-fashioned – but only in a good way! This is an astonishing, beautiful album. Re-released by the spanish pop-connoisseurs Pretty Olivia Records.
Listen carefully with your headphones on, and it’s easy to get lost in these tracks. Happy Sadness knows pretty well how to create contemplative moments with his floating textures and warm compositions. Sometimes it’s like a soothing soundtrack that tells stories without words. But as well we have a few songwriter-based tracks where Jason Andrew Brown (multimedia artist and the man behind Happy Sadness) gets very close to you with his voice. In these tracks he shows his real quality as a versatile musician.
All frequent listeners of Golden Glades know by now, that the world is full of talented bedroom producers. Here’s a wonderful project hailing from Nafpaktos in Greece: Tony Panou alias The Fisherman. He calls himself an amateur, but I think he’s just being modest because he obviously has a knack for timeless melodies!
Wow, I instantly fell in love with this new song by Francis Macdonald & Harry Pye! Watch out for their promising debüt „Bonjour“ by the end of May on Glasgow’s finest Shoeshine Records. A rich tapestry of lovely sounds and melodies will fill your ears – just what you need in these times:
You like that? Well, here’s another wonderful track:
It looks like Halifax is currently the place to be with its vibrant music scene: there are so many interesting bands and artists to discover. Heaven For Real play a melodic Indierock version with occasionally Pavementesque twists. It’s cleverly and well done.
I’m very surprised this well-crafted and sixties inspired guitar pop has not more supporters: I love every moment of this collection! For me, it’s a best harmonized gem.
Astonishing, what an acoustic guitar, voices and occasionally a trumpet can do: here, it softly stirs emotions. Some of the tracks have a pastoral quality, others are merely sketches. The guitar picking ranges from folk to classical and creates a very pleasant atmosphere.
Golden Glades – Best Of 2016
I think it’s been a pretty good year for music and it was not easy to make a final decision, but here they are: my highlights of 2016!
Teenage Fanclub: Here (PeMa)
Field Music: Commontime (Memphis Industries)
Andy Shauf: The Party (Anti)
Leapling: Suspended Animation (Exploding in Sound)
Whitney: Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian)
The Divine Comedy: Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Dropkick: Balance The Light (self-released)
The Fernweh: The Fernweh (self-released)
NZCA Lines: Infinite Summer (Memphis Industries)
Stephen Steinbrink: Anagrams (Melodic)
Ryley Walker: A Choir Apart (Dead Oceans)
Drugdealer: Suddenly (ft. Weyes Blood) (Weird World)
Lawrence Arabia: Sweet Dissatisfaction (Flying Nun)
Jons: Trip Ads (self-released)
Roar: Explosion Of Birds (self-released)
Soft Hair: Lying Has To Stop (Weird World)
Chris Cohen: Yesterday’s on My Mind (Captured Tracks)
Doug Tuttle: Make Good Time (Trouble In Mind)
Hologram Teen: Marsangst (Happy Robots)
Teleman: Düsseldorf (Moshi Moshi)
If you missed some of these, please check them out – you won’t regret it!