Martin Taylor – Last Train to Hauteville

I recently came across a really beautiful album by English guitarist Martin Taylor.
The album, Last Train to Hautevill,  was released on 2010 and it’s one the best feel-good albums I’ve heard lately.
Taylor is known for his fingerstyle guitar playing and his catchy melodies, and this album is no different.

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The album’s theme is in a way Martin’s tribute to the legendary guitar player Django Reinhardt, godfather of the gypsy-jazz if you will, and it is just the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back afternoon drive or wine sipping on the balcony.

With Jack Emblow’s accordion and Alan Barnes on Sax and Clarinet (among other fine musicians in the band), they create an easy-going light traveler jazzy album that takes you to a trip in French vineyards and distant villages where you can buy bread and deep it in a superb olive oil and vinegar .

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any youtube clips with album tracks but if you’ll visit Martin’s website, you’ll be able to listen there, or go to the Spotify album page here.
Fun times throughout the album and a good break from reality.

 

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Mixtape: The Sand and The Stones

Yair Yona Mixtape - The Sand and The Stones

The Sand and the Stones by Yair Yona on Mixcloud

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A Mind and Heart Travel to Southeast Asia

Lately I’ve started composing on the acoustic guitar after a long hiatus.
I’m trying out some new directions and trying to go to the places where I feel most uncomfortable, in order to break mental patterns, fingering patterns and tuning patterns.
And so it’s a good time to search for new inspiration to open my mind and heart.

Funeral Dance in the Mountains: Rural Percussion (& Vocal) Ethnographic Recordings from Southeast Asia

And just in time, a new release by the wonderful Canary Records, was released.
Funeral Dance in the Mountains: Rural Percussion (& Vocal) Ethnographic Recordings from Southeast Asia, like the name hints, is a collection of rhythms, sounds and documentation of ceremonies and celebrations from that region.
The musicians’ names are unknown, only their location is, and there’s something very charming about that.
As if for this collection of triablish music, the people themselves are just the vessel to pass the music through, and the music itself, the gathering, the celebration, is what counts.

It’s $4 on Bandcamp, don’t miss it, it’s just the inspiration that I needed, and who knows, it may take you to the mind travel that it took me.

 

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