tUnE-yArDs - Stop That Man

I went to see Arcade Fire on Monday and it was an amazing show.  I haven’t been on the floor of a massive show in a long time and to see the band just metres away from me was wonderful.  Their opener band, however, was something else to behold.

Covered in face paint, sequins, bright colours, and confusing patterns, Tune-Yards hammered away at drums and provided some seriously interesting vocals to go along with it.  Their bassist was the most normal looking of the bunch and even he had a greasy moustache and a ridiculous t-shirt.  My favourite part was the fact that the two backup singers looked like they were loving life.  They were dancing, banging drum sticks together, and harmonizing like crazy.  It was aggressive, loud, and frankly, a little bewildering, but it was amazing none the less.

Tune-Yards have been around since 2006 and is made up of primarily Merrill Garbus who uses loops often to develop her sound.  The bassist is the only other permanent member.  Stop That Man is from the album nikki nack which was released in 2014.  

I hope that you all enjoy this selection and have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

(Source: Spotify)

The Colourist - Tonight (Young Hearts)

Summer doesn’t really feel like summer unless there’s a plethora of saccharine and cheesy pop tunes to go along with it - in my opinion, at least. 

I was in Forever 21 the other day which was a little strange for me and this song came on.  I had mentioned to a friend about how summer-y it sounded and she responded with a simple, “Yeah, they talk about not wanting the night to end”  We eventually Shazam’d the song and figured out who the artist was.  

The Colourist is a band from Orange County (despite spelling ‘colour’ with the British spelling) and have been around since 2009.  The song itself comes from their self-titled album.

Hope you have a good Saturday!

-Sherwin

(Source: Spotify)

Andrew Belle - Pieces

I somehow managed to get Spotify despite being up here in Canada so I’ve been doing a lot of exploring in regards to music.

I found Andrew Belle and something about it really called out to me (which sounds much cheesier now that it’s written down).  His voice has a strange Coldplay-esque aesthetic to it and the song, Pieces, showed up on a playlist I was listening to recently.  

And yet again, I am at a bit of a loss for words to describe why I picked this song.  The entire album, Black Bear, is fantastic and Belle’s voice does lend itself well to the instrumentation that he continues to choose.

I hope you all have a good Saturday.

-Sherwin

Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind ft. London Grammar

I’ve had a really rough week so I turned to music to help.

This song was on repeat all day on Tuesday and it was right then and there that I decided that I would share it with Soundboard.  I don’t know how it took me so long to get into Disclosure’s stuff but better late than never, right? 

London Grammar’s voice is probably what seals the deal for this song.  It’s soothing, ethereal, and comforting.  Her music on her own is wonderful and in this collaboration, it’s absolutely amazing.  The song itself is upbeat and catchy (much like the rest of the music that I listen to) but there’s just something about it that I can’t put my finger on.

Disclosure is an English electronic duo that’s been around since 2010.  Help Me Lose My Mind is on the album, Settle.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

Top Album Covers Week

My choices of album covers really do vary a bit.  I enjoy animals as people (weird), really minimalistic covers, and paradoxically, really busy covers with lots happening.  One of the major reasons that I still buy CDs is due to the album art because sometimes, that’s just as important as the music itself.

Scenic Route to Alaska - All These Years

Tycho - Awake

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

Boy and Bear - Harlequin Dream

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

Justice - Cross

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place 

Pawa Up First - Missing Time

Alle Farben - Synesthesia

Goldmund - Famous Places

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

-Sherwin

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

I’ve been away from Germany for about two weeks now and it’s a little strange frankly.  I’m on the last stop of my trip which is London and in just a handful of days, I’ll be heading home.  I’m not gonna lie to you: I do miss Germany a bit.

Milky Chance was one of the artists that my housemate in Kassel told me about.  He also gave me a full list of German artists to listen to.  I figured that this would be a good chance to share it with all of you.

The song itself is mellow and calming.  There’s a quiet electronic backing to the song itself and Clemens Rehbein’s voice accompanies it quite well.

Milky Chance is actually a duo of Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, a DJ.  They are from Kassel (YAY!) and have been around since 2012.  The album Sadnecessary came out in 2013.

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

-Sherwin

Stromae - Tous Les Mêmes

I’ve spent the last week in France (Lille and Paris, to be exact) so I’m definitely feelin’ some French music.  

This was being played while my best friend and I were sitting around in our little room in Lille and it was great.  It’s dancey, catchy, and the video itself is pretty clever.  There are some translated titles but let’s face it, I’m a real sucker for melodies over lyrics.  

Stromae (whose name is actually Paul Van Haver) is actually from Brussels, Belgium (where I currently am so it’s fitting).  He’s been making music since about 2005.

Hope you all have a wicked Saturday! 

-Sherwin

Folly and the Hunter - Ghost

It was another week of not learning about new music so I’m drawing on another favourite of mine from the whackload I got before embarking on this trip.  I only have 17 more days of this trip and I have three more countries to visit which will be lots of fun since I will be able to not only see some of my best friends, but also two other Soundboard members!  Considering that I’m starting to feel a little homesick, I’m 100% sure that seeing my friends will help lots. 

Folly and the Hunter have provided the background music to many trips here and there in Kassel and is obviously a welcome addition to my regular playlist of albums.  It’s calming and soothing which can be nice.  I picked Ghost because it just builds slowly and slowly.  

The band itself is from Montreal though the individual band members come from all over.  Ghost is from the album Tragic Care.

I hope you all have a lovely Saturday! 

-Sherwin