Album Review

Album Review: Neptune by Tall Heights

I found out about Tall Heights around two months ago. Despite my super late discovery, this folk duo from Boston, USA, actually already started their music journey since 2009. But Neptune is their major label debut. Before that, Tim Harrington–singer & guitarist and Paul Wright–singer & cellist, had released EPs, which were Rafters (2011) and Holding On, Holding Out (2015); an album, called Man of Stone, and a collaboration work with Ryan Montbleau in All or Nothing / Fast Car.

It was River Wider that caught my attention. That slow down tempo bewitched me into digging more music from Tall Heights. I did not regret it for it escort me into this album. I remember that the first 3 songs are enough to convince me to buy their album, Neptune. And after fully listening to the whole album, I know I want to share their music to you guys too.

Neptune is the perfect company in your lazy weekend, your road trip time in this rainy season, your evening tea time, or your snuggling bliss moment. Its calming songs are easy listening and have this kind of magic that able to soothe your worry. The album, released last August, consists of 12 songs. The first song called Iron in the Fire is like a casual introduction of what you can expect from this album–the slow down tempo and vocal harmony. If you enjoy it, you’ll be likely fall into this album. To secure your attention, they put Spirit Cold, where percussion become one of the striking point along with the enchanting duet between the guitar and cello. Next, here come my favourite one, River Wider. This has been my swing dance soundtrack and I bet you can’t resists the cello temptation to dance too.

They don’t want you to stop dancing or reducing your excitement since the next song, No Man Alive and The Runaway are a building tempo song. While Infrared and Backwards and Forwards don’t really hooking my attention, their next song, Horse To Water bring my mind wandering around, thinking how does it feel to have a solo trip to Iceland. Yes, because that song since chill to my bone, I love how they deliver the emotion of this song, the cello ensure it. Two Blue Eyes has almost the same effect with Horse To Water, only it’s less gloomy. Unfortunately, the last three songs, Cross My MindGrowing, and Wayfarers aren’t my cup of tea. The totally slow down tempo fails to grip my attention and, quite often, making me skip them and jump into the first song again.

Here, take a listen to Tall Height’s new album, Neptune, and share with me what you think about them 🙂

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Throw Back Thursday

Wherever You Will Go by The Calling

Our last #ThrowbackThursday in 2016 goes to Wherever You Will Go by The Calling, an American alternative rock band. Taken from their debut album in 2001, Camino Palmero, this song immediately uplifting The Calling’s name. I consider this love song as a stuck-able song. The guitar melody, Alex Band’s soulful voice, simple yet sweet lyrics, all of them made this song so easy listening and enjoy by lot of people–female, male, old or young people. This is the kind of song that once you know, you’ll find it easy to sing it again even after 15 years later. 🙂

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Currently Listening To

m’lover by Kishi Bashi

I fall in love with this song since the intro. Hey ho, the melody of this song is so dynamic and uplifting mood.

Kishi Bashi is a stage name of Kaoru Ishibashi, an America musician. He is known as a singer, songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist–he plays violin, guitar, keyboards and also do the programming. This radiant song, m’lover, is taken from his latest studio album, Sonderlust, which out last September this year. Like I said before, this song grips my attention since the intro. I love how he reveals bite by bite the music composition–soon after the finger picking guitar or violin–here comes the mystery–intro, he greets you with a playful percussion and a building tempo, next thing you know he teasing you to dance along the chorus part. Man, this song pour lots of good vibe into its listener. It’s hard to keep feeling gloomy when you hear these enchanting tunes. Here, press the play button and let’s, even for a moment, feel happy with Kishi Bashi’s love song, m’lover.

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News

Kari Kimmel Is Back With Her New Project EP, Covers Vol.1

Well, I think I’m a little bit late to hear this news. But, just in case you didn’t hear yet about the news, you know what? One of my favorite singer/songwriter and also the queen of TV series and movies soundtrack, Kari Kimmel, is finally back! Since her last studio album Black which was released on 2015, Kari Kimmel is back with her new cover song project EP called Covers, Vol.1. This EP actually already released since December 12th 2016.

Covers, Vol. 1 include four classic cover song: Rocket Man (Sir Elton John), Against All Odds (Phil Collins), Eternal Flames (The Bangles) and Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash). Kari Kimmel re-make this song with new music arrangement and put the element of her music and vocal character in every songs and makes all songs more refreshing to hear. So, if you haven’t heard this EP yet, I think you have to press the play button below and let me know your thoughts about this EP. Thank you and enjoy the music. 🙂

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Playlist

Playlist: It’s Raining Outside

It’s raining outside and all you can do is just stay in your warm bedroom and wondering what will you do. Or even worst, the only thing you can do is just staring at the window in your office behind your desk. But, do not let your mind control your mood. Do not let the raindrops prevent you to do something you like or you have to do. So, here’s the playlist include seven songs which I hope can make you calm and build your mood through the rain season. Let music accompany your rainy day. I hope you like the playlist and enjoy the music folks.

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Playlist

Playlist: Dance Dance Dance

Some people feel the urge to dance when they hear dubstep musics. Some when they hear jazz musics, and there are some who simply will dance when they hear a building tempo song. I, my self, find that I’m in the last group. It is exciting to move from swinging mode into dance in trance. So, here, I picked some songs that makes me dance gracefully. Hope these songs has the same effect to you too 🙂

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Throw Back Thursday

Here Is Gone by The Goo Goo Dolls

It’s Throwback Thursday time! Okay, this time I will take you to around 15 years ago to the year of 2002. I’m really sure all of you still remember with this legendary band from New York, United States. One of their song, Iris, was a huge single after become a soundtrack of City of Angel, famous movie played by Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. Can you guess who is it? Yupp, that’s right! It’s The Goo Goo Dolls. This alternative pop-rock band lead by John Rzeznik get a huge success since their single Iris was released and get nomination in Grammy Awards 1998. Since then, The Goo Goo Dolls become one of the huge band in music industry.

For Throwback Thursday this week, I choose one of The Goo Goo Dolls song called Here Is Gone which is my favorite one. Here Is Gone taken from their seventh studio album called Gutterflower which released in 2002. So, if you a little bit forgot about this song, let me remind you. Just press the play button below and let see if you still remember the lyrics or not. And don’t forget to share your favorite 90’s and early 2000’s song by give your comment in our blog. Thank you and enjoy your music. 🙂

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