In a mix of old and new faces, old and new jokes, and old and new story lines, we are invited to experience yet another story about Captain Jack Sparrow.
Cherry Vinyl’s debut album, Busking Cape Town, is a fun and energetic, melodic folk-rock offering. In a nutshell, this sounds like an album made by lovers of music. Everything sounds bright and light, with a positive attitude and hopeful lyrics beaming from the speakers. It’s also evident that these musicians know what they’re doing – when it comes to skilled use of their individual instruments, but also the production and arrangement involved in crafting each song, these songs are top class.
Kyk, die feit dat daar ‘n amptelike Jack Parow biografie* verskyn het, is nie ‘n verrassing nie. Dit is dalk ‘n effense vreemde besluit, maar nadat Parow se platemaatskappy, Parowphernalia, al tekkies, ekstra-lang pette, comic books, en chilli- en braaisous begin verkoop het, kan niks mos meer verras nie. En al bevat Die Ou Met Die Snor By Die Bar nou geen staatsgeheime nie, is dit wel ‘n interessante kykie na die man agter die snor, en hoe hy sy sukses behaal het – al die pad uit Bellville uit.
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.
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.