Posts tagged ‘acoustic’

February 18, 2012

Bon Iver – AIR Studio Sessions

This video is a must-see for any fan of Bon Iver and worth more than the usual recommendation for all other music lovers.

A recorded album is an experience of close intimacy with a compilation of songs, infinitively repeatable as the same version, put in a storytelling order and mastered to perfection. Seeing a Live performance brings your physically close to the artist – and to hundreds of people with the same feelings for his music.

The rather new trend of recording studio sessions is a great blend of both, giving you something between album and live performance.

Bon Iver‘s latest studio sessions at the AIR Studios in London are a masterpiece. As a collaboration between 4AD and Jagjaguwar, they present five captivating versions of old and new songs. Equipped with two Steinway & Sons grand pianos, Justin Vernon and Sean Carey interpret these tunes in a minimalistically pure, yet classical way.

Vernon’s high-pitched vocals and the characteristic instrumentation generate a thick atmosphere of airlessly floating intensity. Nevertheless, its highlight certainly is a stunning cover of Bonnie Raitt‘s I Can’t Make You Love Me, unfolding itself as the centerpiece at 8:10 minutes. At this point, no one will doubt the weight of Sean Carey’s voice, giving an almost angelic touch to Bon Iver’s unique style.

Take 25 minutes of rest for this one – they are more than worth it.

1. Hinnom, TX
2. Wash.
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Babys
5. Beth/Rest

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November 9, 2011

Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP

“That secret that you know, but don’t know how to tell.
It fucks with your honor and it teases your head.”

One of Justin Vernon‘s most beautiful songs, again creating that distinct Winter atmosphere. His songs seem to be even more enchanting with chilly Winter air and snow surrounding you…

Blood Bank has only been released on an EP, but it might just triumph over Bon Iver’s long players, especially since it includes two more brilliant tunes:

Babys is dominated by a high-pitched piano, only giving rest for the words “Summer comes, to multiply!” The (almost) acoustic song Woods starts slow and with repetitive lyrics, then growing to immense heights.

Enjoy Blood Bank it with a well done fan video:

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October 23, 2011

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

The feeling of an acoustic orchestra hall – blended with jazzy tunes and the mechanics and sound of electronic music? Yes, and all combined with a stunningly captivating emergence of rhythm and density.

The three Berlin-based guys from Brandt Brauer Frick have enjoyed growing enthusiuasm around their unique sound which originates in classical and jazz music. It evolved much further though, avoiding instruments like saxophones or contrabass that are usually connotated with jazz. As 31-year-old Paul Frick stated in an interview (in German) “I had to study Composition for eight years first before getting into Techno.” In live shows the ensemble often consists of ten musicians, playing their entire dimension of instrumentation.

Audiovisuals

Watch the ensemble’s latest and quite entertaining video for the minimalistic yet dramaticly dark piece Pretend, featuring Emika:

Another highly enjoyable video certainly is this medley of their Album You Make Me Real with the band in action, thus presenting its true originality:

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