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(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #898: Magnolian

 
By on Monday, 27th February 2017 at 10:00 am
 

As you probably imagine, I get inundated with emails from artists from all over the world every day, trying to sell me on their music. It is all too often true that we make the wrong assumptions about how an artist or a band must sound, depending on where they’re from. It’s a mistake assuming that everyone from the Midwest must be folky and write sad songs, that all music from an urban centre like New York or London will be hard and edgy, that artists from the West Coast all make surf rock and genuflect at the altar of the Beach Boys. Then you get an unexpected email from left field who surprises you. I woke up Sunday to a rather unusual one, in that it was from an artist who will be the first to represent his country and showcase ever at SXSW. Magnolian is the musical project of Mongolian folk singer/songwriter Dulguun Bayasgalan.

It’s become very unusual for Asian songwriters to sing in English (don’t get me started on this), and even rarer for them to break out of Asia. Somehow, Magnolian’s dulcet tones and dreamy folk instrumentation reminiscent of Bon Iver, Simon and Garfunkel, Of Monsters and Men and yes, even a little bit of the Beach Boys – all artists originating far, far away from Bayasgalan’s hometown of Ulaanbaatar – caught the ears of Nerdist last summer, who named his debut ‘Famous Men’ EP the best underground album of July 2016. Ahead of his performance at CU29 Friday night at SXSW 2017, listen to and download the Magnolian track ‘The Beach Song’ from the EP for your very own below. He says it’s his favourite from the EP, so we’re pleased to offer it ahead him coming out to Austin. He’ll be appearing at 6 PM at the Westin on Wednesday 15 March and 9 PM at CU29 on Friday 17 March. Stay tuned for more on him in the coming weeks.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #897: Male Bonding

 
By on Friday, 14th October 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Header photo by Steve Gullick

Dalston punks Male Bonding have randomly emerged from the woodwork this week. With their reappearance, they have gifted us with a whole new album. And for free! Listen to and download any or all of the tracks from ‘Headache’ from album stream below. For our admittedly kind of old past coverage on the band – hey, they have been away for a while – go here.

 

MP3 of the Day #896: Robin Dewhurst and Little Sparrow

 
By on Monday, 8th August 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Header photo from the Kendal Calling Twitter

I personally don’t need any further convincing. However, I realise you, the reader, might need another reminder that the greater Manchester area is just teeming with incredible talent. Stockport band Blossoms just released their eponymous debut album on Virgin EMI last Friday. (Read my review of Blossoms here.) Blossoms’ lead guitarist Josh Dewhurst proves the old adage ‘the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’. Josh’s father Robin is a professor of music at the University of Salford and an accomplished musician in his own right.

Just this past weekend, he’s made a track he’s collaborated on free for download for a limited time. If you never thought there could be a successful reimagining of Madness’ 1980 hit ‘Baggy Trousers’, it’s time for a rethink. Robin and Little Sparrow (aka singer/songwriter Katie Ware) were invited by the Tim Peaks FM team to perform live at the Tim Burgess‘ themed coffee shop at Kendal Calling 2016. This was where they unleashed their spellbinding new cover version, named by the Tim Peaks FM team “one of the best cover versions we have heard in years!” To read more about the collaboration, check out this article by the Manchester Evening News.

To grab the intriguing wistful cover of ‘Baggy Trousers’ with the elder Dewhurst on piano, Little Sparrow on vocals and Sarah Dale on cello, visit the Kendal Calling site here. We’re looking forward to more from Little Sparrow, and we can’t help but hope that Robin continues sharing his talents to the world outside of his classroom.

 

(Charity and SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2032: Lissie

 
By on Friday, 4th March 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Hot on the heels of her new LP ‘My Wild West’, folk-rock singer Lissie is now offering up the video for album track ‘Daughters’, in honor of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. Inspired by Liberian peace activist and Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, the song is particularly appropriate to the cause, and the new video highlights one of the challenges faced by women in developing countries, namely obtaining clean drinking water for themselves and their families. The songwriter is upping the ante by offering a free download of ‘Daughters’, with an invitation to make a “pay what you can” donation to charity: water in exchange. You can find more information, along with the free download link, on Lissie’s official Web site.

If you’re not yet convinced, watch the compelling video for ‘Daughter’ just below. You can find our previous coverage of Lissie right back here.

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MP3 of the Day #895: Emmy the Great

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Since releasing her EP ‘S’ at the start of last year, anti-folk singer/ songwriter Emmy the Great has turned more pop, adding synths to her sound, a move that would have been unheard of in her 2009 ‘First Love’ days. ‘Second Love’, her third album following the release of the ‘Virtue’ LP in 2011, will be out next Friday on Bella Union.

Emmy is currently in the midst of an American tour, starting the West Coast leg of her time over on our side of the pond tonight, performing at the Bunk Bar in Portland. While on this tour, she’s been closing out her set every night with song ‘We Are Vanished’, which she says is a cover. While we can’t be sure that the act that goes by the name We Are Vanished doesn’t exist, Googling the name only leads you to Emmy’s own version of the song on Soundcloud, so our interest has been significantly piqued into who We Are Vanished is. Or are. Guess it’s a mystery that we’ll have to less Miss E Moss answer herself sometime. Until then, you can listen to and grab her version of ‘We Are Vanished’ for free from the Soundcloud embed below.

‘Second Love’ will be released on the 11th of March on Bella Union.

 

(SXSW 2016 and Valentine’s Day flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #894: Honne

 
By on Friday, 12th February 2016 at 3:00 pm
 

I know, I know. It’s not the usual MP3 of the Day timeslot. But I didn’t want to leave you to yourself this weekend without an early Valentine’s Day present from us! Well, from Honne, really. Today, the London duo is giving away their track ‘Woman’ for the occasion. You can listen to the track in full below. If you like it, you can grab the track for your own for free from Honne’s Web site here in exchange for your email address. Easy peasy!

 
 
 

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