Playlist of September 23 2016

Playlist of September 23 2016 / Edition 388

When anybody laughs
Annie Bacon is a folk rock musician from San Francisco, Canada. She is a singer, songwriter, and plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele and electric bass. She plays together with her band as Annie Bacon and her OSHEN.
Come on
Franka De Mille describes the style of her music as acoustic-baroque-folk which bridges many influences and traditions. She grew up in Paris, but has lived most of her life in London. She has released her debut album "Bridge the Roads" in 2010.
You don't really miss me
Writersday is the solo project of singer-songwriter Sjoerd Hoogma from Amsterdam. His poetic and direct lyrics take the listener into the small and large issues of life. He records in his own analogue studio and tours frequently in the Netherlands.
Like a whisper
Jacqueline Platt is a country songwriter from Massachusetts, US who focusses on writing song lyrics. She has co-written "Like A Whisper" and "Nashville Heart" with trio Ashton Lane from Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Postcard
The Crocked Monsieurs from London was started by two songwriters who were chatting about modern music and how nobody writes music for the over 35's. They decided to start this duo. Their aim is to bring quality music to the more discerning listener.
Hollywood hills
Song of the Week
The Strands (formed in 2011 and fronted by British soul singer-songwriter Amanda Campbell) is a band from Santa Monica, US. Their lyrics are thoughtful and provocative. They call their genre artisanal and have released two albums so far.
Sacrifice
Angie Arsenault is from Canada. So far she has released 3 albums, "Once Upon A Dream", "Shadow Revelations" and "Family". Her third album was made together with her mother, brother and sister and is released as "The Roots Project".
Ocean
180º Virvar is a 6-piece band, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, formed in 2004. The members have a shared interest in experimental elements of music. It is music with melancholy shades that lively describes life. They have released 2 albums so far.
Sometimes
Frenetic is a 1-person project from the Russian Federation.
So-called symphony
Ampia Vista is a solo-project from Italy. He has been making music for a long time. His songs combine different styles, from simple pop songs to more complex rock. Recently he has started a new project, called "Ampia Vista Goes Instrumental".
Bringing you here
Firesphere is a 6-piece band from Orlando, Florida. This is the new project of the members of Absolon. They combine industrial rock/metal with techno and epic cinematic soundtrack. They released their debut album "Requiem" in early 2015.
Nada que sea real
Radaid is an 8-piece fusion music group from Mexico, formed in 1998. They merge music and instruments from different parts of the world, for example India, China, Middle East, Mexico, Africa and the Balkans. So far they have released 4 albums.
Omnipresent
Trinity Yard is the indie, rock, electronic project of Lionardo Mendonça and Igor Danilovic from Zürich in Switzerland.
Halflife
Singer-songwriter Julia Marcell comes from Poland and lives in Berlin, Germany. She tours a lot with her band around the world. So far she has released 4 albums ("It Might Like You", "June", "Sentiments" and "Proxy") and 1 EP ("Storm EP").
Going together
Sasho Janevski Richy Project is from Trondheim, Norway. The genre of this project is a mix of industrial, electronica and gothic. Next to making music he has a second passion – old cars.

After finishing the playlist for this week I realized that it was again mainly peaceful music. I didn't do that on purpose, it's just the kind of music I am in the mood for at the moment.

There are no newcomers this week, but we have some new songs, interesting album tracks and again a convincing Song of the Week winner.

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Song of the Week

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Song of the Week: The Strands - Hollywood Hills
The Strands is a band from Santa Monica, US, fronted by British soul singer-songwriter Amanda Campbell. The Strands call their genre artisanal, and their lyrics are thoughtful and provocative.

Richard Green is the lead guitarist of The Strands. He studied music at Cal State University Los Angeles with renowned saxophone and flute player, Buddy Collett. He has also toured and recorded with The Whispers. Susan Ferrari is the keyboardist, songwriter and backing vocalist. Paul, the bass player, is the founder of the band and formed The Strands in 2011.

When they play in Los Angeles and when the band is recording, drummer Lance Tamanaha accompanies the band too. Lance graduated in music composition at Northwestern University. At the New England Conservatory she began her mastery of contemporary improvisation.

The Strands have released two albums, Entanglement in 2015 and Rough out There this year, both available on CDBaby.