Geowulf -Saltwater

This song washes over me like the waves of the ocean, perfect for closing out the summer.

 

Mood Monday

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Is it the end of summer? Darn…

This Monday, my mood is full of thankfulness. Some of my deepest prayers have been answered, I have spent fun quality time with a few of my nearest and dearest, and the majority of my long weekend  was with my toes in the surf and sand of the Atlantic Ocean.

Major joy washes over me, like the waves of the ocean.

 

After making it through the horrific winds of Tropical Storm Hermine, the skies cleared and the ocean was spectacular in its beauty. It reminds me of stormy confusing experiences that have occurred recently and the natural progression of time making it all seem a little bit better. When those difficult moments pass eventually, life seems more beautiful, full, and more meaningful.

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Patience always wins out in the end….I am thankful for quiet patience.

Geowulf-Saltwater

 

“Saltwater in the afternoon

So scared of seeing you

Saltwater at the end of spray

So tired of hiding me




Come to the ocean


Even when you’re broken



Sunrise when you call my name


Oh I though you had something to say


When the tide wash me in


You and I no longer remain


Unrelentingly I’ve waited for you



Come to the ocean


Even when you’re broken


Come to the water


Let it wash you over



Come to the ocean


Even when you’re broken


Come to the water


Now that we are older”

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Geowulf is an Australian dream pop duo, Star Kendrick & Toma Banjanin. They’re originally from the Sunshine Coast of Australia, but now they are currently based out of London. Despite Star being from a musical family she only discovered her voice recently and enlisted Toma to help bring her demos to life. “Saltwater” is their first released track from their new label, 37 Adventures, but I expect there will be a lot more music in the future.

I can patiently wait, I expect it will be worth it.

Mood Monday-Winter-All The Things You Do

Rainy days are perfect for daydreaming and dreamy music.

Mood Monday.

Is it just me or is it always raining?

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I have gone out of my way to avoid the incessant rain deluge that has parked itself in Atlanta since Halloween. Seeking out projects inside, avoiding taking out my sweet little cocker spaniel, and forever wishing the bad weather away, creates a restlessness in me. I spent the day hunkered down and if I had to escape, I dashed to the safety of a car sporting a giant umbrella and clunky rain boots.

Rainy days are perfect for listening to music.

I am way behind in listening to all of the music submissions, so I huddled up on my cozy couch with my puppy keeping me warm company, and I listened.

Rainy days are perfect for daydreaming and dreamy music.

Winter-All The Things You Do

“See you in my dreams
Wake up your with me
Into the hotel lobby

Know you through your songs
Wish I could be your one
Meet me at my front porch

You and all the things you do
You and all the things you do
I’ll go anywhere for you

My heart breaks into two
When I remember our distance
The loneliness creeps in

You and all the things you do
You and all the things you do
I’ll go anywhere for you
I’ll go anywhere for you
I’ll go anywhere for you”

Winter is the band behind this dream-like sonic experience. Samira Winter is the band’s heavenly voice/guitarist, Matt Hogan is the lead guitar, David Yorr plays bass, and Garren Orr is on drums. They began in Boston but ended up in Los Angeles honing the skills of their distinctive ethereal vocals layered over melodic guitars.

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Winter released their debut LP, Supreme Blue Dream, on Lolipop Records earlier this year and their new single “All The Things You Do” just came out on Burger Records. They are doing an extensive tour right now supporting Allison Weiss and will find themselves in Atlanta on November 12th at The Masquerade.

Thanks to a kind email, nudging me to listen today, I have found the best track for an insane day of nothing but rain. Well, and I happily found music filled with an enchanting power to completely forget about the weather!

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.

 

Mood Monday-Summer Heart- Thinkin of U

Mood Monday.

My mood today is anticipating the joyousness of spring and summer.

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I had a tiny taste of it this weekend. I snapped this picture after a quick beach walk. It was warm, sunny, and quiet on the part of the beach we explored. This jangly tune with twangy guitars reminds me of those easy breezy days where life is just so simple and sweet. Kick off your shoes. Send all your worries to the wayside.

Music to chill to,

hold hands to,

and dream beyond the beyond

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close your eyes and listen….

 

 

Summer Heart is a Swedish dream pop act and the solo project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, David Alexander. When touring, he has other musicians join him just to make it more interesting. This song is “Thinkin of U” which is brand new. He is one talented guy and even has some crazy good photography on his Tumblr site….check it out as well.

 

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As Monday comes to a close, what better way to head into the rest of the week, than with a carefree, bouncy mindset?

Craft Spells-Breaking The Angle Against The Tide

Mood Monday.

Love at first listen.

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This is Craft Spells and their new single, “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide”.  Sad lyrics surrounded by strings and melodies that seem to suggest the opposite. A song in contrast that steals your attention and convinces you that the new LP, Nausea, is worth a listen.

Yes, yes it is.

Pleasing instrumentals, soothing vocals, and interesting arrangements create a compilation of 11 tracks that will provide a nice diversion from the typical.

Enjoy!

Satchmode-Best Intentions

Okay, I am seriously bombarding you with chill.

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I usually try to mix it up, but this song caught my attention and I just had to share this talented dream pop duo from Los Angeles.

Satchmode is Gabe Donnay and Adam Boukis. “Best Intentions” is a musical journey of soft beautiful vocals, repeated bop beats and lyrics of devotion.  The sounds wash over me like waves, receding and gently rolling forward in a steady rhythmic pattern. Ambient heaven. Nothing else needs to be said. Just listen.

The entire EP, Collide, is spectacular and consists of four songs of ethereal harmony, dreamy synth, and steady beats.

Like me, begging for more?