Schlagwort Archiv: Field Music

Best of 2018

Best Of 2018 Shy Boys The Fernweh Lake Ruth Teenage Fanclub Ari Roar Tony Molina

I listen to an awful lot of music every day, it’s my job and responsibility as a radio presenter. But most of all, it’s a labour of love digging out interesting stuff, making new discoveries in all directions. The end of the year makes me think of my ultimate favourite tunes, which is never an easy thing to do. However, here’s some kind of a Best Of list with some records and artists I especially enjoyed in 2018.

Adrianne Lenker – “Abysskiss” (Saddle Creek)

Some of you are probably familiar with Lenker as a guitarist and vocalist in Brooklyn-based indie rock band Big Thief. Her full-length solo record is a stripped-down singer-/songwriter approach and with this, she’s covering intimate emotions on her stroll along the abyss. In a way it’s hauntingly intense, but nevertheless comfort for your soul. Adrianne Lenker shows a subtle, otherworldly brilliance with her light fingerpicking on acoustic guitar while her songs are thoughtful, deep and poignant. And with this combination, there’s a true affinity to other outstanding artists like Judee Sill or Connie Converse.

 

Ari Roar – “Calm Down” (Bella Union)

Sometimes it’s true: great art comes from great pain. Adrianne Lenker has quite a history with being born into a religious cult and she almost died, when a railroad spike crashed her skull as a kid. And she managed to create something special in the wake of the tragedy, just like Caleb Campbell alias Ari Roar. The Texan singer-songwriter struggled with panic attacks from early on. As a late teenager, he had an operation on the spine, which left him bed-bound for months. Of course, these experiences have an impact. And in this case, he’s doing the best by channelling it into beautiful melodic lo-fi pop. The sweet miniatures on Calm Down might sound effortlessly in the first place, but there’s something else underneath the surface, with traces of doubts and fear. It’s a glorious debut for repeat listens.

 

Clearance – “At Your Leisure” (Topshelf)

This band provides a compelling sound by picking up familiar indie rock in a modern way. They create something fresh and interesting and already got a lot of praise here in my blog. If you like passionate, bright guitar music from the 80ties and 90ties, you should listen to this one.

 

Field Music – “Open Here” (Memphis Industries)

Whenever there’s a new Field Music record, it always ends up in my top ten of the year. Again, the spacious production on Open Here is exquisite, the compositions are intricate and classy. Field Music are ambitious, but they have all the knowledge and the talent to follow their visions. It’s a beautiful and well-crafted record that needs to be heard, because it has something to say. Maybe it’s all a bit too smart to reach the big crowd – but I’m sure the time will eventually come and Field Music get all the praise they deserve.

 

Lake Ruth – “Birds of America” (Feral Child Records)

They like to go under the banner “baroque pop”, but there’s so much more to discover in the music of Lake Ruth: from folk to jazz to avant-pop. I’m a fan of Matt Schulz since his days with Enon – he’s an excellent, versatile drummer. And singer Allison Brice, she has a way of phrasing her poetic lyrics in meandering harmonies like no other. All backed-up by a multi-layered smooth texture with a slight vintage touch. Lake Ruth are quite unique doing their own thing, and Birds of America is nothing less but an awe-inspiring masterpiece.

 

Shy Boys – “Bell House” (Polyvinyl)

Undeniably, these guys know how to sing! And the harmonies all perfectly meld together. It’s a special quality that only happens, when siblings start a band. The family sound is so intriguing because the harmonies are amazingly organic. Music history is filled with such examples and just like Field Music, the Shy Boys are band of brothers, supported by a couple of best friends. I summoned up a rave review earlier this year in my little blog here.

 

Stephen Steinbrink – “Utopia Teased” (Melodic / Western Vinyl)

This singer-/songwriter is a terrific talent. And again, we have an artist here, who knows a lot about the dark stuff in life. Stephen Steinbrink was left devastated after a fateful fire during a warehouse party in Oakland, California that killed 36 people in December 2016. After a couple of months stunned with grief, Steinbrink quit a minimum wage job, locked himself up in a shipping container with all sorts of music equipment, stimulated by a daily diet of LSD. And the songs started pouring out of him. Utopia Teased sounds a bit different, less perfect than his previous records. It’s a bit more daring with field recordings and synthesizers, but again it’s a collection of beautiful songs with substance and a hidden treasure for eternity.

 

Still Parade – “Soon Enough” (Feel Flows)

This is a very fine piece of work from Berlin, but made with love in LA. It feels like Niklas Kramer had a very clear vision for his new Still Parade album and he obviously put a lot of effort and thought into it. It sounds warm like a cozy blanket and puts the listener at ease. Of course, the Beach Boys influence is evident, but in a clever way. Smart harmonies combined with a startling sense of intimacy, and the formidable production brings out a nice vintage flair. It’s the kind of music that makes the world a better place. Sometimes, that’s just what you need.

 

The Fernweh – “The Fernweh” (Skeleton Key)

Yes, I am repeating myself here – I already picked this album for my Best Of list two years ago! Back then, I received a promotional copy from the band directly. Thankfully, it just got a proper release via Skeleton Key because this sublime debut is really exceptional. It’s a beautiful collection of hazy late 60s, early 70s inspired folk and pop, combined with a gentle nod to British psychedelia. Treat yourself & give it a listen, if you’re not already familiar with this. The Fernweh demonstrate an exceptional level of song craft and the record deepens with every listen.

 

Tony Molina – “Kill The Lights” (Slumberland)

Tony Molina is deeply rooted in 60s songwriting and DIY aesthetics. With Kill The Lights, he created a truly glorious pop record by offering 10 tracks in under 15 minutes. His sensitive songs are infectious and short to the point. Just like Ari Roar, Tony Molina is able to put it all into a 60-second song and I never get tired of listening – again and again. This really is a lovely, but as well soul-baring record.

 

Teenage Fanclub – Vinyl-Reissues (Sony)

Why should I be interested into these reissues when I already have all the vinyl of Teenage Fanclub in my collection? Well, guitarist and singer Raymond McGinley of the band explained to me: back in the 90s, the vinyl was just a copy of the CD. But if you want the best vinyl sound, you need a special mastering. That’s basically, what Teenage Fanclub did: they took the original master tapes, worked through all of them at Abbey Road Studios and improved the mastering for this new vinyl edition. And it really does make a difference, especially the new pressing of 1993s Thirteen is now more immediate and has a much better dynamic. Also, each essential album includes a bonus seven-inch single, mostly of tracks which originally appeared only on CD singles and EPs. To promote all these reissues from the Creation era, Teenage Fanclub played a very special concert series in Great Britain. Here’s my review of the nights in Birmingham and London, which also marks my concert highlight of 2018.

 

SUPER 8 – T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies/Turn Around Or…/HI LO (Futureman Rec)

Frequent listeners of my radio show already know about SUPER 8 – Paul Ryan a.k.a. Trip got a lot of airplay in 2018. Not only, because he put out a lovely mix of guitar pop as a one-man-band with all sorts of instruments like cello and trumpet. He also managed to surprise again and again with new top material. Three homemade full lengths were released this year on Futureman Records and it’s hard to pick a favourite album really. Each release is kind of special and filled with a laid-back and sunny charm. Backed up now and again with some thoughtful songs and well-curated cover versions. It looks like SUPER 8 will be back in 2019 with a more acoustic-based album – a thing looking forward to!

23th December 2018

Geschwistersache

Golden Glades radio show ByteFM Geschwistersache

Wenn Geschwister musikalisch gemeinsame Sache machen, wird es schnell kompliziert – immerhin ist der kleine Bruder oder auch die große Schwester der erste Feind des Lebens. Die Konkurrenz ist der Geschwister-Musik oft anzuhören – aber natürlich auch die geteilte musikalische DNA und oft sogar eine ähnliche Stimmfärbung. Von den Beach Boys bis hin zu Field Music wird uns all dies heute noch einmal in Klang und Kommentar verdeutlicht.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 18.07.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW29


ArtistTrackLabel
The KinksDo You Remember WalterSanctuary
SparksThis Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of UsIsland
Summer TwinsAnother Hitsummertwins.bandcamp.com
The CarpentersHurting Each OtherA&M Records
Lal & Mike WatersonBright PhoebusDomino
Rolling Blackouts CFCappuccino CitySub Pop
The OriellesLet Your Dog Tooth GrowHeavenly
Joan Of ArcCalibanJade Tree
DropkickPatchworkdropkickmusic.bandcamp.com
The Beach BoysVegetablesCapitol
Hey AnnaGarage Queenheyanna.bandcamp.com
The BreedersWait In The Car4AD
The CloudsGet Out Of My DreamSubway Organization
Fantastic SomethingIf She Doesn't SmileCherry Red
Buffalo KillersEastern TigerAlive
First Aid KitFireworksColumbia
RayneNever Going, Always GoneShadoks Music
Boards Of CanadaRoygbivWarp
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The Lemon TwigsBaby, Baby4AD
Busman's HolidayUnknowingJoyful Noise
The Philistines Jr.(Set List Title: Cableguy)Tarquin
Os MutantesPanis et circensesUniversal
CaStLeSTynnu Tuag At Y Diffeithwchcastlesband.bandcamp.com
MunicipalitySunday AgainHuman Sounds
Tied & Tickled TrioMonolithDomino
Jesus and Mary ChainHappy When It RainsWarner
The CleanAnything Could HappenFlying Nun
The RobbsCynthia LovesMercury
The Lilac TimePrussian BlueTapete
Field MusicChecking On A MessageMemphis Industries
S K Y T O N EBright and Better DaysBeautiful Music
LOVINGThe not real lakeloving1.bandcamp.com
Blonde RedheadWhere Your Mind Wants To GoPonderosa Music Records

Let there be POP!

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik Keine Sauregurkenzeit

Let there be POP! – POP! in Großbuchstaben und mit Ausrufezeichen: Das steht für bestechendes Songwerk mit Melodien für die Ewigkeit. Dafür gibt es kein Patentrezept, denn der Begriff ist äußerst dehnbar – von der orchestralen Maximalgeste bis hin zum privaten Lo-fi-Entwurf kann POP! ganz unterschiedliche Erscheinungsformen annehmen. Ein paar davon wollen wir uns heute anhören.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 31.01.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 03.02. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 05.02. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW05


ArtistTrackLabel
CrepesI'm Fallin' InDeaf Ambitions
Common HollyNothingSolitaire Recordings
GintisDennisPopty Ping Recording Company
The FernwehThe LiarSkeleton Key
EchoWaveWasting My Timeallsorts.bandcamp.com
Todd RundgrenI Saw the LightBearsville
Benjamin SchoosAll Night Every Night Freaksville Music
62 Miles From SpaceTime ShiftsMega Dodo
Hong Kong In The 60sOut In The Coldhongkonginthe60s.com
King RadioIvyfuturemanrecords.bandcamp.com
The PosiesFlavor Of The MonthGeffen
The TimesWhatever Happened To Thamesbeat?Tapete
The Go! TeamChico's Radical DecadeMemphis Industries
LUKAQuick Reflexlukalives.bandcamp.com
Tango With LionsPhoeniciaInner Ear Records
David KittStill Don't KnowAll City Records
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Field MusicTime In JoyMemphis Industries
DinersNothing Ain't Nothingdiners.bandcamp.com
Sidney GishImpostor Syndromesidneygish.bandcamp.com
Blake BabiesOut ThereMammoth
EyelidsSlow It GoesJealous Butcher
Pete AstorWalkerTapete
The Golden RailImperfectlyPretty Olivia
KiddCyan SerenPretty Olivia
Charles HowlMeet Lou's NeedsOh Many Records
Lake RuthJulia's CallFeral Child
NADINECan't Be HelpedMemphis Industries
Green SeagullBlack and WhiteMega Dodo
Benjamin JonesLight Up The RoomPlastic Jurrasic
Duncan BrowneNinepence Worth Of WalkingImmediate
The Yellow MelodiesOur Time is OverBeautiful Music

Best of 2016

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!

Best album:

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)

Best song:

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!

Playlist 17.02.2016

Handbremse

Das Leben auf der Überholspur ist doch inzwischen ein Dauerzustand. Unruhige Nächte folgen auf verdichtete Tage. Zur Erholung präsentiert Golden Glades heute Musik mit angezogener Handbremse: Mit milder Melancholie und kraft konsequenter Kontemplation werden Khruangbin, The High Llamas, Fay Hallam und andere Experten für Ruhepuls sorgen.

PlaylistGG_KW07


ArtistTrackLabel
Sam MeansWe're Alonemusic.means.am
The NinesTake Timeself-released
KhruangbinWhite GlovesNight Time Stories
BrothertigerJungle Floorbrothertiger.bandcamp.com
NZCA LinesDark HorizonMemphis Industries
EhosukHydrodynamicsElectric Muse
Benjamin SchoosUn parfum de nostalgieFreaksville Music
Adrian YoungeLa BalladeLinear Labs
Fay HallamSe Mi AmiBlow Up Records
Tracey ThornThe Book Of LoveCaroline International
Eric MatthewsFried Out Broken GirlSub Pop
TortoiseYonder BlueThrill Jockey
The Innocence MissionTom On the BoulevardKorda
IdahoSkyscrapeCaroline
Matt KivelNo ReturnDriftless
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Federico AlbaneseMigrantsNeue Meister
Andy ShaufI'm Not Falling AsleepTender Loving
Jim NoirCome and Seeself-released
The HangmenThe Girl Who Faded AwayMonument
Teenage FanclubSweet Days WaitingPema
Aidan KnightWhat Light (Never Goes Dim)Full Time Hobby
The High LlamasHere Come the Rattling TreesDrag City
Field MusicThe Morning Is WaitingMemphis Industries
Chilly GonzalesMyth MeGentle Threat
Bill Wells & FriendsDing Dong BellKaraoke Kalk
FloristCold Lakes Quiet Dreamsflorist.bandcamp.com
Jordan KlassenDelilahNevado Music
Crooked FingersUnder Sad StarsMerge
GOASTTPierrotChimera Music
Jacqueline TaiebCe Soir Je M'en VaisAce Records
Ultimate PaintingSweet ChrisTrouble In Mind

Playlist 03.02.2015

Wundertüte

Golden Glades greift heute tief in die Wundertüte und findet dort: Spaghetti-Pop aus Kapstadt, elektronische Tunes mit Katerstimmung, knorrige Geschwisterbands mit Hitgarantie sowie begnadete Ex-Junkies. What a mess!

Diese Sendung ist zu hören am Mittwoch, den 03.02.16 – 20.00-22.00 Uhr.
Wdh.: sonntags 10.00-12.00 Uhr auf: ByteFM und 917xfm

PlaylistGG_KW05


ArtistTrackLabel
New MannersSo Nicenewmanners.bandcamp.com
Moving PartsDakinimovingparts.bandcamp.com
Marble SoundsThe First TryZealrecords
GourmetForever Backwards1-9-9-1.com
The Candle ThievesWhite NoiseCarnival Town
PorchesBe ApartDomino
Charlie HiltonWHYCaptured Tracks
BroadcastCome On Let's GoWarp
De RosaLanesRock Action
Steve MasonPlanet SizesDouble Six
The SpiresBig Blue NothingBearded Beauty Records
YuckHearts In MotionMame Records
Field MusicDisappointedMemphis Industries
Half JapaneseListen to Your HeartJoyful Noise
MuralsLong Bridgethemurals.bandcamp.com
Lightning In A Twilight HourThe Memory MuseumElefant
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QuiltSearching ForKemado
Mystic BravesTo Myselfmysticbraves.bandcamp.com
Steady HolidayYour Version Of MeInfinite Best
Your FriendHeatheringDomino
Marshmallow CoastHash Out Cash OutHHBTM
World ChampionShakesFuture Classic
DIIVUnder the SunCaptured Tracks
Victor VillarrealA Mad Dad DashJoyful Noise
TearjerkerThe Gardinertearjerker.bandcamp.com
Thao & The Get Down Stay DownNobody DiesDomino
NZCA LinesChemical Is ObviousMemphis Industries
Bad SoundsI FeelJust Off Pop
Cristobal And The SeaFish EyeByte.FM
Susie AsadoCitizenPopup Records

Playlist 02.09.2015

This Almighty Pop

Supermann mag erstaunliche Fähigkeiten haben, aber Popmusik ist allmächtig! Zumindest in diesen zwei Stunden, in denen Sandra Zettpunkt die metaphysische Megamacht von Pop demonstriert. Mit dabei im unschlagbaren TAP-Team sind u.a. Ultimate Painting, Yo La Tengo, Low und The Lemonheads.

PlaylistGG_KW36


ArtistTitleLabel
Bad Bad HatsJosephAfternoon Rec.
PomplamoosePay AttentionPomplamoose Inc.
SiliconPersonal ComputerWeird World
Elvis PerkinsHogus PogusMIR
The Smoking TreesBest FriendAmple Play
The Hanging StarsGolden Vanitythehangingstars.bandcamp.com
Ultimate PaintingKodiakTrouble In Mind
The Weather ProphetsAlmost PrayedCherry Red
Cheers ElephantPeoplescheerselephant.bandcamp.com
LowWhat Part of MeSub Pop
Yo La TengoFriday I'm In LoveMatador
The SmithsWork Is A Four-Letter WordRough Trade
Quantum KeysKeep Good HabitsHit City USA
AM & Shawn LeeCold TearsCelestial Electric
Gardens & VillaFixationsSecretly Canadian
GroundersPet UnoNevado Records
Beach HousePPPBella Union
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HeroicsFluttersGood Sirens
Darwin DeezTime MachineLucky Number
C DuncanArchitectFatCat
Miracles of Modern ScienceMothers in Jeansmiraclesofmodernscience.bandcamp.com
Field MusicCasting Out Parts 2 and 3Memphis Industries
SANDY Alex GBugDomino
Angelo De AugustineMost Of The Timeangelodeaugustine.bandcamp.com
Nick DrakeRoadIsland
Jim NoirIn Hellself-released
Dr Cosmo's Tape LabAndiamodrcosmostapelab.bandcamp.com
_LindenRest and Be ThankfulAED Records
Groovy Little NumbersHappy Like Yesterday53rd & 3rd
The LemonheadsHalf the TimeAtlantic
All DogsBlack HoleSalinas Records
PowderI TryAce Records
Mild High ClubUndeniableCircle Star Records
Good MorningOn The StreetSolitaire Recordings
DucktailsSt. CatherineDomino
HussaloniaPlaza Parking Lot at Nighthussalonia.bandcamp.com