Spotlight on: Musketeer & his new EP Seven Long Years!

Musketeer

In his just released studio EP Seven Long Years Australian singer-songwriter Musketeer (who very recently moved to Hamburg) explores quite a dark time of Australian and European history: It follows the journey of a 19th century British convict sent to the prison camps in Australia. The record combines old sea-tale story telling with a nu-folk musical sentiment. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, especially if their music, voice and stories sound as authentic as Musketeer’s. Seven Long Years instantly had my attention. Luckily, I had the chance to ask him two questions:

Your EP deals with quite a dark time in the Australian and European history. Why did you decide on this topic?

Musketeer: I wrote this EP at a time when I was living in Australia’s second oldest city, Newcastle. I was considering the history of the place and my own European ancestry. Newcastle was a city built on mining and chain gangs. The British ravaged the landscapes and displaced the existing communities there. You can still see the same mining going on there today and the effect it has on people. I guess I thought that was something worth exploring and so I wrote a song about it, and then another, and it kind of transformed into this dark journey which you can now listen to on the EP.”

You just moved to Hamburg. What makes this city unique for you? Do you already have any favorite places?

Musketeer: “Hamburg is beautiful. I guess what makes Hamburg unique for me is that I am now one step closer to becoming a notorious pirate, plundering the choppy waters of the Elbe. Haha. Not really. But I love the river and there is a seaworthy grunginess to this city that I find very interesting.

There are also a lot of cool bars close to the river that I have slowly being discovering. I haven’t been here long enough to pick and choose the best ones yet, but Weinladen in St Pauli has very tasty wines… I guess I am more of a coffee gent. There is an abundance of delicious places that I like to go to. I would recommend Nord Coast, they roast their own coffee and have excellent waffles. Less Political is also pretty damn great. You can find them in the Schanze. The staff are warm hearted and hilarious and make a fine coffee. Can’t go past that.

Enjoy listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Beneath The Balsam Tree by Michael Lane!

German-American singer-songwriter Michael Lane served 15 months in Irak as part of the US army. There he remembered the importance of family, and relationships… This ‘living in the moment’ attitude is also present in his songs. Since I love folk, his tunes go right into my mind and stay there.

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: White Daisy Passing by Rocky Votolato!

Today’s song is (again) a recommendation by my pal Birte: White Daisy Passing by the US-based singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato. Since I cannot resist any folk tunes his music fits perfectly: A bit singer-songwriter, a bit folk, a bit indie and a bit country. Thanks Birte!

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men!

Today’s song Little Talks by the Iceland-based band Of Monsters and Men was on my 2011 playlist – long before it was a big hit in 2012. Lately, I heard it on the radio and now I have it in my mind again. So here it comes…

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Same Kind by Rebekka Bakken!

Rebekka Bakken’s song Same Kind represents just the right mood for those autumnal September days! That’s all for today, enjoy the spicy air outside!

Have fun listening!

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Le Fits!

My inbox often contains music suggestions (and lots of spam mails). Only rarely it happens that I actually like the songs I find there. Le Fits with their just released album Fisticuffs were the big exception. Their sound is located somewhere between indie rock and folk and I am already a big fan!

Have fun while listening!

Happy B-Day Mr. 30!

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New Stars in the Folk Sky: The Mighty Oaks!

I really have a soft spot for folky music. The Berlin-based band Mighty Oaks had a walk-over with me. Their tunes a folky-relaxed, laid-back with a hint of celebration. I am totally smitten and think that it’s incredible that these guys live in Germany (although singer Ian Hooper is originally from Washington)!

Have fun while listening!

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Iron and Wine!

Iron and Wine’s  voice (aka the one of singer-songwriter Sam Beam) you can find on almost every playlist I created during the last years. It just calms me down … or makes me happy and energized. He will play in June in Berlin and I already marked this event with three exclamation marks in my calendar. Oh, those folky tunes …

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Perfect Spring Soundtrack: Black Horse Motel!

I discovered the band that is currently on permanent repeat modus on my iPod only two weeks ago, on the release day of their first album Red Summer Spirit. Now I’m in love with Black Horse Motel and their indie-folk tunes. Their sound is something in between happy and melancholic, which I think is a great and thrilling mixture. So I guess, I already found my very own spring soundtrack!

Have fun while listening!

(And in case you’re reading this via a reader and are not able to see the play button, just listen via the bands’ website.)

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The Marble Downs

It’s always interesting when you get music recommendations from a friend. One of them was thinking about me last week when he heard The Marble Downs by Trembling Bells & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. A bit schizophrenic, melodic, folky, cool voices. Indeed, something I would have put on my re-listening list by myself….

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