Where Is My Muse?

“Where Is My Muse” is my 95th blog post in this calendar year, Twenty Twenty-one. It has been a very productive year with a tonne of great music that inspired me to write and hopefully leads others to enjoy this music as much as I have.

Today is October 28, and my Muse has abandoned me! Where, oh where, can my Muse be hiding. I have been listening to wonderful music that lifts my spirits and riding in that heady atmosphere; I sit at my keyboard and …nothing.

My Muse has abandoned me. I sit alone at the keyboard with fantastic music and scintillating lyrics that lift me and cause my spirit to soar, but my fingers are sitting idle. What has happened? I love the music that has landed in my inbox with the intent of my writing about it. But nothing arrives beyond my good intentions.

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Cat Dowling

Dubliner CAT DOWLING also presents her ‘Animals’ single ahead of her new album (by the same name), released on November 12 via FIFA Records– this is a song about that beautiful part inside the human make-up that can’t ever and should never be tamed. The accompanying animated video by MARC CORRIGAN brilliantly reflects this song of movement, sensuality, wildness, love and freedom.

‘Animals’ single https://youtu.be/588mof6AgWY 

Bandcamp https://catdowling.bandcamp.com/track/animals-3 

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/1sf6TFd6Q92GuXCYK58IjT 

‘Animals’ LP pre-order https://catdowling.bandcamp.com/album/animals 

‘Freedom’ https://youtu.be/wBJpivONX7c 

‘Trouble’ https://youtu.be/LiUtwDtvzHM 

Keep up with Cat Dowling 

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flora cash have released their third album, our generation. The lyrics are rooted in the promise each generation makes to the next that incredible things are possible. 

our generation is a message by and for a generation of kids who know what it means

to be a refugee.

to grow up with a dad in prison.

to struggle with mental health

to experience heartbreak

to hide their true identity from the world

to seek adventure and self-realization

to meet their soul mate

to believe in a potential few yet see

and in the final analysis, our generation is a record for all those who know what it means to pursue a dream even when the world tells them no.

‘our generation,’ out October 22 via Flower Money Records

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D I S C O V E R

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For press enquiries, please contact james@mysticsons.com.

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Manchester indie rock postpunk outfit INCA BABIES will release their 8th studio album’ Swamp Street Soul,’ produced by SIMON ‘DING’ ARCHER (The Fall, PJ Harvey), on November 23. Today they present the lead track ‘Walk In The Park.’ Since 1983, they’ve been a vibrant part of Britain’s post-punk/deathrock scene, touring and releasing many albums, ranking in the UK Indie Charts and recording four sessions for BBC’s John Peel show before splitting up. Now reformed, today Inca Babies comprises HARRY STAFFORD, bassist VINCE HUNT (A Witness, Blue Orchids) and ROB HAYNES (The Membranes, Goldblade).

I listened to this record over and over, and each listen provided me with fresh sounds. I kept thinking I could hear bits and bites of other bands, but it never coalesced into a name, so I came away feeling like I had listened to a breath of fresh air.

Keep up with Inca Babies 

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoQwIg9zEAmDoNuThXul2Uw/videos

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/inca-babies/153916805 

If you have any questions, contact Shauna from Shameless Promotion PR at contact@shamelesspromotionpr.com 

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The Kundalini Genie released their album Half In, Half Out on November 12 via OX4 Sound.

Emerging from the nether regions of Glasgow, The Kundalini Genie has been blowing minds globally with music characterized by droning hypnotic fuzz rock, 60’s British Invasion-inspired melodies, transcendental sitar, and dreamy, spaced-out soundscapes.

Their sonic journey ranges across the spectrum of their musical influences – The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, The Dandy Warhols, The Warlocks, The Beatles, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Black Ryder and Black Market Karma.

I would add Lou Reid and The Velvet Underground. This band blazes with old-school psychedelic rock and roll. A must-listen for year-end best-of lists.

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There we are then, a brief snapshot of some of the music that has been in heavy rotation in my office. Stay tuned, I am sure there is more to come, in fact have a new one that just landed in my inbox. Happy listening and play safe.

Odds and Evens

I have fired off a few album reviews and thought I would tidy up my inbox with a few short shout-outs regarding singles, videos and other odds and ends.

First up, we have an outfit called The Dead South. This four-piece band fancies themselves as outlaws that defy classification. Not bluegrass. Not traditional country and western and not punk. They have a video out ahead of their EP releases in March 2022. Yes, releases, there will be two EP’s. The Dead South live close to me, only 800 kilometres.

Here is the teaser:

The Dead South – “You Are My Sunshine” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MevYCdn5S8

Next up, we have a band that aligns closer to psychedelic rock than bluegrass, The Kundalini Genie. I covered a single by them earlier this year, and I am happy to share a video of them as a warm-up to their album, which drops on November 12, 2021. https://youtu.be/uQBjSw98hOQ

Another video that is being released ahead of the album, this time from an electronica act called Spray. SPRAY, RICARDO AUTOBAHN and JENNY McLAREN are Lancashire-based electronic / synthpop duo. Manchester’s ANALOGUE TRASH label will drop their ‘Ambiguous Poems About Death’ LP on November 26, but today we can enjoy ‘Hammered In An Airport.’ 

London synthpop artist RODNEY CROMWELL presents his new ‘Memory Box’ single about perceptions of reality and the certainty of our memories. Rodney Cromwell is the nom de plume of ADAM CRESSWELL.  The full length is due in early 2022; no set date yet, darn Covid, eh.

‘The Gift’  from SHRINARI, previews their debut LP (out November 24). Their music has a strong spiritual component, carrying a message of hope, unity and connection. ‘The Gift’ https://youtu.be/ykCjGRiYq3g

Last but not least is an album from a band that I am quite familiar with having seen them live and owning their discography. The band is are from Toronto, Ontario and go by the name of BadBadNotGood, the album is Talk Memory. Here is a video from this new album, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. I look forward to seeing them playing live in about two months.

Happy listening everyone and play safe.