Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Hourglass


Hourglass are Katherine Benbow (also of The Northnettes - also worth checking out) and Zachariah Storm. They are an ambient acoustic duo hailing from Rhyl and can sometimes be found gigging around North Wales.

In addition to cover versions the duo include original material in their sets which, if the mellow haunting sound of their debut single 'Winter's Vibe' is anything to go by, is a direction well worth pursuing


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Am Snow

The Heather Findlay Band releases a seasonal album 'I Am Snow' on December 10th. The album features new material alongside career spanning tracks recorded 'in session' which focus on the folkier side of Heather's writing. The album is available for pre-order as a standard or signed edition.

Full track listing is as follows:

The Eyes Of The Forest
Bitterness Burnt
Dark Eyes/The Dreamer's Wake
Winter Winds
Winter Is King
Day Thirteen: Sign
Above The Blue
Shrinking Violet
I Am Snow

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Blue & Lonesome


The Rolling Stones release their first studio album in eleven years with 'Blue & Lonesome' on December 2nd. The album sees the Stones returning to their roots with a collection of blues covers by the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Memphis Slim & Little Walter. The full track listing for the album is as follows:

Just Your Fool
Commit A crime
Blue & Lonesome
All Of Your Love
I Gotta Go
Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
Ride 'Em On Down
Hate To See You Go
Hoo Doo Blues
Little Rain#
Just Like I Treat You
I Can't Quit You Baby

The video for 'Hate To See You Go' can be seen below and is rather cool...

    

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Snow Queen


Her Divine Kylieness releases an expanded edition of 'Kylie Christmas' on 25th November. The album comes with new artwork (see above) and six additional tracks, including a cover of 'Wonderful Christmastime' featuring Mika.

The full track listing is as follows - new tracks are marked with an asterisk*

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (feat Frank Sinatra)
Winter Wonderland
Only You (with James Corden)
Stay Another Day*
Christmas Wrapping (with Iggy Pop)
At Christmas*
I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter
Every Day's Like Christmas
Wonderful Christmastime (with Mika)*
100 Degrees (with Dannii Minogue)
Let It Snow
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday*
White December
2000 Miles
Santa Baby
Christmas Isn't Christmas Till You Get Here
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Oh Santa
Cried Out Cristmas
Christmas Lights*
Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)*

  




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Armaranthe - Maximalism

 

I've written a review!

Things Being What They Are (I'm going to start using TBWTA on here as an acronym for a changing, difficult situation) I don't get to listen to music where I live, other than the occasional You Tube clip. Pretty much everything I listen to takes place in my car.

However I love Amaranthe, so when I got the chance to review their new album 'Maximalism' as an on-line stream I leaped at the opportunity! In practise this meant getting up at 4.30 for several mornings to listen to it in stages on my laptop before work and then writing the review in my head and on scraps of paper before stitching it all together one Saturday morning. Considering the unorthodox approach of writing it I'm actually quite pleased with how it came out:

Amaranthe - Maximalism. Review by David Waterfield for Midlands Rocks

I bought a copy of 'Maximalism' on the day of release and it now lives in my car. Out on the road I can play my music as loud as I like and sing along without restriction. It's my catharsis. So if you see someone heading towards Wolverhampton in the early hours with Amaranthe blasting out of their car at a deafening volume, then that's probably me...




Saturday, November 05, 2016

Royal Blues


Please forgive the irregular nature of my postings these days. Only those in my inner circle are aware how bonkers/restrictive my life is at the moment and how stressed/burned out I am as a consequence. I endeavour to queue posts and try harder!

Anyway, Canadian band Dragonette are set to release their fourth album 'Royal Blues' on 11th November. I've followed them from back in the days of My Space (remember that?) before their first album. They're a fine pop band but they've never really got the success or recognition that they deserved in my opinion. The full track listing for the new album is as follows:

Let The Night Fall
Body 2 Body
Lonely Heart
Royal Blues
Sweet Poison
Secret Stash
Save My Neck
Darth Vader
High Five
Detonate
Love Can't Touch Me Now*
Lost Teenagers
Future Ghost



*Great title!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Goldray


Goldray are a psychedelic blues/rock band featuring Reef's Kenwyn House, Geoff Laurens and vocalist Leah Rasmussen. They released a mini album in 2014 and are set to release their full debut album next year.

A taster of their forthcoming album is their new single 'Soulchild' which is released on 28th October:


Further details can be found on their website here.