Archive for the ‘Experimental’ Category

Great folk music from ye ol danish Faroe Islands

August 27, 2009

klak tik

Klak Tik comes from the Faroe Islands which is quite a unique place. The Faero Islands are an island group located between Scotland and Iceland. Even to this day it’s still part of the Kingdom of Denmark. People might be familiar with the folk artist Teitur who comes from the same country.

Heres some information about this project on myspace:

Speak Klak Tik”, the rain said, and I understood. With that statement it all began, Søren Bonke locked himself away deep inside Pandangle House using his new found inspiration to fill the air with the seeds of music he hoped would blossom… and they did. An organic, acoustic, multi layered sound of voices, guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, violins, trumpets and whatever else he could find thrived around him. But he knew he wanted to experience this creation with others so he sent forth for kindred spirits to aid him in his vision to nurture this garden of melody. Improvisational roots sprung into strong stems of song. Some simple, some with tender orchestral arrangements, some in three measure time, some awash with vivid lyrical imagery, but all come from the same true rich musical soil. And this soil is given life as the rain speaks Klak Tik.

It was quite a enjoyable coincidence how I got to discover this musical savant from the Faroe Islands (now located in London). He added me on myspace  a while ago and I checked a few songs and ended up very impressed by the song I chose to share with this blog.

Klak Tik – Zeitgeber

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Beautiful Shoegazsmic music with sea shores!

August 26, 2009

cool band

Candy Claws is a duo from Fort Collins, Colorado. They spent their first two years as a band writing and recording their first album. Which in their words was their “musical companion” to Rachel Carson’s book called “The Sea Around Us”. They describe Carson’s book as a non fiction scientific book “imbued with beauty and mystery, written in such elegant prose it feels more like poetry, a hymn to the sea”.  A hymn to the sea is quite a fitting expression to use here too since the album contains recorded sounds from different shores around in the world. From the seas of Italy to the Philippines. The band have acknowledged how this might sound like a gimmick but they feel it added a personal quality since it was recorded at places that were dear to them. It is hard to dismiss the creativity from these two.

They mention the Beach Boys, Starflyer 59, the Lassie Foundation, My Bloody Valentine, Cornelius as their inspiration for their music. When seeing these different inspirations all together you end up understanding the unique style they have come across.

I would describe their music as experimental shoe gazish with psychedelic elements. It’s one of the most original and beautiful music I have heard in a while. Which is just surreal considering the fact that the album was recorded in a bedroom!

You can get the album remastered for 4 euros via digital distribution from the indie irish label “indiecater records”. *edit* Now you can pre/order a hard copy. indiecater

Check out these tracks

Candy Claws – Catamaran

Candy Claws – Snowy Shores