EPISODE 047 went up on Mixcloud a week ago today (and it's also now available on iTunes) and today I continue my 'few tracks at a time' ramblings about the remaining songs that I've yet to ramble about. Since Christmas is just around the corner, and since catching an early ass bus to catch an early ass flight to Denmark is even sooner around the corner, I'll be breaking from the usual '3 at a time' format in order to wrap EPISODE 47 up in time. So here's FOUR gems for you to give a little ear time this morning / afternoon / evening…
Nadia Reid first landed on my radar when my friend Hollie (aka Tiny Ruins) posted about her on Facebook. Because Hollie has a great ear for lovely music, I made sure to make note. I then forgot about that note as scrolled further on my timeline, probably falling down a rabbit hole of an outrageous comments section on a controversial topic (given the timing, probably one of the many recent 'cops out of control' stories… or it's possible it had to do with the new Star Wars movie). Luckily, Nadia's album came back on my radar through my Bandcamp feed, after my friend Lieven (aka A Singer Of Songs), who is also friends with Hollie, purchased it. This time I jumped straight over and pressed play before anything shiny could capture my attention. You should go do the same. It's distracting out there and you don't want to miss out on this one.
When I was putting together EPISODE 47, I got to a point where I almost had the mixtape finalized, but there was a transition that just didn't quite feel right. I needed some nice atmospheric music to put in between the two. Queue the part of my brain that remembers things: “Old Amica put out a lovely little album this year that is entirely made up of nice atmospheric music. Why don't you put one of those songs in between the two?”.
If you've spent any time on HI54LOFI over the past year or so, then you've probably already heard me suggesting you pop Princess Reason in your ears more than a few times. Well, here I am, doing that again. In regards to the latest episode, this song ended up on it as “something cold inside is warming” seems like a nice Christmas time metaphor. And seeing as how I was putting together an Xmas-ish mix tape without going full Xmas, songs with alternate Christmas meaning was exactly the kind of thing I was after.
Back on American Thanksgiving (most of you probably just think of it as 'Thanksgiving', but I'm Canadian and we have ours a month earlier, hence the geographical distinction), the man behind old favourites Clem Snide, and the man with probably the best name in Indie music, put out a little collection of tunes for 'whatever price you fancy'. Given its date of release and the fact that the songs were for and / or inspired by his fans… the EP title of 'The Giving And Taking Of Thanks' is extra fitting, and the tunes within are extra nice.
Well, that's it for today. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back tomorrow to talk about the 5 songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about. Yeah? Yeah.