Heart Anchors – Dune Tran (Independent Release)
Think of a movie. The beach at dawn, the film sped up, the sun thrown UP out of the darkness into the sky, the waves crashing senseless lonely.
Think of this movie. The 1st track of this tender collection is the soundtrack to that movie.
The movie slides into sepia crackle, and we see a young girl skip, dance kinda innocent, then falter walk backwards, the weight of the questions push at her, almost stop the shimmy, too much passion here though, the dance continue, the kites fly.
She can’t help herself she wants to always to hop, canter, swing herself around, then the Internal of the song takes her, things get slower, she allows herself to fall, hoping no, knowing, the music will catch her.
Time shifts, TimeChanges, this is sparkles, sparkling in the darkness illuminating lost lovers sitting quiet on cluttered couches, memories craving release.
Her songs are complicated things who wear a subtle orchestration, they are ballet dancers, half child half ghost.
Imagine another movie. A window, a fluttering curtain, the night sky, now here, now hidden.
She sings from another room, where moonlight shines through another window.
She invites you to dream.
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My Blacks Don’t Match – Darren Gaines and the Key Party (Independent Release)
Oh I adore this dirty Swing.
Gaines takes his ragged words and pokes them into the skin of proudly bruised songs, howling poetic, scaring the neighbors while seducing their daughters.
Track ‘She Says She Does’ is a poker game between Jim Carroll and Lou Reed, the shock sweetened by jiving horns and vocalist/violinist Sara Syms adding grace to the battle.
This is an alternate universe’s Blues Brothers, who kept their love of classical soul, but shared a beer or twenty with Joe Strummer and played messy and murky with Patti Smith.
While the swagger is infectious, this music has heart too, huge beating bleeding wanting pounding.
There is a true sense of urban epic in these songs that match a beautiful and honest story telling, images, harsh, vivid, intensely moving, completely unforgettable, spill out of the tunes and skitter restlessly around the listener’s soul.
Already, for me, an album of the year.
Find out for yourself
Hear Darren Gaines and the Key Party on this episode of the NBT Podcast
and Dune Tran on this weeks broadcast (either Thursday or Friday)