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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Song of the Week: Verschwende Deine Zeit by Gisbert zu Knyphausen!

“Verschwende deine Zeit
du wirst schon sehen, wohin das führt
dieser ganze Geiz ist sowieso nicht wirklich geil
das Leben ist ein Kopfschmerz
und es wird Zeit, dass du ihn spürst
hab keine Angst, er ist sehr schnell wieder vorbei”

During the last days, the song Verschwende Deine Zeit (translation: “Waste Your Time”) by German singer-songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen was on permanent repeat mode in my mind. It speaks out loud lots of truths, but in my opinion they all lead to the one thing everyone of us forgets during our every day routines: To enjoy the moment and that life is short. A simple truth, but an important one we should all be reminded of regularly. This is exactly what this beautiful song does.

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Inner Cinema by KYTES!

Today’s song Inner Cinema is a German piece by the Munich-based indie-rock band KYTES. Their first album Head and Tales has just been released. I love those rough and young tunes. They just make me wanna jump around and feel like I am in my twenties again ;).

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Emily by Adam Green!

Today’s song is a classic and a big favorite of mine: Adam Green’s Emily! I had to think of it last week while watching THIS wonderful ‘micro musical’. And now everyone:

“I just don’t care about the evening news
I never listen to the crackhouse blues
They say the city is the place to be
I wanna dance with Emily…”

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Wristband by Paul Simon!

If I like one special thing in songs, than it is definitely a line and rhythm that stays in the mind long after the actual song is over. That’s the case with Paul Simon’s (yes, the one from Simon & Garfunkel) song Wristband from his recent album Stranger to Stranger. Moreover, the text is funny – and tells the truth. And now all together:

“Wristband, my man, you’ve got to have a wristband
If you don’t have a wristband,  you don’t get through the door
Wristband, my man, you’ve got to have a wristband
And if you don’t have a wristband, you don’t get through the door

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Everybody Knows by John Legend!

John Legend’s song Everybody Knows is a smooth R&B song to start easily into Tuesday morning. It’s calm, easy and laid-back. A typical John Legend piece ;).

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Lisbon by Wolf Alice!

It’s quite some time ago that I presented you a really nice indie/alternative rock song. Here it is: Lisbon by the London-based band Wolf Alice!

Have fun listening!

Happy Birthday V.!
Happy Birthday T.!

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A Song For Tuesday: I Hate U, I Love U by Gnash (feat. Olivia O’Brien)!

“Friends can break your heart too, and
I’m always tired but never of you”

The song i hate u, i love you by Gnash (feat Olivia O’Brian) was already a big success in the net and will surely be in everyone’s ears soon. The ballade narrates a complicated love story and resonates with everyone who once loved the wrong one. Not a happy-go-lucky song but one that echoes in your mind :).

Have fun listening!

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A Song for Tuesday: Portugal by Little Big Sea!

Little_Big_SeaOn stage at the #dico16. Pic by Franzi.

Austrian band Little Big Sea were the music act at the #dico16 and really got me into a relaxed mood! I love their laid-back attitude, the dream-like voice of singer Marlene as well as their catchy tunes! They reminded me a bit on Memoryhouse but were still unique! Hopefully, we will hear more about them in the future! Their first album will be released this year :).

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Boys (I dated in High School) by The Prettiots!

Today’s song is pure fun: Boys (I dated in High School) by indie pop band The Prettiots tells the story of all those guys one would like to forget (and who were clearly the nightmares of our parents) with a sweet innocent voice.

Enjoy listening!

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