Lately it seems like my musical heart lies in the UK.  It's not intentional, I'm not shunning my fellow Americans, but the sounds from the British Isles have enchanted me.  Most everything I hear appeals to my musical tastes, and I'm a fast fan.

Late last year, I happened across an article about the Swn Festival in Wales.  I looked at the list of bands and probably only recognized two or three at best.  After a few days of discovery, listening on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube, I'd found a few new favorites.  One in particular was a melodic pop band from Cardiff, the Estrons.

Swn Festival

Their Soundcloud page shows just three songs, one in Welsh, all are reasonably polished demos.  Of those, My Turn caught my ear with it's amazing vocal performance -- a vocal force, borderline bluesy, a real belter.  Musically, it sounded like a barroom version of The Sundays.

All three tunes are freebies on their Soundcloud page, streaming or download, and worth the effort.  I haven't heard much news from the band lately, no real news about new music or gigs to speak of, but I am hopeful for some new music to build on this promising start.

For more information on the Estrons:





Hello.  Welcome to my blog.  I hope to keep it updated quite often with musings about the music and artists I enjoy.  Occasionally, I might sprinkle some other writings on books and authors, movies, photography, travel, and beer.  But, the focus will clearly be music.  

Coming soon, I'll break down several bands I discovered in 2013; some old, some new, a few went unnoticed for years, criminally I might add, but the joy is in the discovery.  Never be ashamed of showing up late for a good thing.

Anyway, some of my absolute favorites are:
1.  Warpaint
2.  Cut Ribbons
3.  Joanna Gruesome and Ides
4.  Chvrches
5.  Anna Calvi
6.  Speedy Ortiz

In addition, a few others that'll get some mentions later on: Esper Scout, Cymbals, Heavy Petting Zoo, Estrons, Wolf Alice, Tyrants, Empathy Test, and Royal Blood.  Entirely too much to list in an introductory entry.

Stick around, comment and maybe we'll start some great conversations about music.

Enough for now, talk soon.