May 05, 2016

Amanda Merdzan: "Glow" video

London based Australian singer-songwriter Amanda Merdzan has unveiled a video for her latest single Glow. The clip was directed by Alessandra Kurr, who visualized the dreamy triphop song in a mix of light and shade.

Glow is a self-released single. Buy it from iTunes.

» amandamerdzan.com

HCTF review of Glow.

May 04, 2016

Band & The Beat: remix the "Straight and Narrow" single

Band & The Beat, the dream pop synth side-project by Tracy Shedd and James Tritten, have put up the stems for their Straight and Narrow single:

Band & The Beat want you to make your own music, using their music! Band & The Beat have made all of the audio stems from their two Digital 45 releases available on their Bandcamp page for free download (or make a donation if you like).

"What are 'audio stems'?," you ask. Basically they are separated tracks of each key section of the song (e.g. drums, bass, synths, leads, vocals, etc.). Anyone can download these files, and then import them into a DAW program and remix the tracks to make their own version of each track.

Send any remixes directly to Fort Lowell Records: fortlowell@gmail.com. Then, all remixed songs will be featured on Band & The Beat's own Soundcloud page for everyone to enjoy.

May 03, 2016

Fell Runner: "Cobwebs" video

Watch the new Fell Runner video for Cobwebs, a track from their self-titled debut album. With guest musician Lauren Baba on viola.

» fellrunnermusic.com

HCTF review of Fell Runner.

May 02, 2016

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: new live album "Earth" 06/17

Earth, a live album culled from the 2015 tour by Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, will be released on June 17th. Neil about the album:

Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, EARTH flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.

April 28, 2016

Rob Klerkx & The Secret: Live at IJland Studio

A live performance can be a make-or-break event for a band. No tons of takes or second guessing a fellow band member's intentions. Dutch "explosive Americana" band Rob Klerkx & The Secret pass the test with flying colours on their latest release Live at IJland Studio. The Nick Cave-esque story telling songs Shadows and Final Desire are scary in a good way. After a nod to the intro of Led Zeppelin's No Quarter the call-and-response vocals in the folk rock ballad Virginia hover on top of the keyboards.

Fronted by singer/guitarist Rob Klerkx (drummer in Dutch bands Moke and Paulusma) the band have been playing together since 2006. Live at IJland Studio is a nice summary of their five studio albums of original tunes and their first decade as a working band. Rob Klerkx & The Secret are a band that can incorporate a bit of well-placed roughness into a crystal clear mix. Tension and release make a good band. And when they can cut it live - a great band.