Monday, 21 October 2013

Ashtray Hearts

A good friend of mine has been urging me to listen to an album; The Strangest Light by Ashtray Hearts. The problem is that I sometimes have so much to do or listen to that if I don't get round to playing it at the time that its recommended I forget about it. Either that or I like something else so much that I'm just listening to that on repeat to the exclusion of everything else. I bet I'm not alone in experiencing these two scenarios on a regular basis. It's a good thing in the main, its a sign that there are plenty of good sounds out there and also that you're rarely bored with your stereo. The downside is that at some point you're going to miss something good.

And this is exactly what happened. After Marko nagged me again I downloaded it and went to the shops with it on my headphones...

.. I repeated the first song on the album 3 times before I even got to the second. That says it all really. The sound won't be for everyone. It's all about the lead singer and songwriter Dan Richmond's voice, its all hung around that I feel. It has a melancholic bitter-sweet drop to it and the songs, even the more upbeat one's all sound kind of sad really. I guess its right there in the band's name, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It'll sweep you away in places, make you close your eyes or gently tap your foot in others. There are laments for what's lost or should have been and wistful and wry lyrics. I really like it. One criticism that could possibly be levelled is that it does all sound very much the same. I don't really mind this I like this particular sound (and if its one song on repeat it will sound the same hah).

One thing that seems strange and Marko pointed this out to me is that they are not bigger than they are. There's nothing on YouTube. I went looking for the chords on my guitar app (I use the ultimate guitar tabs one) and there was nothing not a single song not the bands name. That's the only time its ever happened and I've looked up some odd songs. I mean Snooker Loopy is on there. Snooker Loopy!

So I'm going to do my bit to share their music. Here's a link to there website, its nice looking arty and professional.

And here's a song, I hope you enjoy it...

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