Jan 13 2020
These are videos that I like: Camila Meza and “Waltz No 1”
Some musicians just aren’t easy to cover. Some immeasurable synergy of distinctive sound, personal aesthetics, and singular gravitas makes it nearly an insurmountable task at honoring an original song by these musicians while simultaneously making the song anew. Elliot Smith was one such musician. Not unlike his predecessor and equally depressive songster Nick Drake, Smith brought a tunefulness to a state of sadness like being able to whistle the melody to your own funeral’s soundtrack.
Camila Meza is a ridiculous talent, as vocalist and as composer-arranger, and that she is able to create an inspired rendition of Eliot Smith’s “Waltz No 1,” with her Nectar Orchestra no less, is Exhibit A for proof of that talent. Here’s the official video of that song, which appears on her 2019 release Ámbar.
You will be reading more about Ámbar in the upcoming Best of 2019 reveal.
In the meantime, if you can’t wait to buy the album so that you can hear the whole thing, Amazon is waiting for you. I wouldn’t blame you. It’s a gorgeous recording. You should go buy it right now.
Jan 16 2020
These are videos that I like: Mats Eilertsen “Tundra”
One of my favorite albums of 2019 was Reveries & Revelations by Mats Eilertsen. It’s got plenty of tranquility for when I need something soothing late at night or first thing in the morning, but it’s got just the right amount of edge and liveliness to sit down with the album smack dab in the middle of the day. And it’s on one my favorite labels, Hubro Music, which specializes in the this kind of music, along with the kind of music that is so strange and yet so melodic and eludes any attempt to classify it with our better known genre tags.
This video is from the album track “Tundra,” put together courtesy of Jenny Berger Myhre.
You can expect to be reading more about this album as we ramp up for the Best of 2019 reveal (which, by the way, starts tomorrow night with the introduction!)
Listen to more of the music on the artist’s Soundcloud page.
If you don’t want to wait for my Best of 2019 list and just want to purchase the album right this instant (and you should), it’s available at: Bandcamp | Amazon
By davesumner • These are videos that I like • 0 • Tags: Hubro Music, Mats Eilertsen