K recommends | Music of 2015

Hello lovelies!

Since this is the last day of the year, I thought I should give you some recommendations of some new music* I discovered during 2015. Its a pretty mixed list of genres so I hope there will be something for everybody.

*Disclaimer: I’m not saying this music is new per say, but I have myself not listened to it until this year. So, new music for me.

 

Ghost

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If you follow me on any social media, this hardly comes as a surprise. I started listening to them this summer and then I was stuck! Luckily for me, they released a new album, Meliora, in August followed by an international tour.

Ghosts music living within the metal genre, border lining on hard rock. To be honest, their image is much harder than their music, but that doesn’t matter since their music is really great! I recommend the songs Monstrous  Clock, Con Clavi Con Dio, Year Zero and Cirice.

 

Red Velvet

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You knew there had to be some kpop in this list. Red Velvet began their activities in 2014, but got their big with Ice Cream Cake this year. They also released their first full-length album, The Red, including the songs Dumb Dumb and Huff n Puff.

Since the music is commercial pop, its hard to find any real depth in it. I do believe RV stands out amongst other groups though, especially when comparing them to other all-female groups within the pop genre. Its fun, fresh and not overly-sexualized. I recommend Ice Cream Cake, Somethin Kinda Crazy and Huff n Puff for starters.

 

Septicflesh

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I regularly go through my recommended playlists on Spotify and sometimes I find bands that stands out to me. Septicflesh is an example. They are a Greek metal band with really interesting lyrics and catchy melodies (as catchy as death metal allows anyway).

For first-time listeners I recommend listening to Anubis and Sunlight / Moonlight, then move on to The Vampire from Nazareth.

 

Steam Powered Giraffe

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This band I only learned about last week (thank you AREKU), so I cannot say too much about them. But I can say that they are a steampunk band with really a style that is just to die for!

The music is really catchy with lots of vocal harmonies. Automatic Electronic Harmonics is a song that showcases this, as well as the ballad Honeybee.

 

Zella Day

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I’m cheating a bit on this one, because I began listening to the song Sweet Ophelia last year. But when Zella Day released her debut album Kicker this year I was really stuck!

Her music is described as a happier sounding Lana del Ray. I partly agree, but I wouldn’t say “happier”, rather more varied and I believe Zella uses her voice to the fullest. She’s an amazing singer and her lyrics are ver poetic.

The songs I recommend are Jerome, Sweet Ophelia and Compass.

 

So, there you have it! Like I wrote earlier, its a mixed list and I don’t know if that is cool or just strange. I hope you will find some new, great music though.

Take care,

~K

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Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Have you celebrated? I have, I went to a secret place in the forest to eat lots of food and spend time with my family.

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Not really “Christmasy” weather, but still beautiful!

Since a few years back we don’t give each other gifts within the family, because it doesn’t feel that important any longer.

I have gotten some gifts from others though, as my dear friends SaSa and AREKU, as well as one of our cute fan.

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SaSa had made her own “mixture” of gingerbread late that she gave me. Who needs Starbucks, really?

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AREKU gave me a vintage style picture for the wall, featuring two ladies showing of and under-vest of wool and cotton. I really like these kinds of pictures, and vintage underwear has always been fascinating to me. It looks great on my wall.

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Our dear Norwegian Alavin Kim sent these keychains, a necklace and four hand-made pictures. I will let you know Kim that I was in need of a keychain so these are perfect. Thank you!

I hope you’ve had good holidays even if you celebrate Christmas or not.

Love,

~K

『POWDER』

Hello lovelies,

A few days ago I learned that the band Femme Fatale will disband at the beginning of next year. I believe it came as a surprise for everybody and even for the members themselves. I can’t say I’m not disappointed, but I also support them in their decision.

Its rather peculiar though what happened today. I just got home from a trip in Stockholm and had a package waiting for me and it turned out it was Femme Fatales’ latest single POWDER. It felt rather special receiving it so soon after hearing the sad news. I’m also happy I bought it since it seems to be their last release.

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This release is a concept single so the members look pretty different from usual which is interesting (I barely even recognize TaNa!). It comes with a photo book with two different styles for each of the members, one extravagant and one more casual. Since I ordered it from CD Japan I also got an extra photo set.

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I think this is a great piece in my collection and it feels very special. I’m looking forward to see what projects the members will part-take in the future.

Until next time, take care.

~K

Review: Ghost live at Amager Bio

Hello lovielies!

I promised to make a concert review about the Ghost gig in Copenhagen a few weeks back. So, without further ado; here it comes.

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Photo courtesy of gaffa.se

The venue was Amager Bio, which is a club that houses two bars and a fairly small stage. I arrived to catch a few songs of the opening act called Dead Soul which I thought set the mood pretty nicely.

Before Ghost arrived, they lit upp the backdrop that looked like a stained church glass showing a man with horns. People were chanting, and the Nameless Ghouls finally arrived on stage and began to play Spirit, in my opinion one of the best songs from their new album Meliora. I kind of hope for them to open with that songs since its the opening song on the album as well, and thankfully I was not disappointed.

The whole setlist was great; they played all of the songs I had wished for. The further into the gig, the more people sang along. Of course Year Zero seems to be their biggest hit, which becomes obvious when you hear people screaming “Satanas!” randomly throughout the whole concert.

In the first encore they played an acoustic version of Jiggolo Har Megiddo which was a pleasant surprise, following with Ghuleh /Zombie Queen, my most recent favorite. Sadly these slower songs made some of the drunken people around me a bit bored, and they began shouting which ruined the mood a bit.

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Photo courtesy of @jontebus on YouTube.

 

Since this was my first time seeing Ghost I wasn’t sure of what to expect as far as showmanship and entertainment goes. Afterwards I learned that Papa Emeritus III talks a lot more than the two previous ones, which turned out to be very entertaining. Even though he used a very foul language he managed to keep graceful throughout the whole song. Also; after about one third of the gig he made a costume change into a very stylish suit which was a pleasant surprise. All in all; Papa should have his own variety show some time!

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My outfit for the night was of course based on my Ghost of Harlem dress!

 

All in all I am very happy with the concert and I will definitely see them again if I get the chance!

Best: Monsterance Clock. My favorite song and perfect for an encore (specially since I learned that its apparently about a mass orgasm).

Worst: Idiots that can’t even keep their mouth shut during a Silent Minute!

Full setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm):

Spirit
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Ritual
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Majesty
Body and Blood
Devil Church
Cirice
Year Zero
Spöksonat
He Is
Absolution
Mummy Dust

Encore:
Jigolo Har Megiddo (Acoustic Version)
Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover)

Encore 2:
Monstrance Clock