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Daylight AgainDaylight Again is the seventh album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their fourth studio album comprising original material. Originally released on June 21, 1982, the album peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the final time the band has made the top ten to date. Three singles were released from Daylight Again, all making the Billboard Hot 100: Wasted on the Way peaked at #9, Southern Cross at #18, and Too Much Love to Hide at #69. It was certified platinum by the RIAA with sales of 1,850,000.1. Turn Your Back On Love
2. Wasted On The Way
3. Southern Cross
4. Into The Darkness
6. Since I Met You
7. Too Much Love To Hide
8. Song For Susan
9. You Are Alive
10. Might As Well Have A Good Time
11. Daylight Again/Find The Cost Of Freedom$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DaylightDaylight is the debut album from American rock band, Needtobreathe. It was originally released in 2006 on Atlantic Records, and is now available on vinyl for the first time.
Led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Needtobreathe has already earned a fervent following. With its expressive sound and confident worldview, Daylight marks the coming of Needtobreathe as a genuinely moving, often inspiring new band.1. Don't Wait For Daylight
3. Shine On
4. Don't Leave Just Yet
6. You Are Here
7. Knew It All
8. More Than
9. Over Now
11. I Won't Look Back$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
JarDaylight spent the past few years honing their grunge buzzing, and desperate sad sound across four EP's, showcasing and perfecting a talent for writing both jarringly heavy and delicately emotional songs. With high-anticipation, the Pennsylvania four-piece deliver JAR, their debut full-length. Engineer & producer Will Yip's massive production knocks you on your ass from the very first drum hit and snarling guitar riff. The stadium-sound drums, plus pulsing bass and walls of buzzsaw guitars are all mixed with the size and clarity of major label grunge breakthrough records like Nirvana's Nevermind and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. Daylight have delivered a towering rock record and an early contender for album of the year.
After a string of EPs throughout the past six years, Daylight's debut LP makes good on all the hype that's surrounded the band of late, with 12 tracks produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Man Overboard) that push the recording's boundaries past any sense of genre one might apply. In terms of aesthetic (rather than specific tone), it reminds of the grungy, '90s-inspired post-hardcore of Pennsylvania brethren Title Fight's 2012 stunner Floral Green, or Colourmeinkindness by labelmates Basement; similar to those albums, Jar fuses a wide range of influences from Nirvana and Foo Fighters to Cave In and Seaweed into a seamless, spatial organic mush, for a thrillingly unpredictable and compelling listen.4/5 - Altpress.com1. Sponge
2. Life In A Jar
3. Outside of Me
6. Last October
7. Youngest Daughter
9. No One's Deserving
10. Hole In The Ground
11. In On It
12. Around the Railing$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Frail BecomingTransparent Blue Colored Vinyl
Available on vinyl for the first time ever! A Frail Becoming is the title of the fourth full-length album by Daylight Dies. It was originally released by Candlelight Records on October 9, 2012.1. A Life Less Lived
2. Dead Air
3. A Dream Resigned
4. All We Had
5. Solitary Refinement
6. Strive To See
7. Lies That Bind
8. Dismantling Devotion$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LP Sealed Buy Now
Living DaylightMichael Rault is a Toronto based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R'n'B, and acid psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the Beatles and the wiggy New Orleans textures of Dr. John in equal measure.As a recent transplant from his native Edmonton, the album is a melodically adventurous take on a classic theme - leaving home to make your way in the big city. Produced and recorded in collaboration with Renny Wilson (Mint Records), Living Daylight is a dynamic fusion of the past and future. An inclination for early Rock N' Roll is perverted by a heady production sensibility akin to the warped contemporary psych of Tame Impala. As a document of oddball DIY songwriting Living Daylight fits nicely in the lineage of records created by Ex-Edmontonian contemporaries like Mac Demarco or Sean Nicholas Savage. There must be something in the water .1. All Alone (On My Own)
2. Too Bad So Sad
3. Real Love (Yeah)
4. Hiding From A Heartbreak
5. I Wanna Love You
6. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
8. Lovers Lie
9. Lost Something
10. Too All My Friends$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Secondhand Daylight is the second studio album by English post-Punk band Magazine, released in 1979. One single, Rhythm of Cruelty, was released from the album.
The new Magazine lineup was stable until mid-1980 and consisted of Howard Devoto (vocals), John McGeoch (guitar and saxophone), Barry Adamson (bass), Dave Formula (keyboards) and newly recruited drummer John Doyle. The first release with Doyle had been the Give Me Everything single from November 1978.
The album was produced and engineered by Colin Thurston. The album was Thurston's first production job; significantly, he had worked as an engineer for David Bowie's Heroes and Iggy Pop's The Idiot and would later produce The Party's Over by Talk Talk.1. Feed The Enemy
2. Rhythm Of Cruelty
3. Cut-out Shapes
4. Talk To The Body
5. I Wanted Your Heart
6. The Thin Air
7. Back To Nature
8. Believe That I Understand
9. Permafrost$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Driving Towards The DaylightImport
On May 21, 2012, internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa will release a brand new solo album 'Driving Towards The Daylight' on Provogue Records. 'Driving Towards The Daylight' was produced by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin). This is their seventh collaboration in six years and Joe's 13th album.
Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, 'Driving Towards The Daylight' is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa's signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honouring the traditions of the original blues musicians.
"We've taken some really traditional old blues songs - the Howlin' Wolf song 'Who's Been Talkin' and the Robert Johnson song 'Stones In My Passway,' and we've tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context," said Shirley. "It's a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It's vibrant and it's gutsy and it's really, really rugged."
The album features five Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener 'Dislocated Boy', the road warrior title track (and first single) 'Driving Towards The Daylight', 'I Got All You Need', 'Heavenly Soul' and 'Somewhere Trouble Don't Go'. Other tracks include Bonamassa's versions of Tom Waits' 'New Coat Of Paint', Bill Withers' 'Lonely Town Lonely Street', and 'A Place In My Heart' by Bernie Marsden. On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit 'Too Much Ain't Enough Love'.
To challenge Joe and move him out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was gathered including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford (guitar), Blondie Chaplin (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad's son Harrison Whitford (guitar).
Brad Whitford, speaking from the studio in Vegas, said, "This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early '60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we'll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway."
Bonamassa's last studio album 'Dust Bowl 'released in March 2011 charted at no.12 in the UK1. Dislocated Boy
2. Stones In My Passway
3. Driving Towards The Daylight
4. Who's Been Talking
5. I Got All You Need
6. A Place In My Heart
7. Lonely Town Lonely Street
8. Heavenly Soul
9. New Coat Of Paint
10. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
11. Too Much Ain't Enough Love (w/ Jimmy Barnes)$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Driving Towards The Daylight (Awaiting Repress)Recorded at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and The Cave in Malibu, CA, Driving Towards The Daylight is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa s signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians. To challenge Joe and move him out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was gathered including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford (guitar), Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad s son Harrison Whitford (guitar).
The album features five Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener Dislocated Boy, the road warrior title track (and first single) Driving Towards The Daylight, I Got All You Need, Heavenly Soul, and Somewhere Trouble Don t Go. Other tracks include Bonamassa's versions of Tom Waits New Coat Of Paint, Lonely Town Lonely Street, by Bill Withers (Lean On Me, Ain't No Sunshine) and A Place In My Heart by Bernie Marsden of White Snake (Here I Go Again). On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit Too Much Ain't Enough Love.1. Dislocated Boy
2. Stones in My Passway
3. Driving Towards the Daylight
4. Who S Been Talking
5. I Got All You Need
6. A Place in My Heart
7. Lonely Town Lonely Street
8. Heavenly Soul
9. New Coat of Paint
10. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
11. Too Much Ain't Enough Love$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Dismantling Devotion (Awaiting Repress)
Transparent Red Colored Vinyl
Available on vinyl for the first time ever! Dismantling Devotion is the second full-length album by Daylight Dies originally released by Candlelight Records in 2006.LP 1
2. The Pale Approach
4. Hold On To Nothing
5. Water's Edge
1. Dreaming Of Breathing
2. A Final Vestige
4. An Heir To Emptiness$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LP Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Lost To The Living
Available on vinyl for the first time ever! Lost to the Living is the title of the third full-length album by Daylight Dies and was originally released by Candlelight Records in 2008.1. Cathedral
2. A Portrait In White
3. A Subtle Violence
4. And A Slow Surrender
6. At A Loss
7. Woke Up Lost
8. Last Alone
9. The Morning Light$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LP Sealed Buy Now
Hello MemoryBrooklyn remix collective turned dance pop luminaries Little Daylight ascended through the Hype Machine fame with remixes of songs by Passion Pit,
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Neighbourhood and more before releasing their own pulsating debut single 'Overdose'. The release of a
well received debut EP Tunnel Vision, helped garner the trio multiple national tours with Bastille, The Neighbourhood, Charli XCX and more. Little
Daylight's forthcoming debut album HELLO MEMORY comes on the heels of multiple video premieres, track premieres, radio play, and
touring.1. My Life
3. Siren Call
4. Love Stories
5. Mona Lisa
6. Be Long
7. Nothing To Lose
8. No One Else But You
10. Never Go Back$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Free's eponymous second album, recorded and released in 1969, features a 9-song set written almost entirely by the burgeoning songwriting team of Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser. Produced by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, the album generated the singles Broad Daylight and I'll Be Creeping, the latter of which would be covered by Three Dog Night.1. Ill Be Creepin
2. Songs Of Yesterday
3. Lying In The Sunshine
4. Trouble On Double Time
5. Mouthful Of Grass
7. Free Me
8. Broad Daylight
9. Mourning Sad Morning$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shakin' All Over!Though they found worldwide fame in 1969, Winnipeg's Guess Who had been scoring scads of hard-rockin' hits in Canada for years, beginning with 1965's ferocious rendition of Shakin' All Over. Now, spurred by the recent unearthing of a bevy of vintage master tapes -and with the help of Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman-we've gathered 24 of The Guess Who's hardest-hitting, most awesome recordings from '63-'67. With many tracks in true stereo and a handful of cuts that haven't seen daylight for more than 30 years, Shakin' All Over! is the ultimate distillation of the seismic sound of the early Guess Who, and is available on CD and as a double 180 gram vinyl gatefold LP!1. Shakin' All Over
2. Tuff E Nuff
3. I'd Rather Be Alone
4. All Right
5. Baby Feelin'
6. You Know He Did
7. Believe Me
8. Clock On The Wall
9. It's My Pride
10. If You Don't Want Me
11. Baby's Birthday
12. Made In England
13. Seven Long Years
14. Gonna Search*
15. Stop Teasing Me*
16. Hey Ho (What You Do To Me)*
17. One Day*
18. I Should Have Realized*
19. Use Your Imagination*
20. Don't Act So Bad*
22. Just A Matter Of Time*
23. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
24. Goodnight Goodnight*
*stereo$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Without apology, Holly Cole is a self-declared night owl, perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn, a dear friend of the wee small hours. It's a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album - Night. As usual when it comes to the iconic Canadian songstress, it's an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its magic powers, a celebration of the hours where daylight's chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.1. You Only Live Twice
2. Walk Away
3. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
4. You've Got A Secret
5. Viva Las Vegas
6. I Only Have Eyes For You
7. I Thought Of You Again
8. Love Lies
9. Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
10. If You Go Away
11. If You Could Read My Mind$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VenturaIn 2010, Antoine Hilaire and Florent Lyonnet released the first Jamaica album. Produced by Peter Franco, an American engineer known for his work with Daft Punk and Xavier de Rosnay, one half of Justice, 'No Problem' is boosted by a terrific single: 'I Think I Like U 2. Jamaica is taking off. Followed an almost two year tour, more than 150 shows around the world, and success from Paris to Tokyo.
Jamaica felt ambitious when it was time to start working on their second album, without any weight or pressure : "On the contrary! We felt extremely light. We only realised that in a way we had to write our second first album."
They started writing 'Ventura' in Paris, knowing they would start recording in Los Angeles, fed by both fantasies of American culture, gathered from records or movies, and the reality they discovered while touring several months in the U.S. "We often played in the U.S. during our first tour, and America as we know it now is not only spectacular and Hollywood-centered. It's also filled with clubs and cranked up amps."
When they tell about the month they spent with Peter Franco in a rented house in Los Angeles to give life to their new songs, Antoine and Florent mention a discovery in a literal sense: "We thought about for a while naming this album 'Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria', like Christopher Columbus's ships." In the end, they named it 'Ventura'. For the musicians, the name reminds of its literal translation of "luck" and "fate", but also of the 72 Pontiac and of course, of Ventura Boulevard, one of the biggest roads in the San Fernando valley. It's also on Ventura Boulevard that Peter Franco set a house into a studio, where Jamaica locked itself for a month, surrounded by instruments borrowed from local musician friends, sometimes recording vocal takes while friends would walk across the living room to get fresh beverages from the fridge, heading to the pool.
The duo is greeted with prestigious guests. One day, Tunde Adebimpe, TV On The Radio singer, sings soulful and worried vocals on 'Golden Times', another day, Chris Caswell, longtime collaborator of Paul Williams's gives them a hand with a few keyboard arrangements. Their friend DVNO writes and sings the song 'Goodbye Friday' with them in a few simple and entertaining work sessions.
Jamaica comes back to Paris, where Antoine and Florent take back the numerous tracks recorded in the U.S., helped by their producer friend Samy Osta and his 2001 studio. They listen, select, arrange the many layers of music Peter Franco led them to gather, under the influence of his recent work on Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'.
Jamaica then settles in the Paris studio Tranquille Le Chat, where the owner Laurent d'HerbÉcourt just finished the recording of Phoenix's 'Bankrupt!'. Antoine and Florent find the perfect place to finish their record: it is bathed in daylight thanks to three large windows, which is seldom found in a studio. "To us, 'No Problem' shows a clubby and nightly aspect of the band, while 'Ventura' is meant to be the daylight album for Jamaica."
The band came in to record a few tracks, but never left the place or Laurent d'HerbÉcourt. They kept pushing in the direction they fancied in Los Angeles, helped by the huge Neve mixing desk that stands in the middle of the studio. The intent was to create a new depth to the band's sound, mixing electronic habits and an almost magical approach to analogue gear: "Depending on the moment of the day, the sound of analogue gear changes, machines heat up, like living things. It was very exciting for us, Jamaica being usually digitally driven."
Antoine and Florent's belief in a more organic sound was strengthened by Laurent d'HerbÉcourt: "While mixing, he definitely pushed us further towards a "radio" oriented direction, in the most noble and Fleetwood Mac sense of the word. A sunny pop that hides more sensibility when one really pays attention."
Songs like 'Two on Two', 'Golden Times', 'All Inclusive' or 'Ferris Wheeler' are fueled by this feel good music to listen to while driving along the Pacific Ocean. Other tracks reveal new leads for Jamaica, from 'Turbo' and 'Same Smile's' post surf music to 'Rushmore's' power balladry.
On the album cover stand the two Jamaica members, in a desert, in front of a plane and a wall made of guitar amps. Ready to take off?1. Two on Two
2. Hello Again
4. Golden Times
5. All Inclusive
6. Ferris Wheeler
7. High Then Low
11. Same Smile
12. Goodbye Friday$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Blue NotebooksOpening with a text from Franz Kafka, read by Tilda Swinton, over a sparse piano melody, the album moves through the heart-wrenching 'On The Nature Of Daylight' through to sparse but lyrical piano pieces, hazy swirling atmospherics, avalanche pulse-beats and partially occluded melodies. Other sounds were generated via old guitar pedals and vocoders. The organ music was made for a chapel near Tourtres in South-West France, whilst the environmental sounds are mainly recorded around London.
Peppered across Richter's music like diary entries (and backed with attendant typewriter clatter) are a number of literary texts or 'shadow journals' (from Kafka and Czseslaw Milosz's 'Hymn Of The Pearl'). Chosen by Max on instinct, these brief passages muse over time, memory, and the impermanent nature of things.1. The Blue Notebooks
2. On the Nature of Daylight
3. Horizon Variations
4. Shadow Journal
6. Vladmir's Blues
8. Old Song
10. The Trees
11. Written on the Sky$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Ours Is ChromeSuperheaven, from Doylestown, PA, release their new album Ours is Chrome. Formerly known as Daylight, their
independent debut Jar scanned 6.8k before signing to SideOneDummy. Produced by Will Yip (Balance and
Composure, Circa Survive, Title Fight).1. I've Been Bored
2. Next To Nothing
4. All the Pain
8. Gushin' Blood
9. Dig Into Me
10. From the Chest Down
11. Poor Aileen$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rivers In the WastelandNEEDTOBREATHE announce the release of their fifth album, Rivers In The Wasteland, on Atlantic Records. This eleven-song album was recorded throughout 2013 and will be led by first singles The Heart and Difference Maker.
Formed in 1999, NEEDTOBREATHE began by building an impressive regional following, playing throughout the Southeast. Along the way, they sold more than 15,000 copies of their self-released EP's. The year 2006 saw the release of the band's major label debut, Daylight, and a relentless, national touring schedule. NEEDTOBREATHE returned the following year with The Heat, which went to #2 on the Heatseekers chart and spawned the hit single More Time, a top 10 success at Triple-A radio (sitting alongside established artists like Coldplay and Jack Johnson). The band's third album, The Outsiders, was released in August 2009. NEEDTOBREATHE has appeared in film and television, including the Hilary Swank-starring, motion picture I Love You and MTV's The Hills, among many others.1. Wasteland
2. State I'm In
3. Feet Don't Fail Me Now
4. Oh Carolina
5. Difference Maker
6. Rise Again
7. The Heart
8. Where The Money Is
11. More Heart, Less Attack$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad The John Boy (Awaiting Repress)On the heels of David Lynch's hugely successful sophomore full length, The Big Dream, comes a very limited edition 12, "Bad the John Boy." While technically this track qualifies as a non-album or bonus track, Dean Hurley, Lynch's producer had this to say about the song: "it wasn't really recorded with the lP in
mind, but it was done around the end of last year when the bulk of the album
was being made. It was earmarked for something else entirely, but that thing
didn't happen in a way that required the song so up until now, it was 'a song
with no home.' "
Complimenting Lynch's left-of-center A-side, the B-side proudly features a
Venetian Snares remix of the album's title track. Despite the fact that Canadian
electronic musician Aaron Funk has been known for reinventing breakcore,
with this remix he breathes a completely new approach into the song, turning it
into something far from your typical dance remix. Hurley describes this track
as, "music for the end crawl of a bootlegged sci-fi/horror film that you borrowed
from your friend's older brother and caused you to realize for the first time that
you were actually scared in broad daylight."1. Bad the John Boy
2. The Big Dream (Venetian Snares Remix$12.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Don't Act Like You Don't CareBefore the success of his group Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple worked full-time as a plasterer. At nights after work, he spent his hours crafting what would become Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut. During the days he wrote a completely different set of songs in his head. The resulting record Don't Act Like You Don't Care shines with clarity and daylight, in contrast to Here We Go Magic's hazy aquatic debut.
After recording two critically acclaimed solo records for Mill Pond (2005, 2007) Temple's work still hadn't garnered much attention from the record-buying public. Frustrated, but not defeated, he focused his creative energy into the writing of two amazing, but completely different records. Initially referred to as 'The Country Record,' Don't Act Like You Don't Care was shelved due to the success of Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut. Now, three years later, we're finally able to offer this incredible collection of folk-pop songs.
Unlike the Here We Go Magic record, Don't Act Like You Don't Care focuses on Temple's songwriting and evocative tenor. From heartbreaking ballads like So Long, So Long and Ballad for Dick George to jaunty pop gems like Ophelia and In The Open you'll become fast friends with these songs that continue to satisfy after hundreds of listens.
Inspired by Rudy Van Gelder's early Blue Note recordings, Temple and friends recorded the songs in two 4-hour sessions using just three microphones and a 4-track recorder. Temple is fortunate to have some amazingly talented friends with Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost) on synths, Tyler Wood on piano, Parker Kindred (Antony and the Johnsons, Jeff Buckley) on drums, Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic) on guitar and Adam Chilenski on bass.1. In The Open
2. More Than Muscle
3. How Could I Lie
4. Weekend Warrior
6. Ballad for Dick George
7. So Long, So Long
8. You Belong To Heaven
9. Luck Part$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BirdsSeth Glier's new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There's grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.
Glier (pronounced Gleer) recorded Birds in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives, and they became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the Birds, he says I'd check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.
Birds is Glier's fifth album, and the latest entry in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards while touring with artists including Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams.
The songs on Birds range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place that is all the more magical for it. Glier makes that point on a large scale with Water on Fire, a terse, grinding tune that opens with a cynical reworking of a Ray Charles lyric as Glier uses fracking to dig into the false equivalence between freedom and capitalism. Hasn't Hit Me Yet has a more visceral, intimate approach: the soulful slow jam, full of warm guitars and multi-tracked vocals, is about the death of Glier's autistic brother.
Together, those songs represent the opposite poles of Birds. I was really trying to explore connections on this record, Glier says. Among those connections is the one between race and the criminal justice system on Justice for All, a raw chain-gang stomp that sounds almost like an old field recording. Like I Do takes a more oblique tack, drawing out feelings of anger through the use of noisy synthesizers and fuzzed-out bass pads.
The songs on Birds reflect a scope of sound and style: the title track is lush and & orchestral, for example, while Too Much Water pairs Glier's voice and piano with subtle accompaniment from horns, for a classic, elegant feel that calls to mind Harry Nilsson in the early '70s. People Like Us is jaunty and up-tempo, while the trebly guitar arpeggios and moaning saxophone on Just Because I Can sound like a sock-hop slow dance, until you zero in on lyrics delivered by a narrator who dynamites his domestic bliss simply for the power trip. Conflict. Contradiction.
Even the cover tune, a reimagined version of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, evokes urgency. Although it was written 50 years ago, it's still about what's happening right now, Glier says.
Birds began taking shape after Glier lost his brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015, and inspired a TED Talk performance that Glier gave in 2016. My brother passing away was a huge component of where I was and what I was looking for, Glier says. In particular, I was looking for meanings, wanting his life to mean more than just being over.
For a long time afterward, Glier passed the time by writing songs and inspecting each melody with the feathered fellows by his windowsill. Instead of recording the album in a Los Angeles studio, as he did on his 2015 album If I Could Change One Thing, he decided to make Birds at home.
I thought that I should just stay close to the windows here, Glier says. I think this sort of happened by accident, but by the time I started recording the record, it was fall in New England, which is a profoundly beautiful death. The air is full of honesty, the sky is full of geese, and there is bright gorgeousness woven into the dying of things. It all seeped into the textures of this record.1. Sunshine
2. Water On Fire
4. Just Because I Can
5. People Like Us
6. Like I Do
7. For What It's Worth
8. Too Much Water
9. Justice For All
10. Hasn't Hit Me Yet
11. I'm Still Looking$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MTV Unplugged - Summer SolsticeIn the land of the midnight sun, the clocks tick slightly different than they do elsewhere. This is especially true during the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets at all, bathing the small Norwegian island of Giske - where a-ha played their first ever two acoustic concerts - in an eerie twilight.
Giske is a tiny island in close proximity to the city of Ålesund on the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean - a popular city much frequented by day trippers arriving on huge cruise ships during Norway's short yet intense summer season. But a-ha's audience didn't get to Giske on such boats. Coming from destinations all over the world, for them getting to Giske meant embarking on a plane to Oslo and from there to Ålesund. And from there you finally have to drive through a series of seemingly endless and frighteningly deep undersea tunnels to reach Giske, an island so beautiful and, well, remote, that one immediately wonders why a-ha handpicked this specific location to play their long awaited first MTV Unplugged shows on the night of the 2017 summer solstice, right where the world seems to end.
Pål Waaktaar-Savoy: "Choosing Giske is like most of the things we do: It's been 50% chance and 50% planned. We were discussing many different places to play these special shows - among them Manaus in the Amazon jungle, Berlin, London and New York. At the end of the day it was the Ocean Sound Recordings studio in Giske that made the difference. We knew that we could rehearse undisturbed in an extremely good sounding facility."
a-ha booked the Ocean Sound Recordings studio, which looks out onto the ocean, to revisit their own back catalogue for two weeks together with producer Lars Horntveth, who had already been working on the acoustic arrangements for more than half a year. The nearby Øygardshallen (Giske Harbour Hall) turned out to be the perfect venue to stage their two first ever acoustic shows: They simply had to lay cables from A to B and then were able to use the studio at Ocean Sound Recordings to capture the shows perfectly. a-ha performed in front of an audience of just 250 people - the Øygardshallen's glass front allowed the audience to gaze out into the pale night and onto a number of LED video steles that had been set up behind the band, serving as a minimalist backdrop to the concert. Suffice to say, the concerts were sold-out within minutes, as a-ha were to play "concerts so close to our audience like never before". As Magne Furuholmen puts it: "These were by far the most intimate concerts we've ever given."
Yet the beauty of the North Atlantic Ocean, the light of the midnight sun and the exclusivity of the concerts are only one half of the story. The other half is that the idea of a-ha playing their vast catalogue of world hits stripped down to their very essence is indeed a promising endeavor.
Pål: "We've talked about this idea for so many years. And in many of our concerts we've also played some acoustic songs. But if you consider that we don't use much technology at all when we write the songs, the idea an entirely acoustic show makes total sense. Playing all these songs now in their acoustic versions is like returning to their origins."
Magne expands the thought in a more universal direction: "Most of our songs draw inspiration from a childhood directly exposed to Norwegian culture, even the folk music tradition, perhaps more so than we thought. We were constantly faced with questions from journalists implying how our 'Norwgian-ness' was a unique part of our sound, even though we lived and worked in London.
As a creative person it is almost easier to tap into this nordic mindest from a distance. History is full of good examples of how iconic Norwegians in the past did their best work away from home; The writer Henrik Ibsen wrote on universal topics with a strong Norwegian tone while living in Italy, Edvard Munch's melancholic force defined expressionism while living in Berlin - yet he simply couldn't be from anywhere but this country. And of course there is Edvard Grieg, who took a lot of inspiration directly from folk music. His music always felt particularly resonant in our ears growing up. With such strong figures and influences defining what it is to be a Norwegian, it becomes part of what you are. Our darker, melancholic streak definitely harks back to these early influences. We feel connected to all that, which is why we thought returning home for this project was a very natural step.
Morten Harket stresses the fact how crucial it was to have arranger/producer Lars Horntveth on board as a catalyst and fearlessly driving force behind the scenes: "He confronted our music by presenting completely new arrangements, also taking out 'untouchable' parts, which easily came across as being disrespectful. I say this as a compliment, by the way... And of course we hated it! But we also needed it! This was exactly what we had asked of him. We needed someone who would boldly question everything that we stood for as a band - someone who could stand up to us. Of course it led to shouting matches. It's part of the creative process. Lars deserves the credit for bringing the band closer together than we have been for a very long time."
For the MTV Unplugged shows, a-ha played 17 songs in completely new arrangements as well as two new songs and two cover versions on vintage acoustic instruments, accompanied by a backing band featuring Karl Oluf Wennerberg on drums, Even Ormestad on acoustic bass, Morten Qvenild on piano and various acoustic keyboards, Lars Horntveth on multiple instruments and Madeleine Ossum on violin and vocals, Tove Margrethe Erikstad on cello and Emilie Heldal Lidsheim on viola and backing vocals. Furthermore, a total of four guest stars served as duet partners for Morten Harket. Most notably, Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch had been invited by Magne Furuholmen to sing "Scoundrel Days" and Ian's very own "The Killing Moon" on the first of the two shows. On the second night, a-ha were joined by Alison Moyet of Yazoo fame to duet with Morten on "Summer Moved On". Highasakite's Ingrid Helene Håvik guested on "The Sun Always Shines on TV" on both nights, while, last but not least, American singer Lissie did the same on "I've Been Losing You".
"In the cacophonic world of popular music, with its high-impact effects and productions, the music is often somewhat lost as it ends up being premeditated." Morten Harket addresses the subject of subtlety: "The world of pop is a world where everything always has to be more than anything else."
Attending the concerts and the last full day of the rehearsals, you could tell that the whole group and especially Morten did indeed try to reveal the soul of each and every song performed. During the last run-through on the day before the first night the band took things extremely seriously. Songs were started, stopped and deconstructed. Discussions between Morten and the group as well as with the recording engineers dealt with the tiniest details of sound, cohesiveness and attitude. As a result, the two shows benefited profoundly, both in terms of microstructure (the new arrangements reveal so much of the songs' essences), as well as in that the overall dramaturgic arc of the concerts, which steadily built towards a climax that would astound even the most dedicated follower of the group. During the encore, a-ha would play - "as usual" - their first and biggest hit to date, "Take On Me". But an unexpected chord change in the chorus and the skeletal arrangement not only allowed a new perspective on the song's lyrics, it also left the audience with tears in their eyes.
Magne: "When you rearrange songs for an acoustic rendition it is also an opportunity to do more than to just simplify them. I especially like what happened when we took a fresh look at Take on me, which went from being an uptempo syntheziser-driven popsong to a much more melancholic, yearning ballad in this slowed down arrangement, it shows with much more clarity how the song at its core is not some standalone upbeat track, but belongs squarely inside our catalogue alongside more thoughtful, darker songs like scoundrel days etc.
There are only a few bands in the world who can look back on similarly close ties with the music channel MTV as a-ha. Alongside the likes of Duran Duran and Yello, in 1985 a-ha were worldwide pioneers who immediately understood the power of the music video as both a narrative and commercial tool. Steve Barron's classic "Take On Me" clip is still a milestone of music video and in 2003 was voted by the MTV audience as one of the top ten best videos ever made. There have long been efforts by a-ha and MTV to organize an Unplugged concert.
The fact that the two MTV Unplugged concerts in June 2017 actually took place on Giske also left a deep impression on a-ha themselves. Like every other band that has been successful on a worldwide scale for over three decades, a-ha have had their share of problems, split-ups and re-unifications. A thoughtful Magne reflects: "After such a long time, a-ha have now become a band that simply continues from project to project. This turned out to be a very healthy approach for the three of us, because going acoustic also had the taste of a new project."
Pål: "When we recorded our last few albums, we were sometimes working pretty isolated from each other. We should do this again - sitting and recording in the same room together for a couple of weeks or months and see what comes out as a result. We may argue about a lot of things, but we are also a band that has very close ties."
After the closing applause that seemed would never end, the band left the stage and walked out of Øygardshallen into the living daylights. Having performed two triumphant concerts together, the three band mates climbed into three separate vehicles and headed off into the sunlit night. But everybody in the audience had a feeling that a-ha had now just opened a brand new chapter in their unparalleled career. To quote a line from one of the highlights of these unplugged shows: "Cause I've been told / Stay on these roads / We shall meet, I know."
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