Cover Song of the Month
The first Cover Song of the Month for 2014 is Olafur Arnalds & Arnor Dan’s hauntingly chilling cover of Destiny’s Child’s "Say My Name".
As you’d expect from Olafur Arnalds, he creates an understated, yet grandiose backdrop that complements Arnor Dan’s vocals perfectly - a voice that suggests a soft fragility not often paired with contemporary RnB - giving Destiny’s Child’s lyrics emotional depth.
James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
Choosing to expand his musical repertoire beyond the guitar and piano - and providing the release of his new single Cavalier, and the spine-tingling trailer of McMorrow's follow up - Post Tropical will undoubtedly be an early contender for album of the year in 2014.
Post Tropical is in essence, an extroverted expression of emotion through sound, opting instead to subdue the inner-recluse that we all got to love in Early in the Morning. However, despite the change of direction, his approach is still driven with the emotional intensity of his first album.
Take a listen to the lead single Cavalier for your sneak peak of Post Tropical, soon to be released early January 2014.
Sitting comfortably within the lyrical elasticity and transcendent emotional range of Dallas Green - Hozier holds his own against (arguably) the best songwriter on the planet…. the frustrating thing is that -given our internet age, and vast array of musical outlets - It’s hard to understand why musicians like these still remain relatively unknown.
Released earlier this year, Hozier’s debut EP depicts a journey of the soul and spirit. It’s obvious that the lyrics were weathered by the tears of broken hearts - but it’s not all heartwrenching and melancholic. The title track “Take Me To Church" is a feel-good emotional rollercoaster that takes the listener on a very pleasing ride.
We suppose the thing that’s most frustrating about Hozier is that we find it very hard to be impartial towards their music. Andrew Hozier-Byrne has created a minor masterpiece in time. Take Me To Church EP really is that good.
On one hand we hope he remains raw, untamed, unedited, … essentially un-signed - because that way, we feel a sense of belonging, a sense of privacy, and a sense of seclusion and reclusion in the music he has crafted.
On the other hand, we hope he recieves the commercial acclaim we know he deserves - because people really REALLY need to hear this music.
Don’t just take our word for it though, have a listen, your soul will thank you.