SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND?
CANADIAN rockers ‘ERIC & THE SOO’ have just released their latest single, ‘We Will Stay The Same,’ an upbeat love song co-written by Eric Brombacher, and lead guitarist, Ken Yoshioka.
“This song is really special to me as it is the first co-write between myself and our beloved guitarist/harpist Ken Yoshioka,” said band leader, Brombacher.
“Ken came by and he had all these great musical ideas, so we took his music and my words, and this is the first of which I hope are many such collaborations to come. The rest of the band really got behind the song, each one of them adding the magical elements that contribute to the joyous pop-rock energy behind this ditty, and I think it might be our catchiest song yet.”
Brombacher and his band – with their unique blend of rock, folk, country, roots and the occasional splash of psychedelia – have been making music and performing in Toronto since 2015.
Debut album ‘Small Town Dreamer’ saw Brombacher looking backwards to his past and childhood, while the follow-up, ‘Modern Dystopia,’ is a concept album that takes a broader outlook, exploring the current social climate and the challenges faced by humankind.
Previous singles include, ‘Great Northern Road,’ ‘Picture,’ and the pandemic inspired, ‘She’s Older Than Me.’
The film for ‘We Will Stay The Same’ features behind the scenes footage from the band’s studio, along with imagery from Maui’s, ‘Kaanapali Beach.’
And if the video gets a quick polish and edit, (including the removal of Eric’s topless beach scenes…) we’re probably looking at one of the songs of the summer.
Words & Music – Eric Brombacher & Ken Yoshioka
Eric Brombacher – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Ken Yoshioka – Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Drums & Percussion, Harmony Vocals
Julian Fauth – Wurlitzer Electric Piano
James McKie – Violin
T W O
‘Y NOS’ – the truly phenomenal new album by ‘Woodooman’, (Cardiff resident, multi-Instrumentalist and artist, Iwan Ap Huw Morgan,) is finally available from today via ‘Recordiau Dewin Record.’
The album draws on the artist’s love of solitude. It is a celebration of the beauty of the night and its mystery as he urges us to free our minds and open our hearts to the unknown.
‘Y Nos’ is a collection of tracks which encapsulate the from ‘fire to ice’ landscape of Morgan’s newest creative offerings, delving into a darker psychedelic world of experimental, underground, stoner-punk.
Intense, atmospheric, and tribal in instances, ‘Y Nos’ is an uplifting and haunting experience filled with elements of Woodooman’s mystical roots.
1. Long Time Ago
2. Dust Again
3. Father Sun
4. On This Train
5. In The Night
6. Across The Mists Of Time
7. All Night Long
8. Scarlet Woman
9. Y Nos Mewn Cariad
Long Time Ago
In the Night
T H R E E
THE MAW EXPERIMENT is the brainchild of London-based songwriter and producer, Mark Wilkins.
It’s an intelligent, mature blend of electronic, ambient, and mysterious music, which saw ‘The MAW Experiment’ release their debut album, ‘The Slow Burn,’ in 2020, an instrumental electronica album influenced by Chemical Brothers, Air and Leftfield.
Two more collections followed in 2021: the dark, electro of second album, ‘Jupiter’s Storm,’ and the retro sounding, ‘Time Has Only Just Begun.’
But new, stand-alone single, ‘Sirens and City Noise,’ released last week, is the first song to feature Wilkins on vocals and will be followed by the release of new album, ‘Idiolect,’ later this year.
In addition, Wilkins has released a number of singles along with the Krautrock inspired EP, ‘Berceau’
For sure, there’s plenty of ‘electronic, ambient’ tunes about at the moment – perhaps too many – but thankfully Wilkins steers clear of the pitfalls of disappearing under the avalanche of similar sounding music and admirably produces a sound of his own.
F O U R
OUT today via Libertino records, the new Double-A single from CHROMA: ‘’Weithiau,’ / ‘Caru Cyffuriau.’
‘Weithiau’ (Sometimes) is an emotionally powerful song, the group’s first after joining the Libertino label. Both songs were recorded live to capture the versatile and energetic sound of the valleys trio, and were produced by Kris Jenkins (Cate Le Bon, SFA, Gruff Rhys).
“‘Weithiau’ is about ending a relationship with someone you love deeply,” said Chroma’s Katie Hall. “It’s about the process of coming to terms with the fact the relationship doesn’t work, and putting yourself first in that situation.”
In perfect musical contrast to the sometimes melancholy ‘Weithiau’, ‘Caru Cyffuriau’ is a non-stop ‘punk’ song about being a teenager in the South Wales Valleys.
“’Caru Cyfffuriau’ is a song about being a naughty teenager in the valleys, experimenting with drugs and sex because there’s not much else to do,” adds Hall.
“I think there needs to be more stuff going on so young people don’t feel so isolated. We wanted to write a Welsh language punk song that reflects young people’s lived experience today.”
LISTEN HERE: Chroma – Weithiau / Caru. Cyffuriau. (orcd.co)
F I V E
JOIN British singer, rapper and random screamer, LEWCA on Tuesday June 28th for the first – but hopefully not the last – of his ‘#SummerSessions.’
“I’m calling it ‘Brand New Second Hand,’ mainly because I think it sounds cool,” said the Paris-based musician. “
“It is a pop up playlist that is a mix of the five songs from ‘3 kids & a Mortgage’ & five unreleased new songs from the upcoming double album.
“Right before Covid hit I was planning an album, but due to circumstances I decided to split it up into three EP’s, ‘Three Kids & a Mortgage,’ ‘Walking the Hedgehog,’ and ‘Geezer Pop.’”
With a wonderful ability of turning mayhem into musical magnificence, LEWCA’s #SummerSessions is the call to arms we all so desperately need.
In the words of Gary Gilmore: “Let’s do it.”
(Fancy a feature in a future edition of ‘Something For The Weekend?’ Tell us why – and we’ll see what we can do.)