The muses of La Musa: Faye Webster 

Faye Webster released her first album, Run and Tell, at the age of 16. It was, basically, just another album of American song, nothing more, or less, than an exercise of style. Not long after, when she had just finished high school, she left her hometown Atlanta to study music in Nashville.  The adventure lasted two years: she didn’t fit the singersongwritery cliché…because her thing is country, yes, but also many other things. Home again, she continued to compose with her steel pedal guitar, but time found her making her acquaintance with the trap scene of the town, thanks to her parallel job as a photographer. Whilst she was doing shoots with Offset, Lil Yachty and Abra, she noticed that her music was taking on a more black than white bendy groove, almost more R&B than country. . Atlanta Millionaires Club, her third, confirms that at the age of 23, she is a perfect example of a mixed artist.

Divus Julius presents: Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst formed Bright Eyes as a solo project in 1995, aged just 15. His first album, A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995–1997, was recorded in his basement and released on Saddle Creek Records. Distinctly adolescent  the album wasn’t well-reviewed. But with the addition of Mike Mogis and later Nate Walcott, Bright Eyes were impressively prolific over the following several years, releasing nine studio albums, multiple EPs, and several collaboration albums. They refined their sound, gaining critical acclaim without losing what made them special, and continued until 2011.

Bright Eyes have released their second comeback single, ‘Forced Convalescence’. The track follows on from recent drop ‘Persona Non Grata’, their first new material since 2011, and arrives ahead of a new album they’ve previously said will arrive this year “no matter what”.

Hit of the week: Benjamin Biolay ‘Comment est ta peine?’

There are words and melodies that we do not forget from the first time, this is the case of Comment est ta peine ?, the new single from Benjamin Biolay. Almost three years after the release of Volver, the poet of La Chanson  is about to release a brand new album: Grand Prix, whose release is scheduled for June 26, 2020

Comment est ta peine?’ Is an enormously danceable theme imbued with an elegant discofunk production. His guitars may even evoke the latest Daft Punk works, but his organic sound tunes even better to the classic chansonnier melodies.

Music by Bergman: Vistas

Vistas are an indie 3 piece hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland. The line-up consists of Prentice Robertson, Dylan Rush & Jamie Law. Vistas are a band with catchy choruses, hooky guitar lines and rhythmic thunderous baseline.

The Edinburgh trio have released their debut album ‘Everything Changes In The End’. Packed full of teenage nostalgia encapsulating lost loves, new loves, long summers and unbreakable friendships,

 

Best Covers: Snoop Dogg “Red Right Hand”

For five seasons now, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ track “Red Right Hand” has served as the theme song for the UK period crime drama Peaky Blinders. PJ Harvey, Laura Marling, Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker, and more have also covered the song for the show. And now,  Snoop Dogg has too.

“By the order of the Peaky Blinders, this is ‘Red Right Hand,’ by Snoop Shelby,” Snoop Dogg says in the video for his cover before tipping his era-appropriate flat cap to the camera. Listen to Snoop’s take on the shadowy, half-spoken song and compare it to the original below.

Introducing…Nation of Language

The Brooklyn-based trio has made a very ’80s splash on their debut album “Introduction, Presence,” with many songs not out of place if they were on “The Breakfast Club” soundtrack. And yet it also sounds utterly fresh.

There are clear echoes on the excellent 10-track collection of New Wave icons like New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure, The The, Yazoo and Pet Shop Boys, but also more than a hint of The National.

Nation of Language is made up of vocalist Ian Devaney, his keyboardist-wife Aidan Devaney and bassist Michael Sui-Poi. They combine to create spare song architectures and smartly avoid the silly flourishes that made some ’80s-era music dated.

4Ever Song: Tom Browne ‘Funkin’ for Jamaica’

In 1980, one of the most successful R&B albums of the year was trumpeter Tom Browne‘s Love Approach as it peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Top Album Charts in November of 1980. The single Funkin’ for Jamaica was number one on the R&B charts for four weeks and has been sampled numerous times over the years by rappers and others in digital music.

For many that heard Funkin’ for Jamaica in the ’80s, the details of the song were often misunderstood. Many thought the lyrics of the song were about the Caribbean country of Jamaica, when the song was Browne’s tribute to his ethnic-diverse neighborhood of Jamaica in the borough of Queens, New York City. Others also thought the female voice on the record was Chaka Kahn, but the powerhouse vocals are actually supplied by Toni Smith, who also wrote the lyrics.

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