Music reviews, insights, personal opinions, and errata.
Canadian Pop Songstress Cœur de pirate "Roses" from 2015
So someone I follow on bandcamp bought a copy of "Trauma" which came up on my feed which led me to sample and become enraptured of Coeur de pirate. I prefer making physical album purchases when possible so I ordered the Roses album on vinyl. Truth be told I wanted her s/t album but could not find a source for a reasonable price (time for a repressing).
Her catalog is rather diverse in mood and genre. This record is probably the most pop oriented, but is still complex and intriguing.
Once more into the bandcamp cornucopia of musical fantasy...and I discovered this post-punk marvel. Hailing from Portland, Oregon according to bandcamp,but from San Luis Obispo, CA according to facebook - their first release, An Open Door, came out in 2011. This is their third album, but it is a rather short album, less than 30 minutes. Those thirty minutes, however, are superb. They said they would be reissuing their catalog this Fall, but I have not seen this to be happening yet. Keep up with them in facebook. Firmly planted in the post-punk genre, Soft Kill carries on where bands like Interpol, She Wants Revenge, Glorious Din, and others either gave up or phased out. Soft Kill manages to sound new, fresh, and important while staying true to their chosen sound. So many, like Interpol and She Wants Revenge, couldn't grow within the framework of their genre and started pulling from other styles. I am impressed that this lot seem secure in their sound and aren't jerki…
One of my greater regrets is missing the chance to see Mike Johnson live at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR some years back. Listening to his "The Uninvited" album today I was reminded it has been too long since he released anything I am aware of. "The Uninvited" came out in 2011 and though he uploaded albums to bandcamp in 2016 the hope of new music to come has faded.
His facebook page has a recent post but just linking to bandcamp and the post before that is over a year old.
If you are unfamiliar with him please check him out. Here is my favorite album "Gone Out Of Your Mind"