Israeli artist GaBso has new music clip video for “Where I’ll Put My Shoes”

Vintage – it’s where the people go to be cool without trying to be cool. Regardless, it’s a dope look and feel if it’s executed properly. We have GaBso executing it without looking like he’s only about the vintage; it adds edge to the music. The feeling of nostalgia and the feeling of wholeheartedness was our first initial reaction when we caught a glimpse of the music clip video for “Where I’ll Put My Shoes”. We sat and really looked at why he went for the vintage feel when putting together this clip video. These are our thoughts.

“Where I’ll Put My Shoes” has a couple of lines that really go aligned with the feeling he’s trying to portray. “They don’t want to figure, they don’t want to find, the life beneath the life”. This is one we pulled from the lyrics to expand to what it means to us. When you look at old memories and think back to how you felt at the moment, you try to recapture the moment. The moment will be gone but the memory lives forever. The beauty of looking back is that we can always study and look beneath what we initially thought was there. The lyrics are telling you that you may not want to find what’s beneath because you’re closed off with just thinking of that moment. Dive beneath and see what deeper meaning you find. Follow along GaBso’s clip video for “Where I’ll Put My Shoes” and see where it takes you.

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Blakely is back in time for the holidays with “Holiday Vinyl”

There’s a start to the New Year, but let’s take some time reflecting on the past year and the holidays. The year has been excellent for We Sound Strange and Blakely that we find ourselves crossing paths in the New Year. As for the holidays, well, holidays have a mind of their own to scatter our brains. We want to start you off with a simple question.

What do the holidays mean to you? Well, for Blakely, it means being soaked in boozed, drowned in snow, and purring out her vocals for all those who want some holiday cheer. Blakeley’s “Holiday Vinyl” is the Christmas song that reminds everyone of a little place called home; the sweet silent night that turns your home into a Winter Wonderland. Now, of course we say this with a sense of vague interpretation because we each have our own Winter Wonderland that we like to dream about. For Blakely, it comes after downing a half cup of Jack Daniels and being able to sing her lungs out with the Christmas spirit. The song sparks a beautiful tension between the immaculate city adorned with ornaments, and a private loneliness that vacillates between love, neediness, and alcohol drenched desire. The song’s slow, languid guitar and Blakeley’s sonorous voice bring us the only authentic holiday song of 2017.

Just like the movie, “Bad Santa”, it showed us the other side of Christmas that ends up being just like everyone else’s Christmas, with a slight twist. Blakely allows us to enter in her very own Winter Wonderland to show the world that Christmas is not just a one-size-fits-all ordeal that everyone should follow. No; Christmas, just like any general quote or movie states, is within you. Surround yourself with your own Christmas cheer. Listen to Blakely’s “Holiday Vinyl” and dream your Winter Wonderland however way you want to.

After all this, what do you say to the New Year? No one has the correct answer, all they have is the day ahead and how they plan to seize it. Seize the day!

A true visionary: Elena Andujar releases “Flamenco In Time”

It’s difficult to say when you’ve found a true artist, a true visionary who speaks their mind through their work, their creativity, and their heart. Let the hearts unite in igniting the flames of “Flamenco In Time”. It’s truly something we haven’t heard before; unique in a way that sounds familiar yet new. Are you ready for the big reveal? We damn well know you’re ready, we just love asking rhetorical questions. Here is Elena Andujar allowing us to dive deep into the realms of her newest release, “Flamenco In Time”This disc introduces the young talent of percussionist, singer and song writer, Antonio Andujar, as a professional musician. This release also debuts MyMy Lady G, aka House vocalist, composer and poet, Mady “Pepper” Gomez, as Producer and Director. This can only allow us to the conclusion of true creativity; where mind meets reality and imagination at the same time. 

Flamenco is endangered music. This release brings flamenco elements into the world of dance music complete with jamming house-style club mixes. Two words colliding but for the greater good, to restore the elements of what makes both genres unique and different. To find a coherent space in time to recognize the potential of the fusion. Elena Andujar has always been an artist ahead of her time as she builds on her roots and continues to create, rap, and sing from her flamenco heart. By bringing flamenco framed music to today’s people, she keeps traditional flamenco alive as well. Help keep this new genre mix alive by playing it and sharing it with anyone who would appreciate such time and devotion to creating a sound that’s soothing and blissful. 

Enjoy the cold nights with “Morning Light” by A Choir Of Ghosts

It’s getting colder and the nights are getting darker, what is there to do but listen to some good old fashioned folk music to get through the day. We’ll have to see what we have in store for you. I got something for your folky days:The Sweden-based indie-folk duo A Choir Of Ghosts released their new single ‘Morning Light’ on December 1st and it’s truly a track that makes you feel like you’re in an old folk tale. After the overwhelming success of their first single ‘Ester’ in 2016 – a few weeks after they just founded the band – they went touring across all over Europe and are now also about to play in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and UK this Fall and Winter. Their tunes remind of a native surrounding with woods & oceans – and in the center of that scenario, it is A Choir Of Ghosts, a band that sounds like an indie-folk symbiosis between The Head And The Heart, Bear’s Den and Local Natives. Try this out for yourself and tell us your folky adventure.

Remember The Crowleys as they bring you “Midnight Blue”

 

The Crowleys just released our new single/video “Midnight Blue”. Remember Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s first song of their sounds track, Mr. Blue Sky? We have this tucked behind upbeat surf guitar and robotic vocal tones that remind us so much of it. “Midnight Blue” is about where your mind takes you on a sleepless night. We’ve all experienced our imagination take wondrous turns to different realities and different dimensions of our own creation. The limitless power of imagination is what enabled us as humans to advance and advance so quickly. The carefree yet melancholic tone of the song guides an antique robot through a day at the beach where his imagination and reality clash. We all suffer, nay, we all experience sleepless nights with thoughts we don’t understand, taking us to places we’ve never even heard of. It exemplifies the loneliness and anxiety hidden behind a happy facade, which is what inspired the track in the first place. We absolutely love songs that take us to far and out-of-this-world places that let’s our imagination to the walking. Let inspiration take you on a wild adventure and follow your own robotic undertones. Be sure to check out “Midnight Blue” by The Crowleys.

Adrian Underhill preps us for the Winter “Weather”

 

Be prepared because it’s sweater weather, and more importantly, it’s cuffing season. This is where Adrian Underhill comes in with his new single, “Weather”, specifically for times like these. I knew I wanted it to be a very simple concept and I think there’s something intrinsically meaningful about seeing a songwriter sing their own song. I sat with a keyboard and one drum machine and tried not to play too much with production ideas at first. The tunes have a classic ‘70s songwriter vibe, even though we ultimately wanted to push the production into a more modern realm. This simple, direct way of songwriting is me at my best. As a person with a lot of privilege I felt like these songs had to count – they had to really mean something to me.

On ‘Weather’, I love how the production came out. Adam (Bainbridge) took my original demo and just kinda warped it and morphed it, almost like a remix, adding new drums and changing the keyboard sounds I had played. Then we added the live piano and synth bass from Brandon Coleman (Kamasi Washington) and Keith Eaddy (DāM-FunK). In the end it’s quite playful and strange – it’s a great combination of sound”. This is all straight from the horse’s mouth and we decided to go in this direction so that you can get a true artist’s perspective and feel when creating a song, especially a song that is heavily reliant upon songwriting. What better way to get into a song then getting into the mind of the songwriter of it and work through your own interpretation as you listen to his. Not only do you get an in-depth look at the production, but you also get an in-depth feel of the emotions behind it. Listen to “Weather” by Adrian Underhill and tell us how you feel after.

“Remember Now” by Goodnight, Sunrise shows us how to rise above

Goodnight, Sunrise releases a track that speaks of the past, present, and future of their band and music in one track. One track that explains it all. There will be no walls, no secrets, no covers when it comes to this band and they want it that way. Remember Now is a hopeful song that came out of a time of despair – David (guitar/vocals) and Vanessa (keytar/vocals) started the band 6 years ago as best friends, found Paul (drums) shortly after, started dating 4 years ago, and broke up this summer. The song is about remembering that beneath the hurt, sadness, and pain that can overcome friendships and relationships, there’s always love at the core and if you’re careful and committed, it’s possible to preserve that love even if it’s in a different form.Goodnight, Sunrise lets the lightning strike to remind us that we shouldn’t forget the important things in life, a good memory goes a long way to make things work. Director Ryan Brough captured that spirit in the accompanying video which premiered Monday on Indie88 – it’s basically a dream scrapbook from this past summer and the wonderful roller coaster that is our band family. Remember the important things in life because if it truly is important to you, you’ll never forget. In another way, use the memory to prove to yourself and others that you can do anything you set you rmind to, even though people try to put you down. Sonically, Remember Now is a major turning point in the evolution of our sound, thanks largely to the production and mixing talents of Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, The Flatliners). Derek really nailed the heartbeat of our band and for the first time made our recording feel as explosive and dynamic as our live show is.

Story behind release of “Anxiety” by 1971

We get tons of submissions in our emails to listen and feature music on our site and social media, but there hasn’t been one request that actually brought us to tears. When reading this email from 1971 Canada and their story regarding their track, “Anxiety”, we couldn’t control our emotions and we felt a heavy heart for them. This feature is truly special and we are honored to be chosen to feature their new exclusive track and we dedicate this feature to 1971 Canada and anyone who is close to them. We decided to end our portion of this feature here and instead post thier own words from the email because it touched our hearts and we want it to touch yours as well.

In February 2017 our bassist, founding member, and friend Cameron Glen Cranston suddenly passed away in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. He was 25 years old.We as a band decided to not continue without our brother. Now we’re releasing our last existing recordings with Cameron; two demos we recorded for a grant we received and one of his songs. The first track “Anxiety (In the Depths of Northwestern Ontario)” was written for Cam in 2016 during a really difficult period while Cam was still around. We’re glad we have “his” song, even though it’s hard to listen to sometimes.We’ll be releasing this song as well as two others on cassette and 7” vinyl via Art of the Uncarved Block this December 1st. The EP is called No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. We really hope this release properly puts this band to rest and we hope it touches some people who might have experienced something similar to what we went through. Cameron was a great musician and an inspiration to a lot of people he knew. He deserves to be heard and remembered.

Enjoy “Anxiety” by 1971 Canada.

Lavender Child gives us a sneak peak to her December 1st EP release of Reflections with “Happy Illusions”

 

Toronto artist Lavender Child writes dreamy / ethereal alt-pop that can dictate the type of mood you can be in for the next several hours. We’re glad her music is the type to make you think, truly though-provoking. Her debut music video / single “Happy Illusions” exclusively premiered with The Revue November 9th and we’re excited to be able to feature here at We Sound Strange. Where else would such a eye-catching artist be that with the strange who can appreciate. Soon, all will be able to revel in her presence but until then, we have the privilege of welcoming her new single that is set to release December 1st.  Lavender Child is passionate about the environment, community, and self exploration and her upcoming EP Reflections is a humble manifestation of these thoughts… “Our experience is the only truth that we know, here are some of mine”. We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving being thankful to all of those you love and care about. We Sound Strange is thankful for all of those who’ve stuck by our side and embraced the strange in them. Strange is our normal and that’s how we like. Enjoy this new track by Lavender Child, “Happy Illusions”.

Let’s follow Makk into the “Jungle”

Think back to 1987, when Guns N’ Roses first told the world how crazy the streets of LA can, basically telling us, Welcome to the jungle. Now, we Makk telling us to go on a hunt for her in the jungle, that it takes more than just a little effort to get her attention, let alone, affection. “Jungle” symbolizes more about her and what we’re willing to go through for her. Are we willing to fight off all the dangers of the deep jungle to get to a prize, which in turn, a prize like the love of Makk seems to be well-worth the risk. How would we know, right? Well, we dove deep into the production of the track to truly analyze and hypothesize what it is about Makk and the jungle journey we’d embark on.
We’re enchanted by Makk; we find her style of music irresistible that we would definitely dive in head first to the jungle to rescue her. Let’s start with the vocals: it’s intoxicating. Her voice has now become an addiciton that we need constant doses of. The delicate and velvety sound can brainwash and influence any mortal being to be under her spell. The effective use of the 808 drums further hightens the mollifying perception of sensuality. We’re caught between a spell and a trance but we don’t want to break either because we’re afraid of making it real and no longer having this novelty feeling. Let Makk put you under her spell with “Jungle”.

Catch the new wave of EDM with Bulow’s “This Is Not A Love Song”

Bulow goes against the stereotypical holiday love with her new track, “This Is Not A Love Song”. Finally, somone who doesn’t exaggerate all the lovey dovey hoopla that everyone seems to be getting now. What better way to tell somone who’s falling for you than by telling them the truth. They want you so bad and they want to be together so bad but you can’t fake feelings, no matter how badly you would want it as well. The heart wants what it wants and it’s best not to fake a feeling that just isn’t there. In the long run, it’s best for both you. By telling the truth from the get-go instead having it linger makes more sense to get the feelings hurt now, and not hurt much worse much later. It’s a conversation that needs to be had as soon as possible. Bulow tells it like it is and play no games.
 Enough of our rambling, we got a bit ahead of ourselves. Bulow gives us a track that we instantly loved. Lyric aside since we got into already how incredibly accurate it is, the production of the track works perfectly with the vibe she wanted to portray. We’re enamored by the cohesion of sounds to blend a mix that meshes with the synth waves, the vocal effects, the standard rhythm, and the eclectic 80’s keyboard as fillers. The melody brought by the high-pitched bass line makes it flow well with the chorus that reiterates that it’s not a love song but don’t take it so harsh. Our advice is to always tell people the truth and we hope that Bulow encourages you muster up some courage and tell people how you really feel and forget the game that everyone seems to be playing nowadays. Listen to “This Is Not A Love Song” to get that last bit of courage.

MOSTART is set to drop Off The Richter during his album release party Sunday at Lubitsch in West Hollywood

The name: MostArt. The name has come up before here with We Sound Strange. We were first introduced to the name from a personal friend who kept raving about a new artist with off-the-wall skill, MostArt. Of course we were intrigued. Not only is this coming from a personal friend we trust, but the hype he’s building is pretty astronomical. The first track we listened and eventually featured here was “Love Me Not” from his album, No Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record. Blown away. MostArt reached out to us as he wanted We Sound Strange to exclusively release his new album, Off The Richter”. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see him perform live at the Lubitsch and let the world finally hear “Off The Richter” and vibe out to the technical skill, the musical variety, and the on-stage prowess of MostArt in the comfort of his own home, music.

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