I’ve been thinking again. Uh-oh, you’re thinking. Here comes an uncomfortably right-wing tirade about the welfare state. Well, breathe easy. I’ve been thinking about the way I listen to, and store, my music collection.
Firstly, an explanation and a disclaimer. Dauphin is made up primarily of reviews, of releases and of live shows. But I have eight emails in my inbox just from today and I don’t want to review each song in there, and before I get through them all there will be more tracks to review, and the cycle will continue. I’m usually okay at getting through stuff, but I don’t want this blog to become a chore, or something I have to do rather than I want to do. I know, poor, whiny me. So instead of producing crap reviews, or ignoring people who contact me, I’m going to start up a new feature.
Here’s a band I’ve been listening to all day today, Matt Norris & The Moon. They’re a five-piece folk outfit who supported Chasing Owls at their EP launch a couple of weeks ago, and they’re pretty darn good.
Their sound is influenced by the current folk revival, underpinned by lovely harmonies and energised guitar melodies. Their songs are infused – no, drenched in – optimistically driven lyrics and snowflake-chic backing vocals, giving each track a fantastic timeless quality; it’s not anchored to the folk-lite “Mumford thing” or tethered through opposition of nu-folk to the mast of Laura Marling. Either way, that’s enough words because I’ve just this minute worked out how to embed SoundCloud players (I kind of thought I wasn’t allowed to put other people’s ones in. If I was right the first time and I’ve just breached copyright, then please tell me) in the blog.
From now on, I’ll try and let the music speak for itself a little more.