Sharon Van Etten – Life Of His Own

Sharon Van Etten

Her name is Sharon Van Etten, an American singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. Sharon started her music career on 2009 when she released her first album Because I Was In Love, singles like For You and Much More Than That played around the world after Pitchfork giving her a rating of 7.7. Her debut album also received very warm welcome and positive reviews from many music critics. People love her voice, while her songwriting skills are blowing everyone’s mind. Her music considered as an echoes of folk tradition with powerful vocal harmonies.

After some tours and promotions, she return to studio and recorded new materials, as a result she provide the music enthusiast with her second album titled Epic on 2010. Even though the whole album received some negative reviews here and there, the sophomore’s hit single Love More has been covered in concert by high profile artists such as Bon Iver and The National.

Last month, on February 7th, Sharon released her third album called Tramp. The album produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, her another Brooklyn musician friend. Sharon also featuring some Brooklyn-based musician like Bryce Dessner (The National), Francis Condon (Beirut), and another talented female singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak duo. Have no chance to listen to the whole album yet, but I saw this single back and forth on my SoundCloud feed.

The single title is Life Of His Own. This song is an expression of a desire for relationship, where both parties maintain their own individual lives, friends, and passions, while still in love for each other. This is an accoustic version of the track and can be found at the B-Side of her recent single from Tramp album, Leonard. You might find Sharon’s voice is going deeper on this one, sung with slow guitar excerpt along with smooth violin sound in the background. You can listen to the track on the SoundCloud player below. Enjoy!

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Hip Hatchet – Sing Me A Reprise

Back to 2010, many music blogs told us about someone who sing and write songs like Leonard Cohen. They are talking about Philippe Bronchtein, the man known as Hip Hatchet. His debut album Men Who Share My Name gain many good reviews back in 2010, its pure folk that hit music critics on their first thought. While the deepness of Hatchet’s lyrics simply told us about life and all its hardship. Moreover, Bronchtein playing folk on its basic shape, a simple accoustic guitar and a depth of his vocal.

Sing Me a Reprise is part of his upcoming album, Joy and Better Days. Sing Me a Reprise reperesent Bronchtein typical on lyrical writing, a powerful line with a deep senses. The track also well played, slow playing music so we can go deep into every single word on it. I bet the whole album will sound like this one, which definitely will be a good thing.

So, this is a proof that my previous thought was wrong. There are so many talented male musician floating these days, I just didn’t browse much. I recommend Hip Hatchet for your March playlist, and looking forward to his upcoming release that will come to us in a couple of months. Meanwhile, have a listen to this precious matter. Enjoy!

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Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Untuk orang seperti saya, penggemar solois dengan permainan gitar yang ajaib beserta lirik-lirik cerdasnya, menemukan rilisan baru dari Kurt Vile adalah sebuah kegembiraan yang luar biasa sehingga menimbulkan semacam antusiasme seperti memberikan nilai penuh untuk rilisan berjudul Smoke Ring For My Halo ini. Dengan tanpa mengecilkan charm yang dibuat Childish Prodigy, album Kurt sebelumnya, saya dengan sangat percaya diri menyebut album ini jauh lebih baik.

Mendengarkan musisi asal Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, ini seperti menikmati masakan rumah. Hand crafted songs yang dibuat berdasarkan selera tertentu, seolah-olah dibuat begitu saja padahal sudah melalui proses yang begitu lama dan berulang-ulang sehingga alih-alih bosan semakin hari malah semakin kita menikmatinya. Coba dengarkan track On Tour sebagai awalan, juga Peeping Tomboy yang lebih riang. Liriknya sederhana namun tidak murahan, pun begitu dengan lick-lick gitarnya. Di dua lagu ini, kentara betul aroma Bob Dylan dan Lou Reed. Dari dua track tadi, barulah coba dengar Jesus Fever, Society Is My Friend dan In My Time yang lebih harmonis, barulah sekarang kita tahu kenapa Kurt disamakan dengan Bruce Springsteen. Ingin sesuatu yang sedikit gelap? Coba dengar Ghost Town. Juga jangan lupa track-track bluesy seperti Puppet To The Man dan Runner Ups, atau kamu akan melewatkan bagian terbaik dari Kurt.

Menyamakan Kurt dengan Dylan, Reed dan Springsteen bukanlah sesuatu yang berlebihan, dengan kualitas penulisan lagu yang semakin hari semakin bagus serta keberanian untuk memasukan instrumen-instrumen kekinian kedalam album terbarunya ini malah membuat saya yakin Kurt akan dapat menyamai ketiga musisi tersebut. Transformasi dari seorang musisi kamar dengan musik pop-psikadelik menuju seorang solois folk-blues, ditambah sekarang Smoke Ring For My Halo, adalah bukti bahwa Kurt bukanlah musisi sekali lewat dan Matador beruntung mendapatkan tandatangannya. Sangat disarankan, tapi tidak untuk semua orang, salah satu album terbaik yang rilis di 2011.

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Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo Album Cover