by Zosia Holden
As a songwriter, I like to go back and study the songs that have left the biggest mark on me. When I was finishing my recent album Bad Poems For Good People, no song was stronger in my mind than The River by Bruce Springsteen.
by Max Ridley
One of my favorite things about science fiction is how a creator can project their vision of the future. However, as it is a projection, and we only have our own experience to draw from, often we color this future vision with bits and pieces from our now. Like having characters that exist 200 years from now conversing in vernacular from our time. Or having an alien race appear humanoid. One of the best examples of this is the famous “Cantina Band” from Star Wars playing “alien” music that sounds a lot like jazz.
In his youth, Jazz guitarist John Scofield spent a lot of time in New York’s famous music venue Filmore East, where Rock-, Jazz- and Country musicians played on the same stage. No wonder, while finding his home in Jazz music, he loved to cross musical borders during all his career. One of his latest albums, Country for Old Men, is just one of his many fusions.
We Out Here is the fantastic new compilation from Brownswood Recordings. It brings together a collection of some of the sharpest talents of London’s young jazz scene.
And To In A – What a strange title for an album and song by the Austrian music quintett 5K HD, our featured artist of this week. Does it have a meaning at all? Or is it just a kind of sound language? There is a simple explanation, how the band’s front-singer and lyricist Mira Lu Kovacs came up with it: Poetry.
The super-group 5K HD from Vienna travel from Jazz to Pop to Electronica with ease, They remind us very much of Portishead, while they are still creating their very own sound. We feel so honored to welcome our first Austrian musicians as our Artists of the Week #31. Continue reading
Our second Artist of the Week is New York’s award-winning singer/songwriter Saniyé. She started writing songs and playing music at the age of 5, so it is no surprise that her emotionally driven and eclectic debut album “When I Don’t Sleep” made it’s rounds nationally and internationally with much success. Songs from the album played on Delta Airlines and are currently still playing in stores nationwide in the U.S. Most notably, Saniyé won her first major songwriting award with “Boom Sheke Nana,” a song that won the Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Both the song and the album were produced by Grammy-Award-winning producer, Henri Scars Struck.