Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

Best Indie Folk Albums Of 2012

Posted by admin On December - 15 - 2012 1 COMMENT

Last year I published a list of what I thought were the Best Indie Folk Albums of 2011. Seeing how people were keen to know more about this, I prepared a top 10 of my favorite indie folk albums from this year.

Behold, my take on the best indie folk/alt-folk albums of 2012:

1. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

The Tallest Man On Earth became more melodic and a bit more produced with this record. There’s a lot less screaming and angry singing going on but those melodies he got us hooked on are still deep in there, guiding us towards the light. Definitely my top favorite folk rock record of the year!

The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now

2. Grizzly Bear – Shields

Grizzly Bear manage to pull off what many indie folk bands cannot in this day and age: to keep you focused on the music, to make you stop and listen carefully to the beauty of detail, to notice the importance of texture. Complex yet entertaining.

Grizzly Bear - Shields

3. Amanda Palmer – Theatre Is Evil

Extremely selfish, rock your head off, Amanda Fucking Palmer.

Amanda Palmer - Theatre Is Evil

4. M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion

This record has not received the appreciation it deserves. M. Ward is probably one of the most noticeable and unique indie folk singer/songwriters out there today. A Wasteland Companion sounds exactly how you would expect it to from this man. A soulful and all around strong record with hints of pop and glamour.

M Ward - A Wasteland Companion

5. Bowerbirds – The Clearing

Heartfelt and melodic songs on the eeriest of subjects. Beautiful arrangements and strong songwriting that will keep you listening for weeks on end.

Bowerbirds - The Clearing

6. Cat Power – Sun

Definitely not the best of Cat Power on this record, but it is a release that is convincing enough and good enough to make it one of the best releases of 2012.

Cat Power - Sun

7. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Nothing matters anymore. There is a lot of talk about Lana Del Rey but the fact remains: she has an incredible voice and a persona to match. We got to know her because of one song, but there’s a lot more where that came from.

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

8. Bon Iver – iTunes Session

Bon Iver tries to recreate some of the feeling of the live shows but is definitely not a substitute for the live experience. Great songs on here, important milestones for indie music and music in general. A must have!

Bon Iver - iTunes Session

9. Mac DeMarco – 2

Mac DeMarco is both fresh and familiar. His approach to songwriting and his overall sound is instantly recognizable.

Mac DeMarco - 2

10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Nocturama

A respectable release. Or, as Pitchfork so elegantly puts it: career-besting.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Nocturama

Two new videos from LIE WITH ME

Posted by admin On December - 6 - 2012 1 COMMENT

The producers of the film LIE WITH ME have been kind enough to send over two new videos from the film with my music in the background. As some of you might know already, 8 Indie Folker songs will be included in the OST of the film and I will be releasing an album with all of this music as soon as the film is out.

“Be a Wolf” – a never before released track.

“Silver Screen” – probably one of my top favorites from this bunch.

…and the two songs I have already shared…

“Personal Disaster” – from my “Monsters In Rome” record.

“Cold Sun” – a never before released track.

I guess that’s it for now, but please keep watching.

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That is right! I have some songs (8, to be precise) included on the soundtrack of the soon-to-be released feature film LIE WITH ME.

I won’t keep you in suspense, watch the first musical footage from the film below:

You want to know more about the film? Well, check out LIE WITH ME on IMDB to find out more (and keep watching as new information gets out before the release).

Director: Jamison Brandi
Writers: Jamison Brandi (written and adapted by), Jason Brandi (written and adapted by)
Based on a play by: Keith Bridges

“Haunted by a family secret of incest and harboring the news of her dying mother, an estranged woman journeys home to bury her dark past forever.”

Jamison Brandi has contacted me early this year proposing a collaboration… and I immediately accepted. He has chosen a few songs of mine to be included in the film he was directing, and I offered to re-record the acoustic versions that he wanted. It was a scary thought, as I never released music like this, I always spend my time producing the tracks before I send them to sea. I am glad this project came together as it did, and I can hardly wait to see the film, it’s all I can add at the moment.

Please stay close because there will be new material coming very very soon, and the trailer will be shared on my website as well.

Lie With Me also has a website, so you can keep close to them (and you should) or/and follow the IMDB page that I shared at the beginning of this post.

Until further notice…

Adios.

110 km​/​h

Posted by admin On June - 26 - 2012 2 COMMENTS

I finally got to publish “110 km/h“, the song I’ve featured on with singer/songwriter/friend Murányi Tóni on my own music page.

Big hugs to Iris Heuer for her photograph “Travel Into The Past” which we’ve used to create the artwork for the song. We are still working on getting a video produced for this – hopefully this summer.

Listen to the song below:

The Story Behind The Song

Murányi Tóni has sent over an amazing demo back in the summer of 2011 and has asked me to feature on his final song, called “110km/h”. The first time that guitar riff blasted out of my speakers I knew I had to take part.

It took a while for us to actually begin working on the song (or, more precisely: it took ME a lot of time to get started), but in November of the same year we’ve recorded and mixed the entire track. He already had his parts written and recorded when he first approached me so I was expected to write my own parts and record them in my own home studio. We have worked for about one month on the song, together, emailing session files back and forth, recording and re-recording every track as we went along.

…aaand the artwork for 110km/h:

Tóni’s parts are in Hungarian, in case you didn’t get that – and mine are in English – as you’ve surely noticed.

We’ve published “110km/h” in May 2012 and we are still working on producing a video for this little gem. I couldn’t be happier to have “110km/h” in my portfolio, I have a lot of respect for Tóni’s songwriting and I am really really glad to have had the chance to do this.

Besides, Tóni and I have known each other for a few years, as there aren’t too many young singer-songwriters here in Transylvania, so it was just a matter of time before we made something together.