An interesting Voces8 video from yesterday. Rather than the full octet, it's just first soprano Andrea Haines with tenor Blake Morgan showing off his guitar chops for a song by UK composer Benjamin Britten.
Andrea is now the second longest running current member, with only co-founder Barnaby Smith being longer. Blake is their only non-British member, being from Michigan, something they often tease him about in intros.
Haven't had a new video from The Hound + The Fox in a while. This is quite a different sound for McKenzie and Reilly, almost getting into EDM. A lively song of summer romance with a sexy video to match.
Celebrating the contributions of immigrants on Canada Day, here's Swedish-Canadian songstress Julia Westin with a new original track. As I have discussed before, she met Quebecois musician David Meshow (yes, he spells like that as his stage name) online and is now married to him and lives in Quebec. David produces and plays on most of her recordings.
Toyah and Robert look like they could be somebody's parents or even grandparents. But not many people can count one of the greatest guitar players in rock music as their grandpa. Robert Fripp not only founded prog legend King Crimson, but played on many recordings by the likes of David Bowie.
His wife Toyah Willcox has a long recording career of her own. This song is one of hers, from an album, In the Court of the Crimson Queen, whose title alludes to a famous album by her spouse's band.
Here are Robert and Toyah in their kitchen. Her singing is perhaps not at its best, but there is no mistaking that guitar sound. Robert Fripp is still one of the best.
Faouzia continues to release new tracks, even with no sign of when her long awaited debut album will roll. Nice, if sad at the end, video featuring one of her real-life friends. Her songwriting seems to get better and more assured with each new release. And I'm not sure who is her producer (maybe she's self-produced, but I kind of doubt it this early in her career), but they are doing a bang-up job.
I didn't watch any of the Canada Day stuff but CBC Music has been posting the performances over the weeks since. I love this one. Sarah McLachlan singing one of her classics backed by duo Whitehorse, both of whom have been in her band or toured with her at various times*, and Pierre Marchand, her longtime producer/co-writer.
I'm seeing an uptick in activity from her recently so maybe a new album soon?? She did say early in 2019 that she had 15 songs in various stages of writing and production and debuted on of them in concert. It's been almost 4 years since Wonderland, and that was a Christmas album of seasonal favorites and carols rather than an album of new songs.
* I know that I have heard it said that Sarah played matchmaker for Whitehorse members Luke Doucet and Melissa Mclelland, who are a married couple as well as musical partners, but can't find confirmation anywhere.
Justin Hayward, lead singer of one of my favorite band of all time, the Moody Blues, has been doing a series recently where he talks about the creation of a Moodies hit, then plays his performance of it from his last solo tour. Today is one of the best songs from the eighties incarnation of the band and one of my favorite songs of theirs period.
Interesting that while the band is basically retired and unlikely to tour again under the name Moody Blues, Hayward and former Moodies bassist and vocalist John Lodge keep things alive by using the Moody Blues YouTube channel and website for their solo efforts and to post archival material.
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence is one of my favorite songs of the past couple decades. It's anthemic hard rock with some carefully placed rapping and a driving beat.
This new recording takes it up a notch or two. While I have heard Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee sing it with an orchestra before, here she is also joined by a Japanese band using a mix of Western and Japanese instruments. And their lead singer holds her own with Amy, no mean feat given how powerful Amy's voice is.