Adding a touch of ethereal to the Springtime festivities.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Melody’s Echo Chamber – Live At Primavera 2013, Barcelona Spain – May 25, 2013 – RNE Radio 3
One of the surprise hits at this years Primavera Festival, Melody’s Echo Chamber. An engaging new band made more engaging by the enthralling voice and presence of Melody Prochet whose band it just so happens to be. The band went on late, and Melody apologizes, but the audience didn’t seem to mind. The gave a great performance and the audience gave a great reaction.
So here is that concert from Saturday night, May 25th as presented by the venerable (and always busy) Radio Nacional España Radio 3, minus the chatty commentators.
Enjoy – there’s more where that came from.
Getting Ethereal for the weekend.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Beach House in concert at Paleo Festival 2013 – Nyon, Switzerland – July 24, 2013 – RSR
Staying at The Paleo Festival 2013 tonight for a set by Baltimore Dream Pop/Space Merchants Beach House (actually, one half of the band, Victoria Legrand is from Paris . . .but the band did form in Baltimore so . . .), recorded on July 24th, just one day after Sophie Hunger.
What I am loving about the current festival scene is the eclectic nature of it – a lot of musical styles are getting mashed up under one tent, and there’s something refreshing about that. Nobody seems afraid to experiment and nobody seems afraid to try different things. That bodes well for the continued cause of music and new genres to form.
Beach House are of the well-defined Dream Pop genre, but they are still wildly enjoyable to listen to. Victoria Legrand’s voice has the right essence of ethereal to make it compelling for repeated listenings. Initially formed in 2002, Beach House really didn’t get off the ground until the release of their self-titled first album in 2006. With a lot of positive Press and favorable audience reaction, the band started to take off.
Now they’re on their 3rd album and the audience is building. They’ve been touring quite a bit and that’s helped cement the reputation.
Tonight’s post ought to get you acquainted to them if you aren’t already – or let you know what you might have missed earlier this week if you weren’t around Nyon, Switzerland to catch them up close and in person.
Ushering in Dream Pop to go along with Shoe gazing.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/cocteau-twins-session-oct-10-1983.mp3]
One of the early practitioners of Dreamscape and Experimental Electronica, Cocteau Twins came very much to be synonymous with the 80s and the Atmospheric turn the decade took in music.
Embracing a minimalism in their music, Cocteau Twins and the ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser caught on quickly. And their influence was felt in several other bands during that time.
Tonight it’s a recorded for John Peel at The BBC on October 10, 1983, they do four songs:
1. Sugar Hiccup
2. In Our Angelhood
3. My Hue And Cry
4. Musette and Drums
Shortly after this session, Will Heggie, one of the founding members of the band, quit and was replaced by Simon Raymonde, whom they met during a session for the one-off project This Mortal Coil. That session produced their cover to the classic Tim Buckley Song Of The Sirens and, along with new bandmate, their career and fortunes climbed to new heights.
They would eventually call it quits by 1997, but this session from 1983 catches them just as they are starting to take off, during their formative years.
Lou and Jean-Benoit of Tomorrow’s World – Techno’s version of Extra-Marital Ethereal.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Tomorrow’s World – Live at La Route du Rock Hiver – March 21, 2013
Starting off the week in a Techno vein with Tomorrow’s World, who recently performed live at La Route du Rock Hiver festival in France on March 21st of this year.
Tomorrow’s World is a side venture, a sort of Techno Extra-Marital affair between Lou Hayter, who plays keyboards for New Young Pony Club and Jean-Benoit Dunckel of Air. Both bands are currently working. So this affair, as it were, is certainly something on the side.
The result is a captivating and haunting journey through some new musical territory that leaves you with a feeling of hope that this isn’t just a series of “one night stands” but may stick around for a while.
A short-ish set, at a little under 20 minutes – it crams enough mystery and ethereal wonderment into a small space that begs repeated listenings.
And hopefully there will be more where that came from soon.
If not . . . .oh well . . . – enjoy it while it lasts.