Warm Ghost, aka Paul Duncan, takes the lovely a capella harmonies of Mountain Man’s delicious folk pop tune “Play It Right” and coverts it into an infectious slab of electro pop. The warm synth washes add dimension and orchestral flourishes ala OMD that really take the song to a whole new level. Duncan has been busy of late, following the release of last year’s Claws Overhead EP, work on an upcoming full-length album with his musical partner in Warm Ghost Oliver Chapoy. The group has a number of upcoming SXSW appearances as well that you can check out after the jump.
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The former Skull Disco co-founder Shackleton has always been a figure whose music seemed to bubble under the skin as much as rumble along the surface, so soundtracking a series of flies circulating around the studio of German artist Juergen Boettcher aka Strawalde, seems creepily fitting. I’m not particularly flummoxed by the footage, which seems like leftover scraps, but the utilization of a Shackleton soundtrack could mystify even the most mundane scenery.
Just like Viktor Krauss and Marc Johnson before him, Kermit Driscoll is a versatile veteran jazz bassist making a debut album after many years of service as a session musician. And like the aforementioned musicians, his debut sounds an awful lot like an album made by his sometime-boss Bill Frisell. Is this such a bad thing? Hell no. Besides, it certainly helps that Driscoll’s originals are powerful enough to stand erect with any guitarist at the helm. Kris Davis and Vinnie Colaiuta fill out the ensemble on piano and drums respectively. Davis in particular goes above and beyond her call of duty with rolls and trills, and preparing the piano. And Colaiuta.. .well, Sting doesn’t hire just any old chump.
Reveille won’t drop until April, but it will be worth the wait.
August 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month full of teen talent and TV events.
The Jonas Brothers open their “Live in Concert” tour featuring Demi Lovato and other co-stars from the Camp Rock movies. The tour is considered unsuccessful, as cancellations due to weather and low ticket sales cut into profits.