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Tuesday, 18. May 2010

Junkboy - Koyo

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If you're still searching for the summer, you shall stop watching the weather report. Just buy a copy of JUNKBOY'S fourth album KOYO. From the very beginning this album is just as beautiful as a perfect summer day can be. Fortunately you don't have to wait until the 31st of may when KOYO will be released, Emerging Fervour exclusively presents the song PIECES IN THE SKY from the album to download for free. On top of this, Rich and Mik Hanscomb took the time to answer a few questions and played a little game called "Guess that tune" with me...

MUSIC IS OKAY: Before we start to talk about your music, I think we need a short round of introductions for our readers. So, who is Junkboy?

Hello, I’m Rich Hanscomb. My brother, Mik, and I formed Junkboy many years ago when we were in our teens. Junkboy is basically the soundtrack of our lives. We’ve had various people come in and out of the fold but we’re the core. We’ve been joined for the past couple of years by the lovely Ryan Oliver. He can’t be here right now as he has a busy job in website optimization. Very Brighton. You understand.

MUSIC IS OKAY: Describing your music people obviously get the urge of talking about nature. Reviews are filled with words like winter and summer, breezy ambiances or cosmic folk tunes. Are you happy with this connection? And do you think your new album KOYO fits in there as well?

RICH: We’re always happy when people associate the pastoral with our music. Mik and I are in awe of nature’s mercurial beauty and Koyo fits in with that.
MIK: Koyo is an organic sounding album so the title and the music fit together.

MUSIC IS OKAY: What I really love is this special Lo-Fi sound on all of your records. It gives off a cosy and homelike feeling and when I listen to KOYO I feel in an unusual way very close to the music. So, tell me a bit about your way to cut a record. How does it take place?

RICH: The entire recorded output of Junkboy in terms of our albums have been a monumental struggle with harnessing our home studio! On the first three albums we really had no clue how to record. No idea what so fucking ever. Recording at home is important to us though. It’s something we hold dear to our DIY ideology.
MIK: We used work backwards - devising lush chord structures and then adding rhythms and overdubs to refine the track. With the Koyo album much of the songwriting and overdubbing was planned out before we committed it to the studio allowing for more sophisticated and better arranged pieces of music, without losing the coziness.

MUSIC IS OKAY: Before (or whilst?) making your fourth album KOYO you moved to Brighton and Hove. Why was that?

RICH: Before and ostensibly so that Mik could study music at university. We wanted out of the suburbs.

MUSIC IS OKAY: Would you say this change of location had an impact on KOYO or your sound in general?

RICH: The beaches, the Downs, the Georgian, tatty bohemian splendor of it all impacted profoundly upon us. Mik and I are sensitive to our environment and that translates in the music we make together.
MIK: Indeed it has had an impact on us not just for the new surroundings but for the amount of talented people we have had the pleasure of knowing and working with on this record.

MUSIC IS OKAY: Various artists of the Brighton based WILLKOMMEN COLLECTIVE and other musicians could be found on your new album. Do you have a special relationship to the Willkommen Collective?

RICH: I’m president of the Sons of Noel and Adrian fanclub. I oversea the production of the official merchandise like guitar tablature books, beer mats, Toby jugs and neckerchiefs. You should definitely check out The Climbers and Laish on Willkommen who both have sublime records coming out this year.

MUSIC IS OKAY: From folk to chamber pop to Krautrock, your musical range on KOYO is quite diverse. What are your musical influences and are there other artists you admire?

RICH: I really love 60s L.A. producers like Gary Usher, Tandyn Almer, Curt Boecther, Jack Nitzsche ... second wave British Folk revival, all of that 90s Chicago post-rock scene… There’s so much music that I’m always discovering both old and new. Judee Sill, Laura Nyro, Shirley Collins, Lal Waterson, everything on Finders Keepers, Make Mine Music and The Great Pop Supplement. Moving down to Brighton and meeting other musicians has kicked us up the arse to really push ourselves creatively. Junkboy are into the concept of a life time in music not a career in music - we admire artists who are motivated by the sheer joy of creating music.
MIK: Moby Grape, Mamas and Papas, Brian Wilson, L.A. Psych, British and Brazilian folk have been a big influence on me during the making of Koyo. There are so many other diverse artists I love listening to such as Pullman, Elliott Smith, Lymbyc Systym, Author Verocai, Ryuichi Sakamoto, The Temptations, The Delphonics, to name a few. Everything we love listening to is an influence and an inspiration.

MUSIC IS OKAY: Your album will be released on the 31st of May. What are your plans for the forthcoming months? Is there a chance to see you live? Are you playing festivals this summer?

RICH: We’re just finishing recording an exclusive track for a brilliant label called Second Language Music which will be out later on this year and we’re currently rehearsing for shows. Hopefully we’ll be ready for the stage come high summer time.

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GUESS THAT TUNE: I gave Junkboy six tracks without title or artist. And guess what, they did very well and the songs brought back some old memories.

Steely Dan - Through with Buzz

This is Steely Dan, ‘Through With Buzz’. When Mik and I were younger, our Dad was always playing Steely Dan. I couldn’t stand them. That album, Count Down To Ecstasy, always used to make me feel uncomfortable. I kind of appreciate their sass and cynicism now I’m older. They hated L.A. but were fascinated with it at the same time. Classic Southern Californian psychosis. Slick production, ‘wry’ lyrics, fantastic string flourishes. Wankers.

Gil Scott Heron - The revolution will not be televised

‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ by Gil Scott Heron. Great flutes, great lyrics. When we made the first Junkboy album, a guy called Bryan Styles was recording and writing with us. I really loved that guy, he was really important to me as a 20 year old as he got me into so much music – Funkadelic, Parliament, Sly, Marvin, jazz, soul, funk…he always used to play this in between us working out how to use Cubase.

Violent Femmes - Kiss off

The Violent Femmes isn’t it? I don’t know the track. I remember trying to listen to them as a teenager because Juliana Hatfield (who I really dug when I was 13 years old) name checked them on her song, ‘My Sister’. I didn’t like them. Do I loose cool points? Well, I wasn’t born into a Wire magazine subscription.

Talk Talk - Life's what you make it

Talk Talk and ‘Life’s What You Make It’. What a pop song: mercilessly efficient, it just pummels your cranium and heart with yearning. They’re a big influence on Junkboy and they’re Essex boys too. It’s all about those North Essex Medieval Villages. There is beauty in my home county, I’m convinced. Mark Hollis’s solo album – check it out. Amazing.

Nico - Heroes

No idea of who this is covering ‘Heroes’ by Bowie. I’ve never got on with Bowie and I suspect I never will.

NEU! - Hallogallo

Neu! ‘Hallogallo’. Don’t let Kasabian put you off, kids, this is awesome. Autobahn assured poise and glide. Neu! posses what their hordes of imitators don’t: class. Never have a band been so justifiably overrated. We got into this after hearing ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die’ by Tortoise. That was an amazing gateway album for Mik and I to get into Krautrock, electronica, jazz... It showed us you don’t have to use a vocalist to communicate emotion in music. That’s a cool thing to learn when you’re 17 and still reading the NME.


Junkboy on myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/junkboymusic

Download PIECES IN THE SKY for free exclusively on Emerging Fervour:
http://www.emergingfervour.com/interviews/junkboy-koyo/attachment/5-pieces-in-the-sky/
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Thursday, 1. April 2010

Emanuel And The Fear

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Who needs a conventional band when you can have Emanuel And The Fear? The New York based "orchestra" comes with eleven members who play drums, bass, synth, violins, guitar, flute, cello, trombone, trumpet and piano. Could be one reason they call their music orchestral rock. In fact it's an amazing mixture of influences from classical music, electronic sounds to folk, rock and pop. They're a bit like the reincarnation of the Electric Light Orchestra, at least from what they did in the 70s (let's not talk about the horrible comeback, no). It's the perfect mixture between messy experimental sounds and hand-clappy pop-rock songs. The song "Dear friend" sounds like a late Beatles tune, "The Rain Becomes The Clouds" surely made Ben Folds jealous and "Song For A Girl" is the better Arcade Fire song. Just that you get an impression what kind of diversity we're talking about. I'm so far away from seriously trying to compare them to one of these artists. The sound is unique and therefore pretty hard to describe...

Every member is classically trained, so don't expect a guy with a bunch of his friends on stage. It's not like they had nothing else to do and decided to meet on stage and make some tunes. The sound literally blows you away, but in a real good way. And if you have a look at their myspace site what their influences are, help yourself and feel dizzy. From Rachmaninov to Daft Punk to Rage Against Machine, it sounds like a well-assorted record store.

Emanuel And The Fear are touring Europe in April. The album "Listen" is only available in the States so far, let's hope that'll change soon.

http://www.myspace.com/emanuelandthefear

http://www.emanuelandthefear.com/

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Sunday, 28. February 2010

Tunng - And Then We Saw Land

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Sometimes all you need is a beacon of hope. I still believe that these cold and rainy days will be over soon, that the birds will tweet again and that I can burn my winter coat. At least that's what I feel when I listen to the new Tunng album. It's a big change compared to their last album Good Arrows, but they prove that changes can be for good. The music still sounds like Tunng, but so delightful and prancing, I'm actually wondering if I could just eat the record. Should taste like vanilla custard tarte. The voices of Becky Jacobs and Mike Lindsay play a big role in that, because they complement one another quite perfect. Combined with the sound it's just what you need to believe. In whatever that's necessary for you.

Tunng - Hustle from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

And don't forget to check out the interview I did with Becky and Mike from Tunng!
You'll find it right here on Emerging Fervour:
http://www.emergingfervour.com/interviews/full-speed-ahead/

becky

Mike
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Thursday, 11. February 2010

The Miserable Rich

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Alright, I can't fight it, I'm in love with five guys. And no, I'm not a pervert. I just discovered The Miserable Rich. What the modern chamber quintet based in Brighton does, is so awesome, I can't stop listening to it. Every song from the album 12 ways to count is overwhelming. The combination of cello, violin, double bass, acoustic guitar, chimes and James de Malplaquet's voice is so full of purity and beauty that it's driving me nuts.
The single Summerhill will be released on the 8th of March and the second album Of Flight and Fury will be released later this year. The Miserable Rich are touring Europe in March, April and May, so don't you dare miss them.

http://www.myspace.com/themiserablerich

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Tuesday, 19. January 2010

Owl City - Ocean Eyes

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You're waiting for a new Postal Service album? So do I, but I think after seven years it's time to give up (bad joke, I know). Anyway, Owl City with his album Ocean Eyes is a pretty good alternative. The sound is quite similar, a bit less creative and a bit more trendy. But the album works from the first to the last song.
Troubled by insomnia Adam Young aka Owl City started to make music in his parents' house basement. After uploading his songs on myspace, he was signed by Universal Republic. His single Fireflies became No.1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and the most downloaded song on iTunes.

So, if you like Tahiti80, James Yuill and of course, Postal Service, you should listen to Owl City.

http://www.owlcitymusic.com/home.aspx

http://www.myspace.com/owlcity

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Wednesday, 23. December 2009

Badly Drawn Boy - Is There Nothing We Could Do?

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Three years have passed by since Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy released his last album Born in the UK. And with "Is there nothing we could do?" he made his second film score. There's no need to say many words about the film, because "The fattest man in Britain" is a mediocre comedy-drama-whatever, surprisingly about the the fattest man in Britain.

So let's stick to the album. It's no surprise either, but in a good way.
His songs are smooth but thrilling and the lyrics are often painful but swell.
Damon Gough proves one more time that he is an outstanding singer and songwriter with a unique style. Gone are the days, when he was compared to Beck, because of his way to merge apparently contradicting musical genres.

So, ignore the film quote samples in the songs and enjoy a selection of beautiful and timeless pop songs. Yummy!

http://www.myspace.com/badlydrawnboy

(and he made some of the funniest and most imaginative music videos ever, love them!)



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Tuesday, 22. December 2009

Cai Marle-Garcia - Mr. Ears

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Cai Marle-Garcia's debut album is like meeting an old friend after many years. He looks a bit different, but you'll definitely recognize him. And after a small talk everything is just like back in the ol' days and you wonder how you could ever forget about him.

Mr. Ears is an amazing piece of jazz fusion, this almost forgotten genre that combines jazz with rock, funk, world and electronic music elements. Although his influences are obvious (Weather Report and Miles Davis) it's contemporary jazz fusion. He creates a deep organic sound and his compositions sometimes hint at Krautrock or even House.

The 22 year old bass player is a pretty talented composer and an awesome musician.
The jazz scene will perk up its ears, no doubt.

http://caimarlegarcia.com/

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Friday, 18. December 2009

4Hero - Extensions

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Finding a little whip on your boyfriend's or girlfriend's bedside table can be a nasty surprise (unless you like to be beaten up). And reading about a new 4Hero remix album could have been the same. A real nasty surprise. But fortunately it's the opposite. No House-Dancefloor-Club-Disco remixes, but relaxed and chilled Nu Jazz sounds. Dego McFarlane and Marc Mac chose the artists, did some recording, mixing and co-producing and made a record that doesn't deserve the stamp "remix". These are twelve beautiful cover versions, sometimes light-years away from the original. Good to know that two pioneers remain true to themselves. Do something nobody expects, but everyone is waiting for.

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Thursday, 12. November 2009

Private - My secret lover

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Alright, I know you've had quite enough of all these 80s wannbe bands.
But this is something different. This is unbelievable. And I think I move to Denmark.
Maybe this was kind of a marketing strategy "hey, we're called private, let's keep it that way."
They released their debut album in 2007 and wow! two years later they're No.1 one the UK Music Week Club charts.
But as we all know, haste makes waste. And they are definitely the opposite.

PRIVATE - "We Got Some Breaking Up To Do" from PRIVATE on Vimeo.

When Prince listened to the song "Let's make love (underneath the apple tree)" he thought of giving himself a new pseudonym, something like TAFKABCOWSS (the artist formerly known as being capable of writing such songs). Just a guess.

This is sophisticated, luxurious pop on it's climax. And I mean it in an absolute carnal sense.
You wanna scream "take me" when the beat hits your body or at least groan a little bit...
You're exhausted and breathless when it's over, but pretty sure you wanna do it again. And again.

PRIVATE - "My Secret Lover" from PRIVATE on Vimeo.

So, if you're ears are ready to get laid again, have a look at their evil twin brother: private party.

privateparty

http://www.myspace.com/weareprivateparty

And as we all sometimes just need something to snuggle against, I'm happy to announce that Thomas Troelsen aka "head of Private" is planning a classical album. After writing a classical piece for the 2008's fashion show of Danish fashion brand "Noir", looks like he tasted blood.

http://www.noir-illuminati2.com/

At last one tip: have a look at their blog.

http://www.weareprivate.com/blog/

good selected recommendations for fashion, art, architecture and much more stuff.
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Friday, 25. September 2009

XVI Reflections on classical music

Here it is, the wake-up call for classical music. Don't try to push the snooze button, you better get up and listen to this. From Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto and Greg Haines to Max Richter and Final Fantasy, this compilations captures 16 remarkable artists in contemporary classical music.
There could be no better proof to show that classical music is no longer a time-resistant genre and that there is no reason to divide classical music from contemporary influences.
Far from it.
Above all, it points out that there is no definition at all. These days classical music is definitely in the eye of the beholder. I dare say that is kind of a feat, because it really breaks down prejudices.

http://www.xvi-reflections.com/

XVI
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