Posts Tagged ‘solo’

July 22, 2017

I was just reading an NPR article an hour ago about fans who are afraid of side projects, because they’re too loyal to the “main” band. It left me utterly flabbergasted. I’d never fathomed such a thing to exist. If we were all scared of our favorite bands experimenting and fulfilling their artistry with new off shoots, we’d never get a song like this new tune from Joshua Moriarty, well known for his role in Australia’s Miami Horror. He launches a new solo project with R.T.F.L., a cool shuffling yet sweltry grooving electronic pop jam and the lead single from an already completed debut album named War Is Over. R.T.F.L. is lush and disco inspired, like Miami Horror, but it slinks like Glass Animals and emanates its own chiffon brand of sophisticated pop. You can stream/download R.T.F.L., here.

Moriarty describes of his scintillating new project: “My current ethos is to create compositions to arouse the senses and make one remember there is no real purpose on this planet other than to imbibe as much sensual pleasure as one can. It is music to make you feel (at least for a moment) that you are not alone, to capture in aural form the ephemeral grace of existence. Yet, on the other hand the music is mere art for art’s sake, completely useless, beautiful for the sake only of beauty. A dichotomy of point and pointlessness. War Is Over is designed as a modern day opus of existential desire, longing, sensuality, and what it means to human.”

He also leaves us with this Oscar Wilde quote: "We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.”

May 15, 2017

I’d imagine remixing a Frank Ocean track takes some guts and bravado. It’s like attempting to set loose in the wild an edit of a book of the Bible, or at least to some Frank Ocean fans, it might feel that way. Philadelphia’s Louis Futon created his own sonic gospel when he set out to remix Frank Ocean’s Solo. The flip he’s given us is pure genius, a soulful, funky affair that pays homage to the Motown vibes of the 70′s yet updates that vintage sound with the electrifying hybrid dance and hip hop feels that we often fall for from the likes of Big Wild, Griz, 20syl, and Pretty Lights. Louis Futon’s re-interpretation of Solo is a free download, here.

January 8, 2016

Michael Nau of Maryland based indie folk rockers Cotton Jones has gone solo, with a debut album named Mowing coming out on February 19th via Suicide Squeeze Records. From that record comes this tender, sincere acoustic first taster named While You Stand.  While You Stand is a fine fit for the introspective, wintry weather at hand here in the Bay. Sway softly to its gentle strums as you wax self-reflective to the song, a beauty that will resonate within your heart for an eternity.

May 13, 2015

If I were even half as talented as many of the musicians I respect are, I probably wouldn’t be able to contain my creative energy, and I’d probably be all over the place, spawning projects of all kinds. So I suppose it’s no surprise that a lot of musicians do have more than 1 project going at a time, and the latest to launch a solo project is Dave Monks of Canada’s Tokyo Police Club. Dave Monks will be reelasing a debut EP named All Signs Point To Yes on June 16th via Dine Alone Records, and he’s given us a taste of the treat, via first single Gasoline. Gasoline is an earnest, charming indie folk pop tune with the heart warming tinkles of an intimate piano and plenty of gentle acoustic strumming.

February 8, 2013

Time to end the days’ shares (for now) with something beautiful. Kishi Bashi’s wistful A Sunday Smile is a spectacular cover of Beriut with extra layers of lush chamber pop. The fantastic strings on this just take me far away. The expressiveness of the always morphing track is incredible. From the romanticism of the lush strings, it moves into the playfulness of a plucky banjo. The artist behind the complex solo act is K Ishibashi, who’s also the founding member of Jupiter One and tours with Of Montreal and Regina Spektor. Obviously a masterful instrumentalist and producer, I can only imagine how he sounds live. Of course, we must listen to the original Beirut song after that. I must say though, I do miss the horns on the cover. Me and horns. Sigh.

Jack White’s first solo single

January 31, 2012

We’ve all said our goodbyes to The White Stripes, then furrowed our brows and grimaced at all the strange “projects” and “collaborations” Mr. Jack White had been involved in since the disband. Off the top of my head, I can only think of the Danger Mouse collabs as high quality, serious material out of the random things we’ve been exposed to. Finally, we have something else serious and well made. Here’s the first single off his upcoming solo album Blunderbuss (out in April). The single is titled Love Interruption. The bluegrass tinged folk rock track is a redeeming one indeed.