bittereinder - dans tot die dood

Dis Bittereinder se basdrom vir die wen: Dans tot die Dood

Van my gunsteling dele van Bittereinder se vorige album was verwysings na die dood en vergaan. Spesifiek die gedagtes van ouer word in Jou Tyd Sal Kom en aanvaarding van die dood in Doodsberig. ‘n Jaar later reik Bittereinder hul vierde plaat, Dans tot die Dood, uit – en soos die titel insinueer is daar baie dood en vergaan op die album. Maar net soveel dans.

“Op die lem van die mes lê die einde van die storie
Hier’s die sedeles: Ek is nog nie dood nie.”

-Die Mes

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Van Coke Kartel’s Energie EP proves they can rock other material too

I distinctly remember nodding in agreement at a recent festival where BCUC exclaimed from the stage: “Real rock stars don’t do covers.” However, I’m sure that after 7 years, 5 albums, and many awards (including a SAMA) Van Coke Kartel has earned their rock star stripes. In fact, my biggest criticism on their previous releases was that it was too much of the same. In fact, I had hoped very hard that they would break out and do something completely unexpected and different. And now they have, with their new cover EP, Energie.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Thomas Krane Bone Tower

Thomas Krane’s Bone Tower is a wonderful, rare find

After a self-titled debut, Thomas Krane’s crowd-funded sophomore album, Bone Tower, is here. No, it has nothing to do with Tom Waits’ Bone Machine, but rather claims to be “a collection of left field pop songs about loving someone a bit too much.” I’m sure most people can relate.

Just like on the first album, Thomas Krane (band name/nom de guerre of Dan Hampton) makes beautiful, electric guitar based poem-songs. While this one is a proper studio production rather than the product of bedroom recordings, it retains the simplicity and cut-to-the-bone emotion of the previous release. Especially tracks like Dark Corners and Ode to Divorce respectively reminds me of Does that make you feel weird? and (ironically?), A song for our wedding day.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.