A particularly touching sub-genre of love songs is the love song from a father to his spouse once they’ve had children. The Nature Of Me is one of these – it’s got a quality to it that is at once anthemic and intimate, and Michael’s wife and long term musical collaborator Shimrit features on backing vocals.
You might remember Michael and Shimrit from the Israeli national Eurovision final in 2011, where they delighted us with Tou Dou Dou. If you don’t remember that, you should definitely check it out. In fact, check out all his work, it’s delightful.
Michael has a website.
Michael is on Facebook.
This song popped up while I was researching retro electropop diva (and Austria’s hottest ever mullet wearer) Ankathie Koi for the ‘Air’ show for Listen Outside On The Radio. I’m already very fond of Johann Sebastian Bass and I am a sucker for any form of homemade mirrorball costume, so this whole package had a huge raw appeal.
White Cars is a pure distillation of the aspirationally naff 80’s aesthetic, with the deliberately clunky video, the awkward extras and the beautiful deployment of a keytar vocoder. How fabulous!
If you like the more danceable end of Goldfrapp, or you were into Steed Lord, or you liked the Human League first time round, please get right into the work of Ankathie Koi. She’s a delight.
Here’s her Bandcamp.
Momentarily decloaking, I give you something that might take a couple of listens but will be very, very rewarding and actively make you cooler. Latvia’s Bandmaster are very much on the rise in 2017, doing Eurosonic Noorderslag at the start of the year and covering themselves with Baltic festival circuit glory.
Here’s the EP. For me the absolute standout tracks are Just Paddle (an excellent, spacey duet with EZERI) and Paper, Rock and Scissors which sounds like two songs playing simultaneously in the absolute best way possible. She Will starts off as a 90’s dancefloor banger and then gleefully wrongfoots you just when you’re expecting the drop. Hiding finishes the EP off with all sorts of difficult noises, squelchy noises and a synth solo line that begs to be played on keytar.
I like this, it’s good. You can definitely dance to it, but it’s like a 4/5 difficulty rating.
Bandmaster are on Soundcloud
Bandmaster are on Facebook
Bandmaster also have this excellent music video.
A quick one for Norway vs Belgium!
Norway: IRL by Hanna Hukkelberg
A lovely bit of relaxed, off-centre ambient pop with all sorts of fabulous percussive noises.
Belgium: I Know by Low Land Home
Expansive and gravelly-voiced 80s sounding indie pop (in a good way)
It’s summer again and that must mean that it’s time for some international football. We’re celebrating the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euros with another set of Game On! posts.
First up, it’s the hosts The Netherlands vs Norway.
The Netherlands are represented by Amsterdam based dance duo Secret Rendezvous, with summery 90’s tinged anthem Don’t Look At Me That Way. Secret Rendezvous have been doing their thing for a few years now – if you like a chill dance vibe, check out their Soundcloud page.
Norway are represented by thoughtful and ecological trop house anthem ‘Save Tropical House’ by R.E.D.D and DL Marlene Martinsen. You’ll love the lyrics, you’ll love the message and you’ll love the bit where they repeatedly shout ECUADOR! Yes, they are comedians.
Continuing our accidental miniseries of slightly downbeat covers of Swedish pop masterpieces, here is Pale Honey with a slouchy, twangy cover of Lay All Your Love On Me.
Pale Honey are an indie-rock two piece from Gothenburg – they’ve got a superbly louche vibe and are splendidly dry and funny on their blog. This is the first single from their upcoming second album, which is due to land in September. More like this please!
Pale Honey are on Facebook
Pale Honey are on Soundcloud
Pale Honey have a website
So, I am just going to say that fans of Noko Woi might enjoy Alexander Search and leave it at that.
Yes. It’s bloody Salvador. New single with a new band under a different name, ready to go one week after winning Eurovision. Well played. We might want to go to SuperBock SuperRock as well, I am just saying.
Alexander Search are on Facebook.
If you like some pop that occasionally hits with a blast of juddering guitar noise, then allow me to present Procrastination Queen by Liisi Koikson. It’s an ode to everyone’s favourite vice – putting it off for a little bit longer.
Liisi is, I think, technically a jazz singer, but Procrastination Queen gives her a chance to blast through all her registers in the course of a single song. It’s an anthem for all of us who need to get things done. In real life, apparently Liisi has no problems with procrastination, because her 4th album – Coffee For One – came out on April 18th. Here’s a bonus live version in the ERR studios.
According to her twitter, she was Team #Salvadorable for Eurovision 2017 and also does that hand trumpet thing. Also, the ‘procrastination queen’ necklace she’s selling on her website is top notch merch.
Liisi has a website
Liisi is on Facebook
Liisi is on twitter
I don’t often listen to country. I don’t often listen to pop country crossover. And yet, I did today. A friend recommended Maren’s album to me and this track jumped out as being the sonic equivalent of one of those ‘Only 90’s Kids Will Remember This’ memes. She’s kind of a big deal, but because of the way that music is sold and promoted, it has been possible for me to get this far without hearing about her.
Maren Morris is touring the UK this November – I bet it’s a super fun night out.
Here at Listen Outside we believe in the power of music. MOMO from Austria also believe, because One Song is self-referentially about hoping that the power of putting your emotions into song can make a real difference.
The video of the band giving a rooftop concert shows a group of young musicians working together as one on music that they love. There’s clearly more to come from MOMO in the future – let’s keep an eye on them and see what comes along.