Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Interview with Perfect Blue Sky





















Perfect Blue Sky is a duo supergroup formed by Australian musician Jane Kitto and Swedish metalist Pna Andersson.

The Interview

1.) What do you stand for?...

We are all about the art and serving music. 

...and how does this translate within your group, Perfect Blue Sky? 

We record life observations and translate our thoughts and questions with music.  


2.) What is your most recent work? 

Our latest album "The Eye of Tilos"

...tell us more?

The Eye of Tilos was written on the island of Tilos, Greece.

...the land of the ancient world, what ideas have you put into "The Eye of Tilos"?

We see our music as a timeless canvas on which we paint our everyday ideas, love, questions and answers. 

3.) What is the most interesting form of transport, you've used when out-on-the-road?

We've done everything, apart from using dog-sledge and rocketships.


4.) What is the most adventurous place you've played? 

Svalbard - [quick infobomb Svalbard is part of the Kingdom of Norway, which is in the Arctic Ocean, that is nearer to the Northpole region.] 

...any more details?

It was their [Svalbard] summertime, sothe sun never went down, and the Svalbard's put their rifles in the umbrella stands outside the local supermarket, that they use to ward-off hungry Polar Bears!

5.) Does having that Big-One-Hit interest you?

We have never met a band or artist so far who wanted to be a One-Hit-Wonder. 

...please elaborate,

If you are in love with your music it's a lifelong relationship no matter how many sales you achieve or what position your music charts.

6.) If you were imprisoned would you like to do 6 months solitary confinement, or 6 years in a Gulag?

Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 17 years, but he was never a prisoner in his mind...

...interesting,

We see people everyday who are imprisoned on their way to work, stuck in their lives, afraid to follow their dreams...

...we see your passion for this tough question, we've asked,

Being a prisoner is a state of mind! 

6 months of mediation sounds like the way to go!

...WOW! Powerfully said! 

7.) Okay, so give us something you like to say to our readership? 
  • Never stop dreaming
  • Never stop searching for true love
  • Never turn down a good cup of coffee
life is in the details.

Thank you - Jane Kitto and Pna Andersson for your time in this interview with us here at Clown Magazine. 

Perfect Blue Sky album The Eye of Tilos is available at Apple Music

Though they release their music on CD and Vinyl as well, so visit Perfect Blue Sky for more options. 










Thursday, 2 November 2017

Barbara Manning - Chico Daze - Album Review

























Barbara Manning is a legend, and is often referred to as the Godmother of the good old fashion DIY scene.

Though Barbara Manning doesn't live a Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle these days, she was around in the late 1980s, which was a defining moment for punk, rock and the mixture of the two created Grunge!

Barbara Manning latest album Chico Daze is a solo effort of a collection of songs recorded between 2004 - 2009; as she had a backing band on past recordings called The Go Lucky's.

What to expect from Chico Daze is a combination of grunge-rock-punk of different volume levels, and a sweetness to her voice that doesn't scream or try to do anything other than convey the message of her songs.

The highlights of Chico Daze is the punk-rock driven two minute and a few seconds song I'm Running, though there are longer driven-rock tracks Island and Sweet Oblivion. Moments of Americana are displayed in How Did You Know and Better by Sounds. Getting slightly experimental on Ladies of the Sea and Wishes Don't Tie You Down featuring great guitar wah-wah licks, and the cheeky Slot Machine song that describes making-out! 

  1. Don't Hold Back
  2. Reverse Disguise
  3. I'm Running
  4. How Did You Know
  5. Ladies of the Sea
  6. Better by Sounds
  7. Why, Why Won't You Love Me Back?
  8. Slot Machine
  9. Island
  10. Sweet Oblivion
  11. Tape You To A Star
  12. Wishes Don't Tie You Down
Chico Daze is available through Bandcamp.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Lewis Clark & The Essentials - Vinyl Love - Album Review

























Lewis Clark and the Essentials album Vinyl Love is one which focusses on journey's of the past, which most of the lyrics are based on.

The style is mostly a sort of rockin' jazz - body poppin' groove, with that free-flowing-travelling feel mixed in. The sense that roots are not going to be laid-down until the purpose of the quest has been achieved.

Though meeting new people in new surroundings, especially if they're far away, there has to be a time when these friendships have to break due to the sheer logistics of keeping in touch; which you hear in the emotional way Lewis Clark delivers his songs.
  1. I Know It's Over Now
  2. Lew's Blues
  3. Goodbye
  4. An Irregular Song
  5. Kathy
  6. Jack O'Kennedy
  7. I Feel You
  8. Let Me In
  9. Bad Timing
Lewis Clark has returned to his home city of Bristol to conquer as he did so well abroad in the exotic surroundings in India and Thailand; both countries have a growing music scene, which are now a global success. 

Vinyl Love is available at Apple Music

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Skies Turn Black - EP Review

























Skies Turn Black self-titled EP release is a six-track collection of hard rock with metal leanings, especially in the drumming department.

1. Smoke & Mirrors
2. Life Goes On
3. Cold
4. Play The Game
5. Choking On Air
6. Departure

Expect to hear lots of guitar virtuoso playing, solid riffs and interestingly you can actually hear the bass, which goes well with the drums. The vocals you can actually hear what the song is about.

As far as the song material it ranges from deception, getting besotted and being given the runaround, delusionment, being put into your place, oppression and consuming way too much oxygen than you need!

Skies Turn Black EP is available through Apple Music


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Laura Comfort - Little Wing - Single Review

























Laura Comfort's latest release is the single - Little Wing.

When you cover songs especially one by iconic musician Jimi Hendrix you have to either get it spot on or make it your own.

The version Laura Comfort has recorded with the talented international rock guitarist Matt Backer has achieved both in their quest of perfection of Hendrix's song Little Wing, containing references of American Indian spiritual themes.

Little Wing is available at iTunes.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Roslyn Moore - Hazy - Album Review

























Roslyn Moore is a singer with a laid-back approach to her songs in her debut album Hazy.

The music that gets you bouncy is the single The Burbs, which is about love by using alternatives to paint you the picture you start to imagine in your mind, while listening to this starting song on the album.

It this a statement Pretty Girls and Gin? Could it be this easy? Better not let the male-race know this cheap trick!

Seems like a lot of smoke was produced to write this song Hazy, with a touch of spacious music to project the mood.

A clever plot in the album is Lost Girl, because afterwards you then get the sense of a troubled young woman hereinafter.

The album overall is described as a desert opera and when you listen to Motel 6 apart from the references of 'getting high' you feel you are away and apart from inner-city civilisation.

When Roslyn Moore sings Red Roses you get the message of a woman wanting her man of choice to treat her badass, though the music traps you into a sense of tranquility and you get slightly confused of thinking this young woman enjoys pain and blood that is the reference of 'liking read roses!'

This trampled sounding track Drama Queen turns Red Roses on its head as the woman in the lyrics feels let-down but this badass boyfriend at being labelled a 'drama queen', which isn't uncommon for men as it's a last ditch frustration button.

This leads to the next few songs of ending it all in the torturous sung Suicide Note and the result of such self-inflicted action in The End.

Does this mean this track Malibu is heaven? Maybe your choice if you wish.

The last song is Shampoo and this could indicate the washing away of all of the dirt, blood and bodily fluid of destruction sung about in these songs on this album.

Hazy is available at iTunes.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Scarlett Taylor - Churches - Album Review

























Scarlett Taylor has released Churches her second album, though it is freely available through Soundcloud, which really ought to be released on iTunes as it is a good piece of artistic material.

What Scarlett Taylor does is mix her music and the image perfectly, like a nice pair of tailored warm gloves.

The first part of the album is focussed on the 'person' that doesn't hold back with Fucked-up, then if you're feeling strange then Crazy will hit a nerve. Then the last song that goes together is Imprisoned, which has had a remixed makeover.

You've then got Vacancy that sounds like you're in the middle of nowhere and wish it would be a place of sanctuary? The next song Off puts you in a guessing frame of mind as to whether Vacancy was a scary place, or it could-be where the 'person' hung themselves?

Relating to the closest concept of the depth of pain is best conveyed in Confessional and after this song the album changes direction into 'other people' and different situations.

You would think Ignite would be a blistering high level track, it is actually the softest song on the album.

The closest we are going to get on Churches of 'I'm so wrapped-up into you,' are Velvet and the next song Without You.

Christmas Eve and Shampoo probably mean something different, but with the sadness displayed in the lyrics and the sound of music, it would be thankful if anyone survived until the festive period! Still while you're celebrating you can give it some sweet smell of cleanliness of your sins.

Getting back to more of the theme of CHurches the last song Cutting can be quite shocking if you think you see the redness of blood flash before your eyes.

Churches can be fairly morbid but it enjoyable to listen to and there is plenty of people who will not only get this album, but can relate the themes within the lyrics.

Churches is available at Soundcloud.