EP Review: “Songs Of The Whispering Things” by ANÚNA

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ANÚNA are a choral group made up by Irish singers, including their director and composer Michael McGlynn. Their music is made up of traditional Irish songs and hymns, plus some are completely new written by Mr. McGlynn as well. They tend to have an a Capella sound, less music and more about the message of the song itself. However in this EP they are working with the Ulster Orchestra. The songs were inspired by Irish poet Francis Ledwidge.

The first track is simply titled “May” and you mostly hear the most eternal sound in the world. I love choirs so much, so this is technically a weakness of mine! In these types of songs you basically have to pay attention to the words, this is actually one of Francis’s poems. It is a beautiful start. You hear everybody – unfortunately I don’t know anybody in the group besides Michael so I apologize there! The second is “Midnight” which features the Ulsters Orchestra, there is a beautiful female soloist but I do not know her name. Surprisingly, I love a men’s choir than an all girl’s, don’t ask me why. I’ve always been more amazed in a man’s voice in these more controlled moments in a choral atmosphere! It starts like a very plain a Capella song but then you can slowly hear the symphony chime in and I sensed a more exotic sound, like Chinese than Irish! I still like it though!

Next is “August” is a lot shorter than the first one. It is less than two minutes long, but it is very beautiful! I kind of felt this had a dark but romantic tone. I really liked that and thought it was interesting. Fourth was a song called “Behind The Closed Eye” which features Kenneth Edge, who plays saxophone. Another weakness I have! Surprisingly, it is an interesting instrument to place into a song like this. You’re used to only hearing a sax in jazz and blues music, not something such as Celtic music! I thought it was very neat! The song sort of has a dark undertone, so I think it gave it a lighter vibe to it.

After is “My Songs Shall Rise” and it is another track that is uses the whole choir. I think it was hauntingly beautiful, especially around these high notes! The next one is “Where All Roses Go” and it features the Ulster Orchestra again. This one has Michael as the soloist. I think this is another one with a dark tone. It has a more traditional Irish sound, and you can tell right away. I don’t know why but it gives me like it belongs on the battlefield, just the vibe I’m getting from it while hearing it through my headphones. Last one, I added this onto my June Playlist as the group’s song to be featured. I thought it was gorgeous but didn’t even realize it was new until like a day later. Anyways, it is called “When The War Is Over” and this has a more somber vibe to it. I’m feeling the same way I did with the previous track.

I think this type of music makes you appericate what a person can do with just their voice, because you’re basically getting the essentials with three of the tracks having various of instruments playing within them too. I mostly go with how I feel afterwards, since I’m programmed to look at the lyrics in that anymore I basically let my mind flow, which is why with these darker and somber tracks were taking me to places like battlefields, I just go wherever the sound takes me.

Are you a fan of ANÚNA? What do you think of their newest extended play?

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Tune Tuesday | Switzerland ’17

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Howdy!

Today is the last day for Tune Tuesday! I hope you have enjoy this year’s worldwide lineup. I find it very fun to end it on a new country to the lineup: Switzerland! If you’re wondering why I’m not adding USA onto the list, that’s because I have something pretty fun brewing right now so you’ll have to be on the look out for that soon.

Back in February I was watching a special on our PBS channel and it was about the creations of some of the scariest stories to come out of England in the 1800’s. Mary Shelley and her husband Percy along with her stepsister Claire plus Lord Bryon and John William Polidori stayed in a villa by Lake Genova in Switzerland. The weather was awful so they had to spend their days and nights indoors, to pass time they told stories and poems. Lord Bryon basically told them all to write the scariest story they can come up with and thus Mary Shelley created parts of the first draft of “Frankenstein” while Polidori began working on his first story “Vampyre” which would be about the modern vampire of the day.

I thought it was very neat for an hour show. It’s always stayed there in the depths of my brain so I kind of told myself early on that I needed to create a Tune Tuesday of Switzerland so I could tell you about it. Now back to the music!

I had to have some help with finding some Swiss music so I put out a tweet that I was looking for anybody to help me out and I actually found a blogger who is a native of Switzerland. Solange gave me a whole list of different music which I thought was very nice and I’m hoping that’ll help me out the next time I do this! She suggested I look into a duo as I’ve gathered, they’re called Dabu Fantastic and they seem to do pop/ubran music in their native tongue which I love! They kind of remind me of a Swiss version of The Chainsmokers and I mean that in the nicest way. They’re pretty good!

The other one she gave me was a female singer Stefanie Heinzmann, like Dabu Fantastic I am not familiar with her, but there are some differences with her as she tends to have an indie-pop sound like Zella Day and Ingrid Michaelson. As I’ve managed to find on Spotify, she does her music in English and has a wonderful voice!

Are there any other music acts from Switzerland that you think I should look into? Let me know!

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Tune Tuesday | Sweden ’17

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Hi 🙂

We’re almost finished with this year’s Tune Tuesday! It doesn’t seem real that it’s already ending, but I did shorten my lineup than the normal three-four months. Despite adding only two new countries, I took out the ones that I talked about last year because I couldn’t figure out what to share for this lineup.

Sweden is like one of my favorite countries to talk about though; they have a wide array of different music that it literally becomes a music lover’s dream! If I had a “music bucket list” of places I’d travel to just to discover the music in each country, it would literally go “Canada, England, Sweden, Australia, and Netherlands.” It’s a dream job I’ve always had in my head!

The first band I’m going to discuss for Sweden is In Flames. They sort of signed up for the Tune Tuesday posts when their song “The Truth” blew up last year! I loved that song and honestly still do! I like to see different songs in other perspectives, so even if the song is talking about outcasts or something of that nature, I tend to see it for people for disabilities. I’ve always been able to do that, I wish I could do that for rap music instead of the other way around. The band is made of five members: Anders, Björn, Peter, Niclas, and Joe. They’ve released 12 albums since 1994 and are forefathers of melodic death metal bands. They released “Battles” in the middle of 2016.

The second band I have to share is Amon Amaranth. Amon Amaranth are a heavy metal discussing Viking mythology in their music. They were created two years after In Flames, 1992, they were probably influenced by the band. The group consists of Johan on vocals, Ted Lundström plays the bass, Johan Söderberg and Olavi Mikkonen are both on guitars and Joche Wllgren does the drums. They have released 10 albums with the most recent “Jomsviking” came out in early 2016.

Have you heard of either In Flames or Amon Amaranth? Do you have a bucket list of places you’d only visit to discover the music of that country?

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Tune Tuesday | Poland ’17

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Hello!

We are talking about Poland this week! I’m always happy for myself whenever I find musicians from Poland on my own! My friend Ania, who is a native of Poland, has been helping me find music to share on these posts since the start in 2014, so the fact that I’ve started discovering music that she hasn’t heard of is somewhat weird but special for us too!

I found this band while I was looking for different symphonic metal music on Spotify last year, once I heard it I was really confused because I have never heard anything like it before. The band is called Kingdom Waves. They’re a mixture of symphonic and power metal which makes it very interesting I think! I think power metal is like that heavy, but almost the ideal genre to be this creative with, because I feel like there’s only a limited ways to do with symphonic metal but I don’t mean that in a mean way at all. They each have their own topics that makes them shine!

Have you heard of Kingdom Waves? Are there any other Polish acts that you think I should keep an eye out for? Let me know!

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June Playlist

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Hello!

This week is just full of entertainment. Between the month’s last Tune Tuesday and then I uploaded the second part of the films that come out for the rest of the year earlier in the week. Lots of music and trailers in one week!

This month I also spent a couple of days hanging out with my sister and future brother-in-law. As we were driving back to her apartment, we were listening to Taylor Swift since she decided to finally put up her music online! And then out of nowhere the last song we heard in the car was “Despecito” with Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee which is a lot better than I expected to be!

We made cupcakes, watched movies, and unfortunately I had to hear a lot of rap and country music in the process. I don’t listen to either genre as much as these two do, so being around them without my iPod was somewhat torture but I did get lucky while Blondie and I were busy decorating the cupcakes because we were hearing like the old school songs. Wait, I can’t believe I have to say that now! Is 2007-09 old school? Anyways we were jamming out to “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” by Soulja Boy and “Birthday Sex” by Jeremiah. We were having a great time!

In the Spotify playlist I decided to put the rest of the music by the artists and bands included this year’s Tune Tuesday, so in case I don’t put up a post for July, which will probably happen after dealing with the whole wedding festivities coming up. So I just figured it would be simpler for me to do that! The only country that isn’t on the playlist is Poland, because the band I talk about next week isn’t on Spotify at all.

My sister likes Mike Stud so I decided to share a song that I somewhat liked on the day we made cupcakes. We also watched a few weird things on YouTube that I’m having the hardest time explaining to you all.

What were you listening to in June?
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Tune Tuesday | Norway ’17

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Hello!

We are now talking about Norway, a country that I’ve been slowly finding interest. It’s actually on my Top 20 list to visit on my bucket list!

When I tried to figure the lineup for my Tune Tuesday, I thought I’d put out the word that I was searching for all kinds of music from Norway and surprisingly, I had somebody tweet me back on Twitter with like a nice selection of artists but since I didn’t write them out so not only did I lose the list but the person who sent it to me! Unfortunately the artist that I told myself to not forget is actually Danish, not Norwegian! So I’m forced to only talk about one person!

Alan Walker is an upcoming DJ, he’s been finding some recent success with his song “Faded” that came out in 2015, but I had only heard it at the end of last year! The version that I was listening to was remixed by Dutch DJ Tiesto with the title “Northen Lights Remix” since he’s done another remix. The song was played roughly everywhere! I think I heard it every hour, seven days a week. It’s been remixed by other DJs like Dash Berlin and Slushii. The most recent song I’ve heard on the radio is “Alone” and it was remixed by Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies. I don’t like it as much as “Faded” but it is growing on me so that’s a good sign!

Have you heard of Alan Walker’s music? Are there any more Norwegian musicians I need to keep an eye out for next year’s lineup?

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Tune Tuesday | Netherlands ’17

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Howdy!

Today is a good day, because we are talking about the music coming out of the Netherlands! I find it so interesting that NL is such a hodgepodge of really exciting music! And I was lucky enough to find three acts that all different genres!

The first is a new band Seven Waters. They are a female fronted melodic and progressive heavy metal band, with members Robert Molenaar on drums, Maarten Vloon does keys, Henk Kamermans plays bass, Michiel Leijzer is on guitars with Karen Leijzer is the vocalist. I didn’t find them, they actually found me on Twitter and followed me back in 2014, but now they don’t follow me. I haven’t forgotten about them and usually kick myself for not talking about them on here for their native homeland.

Second is R3hab, who is a DJ that’s been around a long time, he’s been making music sine the late 90’s, been working with other Dutch DJs like Hardwell (who I mentioned in 2015) and Afrojack. He mainly plays the subgenre house. I actually have a love/hate relationship with house music in general, but I do find myself loving a lot of his music though.

Lastly is an R&B artist by the name of Natalie La Rose. I heard about her in late 2015, but didn’t find out that she was Dutch until November 2016 after the song “The Right Song” by Tiesto and Oliver Heldens. Sadly I’ve only heard her music periodically, I remember hearing “Somebody” playing on the radio for a few months before fading out but I haven’t heard anything else from since early-2016.

I’m running out of Dutch music to talk about on Tune Tuesday, if you know of any artists or bands that you think I should share on here, let me know!

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