Monday, February 19, 2018

“Contrails” by All The Luck In The World – A Song Review

     “No puns involving our name, please. Everything else encouraged.” That’s the plea on the Facebook site of All The Luck In The World, an Irish-born trio now based in Germany. Light heartedness travels well. So does the talent to evoke emotions via harmonized lyrics – “In every lose, there’s discovery.”

      “Contrails” is a single from the album “A Blind Arcade.” The album is scheduled for release on February 23. All The Luck In The World is recognized for its storytelling in song. In explaining the album titled, they stated, “A Blind Arcade is an architectural term for a row of adorning arches that are superimposed onto a solid wall. To us, it represents the entire process of creating these songs and the sounds within them.”

      The members of the band are Neil Foot, Kelvin Barr, and Ben Connolly. They identify their hometown as Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Ben said about the single:
  “’Contrails’ was one of the first songs we started working on for this record. The lyrical framework for the song came about as a result of us giving some time to the thought that people’s lives often cross paths in such arbitrary situations, and that meaningful connections can occur even in seemingly fleeting moments.”

     “Contrails” by All The Luck In The World 


Lyrics of “Contrails” by All The Luck In The World
We’ve grown too quickly
With open flaws and lack of grief
And you have broken into me
You are the best kind of thief

The less we know,
The more we seek

In these halls I take you in
The morning mint and your summer skin
Your summer skin
And I could read the books under your arms
In your eyes,
Sleepless we wait to arrive
Only to leave

The less we know
The more we… seek

We’re the undeveloped film
In tourists’ clothes
We’re the keepsakes and souvenirs
Resting beneath the folds

These forgotten reminders
Emblematic of everything
Of what we are and we will be
Or of “almosts” and “could have beens”

The less we know
The more we… seek
The less we know
The more we seek
The more we seek
In every lose, there’s discovery

We just caught the tail end of the last call
We made it better for a short time
Standing in a long line

We’ve grown too quickly
With open flaws, the lack of grief
The less we know, the more we seek
And our lines uncrossed, the quiet crimes
Of the richest thieves

      Quoting the press materials from All The Luck In The World:
As for the music video, it’s a different storyline. Thomas approached us and told us that he had some ideas for our music, and we had some discussion about collaborating. We were really impressed by [Director] Thomas Vernay's catalogue of work, and decided that for this song we would be give him free reign to interpret the piece of music himself, and to create a story accordingly. Thomas had a clear vision and it turned to be a nice opportunity for us to see a different way in which our music could be interpreted.

Production : Cumulus
Director : Thomas Vernay
Head of Production : Mélissa Bensaadia
Actresses : Megan Northam, Louise-Emma Morel, Pauline Portugal, and Elaura Thomasson

"A Blind Arcade Tour" - April dates
08.04.2018: Köln - Artheater
09.04.2018: Zürich - Eldorado
10.04.2018: München - Orangehouse
11.04.2018: Wien - Fluc Cafe
13.04.2018: Berlin - Badehaus
14.04.2018: Hamburg - Molotow
16.04.2018: London - The Islington (sold out)
17.04.2018: London - The Islington (additional show)
19.04.2018: Dublin - Workmans Club (upgraded from Whelans)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

“Even The Joker Cries Sometimes” by Hegarty – A Song Review

     Sometimes a song and a voice seem to find each other. The message is enveloped by the voice as if carefully packaged for a long trip together. That is how we feel when listening to “Even The Joker Cries Sometimes” by Hegarty, a five-member band from Liverpool band. The voice belongs to David Hegarty.

     And the instruments more than hold their own. “Even The Joker Cries Sometimes” is primarily acoustic. The members of Hegarty are David Hegarty (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ian "Igga" Cousins (lead guitar), Chris "Keo" Mckeown (bass), Waka Stafford (drums), and Alex Tweedle (piano/keyboard).

     The message of the track is poetically presented - the person who is viewed as the life of the party has his troubles.

     “Even The Joker Cries Sometimes” by Hegarty 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

ELD and Ratnang Singh - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.

     “Every Girl For Herself” begins without fanfare, but the track from ELD is a stepped build of both intensity and elegance. The gentle piano and soft vocals at the start turn to pulsating synth, pounding bass drum, and forceful harmonization before the downtempo conclusion.

     ELD is from Göteborg, Sweden. The name is ancient Nordic for “fire.” The band membership is not clear from ELD’s Internet presence. The bio on their Facebook page identifies “frontman Niels Nankler and fellow producer John London,” while their website changes one name and adds a third - Niels Nankler, London Rönneklev, and Johan Weber. ELD frequently collaborates with other skilled musicians. The single “Every Girl For Herself” includes vocal contributions from Lovisa Samuelsson and Måns Jälevik.

     “Every Girl For Herself” by ELD 

     “Stella Gardner” is making a repeat appearance. It was featured earlier this week. We did not note that it is offered on a “Name Your Price” basis on the Bandcamp site – which is at Bandcamp download.

     On the original appearance, it was noted, “’Stella Gardner' is a gentle character portrait of a person damaged by a past relationship - “She likes the quiet, but the loneliness kills her.’”  If interested, read the full post at CLICK HERE.

      “Stella Gardner” by Ratnang Singh