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: Phase by Olli Schulz!

Today’s song Phase by German singer-songwriter Olli Schulz is already one year old but still one of my favorites from him. …I love the accompanying music video and it’s humor, starring the charming Palina Rojinski. German music at its best :)!

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Nobody’s Man by Tina Dico!

Today’s song Nobody’s Man is from Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico – who I already featured on this blog three (!) years ago. The song is from her 2006 album In The Red. Maybe it would fit better with autumn than with a summer day, but I stumbled upon it and was once more reminded that I love the sound of Tina Dico’s voice!

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Early to the Party by Andy Shauf!

Those clarinets tunes! They are the reason why I was instantly hooked by Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shaun’s song Early to the Party from his new album The Party. Their melody describes the whole mood of the song: anticipating but melancholic. Maybe not happy-go-lucky but totally honest in itself.

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Cautionary Tale by Dylan LeBlanc!

American singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc is a new discovery of mine – his clear and distinct voice is totally unique :)! And his song Cautionary Tale  fits perfectly with these (rainy) start into summer!

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: Running With the Wolves by AURORA!

Last Friday I saw singer-songwriter AURORA at her concert in Hamburg. I didn’t know a lot about her, only her catchy song Running with the Wolves, but her performance was quite convincing. The 19-year-old Norway singer is a real power lady. Hopefully, we will hear more from her in the future!

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Hear Your Heart by William Fitzsimmons!

FitzsimmonsAt the concert in Hamburg last Wednesday. Pic by Franzi.

William Fitzsimmons is one of my singer-songwriter heroes (surprise ;)). His last two albums Pittsburgh and the just released Charleroi (Pittsburgh II) deal with William’s own family history – his two grandmothers (and their – very different – life stories). Last week, I was once more able to see William live at one of his concerts. Like always, he was an excellent entertainer. The song Hear Your Heart gives you a small taste of it – and you should also listen to the small interview afterwards. It shows not only William’s humour (which is great) but tells you also something about his last two records.

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: 27 by Passenger!

Back to work – but at least with an empowering song to kick-start the day: 27 by singer-songwriter Passenger. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

“27 years, 27 years done
Written 600 songs, only 12 get sung
87, 000 cigarettes have passed through these lungs and
Every single day I wish I’d never smoked one
A week brushing my teeth and a week getting my haircut
8 years sleeping, I’m still tired when I wake up
A whole year eating and I still lost weight fuck
5 proper girlfriends and 5 missing breakups
27 birthdays, 27 new years
30, 000 quid, just so I could have a few beers
Ever dying old hopes, ever growing new fears
Don’t know where I’m going, but I know how I’m going there”

Have fun listening!

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