Month: January 2022

Niall McNamee – All I Need

     Steeped in traditional Irish folk songs, sprinkled with popular music flourishes, and peppered with the experience that comes from being a self-taught musician, singer-songwriter, Niall McNamee covers the world of war-torn relationships in the single All I Need (seen/heard here). When a man lies dying, his life flashes before him. The protagonist sits in a pub with all his mates, sharing last goodbyes before heading off to war.  It’s about the senseless loss of life that war brings, about promises…

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Haevn & Birdy – Open Hearts

     HAEVN is the musical project between singer and songwriter Marijn van der Meer and film soundtrack composer Jorrit Kleijnen formed back in 2015. Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy, is the phenomenal singer, songwriter, and musician who started her career on the heels of a win of the Open Mic UK back in 2008 when she was just 12. While both HAEVN and Birdy are excellent in their own right, the sum of the parts here is…

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Syd Carter West – The Ugly Truth

     If you look at the sweet face of Syd Carter West, you would be thinking that a song coming from her mouth would be wispy and light. Well, you would be completely wrong! West has a powerful, full, alto voice.  That voice is steeped in the tea-bags of blues and rock, with just an edge of southern rock thrown in there for good measure. Her new single, The Ugly Truth (seen/heard here) is a testament to being yourself…

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Big Big Train – Proper Jack Froster

    Vodka has been a fan of Big Big Train for quite a while now, so I thought the band was an appropriate choice for the new website launch. Big Big Train is preparing to release a new LP at the end of this month Welcome To The Planet (January 28, 2022). Proper Jack Froster (seen/heard here) is from that new release, and it is amazing!  This is a bitter-sweet moment, however. While Big Big Train is poised to release…

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