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music: Great Lake Swimmers September 23, 2008

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The great thing about last.fm is that it lets the musically challenged find great bands. This is how I came across the Great Lake Swimmers, who are easily one of my favourite bands at the moment. Better yet, they’re Canadian which means I get to support my native music industry.

If one were to define their sound, the closest classification would probably be ‘folk indie’ although last.fm has them listed as ‘indie rock’. What I love about the band is their ability to invoke strong imagery with their lyrics. Hailing from Toronto, there’s also something very local and personal about the lyrical choices; for example, the chorus of the song ‘I Will Never See The Sun’ repeats the names of Toronto subway stations (“Spadina, St George, Bay and Yonge”). Incidentally, the title of this blog comes from one of the songs off their first album.

Having been an opening band for Feist, I certainly hope this band will gain popularity and go on to produce a lot more music. Their next album is tentatively scheduled for an early 2009 release. There isn’t one album I’d specifically recommend as each has songs I love. If you’re looking for a melodious, mellow band you should certainly gives these guys a try.

Related Links
-> Watch ‘Your Rocky Spine’ video @ dailymotion
-> Official Site
-> last.fm artist information page

music: Son Dam Bi September 3, 2008

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When I began to explore K-pop this summer, one of the first artists I encountered was Son Dam Bi. She’s the up and coming artist in South Korea, famous for the dancing skills she honed while training in America. In the past year, Son Dam Bi has released one single and one mini-album, both with strong track sets. While the song ‘Bad Boy’ is catchy, I find ‘Cry Eye’ to be the stronger compilation; neither are bad listens though. I’m less sure about her newer ballad releases, but hopefully she can live up to such a strong debut. If you like RnB inspired pop music, or are just new to the Korean music scene, I recommend listening to Son Dam Bi. I found her music to be a good gateway into the Kpop genre, as it’s not a huge jump from the style of Jpop singers like Namie Amuro.

Related Links:
-> watch Bad Boy PV at dailymotion
-> last.fm artist information page

music: melody. August 27, 2008

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I wanted to throw up a kpop review, but I began listening to ‘Lei Aloha’ and had to do melody. instead. I’m not sure how popular she is, I’ve actually heard very little about her. From what I can gather, ‘Lei Aloha’ (her latest album) wasn’t a big hit compared to ‘Ready To Go!’. They’re different albums though. ‘Ready To Go!’ has some great upbeat tracks, where ‘Lei Aloha’ is calming and gorgeous if you’re in the right mood. It’s highlight track, for me, is the short track ‘Peace Song’.

One of melody.’s strengths for overseas fans is her English. Born and raised in Hawaii, her English tracks stand strong on their own. I’d recommend checking out some of her singles, where English versions of Japanese tracks are often included.

Personally, I find melody.’s music to be fulfilling pop music. It’s often upbeat and happy, but it’s not done in an obnoxious or cheesy manner. Some people might disagree, but she’s quickly become one of my most listened to artists.

Related Links:
-> watch ‘Realize’ PV @ dailymotion
-> last.fm artist information page