Because it always sounds better with violin

Hello sweeties,

Youtube is a wonderful place, isn’t it? My last Youtube discover is JuNCurryAhn’s videos. I discovered him through an article of the french webzine MadmoiZelle. They were talking about Peter Hollens’ full acapella cover of Misty Mountains from The Hobbit and the cover he made with Jun Sung Ahn aka JuNCurryAhn (go check the videos out by the way, it’s crazy).

So, basically, Jun Sung Ahn makes amazing violin covers of popular songs. Adele, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, One Direction… Wait no, don’t quit the page! He does a fantastic work. Songs that usually sound uninteresting to me magically become great. Like Payphone by Maroon 5. I used to like Maroon 5, but it’s not really the case anymore. God forgive me for this affront, but Payphone sounds nicer without Adam Levine’s voice.

Other example of Jun Sung Ahn’s awesomeness : his cover of RED by Taylor Swift. I don’t like her music. Neither her face. Plus, she dated Jake Gyllenhaal. You. Know. It. Happened.

shut up shut upNow, dry your tears. And make peace with her. I know it’s hard to admit, but you’re about to like Taylor Swift.

But you know what’s cool with Jun Sung Ahn’s covers? He makes originally nice songs sound better. Like Rolling in the Deep by Adele. 

Basically, go check his channel out, he also made a cover of Gangnam Style by PSY. And he’s dancing in the video. Yup.

Cute as hell, talented as hell

Hello sweeties,

I’d like to talk about some wonderful artist today. She’s called Abi Wade and she’s insanely talented.

I discovered her music when I was at Patrick Wolf’s acoustic show in Paris in November. For those who don’t know it yet, Patrick Wolf is my favorite artist ever. I said E-VER. I love his music, I will love it forever and even, I will love it five-ever, maybe even six-ever if I could. Anyway.

Abi Wade was opening this night. Before going to the show, I didn’t have the time to listen to what she was doing. So it was complete surprise. And when she started to play and to sing, good Lord, she literally blew away. She hypnotized me. That was crazy. She is fantastic.  I was almost open mouth. 

This cute girl. Alone on stage. Playing cello, box and tambourine at the same time. Oh and she also plays the piano. She perfectly controls her hands, feet and voice (people like that always amaze me at the highest point). And good heavens, what a voice. So powerful and touching.

Go check out her music (my favourite song is Perfect Form), it’s definitely worth it.

Kingfisher

Hello sweeties,

Recently, I listened to Ellie Goulding’s last album, Halcyon. I put it on repeat a whole day, while I was working on the blog’s banner artwork and other stuff. And even after something like 10 listens, my opinion is mixed. It still is Pop music with a bit of Electro in it, something easy listening. But I’m pretty disappointed compared to Lights. I know I shouldn’t make this comparison, but how could you not do that? You always do.

It started “””well””” yet. The beginning of Don’t Say a Word is great, I really enjoyed it. But the rest of the song didn’t convince me. At this point, I was like “come on, there still are 12 songs”. But at the half of the album, the magic still didn’t happen. There was always something wrong in the songs.
For example, Only You. It’s a nice song. Until you get to that moment when there’s this super modified pitched voice and you’re just like :

Y U NO HAVE USUAL VOICE

“Y U NO HAVE USUAL VOICE”

It ruined my pleasure.

But after the first half, the album became interesting to my ears. Ritual and Explosions are brilliant, I enjoy them from A to Z.  I Need Your Love is pretty cool, you can clearly hear that Calvin Harris is in the place. Without Your Love makes me think of a feminine version of Friendly Fires in some ways. Figure 8 is not bad, if you’re not a Dubstep hater. It’s not Dubstep-Dubstep, but you can hear a bit of it in this track. I also liked Hanging On‘s rap passage. But only the rap passage.
Also, Atlantis made me laugh, because I thought that Goulding was singing “Think Zazu”, which makes absolutely no sense when you think about it (what I obviously didn’t do).

"WHAAAT"

“WHAAAT”

Last words about the name of the album. As English is not my mother tongue, there are a lot of words that I don’t know. “Halcyon” was one of these. So, like anyone sensible, I googled it. And I bumped into this :

WoodlandKingfisher

No, that’s not Zazu IRL

First thought : “WTF, where am I, who am I, is this 4th dimension?”

Then, I took a deep breath and read what Wikipedia was telling about it. Halcyons are birds and it seems that if you meet one of them, it’s a rest and peace omen.
The name’s album kind of make sense. I still think that Lights is way much better than Halcyon. But, if there’s one thing I do like about this album is that Goulding sounds fulfilled on it.