VIDEO: Clara Hill’s “Heading Out (Live)”

Clara Hill continues to record and perform beautiful music for herself and the entire world, and this one was shot live in Berlin. The song is taken from her latest album, Walk The Distance (Tapete).

FREE DL/VIDEO: Clara Hill’s “Insomnia”

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For roughly 36 hours, Clara Hill has made available a song from her Walk The Distance album as a free download. It’s for the song “Insomnia”, which has been turned into a video and will be available very soon. Get to this DL ASAP before it goes away.

VIDEO: Clara Hill’s “Lost Winter”

Clara Hill became known for singing some very soulful songs, touching on dance music and balladry. Then she opened herself up to folk and then had taken a break. She has a new album out now called Walk The Distance (Tapete) and now is making a few songs that could be borderline indie pop/rock. This new video doesn’t feature Hill in it but this new musical venture may lead her down to new avenues in the future.

The new album will be released on vinyl, which you may pre-order in the middle embedded box below from Amazon (or click here if the box isn’t showing up.)

SOME STUFFS: Long awaited album from Clara Hill is on its way in October

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It has been seven years since Clara Hill gave us the great All I Can Provide album and six years since she created an album as Clara Hill’s Folkwaves called Sideways. There have been a few spottings in songs here and there, such as her appearance on the Sonar Kollektiv Orchester album, but it has been painfully quiet in terms of a full length. She has been more vocal in social media in recent months, which was a hint that something was up. That “something” now turns out to be a new, still-untitled-to-the-public album ready for release next month. She just uploaded a five-song sampler on Soundcloud, featuring excerpts of the following tracks:
Lost Winter
Dawn Of A new Day
Walk The Distance
Dripstone Cave

Judging from these songs, it seems it’s a mixture of the material she had become known for with her first two albums, and the folk influences she introduced with Sideways, but regardless, it’s new Clara Hill music and it’s just around the corner.

REVIEW: Jazzanova’s “Funkhaus Studio Sessions”

As a longtime Jazzanova fan, I looked forward to hearing more after reading about the release of a brand new album. Then I heard it was a live album. It went downhill from there.

Funkhaus Studio Sessions (Sonar Kollectiv) is a live album featuring vocalist Paul Rudolph, and he’s a fine vocalist but… this live album doesn’t work for me. I tried to like it, and after loving some of the remix and compilation projects the Jazzanova crew have done over the years, this live album falls flat. It truly sounds like everyone involved called it in, and this nothing against Jazzanova and what they’re capable of doing. Then one might ask: are they still capable of doing what they had done leading up to 2002’s In Between, or has the state of the music industry lead them to this point? It’s not that the musicianship on this is bad, because it’s not. However, it lacks that incredible push that I tend to feel from their music. If you want a better Jazzanova-related album, and a live album at that, pick up 2008’s Guaranteed Niceness, released as the Sonar Kollektiv Orchester. That album blew me away when I first heard it, and works far better than this does.

If there’s something good to be said about Funkhaus Studio Sessions, it’s the songs “I Human” and “Boom Clicky Boom Klack”. I would’ve preferred if the “I Human” single just had “Boom Clicky Boom Klack”, I would’ve been happy with just these two songs.

Big question: Jazzanova’s In Between celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and it seems what we are hearing is very much about being “in between” the next good things. When are we going to get the next good thing again? I’m waiting.

FINAL VERDICT: Funkhaus Studio Sessions is a decent casual listen, but for something that you’ll want to listen to in the future, pick up Guaranteed Niceness instead.

REVIEW: Silveroot’s “Big Difference”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Normally I don’t start a review off with the word “I”, so I’m not. Instead, it will start the second sentence.

I last heard of Silveroot last year with a great album called Full Measure, and arguably the world was very different in the spring of 2008. A lot has changed since then, but then again maybe they haven’t, at least within the United States. I state this because while they celebrate the best of Americana and what it means to live in this country, it’s more of an album about the human condition and what we must do with and amongst each other in order to survive in peace. This is one of the underlying themes on Big Difference (Silverado), as the group continue with their well-executed mix of country, bluegrass, rock, pop, and on this album a number of worldly influences, most notable in teh final song “Last Night In Marrakech”, which sounds like a cross between Led Zeppelin, Loggins & Messina, and something you’d hear on a Folkways album. The smell of good food can be imagined in “Home Cookin'”, where Flynn imagines the delicious goodies found in New Orleans while creating a song that is reminiscent of The Band.

Most of the vibe on the album is down home music, but as the old saying goes, “wherever you lay your hat, that’s home”. It looks inward, but in “Brazil” there’s a slight tropicalia feel where vocalist Patrick Flynn and violinist Emily Palen unite in a celebration of the sunlight in Rio. The way the song is put together, it might help cross them over into a much bigger audience, sounds like a song that could be covered by The Dave Matthews Band or even Clara Hill.

Exploration is a key element here, or at least Flynn and friends are being motivated to open the door to their musical world to see what else lurks down the road, and Big Difference is indeed just that. A very strong statement.