Ben Hobbs Better Weather

Back on July 7th, I did a review of Ben Hobbs single, Own Arms, which was in almost constant rotation on my iTunes account. Today I did a proper listen to Ben’s upcoming EP, dropping on July 31st, and I have no problem giving this a 4-star review, that’s four out of four by the way.

In the EP, Better Weather, I hear a bit of Bowie and his Diamond Dogs through to Heroes era. I also feel a bit of an R&B vibe going on in Better Weather. This EP is not mired in the past though. It has a 2020 vibe to it that is very contemporary and very listenable. Better Weather pays homage to the music of the past, but Ben Hobbs is very much connected to the present and is looking forward to better days with his new music on Better Weather.

Ben Hobbs Better Weather

The title song, Better Weather, gives me hope, hope for better weather in a literal and a figurative sense, our summer where I live has been very wet with minimal warm, cloudless days. The music and lyrics of Better Weather warmed my soul via my ears, thank you, Ben.

Ben tells us that the EP is about “insecurities, life challenges, everything. My girlfriend, the inspiration for ‘How We Care’, the journey we’ve been on together, and how we’ve helped each other. In contrast, ‘Loaded Gun’ is based the idea of leaving your world behind for a new one, partly inspired by what was is happening in UK politics; feeling like we are being lied to by our government.

A vast pool of inspiration that brings us Better Weather by Ben Hobbs. Do your summer a favour and listen to Better Weather. The Better Weather EP will be available to stream from July 31st, 2020. 

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Nekomata by Supernaive

Supernaive, what a great name that is, I liked it before I even listened to them. The brothers Baptiste and Lucas Malgoire have been working together as Supernaive and released some excellent material over the years. 2017 gave us the E.P. Dazed & Confused, not to be confused with the song that Jimmy Page ripped off from Jake Holmes. And do not be dazed by the movie Dazed and Confused, produced by Richard Linklater which gives us a look at coming of age in 1970’s Texas. The Supernaive E.P., Dazed & Confused is a piano-driven electronica journey and proved to be a strong start for the boys that share time between Tokyo and Paris, France, not to be confused with Paris, Texas. The movie Paris, Texas, gave us the excellent music score by Ry Cooder since we are talking about music today.

In 2018 the lads Malgoire gave us Lions & Pigs, an ethereal, esoteric darker sound than their previous work, in a right way. This four-song E.P. has an edge to it that cuts through to our ears. BTW, excellent cover art.

And now we have all that 2020 has become with the redeeming grace of great music, specifically the full-length album Nekomata. Dozens of listens into this album and I still don’t know what to say. It is powerful without being pushy, beautiful without being gaudy, layered without being rock. They don’t just walk to the beat of their own drum, they beat the drum, and then we walk to that beat with them. Supernaive have released a new video & single ‘Under Control’ (ft. NAL) along with their debut album Nekomata

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Explore Discrete

What we have on the imaginary turntable today is modern pop music at its finest. Explore is a five-song EP by up and coming Swedish artist Discrete, with help from Charla K, on the opening track, Feed Me With Love. A catchy little dance tune with retro synth sensibilities. 

At the number two spot is the churning of Typo which spotlights Tudor and Victoria Voss who engage each other in a verbal sparring match with some more smart dance-friendly pop music.

Number three is a Stupid Thing. For real, it is a Stupid Thing, that is the name of the track, Stupid Thing. It features Neville, and together they explore the never-ending topic of love and dating. Discrete tells us that she sent a demo to Neville and her producer and what had once been an instrumental track flowered with lyrics and stunning vocal. Discrete was excited because this was different from anything she had done previously, we are glad for that because this Stupid Thing is irresistible.

Second, to last on the EP is a radio-friendly little number called Better Days. This collaboration with her longtime friend Chris Collins is a catchy synth-pop tune. Taking a different angle to the never-ending love story this is about long-distance love and the challenges that come with that.

The closing track Runaway sees Discrete collaborate with well-respected Swedish songwriter Alex Shield, who is launching his projects under the name of KELLYKKE. Combining crisp beats and breezy synths that flow graciously together; Discrete and KELLYKKE explore urges for self-discovery and new beginnings.

Talking to us about the collaboration, Discrete tells us: “KELLYKKE and I met for the first time last summer, and we’ve been working on a lot of songs together since. He came up with an idea for a song using a guitar and his vocals, and before we knew it, Run Away was born. We ended up experimenting until we finally found a middle ground that fitted both of our sounds. I feel humbled that he wanted to release his first single as KELLYKKE with me.”

So there we have it folks, five catchy modern pop, radio-friendly, little summer dance beauties. Summer will be different this year with social distancing but if you find yourself alone on a desert island Discrete has cooked up a nifty EP for you to pass the time until the rescue arrives. Have fun, listen to more music and stay safe.

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dranking songs of the midwest

Wikipedia has a whole category for songs about alcohol.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Songs_about_alcohol

Google search “albums about alcoholism” and there are pages and pages of songs about drinking, very few albums, however, and not many lists, songs or albums about recovery.

Being a reformed alcoholic myself, as well as being a former addictions counsellor, I have listened to lots of songs and albums that deal with alcoholism and recovery. I won’t bore you with the whole list but I want you to know that there is a plethora of good music, and lyrics, about addiction recovery. Here is a shortlist of a few favourites of mine:

“12 Stories” by Brandy Clark

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“III” by The Lumineers

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Lumineers co-founder Jeremiah Fraites said, “This collection of songs worked out in a beautiful way, and I feel with this album we’ve really hit our stride.” In an interview with NPR, Fraites and Schultz both explained how their lives have been impacted by addiction, and that this album was intended to chronicle the effects of addiction on family members and loved ones.

I will add that I was deeply moved by this recording and equally touched by the new album from Anothony Mills titled “dranking songs of the midwest”.final-coverart_RustyCadillac_800x800

Anthony Mills does not dodge the pain of addiction in his lyrics and that story is only reinforced by the sparse instrumentation, mostly jangly barrelhouse piano and cajon, that allows us to focus on the lyrics that are delivered in a style reminiscent of traditional plantation song storytelling as well as Anthony Mills hip hop and rap influences, which is where he started his musical journey. A journey that mingles the complex relationship of his deep south heritage as seen in the video “rusty Cadillac” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-J0ojv6tEY with his family’s migration to the industrial north of the USA and their lives in blue-collar towns. “Blue Collar Work Ethic” was Anthony’s most recent release before “drunking songs of the midwest”.blue collar work ethic

In the song “rusty cadillac” Anthony tackles the rawness of using booze to suppress emotions and he also sings of the loneliness that often comes with addiction in the song “drinkin by myself (again)”, self-loathing in “stink”, honesty in “snake oil” and it all comes together as a package deal called “drankin songs of the midwest”.

I have listened to this album over and over today, just like I did when I got the vinyl of “III” by The Lumineers. These albums grabbed me and held me transfixed. Anthony tells us in “dranking songs of the midwest”, ah heck, I’ll just let Anthony tell you:

“I wanted to teleport the listener to the whorehouse, the saloon, with me and a piano man. Every statement is weighted with a shot of life, sweat and sex.
The feeling of wanting to get hammered, and there was always more going on psychologically, but that takes a back seat to getting ‘wet’ walking zig-zag and still
getting home”

And taking us home he does, in “dranking songs of the midwest” a most splendid, luminous and admirable recording, even the parts that hurt. Thank you Anthony.

New single & video ‘rusty cadillac’ came out January 17th 2020 on all platforms.

New album ‘dranking songs of the midwest’ is coming in April 2020.

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