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Song of the day: Belgium loving

Hello kids,

So today is Featured Fridays. Where I either feature a lovely artist that wrote to me or a lovely song recommendation from one you readers. Today’s feature comes from no stronger, none other than Belgium bouncing Dries. He has really opened my eyes to how such a small country has produced such a huge amount of musical talent.

Here is another great example of this – Trixie Whitley. To be fair although born in Ghent it seems she is rather a citizen of the world then truly a beer brewing Belgium  From the age of nine not only did she split her time between Belgium and New York she also started touring the whole of Europe at age 11 either performing theatre, DJing or dancing.

Whatever she is – she is multi-talented and hugely soulful. You hear her wrench her heart out in this love declaration of a song: Need your love.

Would love to hear recommendations from you – what song is stuck on repeat in your player?



Song of the day: I am a marathon runner, and my legs are sore

Hello kids,

So I just recently discovered this indie rock awesome band Yellow Ostrich from New York. I’m hooked. So hooked. The melodies are so beautiful. They are accompanied by so many beautiful instrumental complex sound. There is so much light and shade in their music. And each song has a section that highlights Alex Schaaf incredible vocals.

And that’s about as much as I can manage cause it’s actually quite hard to describe their sound.

Have a listen to Marathon Runner off their latest album Strange Land 

There is something chaotic and unrefined about this sound that I love.

Song of the day: Forever

Hello kids,

So today I give you a very dream pop, indie rock, shoegazer type band. Their name is DIIV, changed from Dive out of respect for Dirk Ivens and the original Dive.

So I found this band by accident when I went to watch Digitalism at For Noise Festival. While waiting for the band to start we also visited the other two smaller stages (rooms) to see who else was playing.
We stumbled onto this New Yorkers and were hypnotize from the first song. They were cramped up on the back corner of the room, while we all pushed to get inside and away from the rain.
And as the contrast in temperature fogged out the place we slowly bounced to the acid noises.

They also had some fantastic video montage of all weird and trippy images that was projected on top of their rocking bodies, jiving back and forth to the music. It was a wonderful atmosphere.

There’s a bit of Beach House in there, a lot of Tame Impala and Animal Collective , and some Toro Y Moi and Best Coast, and on their purely instrumental songs they had some of the power of Explosions in the Sky. All bands I expect you to know by now.

So they have only been together for a year now but we are very excited at the new sounds they are creating.  Their debut album Oshin came out last June.
Check out the one that stood out for me when I saw them performing: How Long Have You Known

Also I would recommend to see them live, because the recordings do no justice to how fantastic they are when they perform.

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day