This is a really quick and short post. I wasn’t going to write anything today but after coming across Ranky Redlof earlier today I just had to post something about his album Fine.
With Spring barely coming to life it’s all felt a bit dark and down recently. With this recent cloudiness and from feeling a bit stressed, I’ve been listening to some more laid back and relaxing music. I haven’t listened to much new music over the last week, but after glancing at my SoundCloud likes, I was reminded of Potensia.
Manuel Pfeiffer aka Potensia creates some truly beautiful and well crafted songs. I found his music through having a look a at Tim Toh’s SoundCloud, so fans of Tim Toh’s music might also like this. I don’t know if it’s because I had been listening to a lot of techno and disco recently, but Potensia’s music and specifically Theme for Anne and Only Light definitely gave me back a bit of calm I’d been missing in music.
For me the stand out tracks on his page are his collaborations with Dubios – Fairytales and I Need Darkness. I don’t know much about either Potensia or Dubios but there’s a real sense of style and maturity in the level of production in their songs. Their combination of beats, piano and layered vocals will get me every time. And even if the sun does come out and the warm weather returns, Potensia & Dubios’ music is still going to be perfect for those summer days and nights.
Bonus – Potensia put out a mix a couple of days ago
Some of you who read APFOS regularly will see that I don’t write very often. It’s definitely not because I don’t enjoy it. I would love to post every week, but I feel that writing occasionally gives me the chance to post about music that has stuck with me since I first heard it, and therefore gives the post a little more meaning. I could easily blog all my SoundCloud ‘likes’ and YouTube shares, but I probably wouldn’t have much to say after a while other than “listen to it”. I’m not good at talking about the structure of a song or reviewing it.
For me it’s all about the moment I hear the first beat of a track. Most of us make up mind on whether we like a song or not in the first few moments of listening to it. So to me finding that perfect beat can be a long yet incredible experience. When a song hits you, and you really connect with it, it gives you something you didn’t know could exist. For that noise, that someone else has created, to be so pleasing to your ears is, to me, absolutely amazing. I go through pages and pages of SoundCloud, YouTube, blogs and podcasts, clicking anything and everything and then eventually find it – that few minutes or more of perfection.
A few weeks ago, I had this connection with Tim Toh’s He Is A Dancer ft. Lisa Toh and Strawberryeater. I’d never heard of Toh’s work before, but the first few seconds of each song hit me, and now I can’t stop listening to them both. The two tracks are definitely up there in my top tracks of the year. Highly recommended. Maddie x
He Is A Dancer &
out on Philpot Records
This is kind of a late post, in the sense that Tilly & The Wall’s new album came out back in the beginning of October, but after waiting four years for another album from them I felt that I should write something . I bought the album a few weeks ago, and I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard they were back. When ‘O’ came out in 2008, I was 18, and I liked the album to some extent, but it wasn’t as near as good as ‘Wild Like Children’ or ‘Bottoms Of Barrels’, and I started to forget about Tilly. I still can’t believe that when ‘Wild Like Children’ came out in 2004, I was fourteen. I guess that’s why I bought the new record. No matter how many years pass, I will still always love Tilly & The Wall, because their music defined my teenage years, and every time I listen to them it reminds me of being completely free – and having nothing to worry to about when you’re young (just listen to the classic ‘Nights of The Living Dead). Now I’m 22, just finished university and I can’t find a job, i’m living at home and have no money. Listening to ‘Heavy Mood’ was such a great remedy to how lost I’ve been feeling. Even though they can’t solve my material problems, Tilly & The Wall have definitely brought me back some kind of new happiness and new energy. ‘Heavy Mood’ is a great return for Tilly & The Wall. Stand out tracks for me include ‘Static Expression’, ‘Thicker Than Thieves’ , ‘Heavy Mood’, and ‘Defenders’. Get it from Team Love.