Almost 66 years ago, on August 4, Magnificent Obsession was released. A technicolor drama romantic film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The movie was originally based on the 1929’s novel Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was one of four of his books that were eventually made into blockbuster motion pictures, the other three being The Robe, White Banners, and The Big Fisherman. While Magnificent Obsession had had a pretty successful run at the box office, it’s important to remember Frank Skinner’s magnificent score in the movie as well. The two-part orchestral rendition is sumptuously splendid on its own and is indisputably one of the finest from the composer. Listen.
Illinois’ Marcos Ortega, better known by his stage name Lorn just dropped a video for the track Timesink from his niche experimental 7th full-length LP Drown The Traitor Within. The video features a caption that says, “Shot in Fall of 2019 pre COVID-19. We hope you all stay safe, and spend this time with your loved ones in the midst of this global pandemic.” The Pavel Brenner directed music video shows a lone boy riding a bike through a deserted and eerily peaceful forest road. He dodges a range of abandoned vehicles and a roadblock where nature is reasserting itself after a widespread disease that wiped out humanity. The video ends with him coming across two elks. His right eye bleeds but he continues to cycle through the road. Watch.
The Stranger Things’ beloved Maya Hawke (better known for her role as Robin Buckley) just returned with a video accompanying her new single By Myself and announced a new album dropping on June 19. The album will be including Hawke’s previous releases like To Love A Boy and Stay Open as well as By Myself. The track features an angelic video of the singer. Hawke also stated a portion of her merch proceeds from the new record will go to the New York City food bank.
Underappreciated and undiscovered findings are the biggest offering of the streaming era. As we enter unflinchingly into the canton of Spring, Poemme’s Blooming Spring can be one of those spiffy findings. The 27-minute-long buoyant ambient project filled with glinting airs, water and birdsong is calm and both melancholic and ecstatic. From the Morning Sun’s otherworldly glimmer to Evening Wind’s arcane coruscation, Blooming Spring offers nothing but a gradual drone and minimalist masterpieces. Listen.
Los Angeles label Stones Throw just released Mndsgn & Sofie’s Abeja as a single from Sofie Fatouretchi’s (one of the original crew of Boiler Room) compilation album Sofie’s SOS Tape from 2016. It featured 24 tracks from 26 artists like Illingsworth, DJ Harrison, Stimulator Jones, Ahwlee, Cavalier, MndSgn, Sofie and many others. The album was an insider look on emerging acts across the US and abroad with an album cover designed by Argentinian-based artist Gustavo Eandi. SOS Tape served the purpose to showcase “underground’s best hip-hop and soul” that otherwise would have stayed floating in DJ sets and personal mixtapes on Sofie’s monthly show on London-based radio station NTS Radio. Listen.
Leya, the Brooklyn based duo of harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist Adam Markiewicz, just dropped their second full-length album Flood Dream. Their obscure combination of violin and detuned harp with a bit of influence from pre-Baroque chamber music is absolutely haunting and charming at the same time. The duo’s first album, The Fool, released in 2018, was a glimmer of ambiguous motif they have elegantly conferred on this 2020 project. Flood dream is perplexing and it stays like that even after a few listen.
Ivan Ave just dropped his r&b and west coast hip hop inspired track Phone Won’t Charge right on 6th March 2020. The Norwegian artist is a master at blending in soulful keys with chill Lo-Fi drums. And this time with a touch of modern r&b, he has brought an amazing record for approaching Spring. Listen below. “The lyrics, he explains (below), were inspired by a period where he found himself cut off from the internet, an experience that ended up becoming a rewarding one.” reported Complex, that also premiered the single. Be on the lookout for his new album Double Goodbyes dropping on 24th of April this year.
In Your Own Sweet Way was written around 1952, published in 1955 and later released on July 16, 1956, on Brubeck Plays Brubeck. The same year Miles Davis recorded the standard twice — once in March with Sonny Rollins as the quintet’s saxophonist, and in May with John Coltrane and released it on his 1959’s album – Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. In 1960, Wes Montgomery covered and featured the standard as the 6th track on his fourth album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery. Later in 1963, Clare Fischer recorded a solo piano version which was then featured on his album Easy Livin’ released in 1966 as a limited edition and reissued in 1968 again. Bill Evans also included the standard on the live album Time Remembered’s 1999 cd track list. Many other artists have covered the jazz standard since its publication. Listen.
It has become quite a trend lately that bigger movies coming along not only with an intangible soundtrack but using even bigger artists to make a confederate album. After the huge success of the Black Panther album, The Lion King had its own path to tag along with. And as an upshot, the audience received The Lion King: The gift from Beyoncé. The album was mostly produced by Beyoncé including an appearance from Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez, Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage and others. Albeit the movie has not lived up to everyone’s expectation, But The Lion King: The Gift’s warm production and excellent songwriting will make you forget about the remake’s comparative failure right away.
Serge Gainsbourg wrote and composed la Javanaise originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The story behind the song goes: One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. The song has been used in many movies. From 1998s romantic comedy Dieu seul me voit (Only God Sees Me) to 2017s academy award wining romantic dark fantasy The Shape of Water and it has been as fascinating every single time.