Below are the inspirations from my life that grew into songs. Each one is a piece of my heart, but I also believe that from time to time you might have felt the same way. So enjoy reading about the roots of these songs, but I would love it even more if they grew to mean something more meaningful in your own life.
The title Tales From the Grand Bazaar tells you much of what you need to know about Bombay Dub Orchestra, as the bazaar is where cultures meet and intertwine, with Istanbul’s bazaar being the grandest. The band builds that out further, pulling sounds and textures from places as diverse as India, Turkey, Macedonia and Brazil, while blending them into a mellow electronic vibe that can be quite mesmerizing.
Yet, this music sounds utterly contemporary. Azure Blue’s debut album, Rule of Thirds, received many critical accolades back in 2011 with the culmination being a win for best pop album in the Swedish version of the Grammys last year. Now Isaksson returns with his sophomore album under the Azure moniker, the philosophically titled Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt. Matinee Records will release the album next week in the US, but it has released today in Sweden, so here’s your official preview of the new music… that is, unless you live in Sweden.
On his rockin’ new Americana album, High Times, Charlie Robison covers some of his favorite tunes. “Look Out Cleveland”, penned by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, is a surefire highlight, as is Doug Sahm’s “Nuevo Laredo” and Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. He honors his sister as well with takes on a number of Ludwick’s tunes. Great stuff all around that makes you feel like you’re downing Lone Star longnecks at the local Texas roadhouse.