Schlagwort Archiv: Balduin

Best of 2017

Best of 2017 Corridor, Mauno, This is the Kit, Onmi, Hands Habit. Brent Cash, Crepes, Faith Healer

Here I am, doing it all wrong again by releasing my Best of 2017 list way before Xmas. Every year it shows, that I discover fabulous artists with some delay and I feel sorry these albums are missing the list, only because I wasn’t quick enough! Like in 2016, I failed to mention these excellent records:

Merk: Swordfish (self-released)
Snails: Safe in Silence (Fearl Child Records)
Minta & The Brook Trout: Slow (NorteSul)
CaStLeS: Foresteering (Hafod Mastering)
Ben Reed: Station Masters (Gare Du Nord)

If you haven’t heard of any of those artists, please check them out!

And here they are, the winners of the 2017 Golden Glades award:

 

Corridor: Supermercado (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
Mauno: Tuning (Tin Angel)
This Is the Kit: Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade)
Brent Cash: The New High (Marina Records)
Raoul Vignal: The Silver Veil (Talitres)
The Parson Red Heads: Blurred Harmony (Fluff and Gravy)
Crepes: Channel Four (Deaf Ambition)
Sweet Baboo: Wild Imagination (Moshi Moshi)
Andrew Taylor: From The Outside Looking In (Rock Indiana)
Hand Habits: Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) (Woodsist)
Omni: Multi-Task (Trouble In Mind)
Faith Healer: Try (Mint Records)
Balduin: Bohemian Garden (self-released)
The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole (Tough Love)
Travis Bretzer: Bubble Gum (Human Sounds)
Baby Island: Break the Lease (Hello Records)
Human Heat: All Is Too Much (Offline Records)
Midnight Sister: Saturn Over Sunset (Jagjaguwar)

Of course this list is a purely subjective affair, but if you feel like I missed a highlight, please let me know!!

Also worth checking out: the voting of my ByteFM colleagues
best songs & best album

Balduin

I honestly couldn’t believe my ears when I discovered that this great artist called Balduin is hailing from Bern (Switzerland) – what a pleasant surprise! Fact is, I live in this city for almost 10 years now and I always had to struggle with the local scene, which seemed to be different and difficult for me on all terms. Eventually I made my peace, thinking there’s nothing to expect from this city music wise… But then I heard the songs from Balduin and his second album All In A Dream (2014) which left me relieved and excited at once.

The one-man-orchestra of Balduin shows a great sensibility for shimmering 60ties pop and psychedelia. And I can tell you: he gets better with every release! His third long player Bohemian Garden was just released and the first minutes are like a clear statement: Balduin wasn’t made for these times and his music wasn’t made for the small world of Switzerland.

Between sophisticated baroque pop arrangements, where vibraphone meets analog synth tunes, there’s a colourful cosmos to discover. Some of the tracks achieve a cinematic quality from the likes of Morricone or Theodorakis, taking you on a trip with compelling sounds and melodies. Listening to A Song For The Moon makes you think that Syd Barrett joined The Beatles for an unreleased hit single. All this sounds unique, although the aesthetic is very specific and some influence easy to pinpoint. Because Balduin makes sure, that his music takes a playful approach, that it’s resolving in some unexpected turns and vibes. The effect is simply highly enjoyable and worthwhile.

Große Erwartungen

Bei Golden Glades werfen heute große Ereignisse ihre Schatten voraus: Mit diversen ersten Singleauskopplungen kündigt sich ein viel versprechender Musiksommer an, zudem gibt es einen Ausblick auf das diesjährige Primavera Sound-Festival in Barcelona sowie sprießende Knospen einer musikalischen Protestkultur gegen die Trump-Agenda.

PlaylistGG_KW21


ArtistTrackLabel
BMX BanditsIt's Time (w/ Dr. Cosmo's Tape Lab)Elefant Records
LAKEMagazineTapete
Slow DecadesSleep It Offslowdecades.bandcamp.com
Kevin MorbyAboard My TrainDead Oceans
Katie Von SchleicherParanoiaFull Time Hobby
WhitneyYou've Got a WomanSecretly Canadian
Mac DeMarcoMy Old ManCaptured Tracks
Magnetic FieldsRock'n'Roll Will Ruin Your LifeNonesuch
The Make-UpWalking on the DuneK Records
The New YearRecent HistoryGrand Hotel Van Cleef
DeerhoofFight the PowerLionfish Music
Wet DreamBasement Under the OceanThrone Age
Toro Y MoiOmahaSecretly Canadian
Jay SomTurn The Other CheekSecretly Canadian
Fujiya & MiyagiSerotonin RushesImpossible Objects of Desire
StellaCome CollectInner Ear Records
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Jake Xerxes FussellHave You Ever Seen PeachesÉParadise of Bachelors
James ElkingtonMake It UpParadise of Bachelors
Tara Jane O'NeilBlowGnomonsong
Cory HansonThe Garden of DelightDrag City
Minta & The Brook TroutPlaid And Denimminta.bandcamp.com
Los Angeles Police DepartmentDrugsAnti-Record
FazerdazeLast To SleepGrönland
MerkTreehouse Clubmerkscoolsongs.bandcamp.com
Nana GrizolNightlights IOrange Twin
The John-PaulsBackwards DisasterAagoo Records
Wesley GonzalezI Am A TelescopeMoshi Moshi
Doug TuttleOnly in a DreamTrouble In Mind
BalduinBohemian Gardenbalduin.bandcamp.com
VLIVMI Take a WalkDiscos de Kilrlian
(SANDY) ALEX GCountyDomino
Dead Leaf EchoI Will Do (Anything)Reptile Music

Unsolved Mysteries

Wieso wurde die Popmusik nicht schon längst begraben? Weshalb enden manche Songs als Ohrwurm, auch wenn man sie gar nicht leiden kann? Warum gibt es keine wasserdichte Pop-Formel mit Hitgarantie? Diese und andere cold cases stehen heute bei Golden Glades zur Wiedervorlage an. Lösungen können wir keine versprechen, wohl aber einen schönen Mix, der den Pop-Mysterien auf der Spur bleibt.

PlaylistGG_KW11


ArtistTrackLabel
The Perfect KissBroadcast (From You To Me)Elefant
First BaseIf I See You With That Girl Againlatidarecords.bandcamp.com
Gentle BrentNever Wanna Make You CryJigsaw Records
Julien BaerRoi de l'undergroundLe Pop Musik
Forever CalypsoBungalowsCroque Macadam
Hong Kong In The 60sDiarylandhongkonginthe60s.com
TennisIn The Morning I'll Be BetterMutually Detrimental
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardSleep DrifterHeavenly
Tall Tall TreesA Place to Call Your OwnJoyful Noise
Rose Elinor DougallTake Yourself With Youself-released
Magnetic Fields'88 Ethan FromeNonesuch
LusterlitList of Equipmentlusterlit.bandcamp.com
MerkI'm Easymerkscoolsongs.bandcamp.com
Harry MudMy Heart Wins The Raceussb.bandcamp.com
BalduinMirror, MirrorSunstone
StarwheelThrough My Windowstarwheel.bandcamp.com
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverFrench PressSub Pop
TemplesMystery Of PopHeavenly
The PaperheadThe True PoetTrouble In Mind
CaStLeSFfrwydriadau o Deimladaucastlesband.bandcamp.com
Steady HolidaySuperstarInfinite Best
CarpentersSuperstarA&M Records
Greek TheatreStill Lost Out At SeaSugarbush Records
Happy SadnessAlonehappysadness.bandcamp.com
Hand HabitsIn BetweenWoodsist
Ben ReedManiac ManGare Du Nord Records
Andy ReedThe CriminalYou Are The Cosmos
The Legal MattersThe Cool KidOmnivore
Frontier RuckusGerundsLoose Music
Nadia ReidRichardBasin Rock

Trip Down Memory Lane

Kaum ein vernünftiger Mensch wird bestreiten, dass die Popmusik der 1960er Jahre äußerst offen und experimentierfreudig war – und dass sich diese Haltung in einigen der besten Platten aller Zeiten niedergeschlagen hat, üppig instrumentiert und reich an Melodien. Heute wird sowohl in Sachen Soundästhetik als auch in der Harmonieführung wieder gern auf die Sixties Bezug genommen. Neue Platten u.a. von Brent Cash, The Proper Ornaments und CaStLeS zeigen auf ganz unterschiedliche Weise, wie sich das goldene Zeitalter in der zeitgenössischen Popmusik manifestiert.

PlaylistGG_KW05


ArtistTrackLabel
Eternity's ChildrenMrs. BluebirdRev-Ola
The JunipersLike a Merry Go Roundthejunipers.bandcamp.com
The FernwehBrightening In The Westself-released
Richard AlbumNeighborsrichardalbum.bandcamp.com
Baseball GreggUlyssesbaseballgregg.bandcamp.com
SheLoomProphet ApproximateRay Recordings
Brent CashOut For BloodMarina Records
Ben ReedOnly the Sunbenreed3.bandcamp.com
Lainie HillTime Marches OnNew Voice Records
Fascinations Grand ChorusActor/Actressfascinationsgrandchorus.bandcamp.com
Nancy PantsYin Yangnancypants.bandcamp.com
TUNSLonely LifeRoyal Mountain
The Da VincisThe Shortest Racethedavincis.bandcamp.com
WestSummer FlowerEpic
CaStLeSForesteeringcastlesband.bandcamp.com
Super Furry AnimalsThe Piccolo SnareBMG
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The Greek TheatreNow Is The Timetheactivelistener.bandcamp.com
Cabin EssenceSo Easycabinessence.bandcamp.com
Lake RuthThe Only One Who KnowsThe Great Pop Supplement
Rain ParadeThis Can't Be TodayEnigma Records
Ultimate PaintingMonday Morning, Somewhere CentralTrouble In Mind
The Proper OrnamentsBack PagesTough Love
The MolochsYou And MeInnovative Leisure
The EverywheresI Still (Love You)theeverywheres.bandcamp.com
Other HousesFabulous DatesAagoo Records
The Left BankeI've Got Something on My MindMercury
OzarksOne Thingcastleozarks.com
BalduinThe MusicSunstone Records
Kim GrayPerfume GhostResurrection Records
SwooningSun & the Moonswooning.bandcamp.com
FenwyckI Wanna DieProgressive Sounds Of America _
The FinksJamie's Got A BabyMilk Records
Roddie JoyCome Back BabyRed Bird