Monday, February 19, 2018

Jess and the Ancient Ones - The Horse and Other Weird Tales

Monday, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

Third time around for JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (JATAO) on Tune Of The Day as "Record Of The Week", the female fronted finish occult retro rock band with their latest and third release "The Horse and Other Weird Tales", an album that was released last year on Svart Records on December 1st. Busy time when it arrived, all the focus was to sort out all the other releases, so it falled behind a little. Now it has got some air time, been spinning at work, at home, in the car mixed with other new records but I always returned to it and that is a very good sign.

On "The Horse and Other Weird Tales" they continue on the same highway as they painted on "Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes", but with a mystery trip to the psychedelic side of the sixties, with a more modern view point. The album is very groovy and organic and it's produced a very old fashioned album, 9 tunes and 31 minutes, recorded and mixed together with their live sound engineer.

Jess vocals is absolutely stunning, with high brilliance she dives into the mysterious depths, swirls one on her finger so you get absolutely mesmerize and disappear into the myst. The musical partners she have are amazing to capture the timezone and with a intelligence and accessibility with a lot of variety to keep it interest all the way. From the opening chords to first sentences in the first tune "Death Is The Doors" the path for this record is set. Intro with a 60's horror movie theme and psychedelic keyboards aka THE DOORS slowly walks to the door and unlocks it and the tune swings to a quicker melody pattern by the rhythm section, catchy and amazing sining by Jess. "Shining" is a groovy piece, keys is still strong here, catchy chorus and very colourful guitars makes it very hard to sit still. A groovy bass line opens up the rocker "Your Exploding Heads", still with a 60's touch and a hell of a swing. One of the albums longest tune, just over 7 minutes "You And Eyes", starts with a powerful soft vocals by Jess and it builds up as long the journey goes, psychedelic keys with smokey distorted guitars makes this a epic piece of music. The albums shortest tune is up next "Radio Aquarius", ticks in under 2 minutes, radio propaganda with nice background music by the band. "Return To Hallucinate" is a trippy piece with absolutly stunning vocals performance by Jess, with total control and incredible range she masters with fearless every inch of vocal space in the tune. "(Here Comes) The Rainbow Mouth" with a great bassline, groovy melody, catchy guitars and of course Jess. "Minotaure", Jess again, puh, I'm totally blown away here, 60's psychedelic rock with racing key riffs and a bass riff that kills, groovy like a beast. The album ends with the longest paper back novel "Anyway The Minds Flow" have traces of everything on the album. The tune references J.D. Salinger’s, "The Catcher In the Rye" and includes audio recordings of Mark Chapman, the man who murdered the late Beatles, John Lennon. Mark Chapman has gone on the record stating that "The Catcher in the Rye" inspired him to kill Lennon. Chapman believed Lennon to be a “phony”, with the song “Imagine” having the line about having no possessions while he himself was a wealthy man. This is a complex subject because John Lennon came from a very meager and humble background in a poor part of Liverpool, England, and as a self-made man he understood the fight to better oneself. “Anyway The Minds Flow” discusses the parallels between reality and what is assumed, and the fine line between the truth and misinterpretation.
A lovely red version of the vinyl.

The summery of this album: A excellent ride into the void of 60's psychedelic occult heavy rock.

Today's tune "You and Eyes", taken from "The Horse and Other Weird Tales", enjoy!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Nelson - After the Rain

Sunday, time for a classic.

NELSON is an American rock band founded by singer/songwriters Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (twin sons of Ricky Nelson and Kristin Nelson). The band achieved success during the early 1990s with their double platinum debut album After the Rain, which featured the number-one hit "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection".

NELSON members:

Matthew Nelson – lead and back-up vocals, bass, electric, 12-string, and acoustic guitars,
Gunnar Nelson – lead and back-up vocals, rhythm, 12-string,
Brett Garsed – all intercontinental lead guitars, rhythm, acoustic 6 and 12-strings, back-up vocals,
Paul Mirkovich – all keyboards, grand piano, strings, back-up vocals,
Bobby Rock – drums,
Joey Cathcart – additional vocals and instrumental expertise

Video of the song that gives name to the production of the NELSON brothers in 1990, this song came to Guinness Book of Records after to be the third generation of his family to have a record in a number one of charts.

After finishing the touring cycle for "After the Rain", the band found themselves in massive debt despite the album's success. NELSON returned to the studio and recorded their second album, Imaginator, but it was rejected by their producer and the label for being too dark and heavy. Shelving that album, the band recorded a new collection of songs which became their second release "Because They Can" 5 years after their debut in 1995. By this time fans had moved on, and the record failed to chart, bringing to NELSONs relationship with the label to an end.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Greybeards - Fast Asleep

Since formed in 2012, GREYBEARDS have been a hard working force of nature from Gävle, Sweden. With the release of their debut album "Longing to Fly" and recent touring in Europe and China, GREYBEARDS have proven themselves to be a jaw-dropping live act. Blood, sweat and tears are shed during their hard rocking, honest and energetic live shows.

GREYBEARDS are going to released their second album "For the Wilder Minds" at Attitude Recordings on May 4th, behind the record we find the producer Chips Kiesby (SATOR, THE HELLACOPTERS, MILLENCOLIN).

GREYBEARDS consists of:

Vocals, Guitar / OLLE WESTLUND

Today's tune "Fast Asleep" taken from the second album "For the Wilder Minds" is recorded at Sound Society Solutions in Gävle, Produced by Chips Kiesbye. Video made by Jacky Fonteles Eriksson

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Dukes Of The Orient - Seasons Will Change

What do you get when you match a Brit from London who loves American AOR with an American from California who grew up on British Prog? DUKES OF THE ORIENT is the masterful pairing of vocalist John Payne (ex-ASIA, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander (LAST IN LINE, LANA LANE) who now present their eponymous debut album, ten years in the making. Payne’s powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush harmonies over the sea of classic synthesizers and keyboards artfully painted with Norlander’s signature sonic palette.

The two are backed by a world-renown ensemble of top musicians including Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitar and Jay Schellen on drums. Payne provides bass guitar and additional lead and rhythm guitar parts to complete the audiophile production. The album was mixed on a traditional analog console to preserve and enhance the natural depth, clarity and soul of the tracks with great care taken to avoid over-compression, extreme equalization and distortion.

DUKES OF THE ORIENT has its origins in 2007 as “ASIA Featuring John Payne,” a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the DUKES OF THE ORIENT album here. Govan left the band to form THE ARISTOCRATS and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track, “Seasons Will Change,” released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the DUKES OF THE ORIENT album. Following the death of original ASIA vocalist, John Wetton, in early 2017, Payne and Norlander decided that these recordings should give birth to a new band, both out of respect for Wetton and for clarity with the Downes-led “ASIA”.

DUKES OF THE ORIENT releases their eponymous debut album with stunning cover art by Rodney Matthews on February 23, 2018 with select tour dates to follow.

Enjoy today's tune "Seasons Will Change".

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