This track makes me smile. I just love the sounds of everything in it, and the arrangement is amazing. I’m a sucker for a smooth female voice drenched in reverb, and of course I love The Happy Mondays.
The Innocence Mission
“The Happy Mondays” (download mp3)
from “my room in the trees”
(Badman Recording Co)
“The Happy Mondays” (play)
What’s not to love? Here’s an acoustic recording of Matt Nathanson’s “Curve of the Earth.” Total singer-songwriter girl boy heartrending stuff.
“Curve Of The Earth” (download mp3)
from “At The Point”
“Curve of the Earth” (play)
Here’s a sweet little ditty from singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga outta Brookline, MA. A kind and thoughtful farewell song, from a refreshingly un-cynical artist. His website is as disarmingly honest as his music.
“So Long” (download mp3)
“So Long” (play)
Tyde – “Chairdance” mp3
Starting innocently enough with some deceptively simple funky acoustic guitar strums, this track quickly grows into a virtuoso explosion of instrumental Celtic folk fusion. UK’s Tyde are three young players at the top of their game – on guitar, fiddle, and accordion – rocking together and exuding joy at every twist and turn. Hmm, did I say Celtic? This ambitious piece also recalls elements of Klezmer, and even a hint of Flamenco, not to mention every British Isles folk dance you can spill a Guinness too. This, my dears, is what they used to call “making music” back when music was played by actual people! Don’t get me started =) This is the real.
(Mrs Casey Records)
Andrew Tosh – “Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)” mp3
Andrew Tosh sounds a lot like his father, the gr8 Peter Tosh, and Kymani Marley sounds a lot like Tosh Senior’s fellow Wailer, the gr8 Bob Marley. Here we find Tosh the younger singing one of his dad’s wonderful tunes on a tribute album, joined by Marley the younger, a simple acoustic guitar strum, and a classic Jamaican style vocal chorus. Typical of Peter Tosh’s songs, “Lessons In My Life” is thoughtful, direct, and uniquely defiant. Some fine inspirational musical testimony that has only gained relevance a generation down. Enjoy.
“Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)” (download mp3)
from “Legacy – An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh”
(Box 10 Entertainment Group, Inc.)
“Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)“ (play)