The Zebras, The Explorers Club, Is This Really Me

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The Zebras is a band that I really like. Their album Worry a Lot is a little indie pop masterpiece in my books. That beautiful thing came out in 2007 and equally magnificent EP New Ways Of Risking Our Lives followed a year later. After that it has been awfully quiet but thankfully these Australian indie pop heroes are now back and are ready to release their new album Siesta on June 27th. Siesta will be co-released by Australian The Lost and Lonesome and US-based Jigsaw Records. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing in a month or so. This is Try from the forthcoming album.

The Zebras at Facebook

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South Carolina’s The Explorers Club already called it a day once, but they are now back in this ball game. And I couldn’t be any happier, because their earlier albums are wonderful. What the world need is love and amazing pop music. I’m not familiar with their love making capabilities, but they certainly master this thing called pop music perfectly. New digital single Don’t Waste Her Time is out now on Burger Records. This slice of pop heaven goes like this.

The Explorer’s Club at Facebook

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And let’s end this little blog post with something Finnish and fabulous. Is This Really Me charmed us with their debut 7″ single last year. A week ago they released a new song Sun, which is even better than the songs on that single. I’m looking forward to hear their next release. This is Sun by Is This Really Me.

Is This Really Me at Facebook

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Joseph Huber, Ryley Walker, The Olympic Symphonium

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I’ve followed Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Joseph Huber since the last The .357 String Band album. His magnificent song The Days Engrave was the highlight of that album. I never got totally into his solo debut, but I really enjoyed his second solo album Tongues Of Fire back in 2012. Joseph Huber just released his third solo album. The new album is called The Hanging Road and I’ve had this excellent album on heavy rotation for the past few weeks. This is Coming Down From You from The Hanging Road.

Joseph Huber Website

Ryley Walker is a really convincing new folk singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. This might not be the kind of music that I usually listen to all day long, but Ryley’s new album All Kinds Of You is still extremely impressive. People often compare him to Bert Jansch and Tim Buckley and I can fully understand that. This is Great River Road from his new album All Kinds Of You that came out on Tompkins Square in April 2014.

Ryley Walker at Facebook

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Canadian folk group The Olympic Symphonium and their latest album Chance To Fate was on heavy rotation a couple of months ago, but I wasn’t really writing the blog at the time. So better late than never and all the other cliches. This beautiful folk album came out on Forward Music Group back in March. This is one of my favourites. A song called Jasper.

The Olympic Symphonium Website

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Album of the Month: Gim Kordon – Ei ole helppoo

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I’ve been mostly exhausted for a month, because the day job has been a bit of a nightmare. Therefore I haven’t even selected a new album of the month until now. But of course I knew it all along that it was going to be this debut album Ei ole helppoo by Gim Kordon. Heck, this thing pretty much kept my body running and mind somewhat sane during those 10-12 hour shifts. This isn’t entirely flawless, but damn it feels good to listen to this. In some way, I come from the same place as this album. This is influenced by the same music that reshaped my heart back in the 90s and early 00s. A bit of US indie, a bit of Australian indie and a whole lot of Finnish obviously. This is my youth squeezed into a box. Despite all this, it doesn’t feel like this is something old and borrowed. I do find Ei ole helppoo unique and original 2014 album. And damn how I love listening to it. The early singles Ei ole helppoo and Sä oot mun unelma, beibe still sound perfect to me. Other big favourites are the candy machine -flavoured Kaikki on hyvin and Sateessa which has my favourite chorus of the year. I can pinpoint that exact moment in my life.

Ei ole helppoo by Gim Kordon is a wonderful album. It was released by Soliti Music on 9th of may, 2014. You’ll find a few samples below. First Sä oot mun unelma, beibe and then the video of the title track Ei ole helppoo.

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