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Music from my travels… May 5, 2008

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This may be the most random post I’ve made on this site but I feel I must share the soundtrack of my trip to Malaysia. To be honest, the tracks listened to while sipping Tiger beers on the beaches of Kuantan and Port Dickson among others mainly consisted of two albums – Colbie Caillat’s Coco (which got an obscene amount of plays) and Bob Marley’s greatest hits )(which got an equally obscene amount). Colbie Caillat I have already posted about and I seriously recommend that you check her out for some really summery, easy-going music (now that the season is almost upon us). What was surprising is the success she’s had over in Asia (you would always hear one of her songs played quite frequently on the radio/MTV Asia) and the relative lack of success she’s had in the UK by comparison. I can’t quite put my finger on why this may be the case but I can only think of how saturated the market is here with sub-par singer songwriters that when someone comes out with a genuinely good album, it’s easy to get unnoticed and swept under the rug.

So anywho, I guess I better share at least one of the Bob Marley tracks that was played in frequent rotation. He’s a pretty easy recommendation to make if you want something to play in the background when it’s a glowing day on the beach. I’ve noticed that it just gets everyone in the mood to enjoy the atmosphere, relax, and have a good time with those around you. It makes for an almost cathartic experience. Tracks that were on constant repeat included: “Three Little Birds”, “One Love/People Get Ready”, “Buffalo Soldier”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Jamming”, “Waiting in Vein” …and of course, this. Enjoy.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love
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[ From the Album “Legend” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

While walking around on my travels, I often heard the faint sound of steel pans playing here and there which got stuck in my head. It’s a situation which I’m sure many people have been in where you recognise a melody that, even at just a few notes long, you’re sure you’ve heard before but irritatingly you can’t put your finger on where. Well I somehow managed to have an epiphany which led me to the unlikely source of the soundtrack to the 1993 film “True Romance” which, I think you’d agree with regards to this particular track, plays quite a fitting tune for a summery vacation.

Hans Zimmer – You’re So Cool
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Finally, I want to share a track that I only had the pleasure of discovering some six or seven years ago while on a previous excursion to Malaysia . It’s a really good example of how different audiences from across the globe get exposed to different tracks that, I can only assume, the record labels believe would do better in certain territories over others. Jennifer Paige is someone you may remember who had success with the hit single “Crush”. She quickly dropped off the radar here in UK, however she was still being promoted in other continents which led me to the discovery of this track “Stranded” – a brilliant cover from the artist Plumb. Despite being released so long ago, and despite it’s lack of success in comparison to “Crush”, I still find this a glorious pop song that I would have regretted not hearing due to the simple fact it wasn’t promoted in my region. It’s an interesting example of how much music we are conditioned to by record labels who decide what they think would perform better in different territories, and what we may be missing out on if we don’t have the opportunity to come across it by our own means.

Jennifer Paige – Stranded
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Wyclef Jean – Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant April 27, 2008

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It wasn’t until I was out traveling in Malaysia when I heard that Wyclef Jean had a new solo track out and was back on the radio. The fact that I missed the whole fanfare that he had released a new album late last year of incredible variety and quality maybe down to my own lack of keeping tabs on an artist who I’ve enjoyed the works of for many years and who has been around for as long as I can remember. )It could also be the fact that despite an album of such quality, it hasn’t had anywhere near the recognition it should have deserved here in the UK, and as recent sales figures suggest, not nearly enough on the other side of the Atlantic either. Memoirs Of An Immigrant is the second volume of an album released well over 10 years ago so some may believe it’s well overdue (something that Wyclef apologises for in the record) but it has spawned tracks that literally cross genres (sometimes even during tracks) of all sorts from Rock, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Latin and even Bhangra. It also features artists that you’d believe were seemingly out of place on an album such as this including Serj Tankian (of System of a Down), Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) and Norah Jones. It’s hard to pick the tracks that I want to share because of the sheer number of great ones. You’d be missing out if you don’t check out this album immediately.

This first inspiring track features southern rapper T.I. and has an incredibly singable chorus (something that’s not a rarity on this album). It has a paced out, laid-back beat lined by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, and T.I.’s smooth ad-libs feel right at home when playing off Wyclef’s preaching vocals.

Wyclef Jean – Slow Down (Feat. T.I.)
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[ From the Album “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant” |
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The second track I’ve decided to share is similar in mood to the first and features Jazz singer Norah Jones. It’s a quite a breezy, summery track and one that rolls off your back maybe a little too easily at times but leaves you feeling light and relaxed by the end of it. Other picks from this album include: “Sweetest Girl”, “Fast Car”, “Heaven’s in New York” …and much more. You’ll be missing out if you don’t check this release out soon.

Wyclef Jean – Any Other Day (Feat. Norah Jones)
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[ From the Album “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant” |
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Frank Turner – Photosynthesis February 15, 2008

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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
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[ From the Album “Love Ire & Song” | Buy CD: |
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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
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Incubus – Patomime (Live) October 6, 2007

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A live recording of a track from one of my favourite bands of all-time now. The reason why I regard Incubus so highly is due to their ability evolve and mature their sound and almost reinvent themselves as a band with each album. They have taken some stick and lost a lot of their following who were fans of their earlier work, but this is an inevitable consequence of their constant experimentalism and merely makes my respect for them even higher. Anyways, this is a non-album track entitled “Pantomime” which was recorded in 2004 in Japan. It’s quite a ‘spacy’ track with many interesting sounds and starts slow before building up and up towards crashing guitars by the close.

Incubus – Pantomime (Live in Japan)
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