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Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

 

Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:39 minutes | 562 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Prolifica Inc.

From humble beginnings for Parisian label Kitsune back in 2010, the sub-pop of Two Door Cinema Club has reached great heights thanks to their albums Beacon, Gameshow and most of all, their debut, Tourist History. Now with False Alarm, Alex Trimble’s vocals continue to collide in sweet harmony with the band’s contemporary arrangement of synths, acoustic drums and undertones of tropical instrumentation – bear in mind that TDCC never stray too far from the poppy realms of disco either. Highlights include the radical ’80s charm of “Satisfaction Guaranteed” (think Sting or Hall & Oates) to “Satellite” and the oddly, stylisticly French ballad that is “Break”. Good times roll!

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Tweedy – Sukierae (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Tweedy – Sukierae (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:11:29 minutes | 773 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Anti – Epitaph

Since it has become fashionable to derisively refer to Wilco’s music as “Dad Rock,” it seems fitting that Jeff Tweedy would cleverly point to his own dadness by making an album with one of his sons. Sukierae, credited to Tweedy, features Spencer Tweedy, Jeff’s 18-year-old son, on drums and percussion, while the rest of the instruments (except for some keyboards and backing vocals) are handled by Jeff. This father and son bonding comes at a difficult time in their personal lives, as Susan Miller Tweedy Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early 2014. None of the songs on Sukierae deal directly with this sort of familial crisis, but there’s a note of struggle and hope in songs like “Wait for Love” and “Nobody Dies Anymore,” while the opening lines of “New Moon” “Well, I’ve always been certain nearly all of my life/One day I’d be your burden and you would be my wife” clearly refer to the ways time and circumstance can change the balance of a relationship. But whatever the literal or metaphorical meaning of the lyrics on Sukierae, musically this album finds Jeff Tweedy stepping away from the grand-scale sound of Wilco for a set of songs that feel significantly more intimate and personal. Spencer’s drumming certainly makes a difference; his style is solid but with an exploratory bent, sometimes throwing in rhythms and fills that recall hip-hop beats while elsewhere bringing out slightly prog-like colors on the toms and cymbals, and if he’s not as precise as Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, his percussion (which is played up strong in the mix) gives this music an organic sound that fits the songs well. As for Jeff, he’s never been a virtuoso guitarist, but on Sukierae he gives himself more room to explore on his instruments than he has since his work with the side project Loose Fur, and his instrumental work, elemental but atmospheric, cuts to the core of these melodies, which are frequently downbeat but also quite beautiful. In their own low-key way, these songs sound like Jeff Tweedy’s most passionate, heartfelt work since Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and Sukierae is a powerful, emotionally naked work that gives him a chance to do things he likely couldn’t have made work quite so well with his band. And if this is Dad Rock … well, sometimes dads have stories worth hearing, and Sukierae shows that Jeff Tweedy more than qualifies.

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Trio in Uno – Ipe (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Trio in Uno – Ipê (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 53:29 minutes | 958 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Quart de Lune

This album is of incredible finesse sound with the most worthy and authentic colors of a rich and diverse Brazil. Congratulations to the Trio In Uno, which offers us, with this “work of art”, a new chapter in the history of Brazilian music and musicians. After a first album (Lilas, 2015), these 3 young musicians who devote their energy to the contemporary Brazilian music come back to us with a superb record that swings nicely, warmly and deeply moving. Once again, we find musical excellence at the highest level, around a demanding repertoire, in chiseled arrangements that emphasize the raw musical material as much as the inspired and energetic play of the musicians, as well as their musical talents arrangers.

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Trinom3 – Just A Bit Further (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Trinom3 – Just A Bit Further (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:09:08 minutes | 825 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cellar Live

Just a Bit Further, Trinom3’s second release, brings together the various music styles that have inspired the band throughout their formative years. Masters of progressive rock, jazz, r&b/pop and film scores, Mike Clinco, John Van Tongeren and Kendall Kay are most certainly the musically eclectic gentlemen.

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Tony Malaby Cello Trio – Warblepeck (2008/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Tony Malaby Cello Trio – Warblepeck (2008/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 54:30 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Songlines

A playful excursion into the possibilities of sound influenced by the visual arts … a fascinating electro-acoustic effort and Malaby’s most personal and adventurous recording to date. Tony Malaby made a name for himself as one of the most versatile jazz musicians working in New York City. In his Cello Trio he engages with two like-minded sonic explorers, omnidextrous New York drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck and genre-hopping Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, to create this collection of highly integrated, multi-faceted avant-jazz. The music’s richness also has a lot to do with Malaby’s interest in painting, photography and film, and the way he draws on these art forms to think graphically and texturally, visualizing new musical structures through juxtaposing images, colours and forms.

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Tony Christie & Ranagri – The Great Irish Song Book (2015/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Tony Christie & Ranagri – The Great Irish Song Book (2015/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 46:55 minutes | 868 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Stockfisch Records

This album is not an idiosyncratic whim dreamed up over a few “jars” at the local pub, but brings to light an aspect of Tony Christie the artist (real name: Anthony Fitzgerald) which many won’t have expected. The songs have profited immensely from the contemporary arrangements, making the “golden oldies” shine with a new brilliance. Various successful albums tipped the vote away from naming the production „Simply in Love with Irish Music“ or alternatively „Made in Northeim“. Quite deservedly, this album has been called „The Great Irish Songbook” – the current album of the „Great Irish Singer“ Tony Christie.

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Tommy James – Alive (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Tommy James – Alive (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 53:15 minutes | 716 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Aura Records

Alive started out as an acoustic album, but little by little I realized that there was no way I could interpret all of the songs acoustically, so I gave into electricity! It was a very long time in the making. Some songs go back 30, 40, and even 50 years and some are brand new. There are lots of different kinds of songs. If there’s one big theme it’s that there’s absolutely no theme. I wasn’t listening to the radio or what was going on around me musically, I just recorded songs that I had wanted to do for a long time or now.

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Tom Eaton – How It Happened (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Tom Eaton – How It Happened (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:10:21 minutes | 639 MB | Genre: New Age
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Spotted Peccary

How it Happened is not happy or cheerful music, it is consistently calm, sometimes dark and somber. The instruments are all held deep in the glowing sound of the ambient reverberation haze. There are keyboards ranging from what sounds to me like a huge stadium-size in magnitude piano, to a whimsical harmonium, plus an actual accordion, and of course synthesizers, lush and rich in timbre and tone. Each song has lots of extra silence in the distance between one ending and one beginning. There might be just four notes played on the entire album, over and over again like waves on the shore, and they are ample. It works perfectly, just what the medicine man ordered. Relax. It is also good for your blood pressure too. Listen for yourself! Breathe out and soar into beauty. Utterly superb, highly recommended.

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Timothy Williams – Brightburn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Timothy Williams – Brightburn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 40:19 minutes | 374 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (OST) from the film Brightburn (2019). The music composed by Timothy Williams (I’m Not Ashamed, I.T.). Brightburn is a 2019 science fiction horror film written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, directed by David Yarovesky. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner.

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Tim Garland – Return to the Fire (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Tim Garland – Return to the Fire (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:47 minutes | 722 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Edition Records

British jazz saxophonist Tim Garland and an all-star British band celebrate some of the music and the musicians that have inspired Garland over the course of his career. The title is a nod to his breakthrough 1995 album Enter The Fire which brought Garland to the attention of Chick Corea. I met Tim Garland through his original Enter The Fire and I wanted some of that fire in my band, thus our long musical friendship began. This Return to the Fire shows Tim, his beautiful compositions and the band’s prowess completely. Thanks to Tim and his compadres for keeping the music fires burning brightly.

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