Nick Cave could never be accused of adopting a whimsical perspective on life and how to live it. But the gothic troubadour’s world was plunged into very real darkness with the tragic death of his teenage son Arthur in 2015. The
awful event occurred during the recording of his previous album, Skeleton Tree – a release that trembled with the raw jolt of half-processed grief. It was extraordinary, consumed with emotion so intense listening felt like an intrusion.
After the shock comes the silence. Or so it is tempting to conclude, upon spending time with Cave’s sprawling and crepuscular 17th LP. Ghosteen doesn’t specifically address Cave’s bereavement. Yet allusions to the afterlife are ever-present. “Ghosteen” is the singer’s term for “migrating spirit”; elsewhere his lyrics are hauntingly specific in their imagery.
There are hints of Leonard Cohen in his sardonic old age in “Bright Horses” and its juxtaposition of a choir with Cave’s world-weary diction.
Warhaus, the solo side project of Maarten Devoldere (songwriter and core member of acclaimed indie act Balthazar), have released their new self-titled album, Warhaus, For his second solo Warhaus album in as many years, Maarten Devoldere comes on like a millennial Leonard Cohen, singing deep, dark and groove-ridden songs of love and hate, oozing romance and searing brutality in the same breath. Written largely on the road — as well as on a retreat in Kyrgyzstan with no one but a local shepherd for company — Maarten’s creative fires burned very bright indeed in the run-up to the new album.
Over the past year Londoner Matt Maltese has been crafting epic-sounding ballads inspired by his love of Leonard Cohen from his bedroom. Now, having signed a deal with Atlantic Records, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has released his first single of 2017 : “As The World Caves In” taps into the sense of despair felt by many following the outcome of the U.S. election and Britain’s E.U. referendum in 2016 and adds a sense of melodrama and beauty.
El cantant Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, més conegut com George Michael, ha mort avui als 53 anys. La seva mort és deguda a causes naturals, segons ha informat la policia
L’artista inicià la seva carrera musical amb els Wham! els anys vuitanta per més tard continuar com solista durant les últimes dècades. En el seu ampli i exitós repertori, hi destaquen cançons com Careless Whisper, Faith o Last Christmas. Abans de la seva mort havia vengut més de cen milions de discos. La mort de George Michael s’afageix a la lista d’artistes importants que han mort enguany incloent a David Bowie, Leonard Cohen o Prince.
One of the most promising bands in Denmark these days, Magnolia Shoals, released their debut album, “Tenants”. The compositions are balanced – the sad, melancholic vocals give them depth. Many Danish bands are masters at ‘melancholy’, but Magnolia Shoals manages to take it to a higher level by incorporating classical instruments like violin, cello and trumpet, mix it with lyrics filled with symbolism and trump it with baritone-voice, which is not really so many out there. Each song has so many layers created by classical instruments, as well as the highly delicate use of electronic tools, almost barely heard, yet present. The perfection of the whole is fulfilled by the lyrics.
The four Danes: Nicolai Noa (vocal), Thomas Halkier (bass), Kristian Lorenzen (drums) og Samuel Medina (guitar), have always tried to do things their way and with a pace that suits them and not surrender to hype and dive into the first offer served. If you’re a fan of The National, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Sigur Ros and Tindersticks – then you’re already a fan of Magnolia Shoals!Tonight in concert at Antiga Fàbrica Damm of Barcelona
There were eight years between the debut from The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age of the Understand, and this past April’s Everything You’ve Come to Expect. But fans will have barely waited eight months before the British group drops their next effort, as they’ve today announced a December 2nd release for The Dream Synopsis EP.
Coming via Domino, the five-track effort features new versions of the title track and “Aviation”, both tunes from their sophomore LP. The rest of the songs are studio versions of covers the band has been performing on their 2016 tour. Included “Is This What You Wanted” by Leonard Cohen.