My Artist Of The Week – “Brooke Fraser”

The artist I choose for this week is: Brooke Fraser.

I discovered Brooke Fraser in January 2009 through a former friend of mine. We were chatting on MSN and she happened to be listening to one of her songs and she insisted I give it a listen too. That song was “Scarlet” and it’s an understatement to say that the song sent major shivers through my spine. The lyrics seemed to speak out to me at the time and the beautiful piano in the background had a goose-bumping effect on my body. It was a perfect song in every way, flawless in every aspect; lyric-wise, music-wise, and voice-wise. Suffice to say I had this song on repeat for about… 4 days. And by the end of these 4 days I was too addicted to her soothing voice to stop at only one song. I went along and got both of her albums on my iTunes. It didn’t take too long for Brooke to get to #2 on my last.fm Top Artists, beating everyone but the unbeatable Miz Fiona Apple.

What struck me about Brooke Fraser the most is probably her voice. She sounds like an angel! Her voice is soothing, beautiful, and tantalizing to say the least. And it sounds almost effortless. When I listen to her I feel almost as though she were whispering these words to me. Her lyrics (which -SURPRISE- she writes herself!) are so beautiful and easy to relate to. And her piano skills can only be described as amazing. Ergo, she is perfect in every single way.

It’s hard for me to pick just one favourite song. Or five, even, for that matter. So I’m just going to go ahead and say all the songs I love by her. “Scarlet”, “Mystery”, “Hymn”, “The Thief”, “Faithful”, “Love, Where Is Your Fire?”, “Without You” and “C.S. Lewis Song”.  And my favourite album between the two (“Albertine” and “What To Do With Daylight”) is probably “Albertine”.

Here are a few of my favourite lyrics:

You, sing me to sleep
Talk down my walls
Look through my windows as I wait
You could be the thief
I give the key to

From “The Thief” in “Albertine”.

Shut your eyes tightly
Clench your fists ’til they almost bleed
Cautiously, lightly
Gently expose what’s underneath

And all you feel now
Is the scarlet in your day
Even it’s real
You can’t stay…

From “Scarlet” in “What To Do With Daylight”

There’s distance in the air
And I cannot make it leave
I wave my arms ‘round about me
And blow with all my might

I cannot sense you close
Though I know you’re always here
But the comfort of you near
Is what I long for

From “Faithful” in “Albertine”

And now for the best part; the HD videos:

If you like her, then go ahead and check out her official website: http://www.brookefraser.com/

Or follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/brookefraser

ENJOY! ~

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It Seems

Seems like there’s no way for me
To control the way I feel for you
And you seem to be okay
With just being oblivious of my love
And I can’t seem to get enough
Of your smiles, you know
They’re the only things that
Hold me up when I’m feeling down
And I only ever feel down because
Of you

And it seems like there’s no way for me
To try and say no to you
And you seem to like the way
I do everything you ask me to
And I can’t seem to pull myself
Away from my phone when I’m missing you
Even though I know, it’ll ring and ring
And you’ll ignore it like you always do
And I won’t get mad, because it’s you
And it’s physically impossible for me to

It seems like there’s no way for me
To claw out of your grip
And it seems you like the way your laugh
So sweetly through my heart it rips
And you seem to notice the way
My heart a hundred beats it skips
When I catch a glimpse of you
It’s funny how I see you everywhere
A tiny resemblance can make me jump
It seems you’ve really got me, but it hurts that I haven’t got you.

© Copyright 7ala Abdullah

My Artist Of The Week – “Charlotte Martin”

The artist I choose for this week is: Charlotte Martin.

I discovered Charlotte Martin through Last.fm about 5 months ago. I was browsing my recommendations and she was there, on the top of the list. Seeing as I was looking for new music, I listened to a few of her songs and I was taken away by her powerful voice and honest, beautiful lyrics. In just a few days, I managed to get a hold of most of her songs. Some of them I listened to just once and didn’t seem to like so much, but a few of them were actually extremely addictive. A few weeks passed and I realised even the songs I didn’t like so much had started to grow on me. It took me a while to realise that in such a small period of time, she’d actually become one of my top 10 artists.

What I like about Charlotte is that her music is beautifully unique. I’ve never felt like her music was familiar to my ears or that it was unoriginal. You can tell by the way she sings that the words are coming straight from her heart, uncensored and unfiltered. I also love the fact that she writes all her songs, which makes them special and undeniably deep.

My favourite songs of hers are “On Your Shore”, “Sweet Things (featuring DJ Tïesto)”, “Veins”, and “The Dance”. And I love what she writes so much that I will share my favourite lyrics! Here are a couple of them;

“Now I’m held hostage in my head
With every word you said
God, all those lessons in my past
I spit them out so fast
I see myself with you, I act so small
I see myself with you, I always crawl
So someone leave a raft for me
The water’s getting deep”

From “On Your Shore” on her album, well… “On Your Shore”!

“You can’t judge the love by the lover
The sky by its thunder
The road with no sign
You can’t make the snow fall in summer
Or make him not want her
And not leave you behind
Maybe he’ll stay in touch years down the road
And hope that he’s still on your mind”

From “Beautiful Life” on “On Your Shore”.

Here is some information about her from Wikipedia for you nosy ones!

Martin grew up in Charleston, Illinois. She won the Miss Illinois Teen USA 1994 title on June 26, 1994 and went on to represent in the Miss Teen USA pageant broadcast live from Biloxi, Mississippi on August 16. Martin graduated from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, majoring in opera. In 1999, Charlotte moved to Los Angeles.

Albums

  • Mystery, Magic & Seeds (1998)
  • One Girl Army (2001)
  • On Your Shore (2004)
  • Stromata (2006)
  • Reproductions (2007)

Singles

2003 “Your Armor”
2004 “Every Time It Rains”
2006 “Stromata”
2007 “Keep Me in Your Pocket”
2007 “Christmas Is Near”
2007 “Sweet Things”

EPs

  • One Girl Army (EP version, contained several songs from the full album.)
  • Test-Drive Songs (2002)
  • In Parentheses (2003)
  • Darkest Hour (2005)
  • Veins (2005)
  • Stromata (EP version) (2006)
  • Rarities 1-5 (2006-2009)
  • Orphans (2008)

And here’s the best part; the HD videos!

ENJOY!

I’m Not Sad

I’m not sad
These are just symptoms of withdrawal.

Because eventually, you; my addiction;
Instead of getting me high like you used to
You started to hurt me, badly
And in order to keep my sanity I had to quit you.

I’m not sad
I’m just trying to adjust to a life without my favorite drug.

A drug that drained me of life
All the whilst smiling, holding my hand
But then you let go of my cold, fragile hand
And I’ve been trying to climb out of your hole ever since.

I’m not sad
I just… miss you, that’s all.

But even though I still hate you
With all the hate God’s given me to fairly distribute
I can’t get myself to stop thinking of you
To stop craving you

I’m not sad
I’m trying to survive without my addiction

God knows I have too many,
But you’re the worst, the strongest one of all
You’re Heroin disguised as an innocent cigarette
That I so willingly smoked.

I’m not sad
I’m just missing pieces of my heart!

And I need my puzzle put together again
So I can breathe, so I can feel something other than you
Running through my frigid veins
So I can stop the shivering in my bones.

I’m not sad…
I’m just slowly and gradually going mad.

© Copyright 7ala Abdullah

My Artist Of The Week – “The Autumn Film”

The artist(s) I choose for this week are: The Autumn Film.

Now, I’m willing to bet more than half of you have never heard of them. And for that, I am extremely sorry. You have been missing OUT!

I discovered “The Autumn Film” through www.thesixtyone.com. I was browsing one day about 2 months ago and I happened to stumble upon their song; “Wreck Of Innocence”. I was mesmerized by the song that I kept playing it over and over again. I looked for it online and sadly couldn’t find a place to download it. I showed it to a friend of mine who agreed with me that it was a truly beautiful song. A week later, I couldn’t help but buy their whole album. As I listened through the album, I realised that not a single song failed to take my breath away. Everything about their music is perfect! From Tifah Al-Attas’s deep, goose-bump-inducing voice to Dann Stockton’s rhythmic drums to Reid Phillips’s amazing guitar skills, there’s not a single flaw in this trio’s unbelievably hypnotizing beats and lyrics. If you have good taste in music, I guarantee that you will have their great album “Safe and Sound” on repeat for weeks to come. I know I did!

My favourite songs have to be “Safe and Sound”, “You”, and “Can This Be”. I also recently downloaded “Heart-Shaped Box” from their website, which is basically three songs plus a video that they’re sharing for free (I’ll link you guys at the bottom) and their song “Joy” brought serious tears to my eyes.

Now, it took me a while to realise why I loved these guys so much. I figured it out when I checked out their official website. Right in their Biography, it said;

“Like a post-collegiate Fiona Apple jamming with Snow Patrol, [The Autumn Film] serves up a piano-drenched sincerity topped off with a voice that’s wise and heartbroken beyond its years”  ~The Onion

Now, anyone who knows me would know that Fiona Apple is my favourite artist ever.  Reading that made me laugh because I realised that it was actually true! Of course, that isn’t the first or the only reason for my immense appreciation for their music. These guys are true geniuses.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find many high quality songs on Youtube, but I will share what I’ve found and will also give you guys the link to their  profile on The Sixty One so you can give all their songs a listen with no charge required.

I hope (and I am sure) that you will love those guys as much as I have learned to.

The Autumn Film on TheSixtyOne.com: http://www.thesixtyone.com/#/theautumnfilm/

The Autumn Film Official Website:  http://www.theautumnfilm.com/

The Autumn Film Free Song Giveaway: http://theautumnfilm.com/share

ENJOY! ~

My Artist Of The Week – “Julieta Venegas”

So I decided that every Saturday I will dedicate a post to whomever I think deserves to be called my personal Artist Of The Week. I will be providing videos of my favourite songs, lyrics that I love, and last but not least the reason I got addicted to them.

This week, I choose Julieta Venegas.

I first listened to Julieta’s music roughly 5 months ago. I downloaded some of her songs based on a recommendation off of last.fm. Her songs struck me as catchy, sweet, perky, and of course, I understood nothing she said! However, I continued to download her music and fell in love with each and every song I heard. Eventually, seeing as I had no clue what she was saying, I stopped listening to her songs as often as before.

A few weeks ago, as I sat with my friend Lisa, one of her songs played on my laptop and Lisa immediately started to sing along (I didn’t even know Lisa spoke Spanish, but what the hell). She told me Julieta was one of her favourite artists and started translating all the songs to me. I couldn’t help but fall in love all over again! And ever since then, Julieta’s songs are all that I listen to!

Now, a bit about Julieta herself. Julieta Venegas (born November 24, 1970 in Long Beach, California, United States) is a Mexican-American singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter who performs Spanish-language rock and pop music. Venegas, who grew up in Tijuana, began studying music at the age of eight and went on to join several bands, including Tijuana No!, before starting a career on her own. In addition to singing and writing her own songs, she plays instruments including acoustic guitar, accordion, and keyboard. She has won two Latin Grammys and one Grammy. She has four studio albums released; “Aquí”, “Bueninvento”, “Sí”, and “Limón y Sal” (my personal favourite!).

Now, here are some of her songs.

“Me Voy” (My ultimate favourite song!):

“Lento”:

“Eres Para Mi”:

“El Presente”:

ENJOY!

Must Listen! “Game Over” by VV Brown

This is a great new single by one of my favourite singers; VV Brown! She is a truly talented British singer.  The Los Angeles Times and UK newspaper The Independent have both named Brown an artist to watch in 2009. And why wouldn’t they? Her songs are all amazingly unique and undeniably awesome!

Give this a listen. And enjoy!