Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Review Of 'Nail And Hammer' Album

I just got my first review of my record back. Unfortunately it's in Japanese but I've had friend translate it below. My favourite line is "he is a stain on the inside of the heart" although that might be a translation error. the original review is here:

English Translation and shortened review

"Robert’s music is very honest, which is rare nowadays. The sound smoothly penetrates your eardrums and your skin, slipping into your mind. No matter how you put it, this music just makes the listener want to cuddle.

Despite the simple accoustic sound, the composition never feels simplistic. Basically you could say that this is “gentle” music, but it is not straightforward / usual, which is interesting.

Every song in very likable, but I’ll try to pick up a few and introduce them :

“Forget me not”, which was the 2nd single, makes a whole story come to life although it’s less than 3 minutes. It feels like watching an entire movie. It’s my personal favorite.

“Under Magnolia” is so lovely that it makes you smile without even noticing. After you listen to it once it seems to never leave your mind.

“Nail and Hammer” is the song after which the album was named. The melody riding the triple time beat is impressively delicate. The intimate woodbass and stylish piano work well too.

The japanese title of “Kishibe” must designate some specific shore somewhere. I was immersed in the showering questions of the vocals.

“Josephine” ‘s guitar line is just too good. Something makes me want to sing along, which is unusual.

“Custard Town” : starting with a nimble guitar, the song develops pleasantly and you can’t stop listening. The charm of the mature and confident vocals is outstanding in this song. I would like to hear it live.

“New sensation” is the last song of the album. This order is very clever… the fast pace and supple strength of this song makes you more powerful too.

The tempo variations of the guitar express a wide array of feelings. When I met him last year he said he needs to practice more, even though he had been playing since the age of 7. Such an album is the result of this dedication…

The litteral translation of “Nail and hammer” is “kugi to kanazuchi”, it is a perfectly suited name for this first album. Will he continue making such expressive music using the tools and materials of his personality ? I’m looking forward to it.

Robert Taira Wilson is now in London, but he will come back to Japon in April. Of course I will continue listening to his album, but I also wish I can see him live ! That’s because his music feels just like waking up early, bathing in the rising sun, and taking a deep breath."

Download Nail and Hammer:

Friday, 20 February 2015

I'm on Sky TV tonight 11pm-1am

I applied to feature on the music channel Nusic TV a little while ago with my video for New Sensation, shot and edited by my good friend RJ Buckler ( I was lucky and now the video is going to be shown on Sky TV tonight. The Channel is 192 and Freesat 402 in the UK. The program airs tonight from 11pm-1am and then every night . Any musicians looking to get a bit of airtime you can apply on their website you can also apply to have a music video made. Definitely worth a try.
This is my submission: New Sensation:

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Upcoming shows

Upcoming Shows,

22nd February: Spice Of Life Soho.
20th March: The Sound Lounge
29th March: Betty's Cafe

I generally play every Monday at the Spice Of Life in Soho, 8pm
and every Thursday I play at Betty's Cafe in Dalston. 8pm

Friday, 16 January 2015

Back to London


Thursday, 8 January 2015

street show kobe

Play, write, sing, save up, buy equipment, make a website, get pictures, film, keep a blog, record a CD, book a gig, busk, write a bio, get reviewed, apply, email, write, post, send, join, network.
So many people and we all have equal say now. Democratized taste. Who's to say that your good or bad. He likes it, she don't. Whatever%. You only have 30seconds to grip a new fan. You're as good as your fan base. Trend! Rubicon! Epidemic! No more long intros. only joking.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Music, more ancient than language (radical anthropology at the cock taven)

I went to a truly eye opening talk a couple of weeks ago above The Cock Tavern pub near Kings Cross station. It was hosted by the 'radical anthropology group' and the talker was Jerome Lewis from UCL. He started by discussing some of the different music from around the world. Every human culture makes music and this in-itself is a remarkable and perhaps revealing thing. It is Mr Lewis' conjecture that Music and song may have preceded language in our evolutionary development. 
In his experiences living with the pygmy tribes of the Congo he saw that how they would often tell stories by mimicking jungle sounds and playing out the actions using song and dance to tell the narrative. He noted that song and in particular polyphonic song was a method by which multiple people can communicate to one another simultaneously.
Their music also communicates the ethos of the tribe. In a polyphonic song every member of the chorus sings a different melody. All these different melodies come together to form one coherent piece of music. Contributing in an individually unique yet complimentary way is exactly how individuals are expected to act in their daily lives within the group.
(For future free talks at the cock taven)