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mp3hugger is my indie music blog based in Dublin, Ireland. I also run a record label called Indiecater (http://www.indiecater.com), write about Christmas music all year round for http://www.christmassongs.me, engaged in some music PR here http://www.huggerpr.com, sob about the Republic of Ireland football team on https://facebook.com/eireguide and written several festive related pieces for the Huffington Post. Find me on https://facebook.com/mp3hugger, http://catchthebreeze.net, https://www.twitter.com/mp3hugger, https://Soundcloud.com/mp3hugger, https://play.spotify.com/user/mp3hugger In general submissions will be responded to within 24 hours.
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What an interesting narrative, one that you could miss amid the arresting Cocteau Twins like dreampop swirls that swallow the vocals a little, as they should, but one that needs to be explored in a world of look-at-me. This is a girl that is shouting it from the rooftops but is anyone listening and for that reason it could well be a comfort to the forgotten in all of us. Such an late 80's/early 90's aesthetic, a vinyl like clarity and a lack of warmth to a degree but that is compensated for elsewhere. You could mark it down as slavish devotion to that 4AD sound but there is a musicality here that moves beyond aping the glories of yore.
I had been looking forward to this and of course you don't disappoint! Presenting us with a crooner into the bargain to make for the warmest of Christmas sounds that is full of memories and nice little individual touches. The production is lush and the vocal chemistry is authentic, yep it stacks up with all the great renditions of this cherishable classic. Have a great holiday season, this will certainly help make ours be one to remember. I've added it to mp3hugger's 'Christmas 2018' playlist on spotify and a tweet is upcoming!
You know I admire the way you throw things together, so we get moving parts where you least expect them. There are driving riffs, vocals wheeling away with a grab-bag of words to the wise. It is something akin to an indie rock Tarantino burst of flavours, a jam with a central theme of energetic exuberance. I dig it, like a man might dig his garden and look back proudly after the seeds sown give him a summer view to remember.
You've chosen a timely cover given the snow storm brewing outside and it seems you haven't strayed too far from the template of yore. So we get a rhapsody of quiet reflection with harmonies cascading about like snow flurries. You have the chops for such assignments too, minimal fuss in those acoustics so we can bathe in the swirling intonations. A fine effort and at the very least it has me wondering what you can do with an original of your own. For the time being though this is spectral stuff, the great man himself would be proud to have inspired you to this extent.
Going for the immersive experience then, hear, see and even feel your art! Quite a unique combo and your completely jaunty take on indie rock is a standalone gift all by its self. It slips by like a classic 90's anthem, jerky Pavement, quirky Weezer and a flotilla of Blur brushstrokes to wrap it all in a bow. I'm on board, with bell-bottoms on (with Grier branding of course).
As sumptous as ever from this act, a little of the Eartha Kitt creeping through too so we get a sultriness to go with the grandious arrangements. The effortlessness is palpable as those words are issued with the minimum of fuss but with the maximum impact. So much so that you could feasibly see Natalie doing justice on the James Bond theme tune for a future instalment of the franchise. There is a restraint too, that I haven't heard before and it showcases another dimension to an artist that always delivers the goods in widescreen. My fave of yours to date. My only wish is that you tackle a Christmas standard in the next few weeks.
What a simple description you've given your song and I can see where you are coming from within seconds of its cutesome delivery. Acoustics are warm and inviting and in keeping with a voice that sounds like our best friend when we most need to spend time together. It has a giddy, joyous momentum and you know there are moments in every week that this jaunty fair is what everyone needs. Good on you and we can appreciate how difficult things that sound so natural can be to write and record. Going to tweet this sunshine immediately.
You know I may know this song but I sure do appreciate another listen, especially as it showcases a voice so effervescent it could levitate. But the soft goodness does not end there as the playing is so tender and empathetic to the cooing all around it makes for a union that could soundtrack any chill time imaginable. I'll be posting this on our facebook page (/mp3hugger) straight away!
Must say I admire you guts, your talent and your efforts to make it in one of the toughest industries. And you are doing it with a voice that is so crystal it could fix the ozone layer. The chords reminded me of a U2 song, one I cannot recall just now - perhaps All I Want Is You - but there is nothing like their bluster here, more Becky Stark than Bono. And for a Sunday evening I don't think their could be a better sonic companion than Under My Sun. I'll be tweeting this and adding it to our Relaxation Room playlist on Spotify!
An absolute epic which I must admit had me thinking of Moby early on, the 90's version of himself though when boundaries meant nothing. There is certainly something of the night about the inaugural movements, like something for late night taxi drivers to accompany their thoughts when out foraging for the next passenger. There is a pulse to how the sound grows and it happens so organically the listener will hardly twig when it has gone full experimental jazz in tone. There is a grind too so no sleeping allowed, feedback and general instrumental sprawl suggesting that this is a multi-legged collaboration. Even points in the direction of a Doors wig out, a psych drenched anthem that may or may not require other stimulents to expose its fully glory. Me, I could picture myself getting lost in the elegant haze but that would require more recovery time than I have though the final passages offer plenty of room for that. Blistering, blissful stuff.
Always feel more open to bands on their debut release because at that stage the man has not got near to destroying the natural firebrand within. And that is definitely the feeling here, it is loose and energetic and dare I say it magical. The percussion reminds me of 90's long short wearers Ned's Atomic Dustbin but that lank haired mob never had a lead as vibrant and unfettered as here. The swearing doesn't feel forced because this is an act that can't hold back for one second longer. The result is a piece that should be a template for new bands going for the jugular but most of all knowing their art inside out before they record a single note. Beautiful, and reassuring, stuff.
I do remember a time when Bergen was where it was all happening, so much so that one of my family travelled there just to witness it first hand. And you'd have been worthy of the round trip all on your own because you transmit an awestruck perspective where every word is issued as if under the spell of the Northern Lights. The success of the track is down to several things, the quiet/loud arrangements for one but mostly a voice that blends ethereal with something more defining. And by that I mean it could well be the fork in the road for dreampop, a greater gravitas that may alert an even wider audience to the pleasures of the swell of textures that define the genre. Uplifting stuff.
What a holiday sheen to this track, like we've climbed aboard a cruise liner where the resident band are as in tune with how our vacation selves feel inside. Simple stuff but why would you want anything beyond a barrel of vocal hooks and a simple riff while the cocktails flow like the amazon during monsoon season. Must say I could be persuaded to this form of pop falsetto, almost against my better judgement but this effort is simply relentless in its pursuit of smiles for all and sundry. It's the sweetest thing.
We're definitely dealing with something beyond the norm here, a Beatles influenced act for sure but one that might sit easily at the table occupied by Django Django too. It is laidback stuff but has an air of memorability throughout and that is not just in the falsetto crescendos but in the pops and squeaks that emerge in the arrangements that could easily have come across as fractured but are completely vital for the success of the piece. Occupying that halfway house between dance and pop this is something I could see myself bopping along to at the weekend and that is a rarity let me tell you. A thoroughly fine few minutes.
Well the orchestration is rich and impressive early on and acts the perfect intro for a voice so timid yet well capable of inspiring a levity in all who hear it. In fact I'll go beyond that and say this is damn cherubic, picking its way through a difficult situation in a tender and empathetic way. There were times when it seemed as if the vocals would crack but given the narrative it just underlined how involving the helping hand was proving to be. A song that goes beyond its original role.
Really coming at this with a fresh ear, not having heard of this artist before but Burning has such a fulsome sound it is hard not to be impressed. There is so much going on, male and female vocals and both with attitude to burn (!). Found the opening particularly virulent and though the momentum never flags I didn't feel like the tune ever captured that sense of breaking new ground. Still it does grind its way into your psyche and in the process offer a piece of dancefloor action that could cope well with all movement abilities. It is quite bonkers, evidenced by the chord exchanges as much as that Stereo MC's swagger I felt intermittently.
Another lesson in the kind of music that exists beyond our small taste range. And the most striking element from an outsider looking in is how classy and musical it sounds. Music at its purest, both instrumentally and in a singer that lives every word as if it means everything in the world. Not only that but the tones, intonation and timbre bring so much personality to a booze soaked narrative that it almost feels wrong not to be sculling something alcohol fused and tasty right now. My fave of your submissions to date, those arrangements so assured and inviting. Kicked back and feeling the blues right now.
This is so much more than a tune, this is a movement and one that those of us from far away have taken quite a shine to. There is a childlike wonder to proceedings, a slow reveal so we don't quite know what is coming down the tracks. But it is worth the wait, the wild eyed singing and heavy percussion unlike what has gone before. I'm sure this is just electric in a live context but even here on record it delights. Real music, real people, real happy.
This just reminded me of the kind of songs I used to hear on daytime TV years ago. It is expressive, full of interesting narrative and with just the right amount of whimsical going on. Naturally 'Little Lily' has a retro feel, a sunny disposition (restrained though it may be) and suitably supported by the quaint visuals. The pacing is glacial for the most part but it is great to feel part of a communal experience from time to time. Lovely stuff.
Brings me right back to the 90's, early part of that decade. A time when Swervedriver were mounting grand mosaics of chord laden assaults like here. There are also Trail of Dead, Slint comparisons to be drawn too such are the harsh vocal tendencies that pervade throughout. But for the abrasiveness there is a melodic heart being peddled, look and listen hard to enough to see inside this rough diamond of songs. It billows with intent throughout and that relentlessness just makes for a hypnotic surrendering, the way chillwave can also summon but distinctly at the other range of the noise spectrum. Impressive.
Chirpy acoustics are always a good way to set your stall out and though I got the feeling that this might be a rough draft it couldn't dampen the authenticity. A singer that sounds like Glen Hansard is always a help to add an emotional heft and when the tempo lifts it actually feels like we've been on a journey together. I kept on getting the feeling however that a little tidy up here and there and this could really blow minds. It has an alt soul but just where did those Beach Boys harmonies come from!! Gonna give this a shout out on Twitter, something very exciting happening here.
Clever little video to house yourself in the bedlam (albeit it deep in the daytime) of a raucous party, and you're right to not get distracted when shifting a soft and easy going noise like this. The chords are slide rule and your vocals are similarly dispatched with a cerebral intensity - the type that stops the listener in their tracks. Subtle and forgiving this is a pretty sound throughout, even when you cast off the restraint and let nature takes its course. Good stuff.
This is more challenging that I thought it would be, a cool piece of experimental soul with overtly electro leanings. Like the way it messes with convention and sounds quite of itself rather than of something else. Your vocals appear buried in the mix, as if quicksanding in the swirling sound all around. In many ways that means that the piece is quite immersive itself, as the listener must pick out the words to connect with the symphonic arrays to make sense of it all. Although there are no orchestral embellishments there is so much going on it could be the work of several/dozens of people. On the promotion side please don't look beyond SubmitHub because you will get plenty of bang for your buck there and it is home to both music blogs and labels.
Well done on audiofying what is a genuine contemporary malaise. And you've done so in an ever so jaunty way, which may well appeal to those who need to be overloaded with fast and furious distraction. As TSFS settles into a groove it really pulls the rug on that early zig-zag mentality and instead introduces an under the coconut tree persuasion. The elegantly wasted vocals are a treat, clever and funny and the perfect companion for the equally chirpy guitars. So drop the phones and the computers because everything you need is here...for a few minutes at least!
First off this is a clever promo, make me smile on several occasions. And on the music front I was reminded of Coventry band Adorable who have disappeared for many years. Those guitars are so tight, riffs buried deep before appearing at the forefront once the vocals seep away. And it is those vocal harmonies that are perhaps the key ingredients, a nod to Cobain but a good deal less coarse. It adds up to quite the anthemic listen, a song that may have been built from the ground up and could be refined even more in a live context. An indie nugget.
What an exotic sound, a rolling barrel of noise that is forever backed by swaying coconut trees and sandy beaches. The funny thing is however that there are no people around, almost like it has been abandoned or about to open for the new season and everyone has lost their map. Either way this is oddball territory but the jauntyness is hard to quell, you just go with it because it squirrels into your head and won't be shifted. Reminds me a lot of the TV Girl and Monster Rally collaboration of a few years back.
What a lovely jangle to open this track and those vocals just add to the shimmering nature of the entire piece. Sounds very retro, Byrdsian in fact, so much so that I wouldn't have been surprised to hear it on a golden hour radio show. Melodies float all around and the piece is pulled together in a sweetly organic way. Can't believe it is a b-side in fact, what joy if this was discovered once the vinyl was flipped over. A proper little gem.
Underwater electro, the best kind because nobody ever gets electrocuted. Could be electrified though going by the slick maneuverings going on here. Yep, this is elastic and positively olympic in the way it dispatches its stream of consciousness and combined with a promo that must have take quite some time to conceive and execute it really is the full package. Not at all into rap based number but this has a groove that is just impossible to ignore, it's relentless and it is very good. Big thumbs up!
It might be short but Noelle doesn't need a lot of time to leave an impression. This little folk ditty is so full of bright eyed imagination it could brighten up a dull evening no matter the company. And the fact that is a love song makes it even more special, lucky boy/girl whoever they are. Simple dynamics, ravishing talent. Gonna do my best to spread the word.
This crawls neatly from nowhere, a fully formed acoustic swirl and harmony drenched number. Doesn't need a cabin in the woods to be what it is, a near gospel like homily to nature. And like the subject of the lyrics it grows and grows into something much all-encompassing. This is a song for gathering around the open fire and rejoicing in the joy of life, friends and the world around us. Free-spirited and uplifting this has put a pep in my step this evening.
Such lovely sentiments and I picked up on a farewell-my-summer-love vibe early on. There is so much happiness breathing through every scintilla of this tune and it is so warmly produced it is hard not to be swept up on its tide of goodness. If this is what true love is capable of producing then I think it should be everyone's life's work to seek it out. Getting back to the music this is fanciful stuff, brass parts, twinkling mandolin chord progressions and a male/female vocal that is straight out of the fireside manual on how to have the best singalong ever. So cute and I hope you get to record a Christmas tune at some stage because it could well be magical.
This is acoustic stripped back to its very basics but fear not because a voice like this only needs the bare essentials. That's because it is a swallow in the blue sky, swooping and soaring and telling us tales about the great possibilities of life. So we must grab it with both hands, such clear headed thinking and such gargantuan talent is enough to whip us mere mortals into a frenzy of appreciation. Yep, I love this and I am sure plenty more will so gonna do my damnedest to spread the word. A beast of beauty.
With Nicolás you know what you are going to get, namely a voyage into the electronic unknown with alien interventions, explosive asides and the sense that this could really be the journey where everything changes. And this tune is a purposeful exponent of that rule of thumb as it sets its compass to exactly nowhere on the map and takes off skywards on the good ship Cóppola. There are strange occurrences along the way, creepy synths, rumbling bass and otherworldly but unintelligible voices from the dark. And the narrative just doesn't plateau as there are tunes within tunes and while not everything works perfectly the sense of new planetary life is vividly drummed into existence.
Such a psychedelic opening and when the vocals arrive they just add to the sweet easy feeling that today is for you and me and nobody else is going to change that. It is a boon for those into their vintage sounds and the harmonies don't do anything to jettison from 'Hunger Stays' 60's base. So short and sweet and by the mid-section I was convinced that we were listening to lost classic, it has worked its magic and I was lost in its multi-coloured vapour trail. An album of the stuff could be quite the treat.
A voice that initially sounds like it is about to break into Auld Lang Syne, this one though has vestiges of tropical bongo so could be pitch at the middle rather than the later part of the year. It is simple and focused on a voice so pure it could bottled and served up as 100% natural spring. Refreshing to hear a near acapella getting recorded in 2017 and even more heartwarming that it is so good.
This is effortlessly cool, the kind of track that comes from an artist just starting out and unperturbed or unaffected by what has been said about their art. And the confidence shows in a mix of alt pop that drifts from chilled and easy to more defensive and loud. It means the song rarely stands still and it offers ample opportunity for that voice to bloom before our very ears. There are melodies to be savoured too, not so obvious the first time over because they are subtle and softly lit but they are there no less. Ambitious stuff and on the evidence offered here a genuine talent emerging.
A country ramble that wears its heart on its sleeve and delivers a homespun tune that is characterised by a slide guitars, gentle swaying percussion and a singer who reminds me of Luna's Dean Wareham. It all sound inoffensive but we need tracks such as this to warm the cockles of hearts that are primed to reject. This is such a right angle to the previous track you submitted and I have to say I really prefer this as it shows what a tight group you can be. Lovely.
Right from the off there is a giddy sense of indie pop going on, put together in a loose shuffling way that just hangs really nicely together. Nothing feels hurried, this is a song that takes on the feeling of a warm breeze of loveliness. The vocals are soft and reassuring, flitting amongst the jangle, soothing synths and a beat that barely raises above a pitter-patter. And when that brass kicks in it's as if the stars have aligned to form a new constellation. The second composition isn't quite as Belle & Sebastian sounding, a little more tender and unassuming though it does pick up as the seconds drift by. The arrival of the trumpet part lifts spirits as well as the momentum and in the process makes for a performance where each of the moving parts add something different and unique. It's all played at a low-ebb but the combined effect is something that will cheer everyone within earshot.
Don't think I've seen an animated video since Take on Me that's filled me with so much wonder. The craft and imagination is there for all to see and with a soundtrack such as this there is as much wonder in the music. Reminds me a little of the Breeders, that lolloping momentum could be a more rounded Cannonball. And when those harmonies kick in, it really is time to cooalong in unison. As propulsive as it is melodic I will be sharing this across our social pages, not so much because I love it so much but because I want to be seen as the first person in my group to announce this wonderful sound. Bliss.
Oh my, what a smooth number this is. A real retro feeling with a voice that could permeate 10-foot thick walls and a groove so slinky it could likely do the impossible and entice those who’ve retired from the dancefloor back on it. All told it an impressive package that should be a fixture on late night radio shows that are adept at reassuring listeners that no matter how crap the day has been there is music to soothe the soul. ‘Inevitable’ has vestiges of the classic 60’s girl groups but for most of the time it contends with being a contemporary soul classic that has appeal beyond that genre. I’m struggling to believe it actually originated in 2016 such are its classic motown stylings.
This is understated from the getgo but I was entranced by its oddly turned out stylings. It is half a dance tune, half a song that you need a comfy chair to absorb but most of all it is a tune with rare beauty. The oft-kilter momentum will probably throw quite a few people but the linear parts more than make up for the fits of ecstatic rambling. I haven't heard many songs like this in 2016, a tropical event that whisks you along on its multi-coloured approach. Glad I heard it as Christmas approaches because it has the wide-eyed appeal of the season. Brilliant. Can you let me know when this goes up on Spotify as I'd love to playlist it.
Wow what an opening, was not expecting that voice at all. The music sounded like it was setting itself up for a funkathon but then this Bjork like elfin voice emerged from the speakers. From then forward I was entranced at the gorgeous simplicity of it all. There's such a slight backdrop but even at that there is so much to admire, that bass bumble just tiptoeing around the star of the show to create a soundtrack that could even the insects beneath our feet in a state of bug-eyed fascination. This was really a surprise, a gentle and supremely enjoyable treat.
This is just a peachy listen, a real sense of happiness invaded my being as it played. While this not really a genre I would seek out I can see why indie sensibilities really close so many doors. This just clicks into life from the off, the vocals are an understated brand of ecstatic and the music boasts a tropical outlook. Of course it would be at home when the sun is high in the sky and the toll of daily life has been put aside for at least week. I shall set aside this little nugget of joy for that time next summer. Keep on doing what you are doing and many will keep on listening.
What a story, so kudos Patrick on achieving so much in such little time. The result is an intimate listen with vocals that are certainly unique, bubbling along like another instrument in their quietly accomplished way. The whole piece has a beautiful inner calm and the melody is hypnotic in an unhurried and efficient way. The song sounds vaguely familiar but that might be just because Patrick sounds so comfortable dispatching it and I’d hazard a guess that he spent many hours honing this composition before he finally got his time in the studio. This is a stellar achievement and should give this singer all the confidence he needs to continue producing more little nuggets like ‘I Do What I Do’.
Ness are more than just any old band, they actually care which in a society that breeds me-culture it is quite refreshing. But while all that is commendable it’s the music we’re here for and on that score they fare slightly less impressively early one. That was until they laid their hearts bare and all sorts of heavenly sounds emerged. I found ‘Tunnel Vision’ to be quite an odd confection, it has such sweet parts but there are moments when it feels cold and detached. Maybe it is just drawing on each of us and our tendency to blow hot and cold depending on the mood of the moment. Ness are really onto something, they do toy with song constructs and it might take a while to crack their code but I for one am intrigued. Definitely ones to watch out for.
A real future-historic feel to this track but the consummate ease with which it declares its intentions belies the fact that this is a new act. In many ways it’s like a Pet Shop Boys standard, both vocally and structurally. The other thing of note is the confidence in the mix, nothing is added for purely superficial effect and the mosaic of sounds fits into a fine cohesive groove. All told ‘The Perfect Storm’ fits the radio friendly template without ever sounding tired or formulaic and really the only reservation I’d have is that it is perhaps a half minute too long. While it is all good stuff I can’t see shaving this time off as losing anything to the overall effect and given the shortened attention spans it could help retain the more migratory of listeners.
Jasper X deserves a stool, a smoky bar and an audience that hangs around for longer than they had initially planned. That’s because he can make songs like ‘Only Patterns’ that are quite basic in their execution but have a burning little heart that demands that you give them your full attention. I’d hope that his repertoire extends beyond this neat little trick but taken in isolation this is a splendid little ditty that could probably have been stretched a little as it is impossibly short. The other thing where this number could have really excelled is a crescendo or an unexpected change of pace. I felt it was somehow building to an unexpected conclusion but it disappointingly petered out in its sweetly hum-like way.
Great to see a new band with Wolf in the title, been a while. And Wolfkids don’t let the side down with an atmospheric, and at times vaudeville inspired, and mournful number that has at its core a beautiful ethereal vocal. ‘Monster In Me’ has genuine heart but it is one that is damaged, fighting for a time when it can be full again. That the band can translate this note perfect anguish is to their credit and with the biggest fright night on the horizon this could prove a boon for this song and promo vid. This never came across like it was put on or acted out, this is music that felt like it was played as events were unfolding before the participant’s very eyes. Perceptive as songs get.
I can see why JMJ was namechecked because this all the hallmarks, more tour de force than Tour de France mind you. Because of the obvious influence ‘Electro45 (Almost There)’ appears like something from yesteryear but its pummelling nature means that it is impossible not to be subsumed by its skittering delights. So here I am closing my eyes and dreaming up a lightshow that would complement this foray through space and time. If I had one piece of advice it would probably be that the piece might benefit from a slight change of tact now and then, a subtle shift to the left or right rather than hyperspace to a galaxy far, far away. But it is only a small gripe because this effort from Musica Universalis will be lapped up by electro aficionados and could even infiltrate the sunrise crew in the Balearics.
I’m sorry I read the lyrics before I switched on the music because I entered the sonic fray in a mood to jettison this to outer space such were the schoolboy rhymes. I wish I hadn’t because in the context of the chiming music and general wide-eyed atmospherics every word and syllable drops neatly into place. Frankly I love this piece and Charles Luck has a gift for warming hearts where previously no beat existed. Adored the rich visuals too, a vast collection of the finest moving instagram’s. Luck’s rapping is tender and never overbearing, which is a neat ploy given Tino Red’s equally inviting and near cooing pronouncements. ‘Is The Galaxy Pimping Me?’ is a rare thing, a piece of music that is as life affirming as it is charming. I thank my lucky stars it came my way.