Monday, 29 February 2016

Beachcombing for Treasure

Today I found myself on the beach in Worthing, and halfway through gathering up interesting bits and pieces that had washed up on the shore, realised I was completing a goal from The List!
005. Go beach-combing
I didn't go too far from the pier, but collected up an assortment of interesting seaweed, shells and even a chunk of driftwood!

There were also a few things that I didn't pick up...

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Pirate Hearts and Gold Zebras

For this week's selection of music, I took a virtual trip across the pond and listened to two French-Canadian acts, both of which I found out about through friends.

Coeur De Pirate
This singer-songwriter performs both in French and English, so I only understood some of the songs I listened to (I learnt French for a few years in school, but whilst I recognised some of the words, I didn't remember what they meant!) but despite that, the one I linked above - all in French - is my favourite so far! Coeur De Pirate's music videos are mostly straightforward yet with an arty edge, sometimes involving an element of dance. I enjoyed listening to her music and will definitely be listening to more in future.
Coeur De Pirate Official Website

Another act - this time a synthpop/electro group - that performs in both French and English. Their songs are dreamlike, with hypnotic music and languid vocals. As for their music videos, they have a wonderfully surreal quality and just the right amount of darkness, which is awesome!

Both acts I wrote about here have music on bandcamp, which you can find through the official pages I have linked. Do check them out, and if you like what you hear, consider buying some of their music!

Monday, 22 February 2016

The New Immortals

The New Immortals
At the weekend, a school friend and I went to a new exhibition in Brighton, called The New Immortals.
The exhibition, held at the Phoenix Brighton gallery, includes the work of ten artists  who explore "ideas about immortality in an age of scientific miracles".

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Music to Look At

I'm several weeks into this music goal on The List now, and unusually got this week's listening done over the weekend!

As a quick reminder, this is what the goal is about:
029. Listen to 2 new musical acts every week for 1 year
(That's acts that are new to me)

The artists I listened to this week not only had a great sound, but also interesting music videos!

Natacha Atlas
This was an artist suggested by my friend Sara. Natacha Atlas' music is a fusion of Western and Arabic sound, with an electronic twist. Her music is really catchy and her music videos often seem to have some kind of narrative to them. I quite liked the songs I've listened to so far, and will seek out more!
Natacha Atlas Official Website

Merlin Moon
I guess the best way to describe this artist's music is 'psychedelic' or - to use a term once seen on - 'stoner rock'. The songs I found on YouTube had a really dreamy, spacey sound to them, with anthemy lyrics. The music videos are kind of trippy, too.
Merlin Moon Official Website

That's it for another week, though my list of artists to listen to is still fairly long. Despite that, I am still looking for suggestions! :)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Italian Kitchen

Whilst reviewing my progress on The List, I realised that I haven't posted about one of the new places I've eaten at!

The restaurant in question is Italian Kitchen, which is located in Churchill Square, Brighton. Mum and I stopped in there for lunch sometime before Christmas. My brain was in a Christmas Shopping Coma and I was exhausted and starving - those seasonal crowds are hard work! - I didn't think to take any pictures.

It bothers me to post this without pictures, so here is my 'artist's impression' of my food:

My art skills do not do the  yumminess justice!
Imagine this:
A dish filled with piping-hot lasagna, the pasta perfectly soft, the meat tender, the sauce flavoursome. The dish is topped with melted mozzarella, all stretchy and delicious. And of course there is garlic bread.
To the side sits a huge cup of tea, steam curling gently upwards from its surface, brewed to just the right strength to revive and comfort.

Are you salivating yet?
Can you tell that I'm writing this at lunch time?

I felt really spoilt for choice at Italian Kitchen, as their menu offers everything from light bites to main meals, and also has a selection of cakes. Drink-wise, along with water, soft drinks and hot beverages, they also offer wine. Well, it is Italian.

My sole gripe is that the environment is quite noisy there, and being half-deaf I found it difficult to have a conversation. But the food more than made up for it, and conversation wasn't too high on our agenda--we were too busy eating!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Indie Folk from the US of A!

Alright, so I'd really hoped to have had something else to blog about between music posts this week, but for the most part I've been inside, and my mood has been pretty low (boooo) so more music it is!

Maybe soon I will have Done Something soon, and can then blog about it here!

For the time being, here's some music.

This week, I ended up listening to two American indie folk bands...

Fleet Foxes
I think I heard about this band through Random Googling. Some of their music has a bit of a retro sound to it, and overall it calls up memories of long ccar journeys through the countryside. Their songs are pretty relaxing to listen to, and have nice lyrics.

Bon Iver
YouTube suggested this band to me when I was listening to Fleet Foxes, so I decided to check them out afterwards. One thing to note is the beautiful scenery in their videos. The lyrics aren't so clear - I had to crank the volume up - but the vocalist has a really calming voice! I can imagine listening to their music on one of those quiet spring days, when the rain is falling, and just chilling out to it.

Am noticing a lack of music from certain parts of the world on my 'listen to' list--Africa, Central/Latin/South America, the Middle East, and Asia (except for Japan and South Korea; have plenty of suggestions from those countries!)
So if anyone knows of acts from these places - any genre or era - please tell me so I can give them a listen!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Japan to Sweden in Two Songs

Looking back over my last few posts, all I've written about recently is music! In fact, looking back over the past month I haven't really 'done' anything, have I?

At least listening to all these artists is working towards a goal from The List...
029. Listen to 2 new musical acts every week for 1 year
 This week, I'm actually updating in time! So here are the acts I listened to for the first time this week...

Japanese Rock
I heard this band through First Down Records' Bandcamp, as their song last note features on the omnibus mini-album denki monologue 9. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything other than a short ad for their first single on YouTube, so if you want to get a good idea of how they sound, I'd suggest checking out the song on Bandcamp!
aegnoir (pronounced ig-no-a, apparently) sound like a combination of a few other Japanese rock bands I've heard. The music isn't entirely to my taste, though there's nothing wrong with it, and I'd say that if you like Japanese rock music, it's worth checking this act out! (If you head to the bandcamp page, I totally recommend Antikythera too, which is the project of aegnoir's guitarist)
aegnoir Official Website

Then Comes Silence
Swedish Goth
Alright, so to call this band's music 'goth' is too limiting, really! Though there is a definite goth sound to their music, it comes with a bit of a psychedelic twist. Their music videos are made from the strangest dreams, the ones that border on nightmares. All in all they sound like a combination of the good goth bands of the past, with a modern, slightly metal twang lurking at the edges.
This act are also on Bandcamp and there are a fair few music videos on YouTube too. The one linked above, for the song Spinning Faster, is the first I watched, and a favourite.
Then Comes Silence Facebook

So that's this week's two bands! I have a list of other acts to check out, but am always looking for more suggestions!