Feelings is the new solo project by ex-Philly Jays guitarist and singer Simon Berkfinger, and he has just released his first single ‘One In A Million‘.
Philadelphia Grand Jury were one of my favourite local acts ever and when they broke up at the end of last year I hit some dark places. Listening to Feelings is a double edged sword in many ways, its exciting but also opening up old wounds, I miss MC Bad Genius and his ‘Evil Eyes’!
Having said that, this first single is (as expected) a promising resurgence of the Philly Jays characteristic pop ingrained rock sound. ‘One In A Million’ has that raw bassline, the lowkey but effective drum patterns and that unique Berkfinger falsetto that can have even the hardest of macho men grooving. Perhaps more on the poppy side that the rock side, than I was expecting, but I will be excited to hear more from Feelings.
I will be especially keen to catch them at their shows next month, where Berkfinger will be joined on stage by Dan Sweat from Art Vs Science and Dappled Cities’ Dave Rennick. Tour Dates are below the track, along with a video that should answer any other Berkfinger related questions.
Wednesday 19 September – Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Thursday 20 September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday 21 September – GoodGod, Sydney
Saturday 22 September – The Workers Club, Melbourne
If you enjoyed ‘Run With The Wind‘, the first taste of Dappled Cities forthcoming album ‘Lake Air’, then you will really enjoy their other new tune ‘Born At The Right Time‘.
‘Born At The Right Time’ is bubbly indie pop that could cheer even the most miserable person up. It bounces along so politely, chopping and changing between falsettos, groups backing vocals and whatever you call Dave Rennicks normal voice. Instrumentally, there are catchy guitar hooks, pulsing drums and a solid baseline – all delivered in a precise but very polite manner. Charming indie pop at its best, ‘Born At The Right Time’ is another killer by Dappled Cities.
Judging by these first couple of releases,’Lake Air’ is shaping up to be a pretty awesome album from Dappled Cities. In a month we will know, its due out August 3!
Tales in Space are a brilliant & awesome pair of chaps from Sydney, Luke Bert & Pieman, who write, play & record their own tunes and, you know, occasionally in their spare time dress up as scientists and conduct experiments.
You may have heard of these guys as they released an EP in 2010 with a RAD little catchy song called ‘Work You Out’ that a fair bit of airplay. Then came ‘Ghost In The Room‘, other cool stuff like a cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep‘ for a Ministry of Sound comp, and loads funky remixes including Dappled Cities, John Steel Singers & Art Vs Science.
For their new track, ‘Starwars‘ seems like a somewhat inappropriate title, given all I could hear in the track was the hours and hours I spent as a kid playing Supermario on my block of a gameboy. It was not the laser and tie-fighter noises I was expecting, but I admit to enjoying the surprise, although perhaps lacking the oomph their previous releases. The track does comes with a pretty cool video though, where the pair become crazy mad scientists.
This new track does signal the boys are out of hibernation so hopefully we can expect some new stuff before 2012 is out.
If your having a causal workday with not much happening, why not brighten it up by spending 20 minutes listening to the new EP by Mosman Alder called ‘Burn Bright’.
The EP which features the popular single ‘Raisin Heart’ is a relaxing listen, which considering what a meticulously crafted piece of work it is is kind of ironic. The five track EP has a lot going on in it, but maintains this melancholy beat which is almost perfect to work to as it just keeps plodding along.
‘Raisin Heart’ has rightly been the most popular track off the EP, and in many ways sounds like The National collaborated with Dappled Cities. Both Matt Berninger (The National) and Mosman Alder’sValdis Valodze have these deep commanding baritone voices which dominate each song, whilst the keyboard work and hazy back up vocals just screams Dappled Cities. As a big fan of both The National and Dappled Cities, I love Mosman Alder. I particularly like the build up to the final chorus in ‘Raisin Heart’ and the backing harmonies, its a really cool song.
The other news is that Mosman Alder are touring to support their new EP, and will be playing three dates. Be sure to catch them live in what are sure to be very intimate performances.
After a three year wait, I was beginning to think Dappled Cities critically acclaimed 2009 album ‘Zounds’ was the band at their peak, but their cool new single ‘Run With The Wind’ may suggest otherwise.
It is a track dominated by the beautifully catchy vocal hook and appropriate question “Why so starry eyed?”. I love everything about it, the opening drums, Dave Rennick’s high pitched vocals, the soaring guitars and in particular the repetitive step-laddering keyboard melody. I love the way it comes together to create such a quirky and unique tune. Its sounds so different to much of the music that has been coming out of Australia and I love it. Did I mention I love it?
The only thing I don’t love about it (in fact I hate it) is the accompanying youtube clip, which was a bit random and nowhere to the standard of the song it was supporting. But apparently the boys are all fans of bikes. Whatever floats your boat I guess, at least the song is freaking awesome.
After hearing this song a couple of weeks back it has been playing continuously on my iTunes, iPod and car stereo. And when I’m away from technology its on permanent repeat in by brain, the soundtrack to my dreams, my background music when walking, and my entertainment when spaced out. The great thing is I don’t mind it clicking over again and again in my head, its a song that just hits the spot every time.
With their fourth studio album due out shortly, ‘Run With The Wind’ suggests that Dappled Cities may be about to blow us away with something special. Here to hoping!