For this month Montlhy Discovery, I didn’t go too far. I stumbled upon this guy from Cincinnati, Ohio who currently live in the beautiful city of Los Angeles in California. Randall Rigdon Jr solo project is called Dark Colour and he released a single called Be Your Man which will appear on his second album to come in 2013, Prisoner.He makes the beats, he writes the lyrics, plays the piano, the synths and do the vocals. He’s a multi-talented artist who explores lo-fi, chillwave and electronic pop sounds and comes up with dynamic vibrant songs that get stuck in your head and makes you want to dance until the dawn.
From the beginning to the end, the song flows beautifully. On that song the lyrics “This is not the feeling, That I’m stealing, When my heart is healing” may be repetitive but it’s so catchy and fun that we don’t care! He didn’t put deep reflective thoughts of his life into this song because the point was to do something uplifting and positive. He has succeeded well enough with the simple drum beat, synths and high pitch voice. At the bridge he gets crazy on a synth solo that adds up to the fun. The overall sound of the song reminds me of Passion Pit with the fuzzy synthwork.
I can’t wait to hear the full album with plenty of irresistable songs. We can expect something celebratory, carefree, and fun to dance along with. It will be psychedalic and risky compared to his debut album Memories. But be careful, your repeat button might explode at some point…
Just after discovering them, I saw that I missed their last show last Sunday at Casa Del Popolo in Montreal and I was so disapointed. I will need to catch them next time they come in town because Little Stella looks like they could be the next big thing in Ottawa after the released of their second EP called Little Stella. I know, I know we are only supposed to write about artist when they just released something but guess what!? It’s my blog and I decided to write about them because I couldn’t wait until they release something else. They’re just that good.
As a follow up to their debut EP Songs for Spain, released in August 2011, Little Stella new EP holds 5 songs that catches your attention into their world. They started with a first class ballad, the song Woods, which I think is the highlight of their EP. It begins with a joyful strumming on an acoustic guitar and a some sliding notes on the electric guitar. The harmonies are tights, effortlessly layered and support well the lead singer while he stretches his notes througout the song. It makes it very beautiful and melodic. The song is completed with something I haven’t heard for a while, a great simple guitar solo full of soul. My second favorite is the second of the EP, Bluff, and it strangely reminds me of some Sam Robert with the pop rock guitars, catchy lyrics and vocal melody. At the bridge of the song they layered some other percussions and a flute on top of the bass drum and it feels like we are walking through the jungle. It adds a different aspect that show the variety of their sounds and their capacity to bring other elements. On the fourth song the lead singer comes with another catchy pop ballad with an emotive strong voice. It’s the kind of song we would hear on the radio.
Througout the EP, Little Stella brought earthness and strenght and we can hear their determination and potential to go further. Although they are thight as a band, they seemed to be still exploring their own sounds and direction. I think they should keep on exploring the full harmonic potential to bring the same feeling from Woods to the other songs. I can’t wait to see them evolve but for the moment, Little Stella is definitely an EP to own. You can purchase it here.
Oh and for those of you who are in Ottawa tomorrow, they are playing at the Mavericks at 8:30pm.
This new artist from Montreal popped up on my screen the other day. What is this sorcery! It’s so good. She’s great, beautiful, original and play the harp. Yes, your heard me right. The harp. I hope she starts a new trend with this instrument because it sounds like angels crying.
Emilie & Odgen released her first EP with three songs in the beginning of November 2012. This small town girl who grew up just outside of Montreal realized(gladly) that she loves performing in high school, when she first started singing with a couple of her friends. Before putting her heart in the harp, she played and studied the flute at Vanier college, where she started her initial project, TEA. Even though it’s been only two years since she started playing the harp, she plays as beautifully and delicate as her inspiration, Joanna Newsom.
She claims to not be a very religious person but it in the three songs she released, she’s exploring her recently developed interest in theology. For example, the very first sentence of the EP, for the song Long Gone she says: “Waiting for a sign from the good lord/ I refused to be ignored / Cause I need answers and much more than food “. This catchy little song keeps you leaving needing more of her and the softness of her voice. Second song of the EP is called Babel which is my favorite. As if the enchanted harp on this one wasn’t enough, the lyrics comes and get you inside. The simplicity of percussions builds up the song and gives another little je ne sais quoi to it. I just whish it was longer so I could enjoy it more. Last one but not least is Seventy-Seven in which we can hear some noises in the background that complement well the song and adds a nice touch to it. Again, Emilie has a remarkable crystalline voice on this one.
Overall, it’s a very nice delicate but raw EP produced by Jesse Mac Cormak who accompaign her in live shows. This folk-pop signer makes your heart melt at every note she plays on the harp. I can’t wait to hear more from her and to see her grow. If you are in Montreal today, give her some love and go see her at Divan Orange with the Loodies at 9PM.
This month I stumbled upon a majestic duo from Berlin called Me And My Drummer. They recently released a new video for their single Don’t be so hot taken from their debut album The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey. With simplicity, the video brings the softness and profoundness of the blondie duo. The song show us how much they are influenced by indie folk music with a hint of jazz. The simple keys and drum beat are just enough to capture our attention and make us feel on another level. The singer, Charlotte Brandi, have a fantastic voice all on her own but mixed with her drum partner, Matze Prolloch, it compliments each other very well. If clouds could have a sound it would sound like that. They have a lot of potential and they keep on growing all over Europe. It’s well worth the listen.