Humans are pattern-seeking creatures, and where we fail to find a pattern, we tend to make one up. So in this spirit of creative “common threading”, I’ve assembled a rather unlikely trio of music for your Friday afternoon. First up is DORNIK and his brilliant love letter to the 1980s entitled “Something About You”. Apart from his own solo work, DORNIK also happens to be the drummer in Jessie Ware‘s band. Impressive indeed. DORNIK is repped by PMR Records.
On May 8th I was outside of myself as I walked up the stairs into the second floor venue of Montreal’s Club Lambi to see Austin-based PURE X take the stage. I had been waiting to see these guys play live for a dog’s age, so you can imagine how disappointed I felt (for myself and for the band) to find no more than 20 people in attendance. These guys were real troopers, and played their hearts out for us nonetheless, so hats off to you PURE X for being a true class act. One of the standout tracks off their new album, Crawling Up The Stairs (iTunes), is “Thousand Year Old Child”, which earlier this morning got its own music video. The black and white short tracks an older man as he starts his day with his chickens and coffee, and ends up in the most unexpected of places. Check it out below, and for all things PURE X visit PUREXmusic.com.
Not to be outdone is legendary Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and his epic finale to his 8th Symphony. I happened to hear it earlier this morning while listening to the amazingness that is Julie Nesrallah and her brilliant radio show Tempo on CBC Radio 2, and by the end I was covered in goosebumps from head to toe. Believe it or not, Mahler composed the entire symphony in a single inspired burst in the summer of 1906. To learn more about Mahler’s Symphony No.8 CLICK HERE. For more great stories from the world of classical music be sure to visit Classical Music on FEELguide.