jump to navigation

Train – Hey, Soul Sister June 25, 2010

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in pop, soft rock.
Tags: , , , , ,
add a comment

So anyways, did you like Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours? How about Bedouin Soundclash’s When The Night Feels My Song? And we all know everyone likes Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Well then you’ll like this. It’s that simple. I discovered this track from a promo video advertising my first university’s summer ball so props to whoever chose the track. If you recognise any of those earlier tracks then you’ll know what to expect – a strumming banjo, a  carefree vibe and a fresh, feel-good sound:  perfect for the summer.

Download:

Train – Hey, Soul Sister

[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

She & Him May 28, 2010

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in folk, pop.
Tags: , , , , ,
add a comment

She & Him are a duo consisting of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I discovered this band after listening to the 500 )Days of Summer soundtrack which also featured the awesome “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. A cover of a Smiths song “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by She & Him was also on the soundtrack which prompted me to go out and research a little more about the band. Having no idea that Zooey Deschanel (one of the lead actresses in the film) was also a musician, I was pleasantly surprised by the music they had produced. They’ve now released two albums (simply titled Volume 1 and 2) which both feature sweet, sugary, sun-filled dittys across the length of both LPs and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. There’s two tracks I’ll be sharing now, one from each album, and each will give you an idea of what to expect on both releases. Both tracks convey the same light and hazy feel and it makes for great music for the upcoming summer. (Tip: keep an ear out for the mouth-trumpet solo in “This Is Not a Test”).

Download:

She & Him – This Is Not A Test

[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]

Download:

She & Him – Ridin’ In My Car

[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]

Kina Grannis – Valentine February 9, 2010

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in adult alternative, pop.
Tags: , , , , ,
1 comment so far

Kina Grannis is someone I discovered some years ago on the site Digg.com when the site creator Kevin Rose spoke about her on the video podcast Diggnation. She made a rather cringe-worthy song dedicated to the site which got a lot of diggs (votes) providing her with plenty of exposure. A couple of years later and another story was posted on Digg about a new single and video announced from her called “Valentine” (released at an appropriate time) which is one of those tracks that I feel compelled to share. This song is an incredibly infectious little ditty, and has echoes of the demo version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” which I posted some time ago, with its incredibly laid back and stripped down sound. The previews of the other tracks I heard from the album on her homepage sound beautifully produced and with a really organic sound, reminisent of the album Coco from Colbie Caillat I’ve blogged profusely about previously. This song flows easily over the air with it’s summery, mellow sound and if this track is any indication of what the rest of the album may sound like, I’m intently waiting on hearing it.

Download:

Kina Grannis – Valentine (Zipped Download from Official Site)

[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]

[ From the Album “Stairwells” | Pre-order Album Here ]

Norwegian Recycling – No Taylor, No Scar February 2, 2009

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , ,
add a comment

I randomly came across this artist when trawling through a torrent site and was intrigued when I found that this one track featured three artists I’ve already done posts about on this blog (Jack Johnson, Missy Higgins and Wyclef Jean of the Fugees) mashed up into a single, surprisingly cohesive song. The artist, who is a bedroom-producer currently still studying for a career in music production, definitely shows flair and promise in these mash-up tracks he’s created. He’s released 3 albums (this taken from the most recent and brilliantly titled “Appetite for Reconstruction”) and can all be downloaded from his multiply site account here. This particular track I’m sharing is my favourite, featuring the songs “‘Taylor”, “Scar” and “No Woman No Cry” (with Men at Work’s “Down Under” thrown in at the end for good measure). The mix isn’t completely polished but I feel that this only adds to the tracks charm. It carries an upbeat and good natured feeling, particularly of Missy Higgin’s “Scar”, right through to the end.

Norwegian Recycling – No Taylor, No Scar
[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]

[ From the Album “Appetite for Reconstruction” | Download Album free and legally here]

http://DIRECT%20MP3%20LINK

Missy Higgins August 6, 2008

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in pop, soft rock.
Tags: , , , , , , , ,
1 comment so far

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. The main reason is that I have not been struck by any new music that I felt compelled to share lately and it is only when I am genuinely excited about a song or artist that gives me the urge to post music on this blog. So instead of waiting for something to hit me, I thought I’d share some tracks from an artist that struck me some time ago when listening to Hitz Radio during my uni years. )Whilst I probably wouldn’t recommend you listen to the station now unless you want to hear some unadulterated commercial pop, rock and rap tunes from the U.S., I did funnily enough discover both this artist as well as John Mayer who are popular in many other territories across the globe but are almost unheard of here in the UK.

Missy Higgins is an Australian artist whose song “Ten Days” I discovered on Hitz Radio and found was good enough for me to further research into her then newly released album “The Sound Of White”. The tracks on this LP are mainly somber piano ballads which I’ve found to be skillfully and maturely written for such a young artist (the first track “All For Believing” won a competition in her High School when she was just 16).

The first track I’m going to share was the first ever single released and one that is in a complete opposite disposition to the rest of the album. It’s an incredibly fresh, upbeat sounding summery tune that evokes a carefree and emancipated feeling.

Missy Higgins – Scar
[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

[ From the Album “The Sound Of White” | Buy CD: |
Download: ]

This second track is taken from her second album “On a Clear Night”. This LP sees Missy Higgins be more varied in her sound with tracks that are built around guitars and various other instrumentation as opposed to just the piano. The overall feel is less heavy then the first album and this track I’m sharing now definitely has the similar feeling of joy and ease that can be heard in “Scar”.

Missy Higgins – Steer
[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

[ From the Album “On A Clear Night” | Buy CD: |
Download: ]

This final song taken from her first album is on that I’ve decided to share last because it’s something quite special. In this track Missy paints the picture of a ten year-old seeking refuge from experiencing abuse at home. The track is haunted by the lyrics “somebody’s bed will never be warm again/the river will keep this friend” and it is lulled over a calm and carefree strumming guitar that provides relief from the somber atmosphere created by the bleek lyrics.

Missy Higgins – The River
[ Mirrors | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

[ From the Album “The Sound Of White” | Buy CD: |
Download: ]

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis February 15, 2008

Posted by The Rish-Dizzle in rock.
Tags: , , , , , , ,
1 comment so far

Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter from England with a difference from most other singer-songwriters. frankturnerloveiresong.jpgThere is something undeniably British about him and the thing that drew me to his music from the outset are his constant bittersweet tales of living as an adult who refuses to give up his adolescence. His songs share his rebellious attitude which wants to change the world but can’t seem to be arsed to bother doing so at the same time, as is the case with the song “Once We Were Anarchists” from his fantastic first album “Sleep Is For The Week”. That album came out well over a year ago and after accompanying me through my final year of university, I’m ecstatic to find out his new album “Love Ire & Song” will be released on 31st March.

This first track is his new single “Photosynthesis” which has all the traits mentioned above of a classic Frank Turner song. It’s a fun track with quite a folky feel to it, which according to his blog is something we should expect from the rest of the album. I feel a bit odd sharing this track after reading his stance on downloading his music, but after going to one of his shows and admitting I downloaded his first album, a Jack and coke was all he requested as compensation. I even got a picture with him to show there was no hard feelings, so I’m sure this will be fine… I think (edit: guess not). Anywho, the quality of the file isn’t the best as it’s taken from his Myspace page but it’s definitely enjoyable nonetheless.

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis.mp3
(removed by request of Xtra Mile Recordings)
[ From the Album “Love Ire & Song” | Buy CD: |
Download: ]

I also thought I’d share a track from his first album which I suggest you listen to first if you haven’t heard it to understand why I reguard this guy so highly. This track, “Vital Signs”, is about experiencing life for the moment and not worrying about what the future has to hold (“Well I’ll never get to grey hair/And I’ll never be in the black/But I can tell stories that most can hardly dream”). As cheesy as my description sounds, it’s a freaking awesome song so check it out. Immediately.

Frank Turner – Vital Signs.mp3
(removed by request of Xtra Mile Recordings)
[ From the Album “Sleep Is For The Week” | Buy CD: |
Download: ]