Seoul-Haunt/A Light

 

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Have I expressed how much I love my followers and loyal readers?

Probably not recently, but you all know who you are.

I couldn’t ever survive and thrive in this weird blog world without you, and I recognize your importance in my life. Faces of other bloggers show up regularly, as well as dear friends and those music minded, kindred spirits. Most of all, I want to thank the hundreds of bands and musicians that inspire my posts with their music and their submissions to my blog. Yep, you know the ones, they have bet everything on their creative dream and are wading through the platform of trying to market it. Was it ever explained to them what a tough job that happens to be?

I am truly blessed with all of you.

I am in a ‘count your blessings’ kind of place. I was horribly humbled by a dumb clumsy accident yesterday and it has literally shaken me deeper than I ever thought possible. I have started thinking about all of the important friendships I have and the family that guides and molds me, to be me. I am a lucky one, for sure. Despite my stupidity on occasion and despite my clumsiness. You see, you can be strolling through life on easy street one minute and quite suddenly busted up the next. The reality of that can be a bit jarring.

As I type on my laptop, I am listening to millions of singing bugs in my backyard, watching the sky turn from a soft orange to a deep dark purple, and longingly remembering the yummy ice cream cone I heartily consumed only minutes earlier. These are all comforting things I am grateful for this evening. Summer is here, full throttle, and I want to loll in its embrace with a joyous heart.

What grabs your attention at this moment in time?

When you break a silly toe bone, scrape your knees, and ache all over, it is so easy to weep. My tears are there behind my eyes, but typing away, right here, right now, comforts those waterworks and closes the pipes temporarily. No longer very mobile, or even presentable for visitors or outings, I have to dig deep and find something that calms my mind and provides another thought for my head.

I am humbled.

I am broken.

I will triumph despite any hardship I may face.

There, I said it, and now I have to believe it. Then, it will be true.

Are you happy? Healthy? Appreciative? Curious? Hopeful? Loving? I wish that for you, as you read this post.

Thank you for letting me share my burdens and my joys. Thank you for reading my words and listening to the incredible musicians I share.

Kudos to you!

What could be better than a song of comfort to my ears and also provides a nice chill vibe?

 

 

Seoul is a Montreal trio that has just recently released a debut album that is remarkable in it’s sound. For first timers, there is an air of experience and sheer natural talent. The album, I Become A Shade, came out in June and I am listening with hearty happiness. Every song proves to stand on its own solidly and smartly. The song, “Haunt/A Light” is the perfect tune to introduce you to them, if you haven’t heard of them before.

 

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Seoul is Nigel Ward, Julian Flavin, and Dexter Garcia. Nigel and Julian have known each other since kindergarten and connected with Dexter in college. All equally contribute in the writing process and performance of the songs. Connecting their three perspectives may be the unique element of their early success.

The lyrics are sometimes a bit hazy, but then clear in other places, so it gives a sort of openness that can be interpreted in many ways. “Haunt/A Light” suggests an opposite similar to their unusual name Seoul. I am not sure how it relates to the band as a hustling bustling city, but my Google search found this contrast….

“Seoul is the capital of South Korea, a sprawling metropolis where hyper-modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets.”

Lovely black and white photos also accompany their social media accounts and those intriguing snapshots are another incredible expression of their creativity. Although the photos are stark in subject matter, there is a clear distinction of dark and light. Can you tell I want to know more about the band Seoul? Perhaps they will be pleased that their music came first in my mind and wanting to learn more is secondary.

They have a bunch of tour dates ahead (all over) and happily they play 40 Watt in Athens on October 9th. If you are anywhere nearby, be sure to check them out, I know I hope to be there.

 

Ducktails-Headbanging in the Mirror

Mood Monday.

I need a nap…..or a nice quiet drive in the country.

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“Headbanging In The Mirror
Wish I could see so much clearer
Just let me come down from the speeding
Afternoon interior dream”

I recognize the musical style almost immediately, Real Estate or Ducktails, it really doesn’t matter to me. I actually love the sound of both bands. In this tune, the guitar is softly perfect and the vibe is so incredibly chill that I have to stop and take a moment to listen.

Really listen.

When a song begins with a steady drum beat then progresses to woozy guitar strumming….what is not to love? The perfect song for my Monday mood.

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Ducktails is Matt Mondanile, and he is best known for the band Real Estate. A new album, from his single project under the name Ducktails, will be released on July 24th with the title, St Catherine. I look forward to the newest of his musical endeavors. If this song, “Headbanging in the Mirror” gives us any little hint into what might be next, then I am one happy camper!

 

Apache Sun-Silhouettes

Mood Monday

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So many things to do and so little time…..

Some days are just hectic and busy. On those Mondays, it is nice to share a band that I’ve been listening to lately. Every song has me excited and I really have struggled to pick only one song of theirs to share with you. The song, “Silhouettes” is my kind of cool and I like the hypnotic, artsy video. Watching it with the oohs and aahs, helps me to chill. This song is perfect to listen to today, tomorrow, and basically on and on. Because we all know ‘busy’ will never stop.

“and I’ll come back again…”

 

 

Apache Sun is a Psych rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. They are singer-guitarist Kris Mitchell, and bassist Pete Bruce. They began their project after meeting in college. Now they are full-time buskers (street performers) waiting on some real gigs. I am on a psych rock kick lately. Seriously, check them out, Apache Sun.

 

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