Category Archives: Pop Rock

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SBTS – Children by The Henry Millers

Children by New York duo The Henry Millers is the first single for their upcoming  album Posies. 

Bandleader and songwriter John MacCallum writes on IndieVerse, explaining the inspiration and history behind this song.

 

-Mark-

 

As I was getting ready to write this I found myself reading a few other of the musician written articles on IndieVerse. I came across one such article by Kaela Sinclair and I wanted to say first and foremost how struck I was by the essay in general, but more specifically how much I related to one point in particular that she made:

“The need to create permanent and complex art can be satiated with much more ease without the stresses of a budget and timeline.”

I have found that my own desire to make music stems from a need to solve or even simply cope with a problem. Even if it is a story told in the 3rd person, the music we make always has a piece of us inside of it. It has in a way always been a source of therapy and because of that I have always wanted to make music that I personally want to listen to; music that I will enjoy and more importantly music that will help me get through the day. I don’t know what I would do if the only way I could create recorded music was based around somebody else’s ‘budget and timeline.’

It’s unfathomable. Its… without fathom.

 

Our songs always begin with a home recording. “Children” actually began as a song called “Taxi Ride” and was one of the first songs I had recorded. I was going to school in Charleston, SC and at one point when I was back in New York, visiting home, I had an encounter with a seemingly wise old man who was driving me in his taxi. He enlightened me to the hardships of being the caretaker for a family and how difficult the task of raising children can be, especially in a big city. This rather innocuous interaction really stuck with me and eventually led me to write and record a song called Taxi Ride.

As we were finishing up Daisies and I was beginning to write and record songs that would eventually become Posies, I spent time listening to old demos to see if there could be anything to use for new music. The only song that moved me in any significant way was Taxi Ride. I felt a connection to the words and the music that was just as strong as when it had been originally recorded years earlier.

I proceeded to make a new demo at home using the techniques I have learned over the years and that in conjunction with working with Max Drummey and Dan Stringer as producers is what eventually created the version of “Children” you hear now.

-John MacCallum, The Henry Millers

 

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Don’t Want To Fall by The Narrative

“Don’t Want To Fall” is an honest, heartbreaking love song by The Narrative. Beautifully delivered by vocalist Suzie Zeldin, I believe it connects with everyone who has ever loved and lost before.

Accompanied by a simple piano melody, the lyrics of this song really comes across as being believable, unlike so many cliches that we hear nowadays.

Another notable feature of “Don’t Want To Fall” is the phrasing of the verses. Unhurried and without haste, even with a quickened tempo. Absolutely amazing.

-Mark

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Olga by Via Audio

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Olga is a sedate single by indie pop band Via Audio for their second full-length album Animalore.

I really love the harmonizing in this song between vocalists Jessica Martins (second from left) and Thomas Deis (second from right).

After much searching, I still could not find the lyrics to this song anywhere. So I decided to contact Via Audio directly.

Deis who is also songwriter and guitarist for the band was kind enough to provide both the lyrics and the inspiration.

This was part of his reply:

“Here are the lyrics for Olga, inspired by a girl named Olga who doesn’t like the sound of her own name.”

 

To my knowledge, these lyrics can’t be found anywhere else online. Except of course, on IndieVerse.

-Mark

 

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The Temper Trap

Since forming in 2005, Australian band The Temper Trap has moved from strength to strength after a series of successful albums and tours.

Their flagship single “Sweet Disposition” skyrocketed the band to mainstream success after appearing in the film (500) Days of Summer. Subsequently, the song has featured in numerous other films, trailers, commercials and television series.

With a clean, consistent public image - The Temper Trap is easy to love. Their distinct, recognizable style and a strong promotional arm has seen their music associated with many of today’s current trends and subcultures.

Among some of my favourite songs from The Temper Trap are:

  • Love Lost
  • Trembling Hands
  • Soldier On

Check out their official site here: http://thetempertrap.com/

-Mark

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When The Stars Go Blue by Ryan Adams

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Originally written and sang by Ryan Adams, “When The Stars Go Blue” is one of the most celebrity covered songs that I know of. Notable performers of this song include The Corrs featuring Bono, Tim McGraw and Blake Lewis.

However, out of all the versions I’ve heard so far, I still prefer the original. I feel that Adams captured the mood of this song just right. Simple and honest.

-Mark

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Flamingo (album) by Brandon Flowers

Following an announcement by The Killers that they would be taking a short break, frontman Brandon Flowers released his debut solo album entitled Flamingo.

 

Deviating from his typical alternative rock and post-punk styles as lead vocalist of The Killers,  Brandon demonstrates his versatility both as an artist and a musician through his new album.

The music video for his first single “Crossfire” featuring award winning actress Charlize Theron as his ninja killing girlfriend (I’m not even making this up) was truly amazing to watch.

-Mark

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Crystalised – The xx

One of the most relaxed and understated bands I have ever listened to in my lifetime, The xx has convinced me that true talent comes effortlessly. The fact that vocalist and bassist Oliver Sim (far left) looks almost identical to rap sensation Eminem doesn’t hurt their image either.

Check out their official site here: http://thexx.info/

-Mark-