Thursday, 6 April 2017

Dear Readers...

Some of you may have noticed there has been a severe lack of activity in the world of Music In Time. This isn't down to lack of material or music in the world (there's been loads of great releases and gigs in the past few months), more a lack of direction for where this blog was going.

Towards the end of last year I started feeling like a bit of a machine just churning out blog posts and began noticing the blog had turned into something far from what it started out as. I currently don't enjoy writing posts for Music In Time, and I really want to get back to enjoying writing about music.
I never set out with the thought that this would become what it has, in a million years, I receive hundreds of submissions per week, tried posting three posts a week, running events throughout the year, writing for other people, managing bands, running press releases, as well as having a separate part time job.

Music In Time Blog has been a constant for me the past few years and I never thought that it would become something that I tired of, but I did and I have.

Over the last year and a bit, Music In Time has branched out into events and that's consumed time and brain power - as well as the many other things that go into running music events - and I'd much rather get those right than post reviews about music, because it's the events that I enjoy.

So, I guess this is a 'we'll see you again soon, but I just don't know when' post. I might post playlist posts every now and then, reviews etc. for now, however, we have just announced our garden gigs and there'll be more news on live events coming so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for those...

- evan.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Check It Out #36 (25/01/17)

1. Modern Day Frankenstein - Lucy Spraggan
Lucy releases her fourth studio album this week, and of course it's another collection of brilliantly honest songs. 'I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing' is comprised of even more wonderful tracks that showcase Lucy's emotive songwriting, all of which telling a story in one way or another. 'Modern Day Frankenstein' is her latest single and one of the more upbeat and catchy tracks from the release...



2. Common Things - Little Comets

Little Comets also have a new album being released in the near future, also their fourth studio album, 'WORHEAD'. 'Common Things' is their latest single taken from the release and it keeps in line with their sound from previous albums, but has a new and fresh approach within that. Rob, Mickey and Matthew are heading out on a UK tour throughout February and March, and I really recommend going to see them, they're one of my favourite bands to see live



3. On + Off - Maggie Rogers

After her extremely successful and incredibly well-received debut single 'Alaska', Maggie followed up with 'Dog Days'. Now she's released another track, 'On + Off', and it's yet another great track. I haven't disliked any of her songs yet and I'm excited to hear an album from her. It's got that infectious beat and bass lines covered with Maggie's stunning vocals and layered vocals creating a wonderful sound... Enjoy! 



4. Cold Cold Cold - Cage The Elephant
'Cold Cold Cold' is the latest single from Cage The Elephant's album 'Tell Me It's Pretty'. A funky bass line highlights the moody drums and the guitar riffs underline Matt's vocals. It's typically Cage The Elephant and I'm a big fan of this single (as well as the rest of the album), it's got their early sound with the maturity and addition of years working together as a band, and you can hear that through their music, which is refreshing. 


5. I Tried To Leave - Dearly Beloved
The Canadian garage-punk two-piece, Dearly Beloved, have had coverage from NME, Noisey and Alt Press, and when you hear their current single, you can understand why. It's an anthemic track, full of energy, it's a fantastic mix of rock'n'roll flicks in a predominately punk rock sound. Their new album 'Admission' is out Friday and is punk rock at it's best.  


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Monday, 9 January 2017

Feature: ESSIE (09/01/17)


ESSIE is the new dreamy indie/pop solo project from Melbourne based singer/songwriter, Jess Holy. Having spent time writing and recording in the UK over the past couple of years, ESSIE has big plans to release a debut EP this year. The debut track 'Electric Wires', which was release 9th December (2016) was the first step towards that goal... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I think if I really look back I was always really interested in music as a kid. I played the flute and piano in primary school and was in a few choirs here and there. Then in high school I started to teach myself guitar and started writing songs.

2. What has been the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
I recently saw Missy Higgins with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which was pretty magical!

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Fiona Apple lately actually. And I’m always listening to amazing local music. Right now I’m loving Ngaiire, Mansionair and LANKS.

3 Qs for ESSIE:

1. For people that haven't heard your music, describe your sound in five words...
Dreamy, 80’s nostalgic, indie/pop

2. Which three countries would you most like to tour and why?
I would love to tour Scandinavia because their music scene is epic and I love so many of the acts coming out of there! 

3. What process did you go through creating 'Electric Waves', and do you it's a process that will stick for future releases? 
Electric Wires was actually a super nomadic track. I wrote it when I was in London earlier in the year and it was produced over there by Dan Villalobos. And I recorded the vocals back home in Melbourne and got it mastered here too. I’ve spent so much time in the UK over the last couple of years so it was really fun to collaborate with a London based producer on this track.

Random Q:

What do you hope to achieve in 2017?
I'm going to record my debut EP and hopefully have it out around mid-year. I'll also have another single out early next year and have a few exciting shows planned! 

'Electric Wires' Review:
ESSIE's debut track 'Electric Wires' is a spacey, synth-filled soundscape. It's full of soulful vocals, flickering hooks and synths and a melancholy pop vibe. The song belongs in anyone's dark indie playlist and the overall moody tone contrasted with light ethereal layered vocals and synths creates a stunning sound. ESSIE has managed to embody electricity in a song and this is that... 


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Friday, 6 January 2017

Feature: The Little Unsaid (06/01/17)


John Elliott is the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter behind The Little Unsaid. At the end of a long period of caring for a loved one recovering from a suicide attempt, Elliott was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after suffering an emotional breakdown himself. One year on, after a gradual return to a relentless touring schedule, Elliott and his band were back in the studio working on a new album. They've sold out their last three shows in London and played to increasingly packed venues across the UK. Now the latest single to be self-released is 'Symptomatic'...

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I’d struggled my way through piano lessons from a young age, but I think I really started to engage with music when my friends and I started bands in high school. After muddling my way through years of piano exams and trying to learn these pieces of music I couldn’t really connect with, let alone play properly, suddenly there’s an electric guitar in your hands and you’re with your best friends in some community hall screaming your guts out thinking ‘yes! This is it! I get it now.’ Then it’s all about expressing yourself and being free and connecting with people. I’ve loved it ever since.

2. What has been the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
PJ Harvey at Glastonbury this summer was the most recent show that completely blew my brains out. It was monumentally moving and exhilarating, all so well put together and her movement and gesture was so subtle but remarkable, wailing ‘to bring you my love’ in such a menacing yet comforting way to a field of thousands of drenched people. I remember marching away through the knee-deep mud feeling so energized and inspired.

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Sleaford Mods, Radiohead, Yussef Kamall and lots and lots and lots of Leonard Cohen.

3 Qs for The Little Unsaid:

1. Being a multi-instrumentalist, what is your favourite instruments to play and why?
It changes a lot of the time. The phrase ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ comes to mind – if you stay mediocre at lots of instruments, wrestling with them in turn is always going to bring some varied creative challenges and happy accidents. Right now I’m mostly enjoying wrestling the piano.

2. You've just been on a UK tour, was there a stand out moment for you, and if so, what was it?
I remember at the Lexington in London, the last gig of the tour, we finished with a new song called Day is Golden, which is very tender and gentle. It’s an indescribable feeling when you can feel a whole room full of people engaging with your little song so respectfully and silently, and I felt it then in such an intense way. Probably because it was the final moment of such an intense two months of touring. That was a pretty special moment, time definitely stopped for me during that one song.

3. What process did you go through creating 'Symptomatic' and how much did it differ to your previous releases?
It was a late addition to the new album because I wasn’t sure I’d get it finished in time. I’d been laboring away over this piano part that bounced between 4/4 and 5/4, trying to figure out what arrangements should be weaved around it. After lots of trial and error, stripping it back to its most simple elements was how it was finished – just the piano, the string arrangement and a simple drum machine loop fluttering away. Sometimes not letting unnecessary complexity and production clog the meaning of a song is a tricky thing for me to avoid. This was one of those rare songs that came together without gallons of blood and sweat in the process and said exactly what needed to be said.

Random Q:

Where in the world would you most like to visit?
New Zealand. And also China. And also India. And Canada. And I’d like to go to Iceland again. The list is long, there’s so much to explore on this lovely little rock, isn’t there?

'Symptomatic' Review:
'Symptomatic' is a very cinematic song, easily imagined as part of a film's soundtrack, the emotion and honesty that it holds is brought to life with John's vocals and the layered and complex music of the track. The stunning strings and gently pounding drums create an ethereal soundscape that takes the listener to the spaced out world that is portrayed in the music video and I think that reflects just how great The Little Unsaid's music really is... 


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