Song of the Day

Song of The Day: Anna Von Hausswolff – All Thoughts Fly

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When you think of pipe organs, church music is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But while Anna von Hausswolff‘s latest, All Thoughts Fly, was recorded entirely on pipe organ, it’s not exactly church music, a point that’s driven home by the record’s release on the mostly metal-oriented Southern Lord Records.

That said, as the title track builds to its climax over the course of its dreamlike 12 minute run, it definitely has the potential to bring the listener to a meditative state of sorts and feeling some kind of cathartic release once it has reached its conclusion. That in itself qualifies All Thoughts Fly as appropriate listening for a Sunday morning regardless. Check it out below.

All Thoughts Fly is out now on Southern Lord Records.

Song Of The Day: Rosie Carney – High and Dry

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Musicians releasing quarantine-inspired cover albums has been a bit of a trend this year, and now Irish singer Rosie Carney has joined those ranks with her latest release The Bends.

Yes, Carney has taken on Radiohead’s 1995 album, one of the absolute classics of the ’90s, and covered the whole thing in its entirety. And as it turns out, it ended up working pretty well, with Carney reinterpreting it in a stripped down, indie-folk style. Check out the video for her version of “High and Dry” below.

Rosie Carney’s The Bends is out now via Color Study.

Song Of The Day: Sturle Dagslund – Waif

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I first came across Norwegian experimental/Avant-rock singer Sturle Dagsland a couple of years ago at SXSW. It was a somewhat random discovery, but I was struck at the time by his sound and his personality, both of which could be described as “eccentric” (amongst other things, he memorably wrestled with a folding chair during that performance). Now, nearly three years after that performance, Dagsland is set to release his debut self-titled album on February 5, 2021.

Recorded over the last couple of years with his brother Sjur, Dagslund seems to have taken a bit of a kitchen sink approach to the album, incorporating over 40 different instruments from across various cultures into the recording and drawing from a wide range of influences. The end result is some pretty compelling stuff, as evidenced by the haunting, otherworldly soundscape of latest single “Waif.” Check it out below.

Song Of The Day: Svalbard – Listen To Someone

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What’s in a name? Shakespeare wrote that, and while he was talking about a couple of lovestruck teenagers, the question could also be applied to band names. Take Svalbard for example.

With a name like Svalbard, one’s first thought would be to assume that they’re some Scandinavian black metal types, all grim and menacing and hanging out in the forest with swords and stuff. Nope, they’re from Bristol. Still heavy as hell though, with a sound that falls somewhere between hardcore, metal and shoegaze. They are named after a Norwegian archipelago though, so I wasn’t too far off with my initial black metal assumptions.

The band released their latest, When I Die, Will I Get Better?, back in September and were just announced as part of next year’s Roskilde Festival lineup. Will things be close enough to normal by that point so that the festival can take place as planned? Who knows? But in the meantime, you can check out the video for Svalbard’s “Listen To Someone” below.