Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Man VS Wild by Bob Barker

Andrew Bird – Eyeoneye

Andrew Bird info: Main site, Facebook, Myspace, Last fm

Bob Barker info: Walkley Press Photo Awards

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Looking Out by Claudia Cooper

Disclosure – Flow

Disclosure info: SoundCloud, RCRD LBL, Facebook

Claudia Cooper info: Flickr

Thrash by Nick Chao

There’s been a small wait for new Friendly Fires material, and it’s been worth it. ‘Live Those Days Tonight’ is the first single from ‘Pala’ (out May 16th), and here’s hoping it follows up the quality of their self-titled debut from 2008. It got them a Mercury Music Prize nomination, supporting their position as one of the best British bands around right now.

The song is extremely vibrant and I originally went searching for some kind of Brazilian Carnival image. Nothing really stood out to match the pulsing beat and short moments where it slows down. However, ‘Thrash’ by Nick Chao does do this, with the ferocity of the wave and the slow-motion flow effect of the dress. As usual I could list superlatives for this image, but simply put, it’s superb, and you should invest time in both artists via the links below…

Friendly Fires info: Buy on iTunes, Official Site, Myspace, last.fm

Nick Chao info: Flickr, deviantART site

Splashing Fun Time by Alex Goh

It’s always great to find an unsigned act that have huge potential. StaG are a duo from California (which you can kind of pick up from the music style), and have similarities to Animal Collective. ‘Offwise’ is one of their best tracks, and has a comfy beach vibe to it, which can’t bring summer soon enough. They have a few songs out there on the web, so listen to this and check out the rest via the links below.

Of course with a beach and ocean feel, I went looking for some photography involving water, especially rain. Very quickly I found ‘Splashing Fun Time’ by Alex Goh via the World Photography Organisation. I love this image for all the happiness it captures, and makes me want to be there with my bucket (note to self: must buy bucket). Not much explaining to do here, it just works with the music. Even though the image is still, the music makes it feel like slow motion. Alex says this about the image:

“This group of children was having a blast splashing about in the waterfall. With their melodious laughter permeating the air, even I could not resist the temptation of joining them in their merry fun.”

StaG info: SoundCloud, Myspace, Bandcamp

Alex Goh info: WorldPhoto, Personal Site, Multiply

Eminence by Kim Mennen

 

It’s unusual for me to pick up on a song because it has appeared in the chart. However, this came out of nowhere; so much so that there is very little out there on the web about Birdy. She’s only fourteen apparently, but her voice and selection to cover Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ are perfection. Let’s hope not too much pressure builds up on her shoulders as it rises up the chart, and she’s given time to produce more songs of this quality.

My usual approach to finding an appropriate song was thrown out the window a bit with this one. I decided to just keep repeating the song while going through some of my favourite site links instead. Finally I found ‘Eminence’ by Kim Mennen, which has made the Sony Photograph Awards shortlist in the Fashion category. From the site:

“Transcending boundaries of sexuality using the androgynous male form. Submersed in the physically liberating environment of water, enabled the model to use his garments with fluidity to create a dream-like reality.”

Eminence seems to match the pace of the piano in Skinny Love; in a way the photograph depicts a bird in flight, a fit for the flow of the last minute of the song. There are much more shots below and above water on Kim Mennen’s unusual photography website. Links to both artists are below…

Birdy info: Buy on iTunes

Kim Mennen info: Main Site, Sony Shortlist Site

Fishing For Stars by Gilad Benari

 

A song that seems to stick in my head at the moment is Swim Club by The Cave Singers. Taken from their recently released third album, No Witch, it is the kind of song for an easy afternoon. They are made up of a trio of guys from Seattle, but make the kind of music you expect from five in Alabama.

With the folk influence and notion of water in the title, I decided to head straight for fishing images. It reminded me of the American South specifically, and this photograph by the Israeli, Gilad Benari, captures this essence. He’s a superb photographer, and certainly someone I’m going to revisit for future images. Many elements make this photograph stand out above others, and for me it’s the way the light catches the rippling of the water that is the greatest of them all. You can find out more about the featured artists below…

The Cave Singers info on: Official Site, Myspace, Buy on iTunes

Gilad Benari info on: Main SitedeviantArt