Kaleo – A.Nicole

 

I was raised around all genres. I’m never one to shy away from giving a new song or band a try. My playlist ranges anywhere from Hannah Montana to AC/DC to Elvis Costello to Beethoven to Thalia. My parents were constantly introducing me to new artists growing up. 

I like to find artists unexpectedly. That’s how I became a fan of the Icelandic band Kaleo. You’re probably wondering how on earth I heard about a band from Iceland when I clearly live in the United States (assuming that I don’t travel around the world). Well, wonder no more… I discovered this awesome band through my love for Austin, Texas. The band moved to Austin after they were signed by their label a few years ago… 

Kaleo consists of four band members: Davíð Oddsson (drums), Daníel Kristjánsson (bass), and Rubin Pollock (guitar), and Jökull Júlíusson (lead singer), but most people call him JJ. I thought the name of the band sounded interesting. Kaleo means “sound, voice” in Hawaiian. The band knew this when they choose the name. An interesting choice. I was wanted to learn more about this band from Iceland. Their debut album was released in Iceland and their sophomore album titled A/B was released in the US in June 2016. Before they released A/B, I was immediately drawn to the songs from their older album online. However, it wasn’t until I saw them live at the House of Blues in Chicago that I really fell for them.

Local Austin, Texas, band The Wind & The Wave opened the show. When Kaleo came onto the stage, the venue remained dark and the only sound was the whistle that opens “I Can’t Go On Without You.” I was excited that this was the opening song because it is one of my two favorite songs from A/B (but it’s hard for me to actually pick one, I really do love all of them). Jökull’s voice immediately captured me in with the beginning lyrics, “They thought they were made for each other … Only thinking of one another … Never thinking just for one second … She would take a different attraction.” I was amazed at how much better they sounded live. I loved their record, but there was something so much better about the rawness of their live performance. 

Whenever I am introducing this band to someone new, the thing I like to point out most is that you won’t hear the exact same sound in any of their songs. There is a similar tune in some of their songs, but never one that is exactly the same. That is what I like most about this band. They don’t limit themselves to one genre. In an interview for their website, JJ said, “The idea of A/B is to show the diversity and the two sides of the band.” The band plays whatever works the best with their lyrics and I think this is one reason they will be around for a long time. It allows them to do whatever they want with their music. It makes them very versatile. I think this is something more bands should be open to doing because it doesn’t put them inside of a single box. 

Make sure to keep an eye on Kaleo because I definitely think they will be making a big entrance in the music scene VERY soon.

xo, A. Nicole

Here are some photos from the show at House of Blues in Chicago Oct. 2016.

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New Year, New…

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“New Year, New Me…”

It’s the biggest cliche there is and it’s that time of year when everyone is saying it. It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is jotting down their list of resolutions (i.e. dieting, going to Church, save more money, blah blah blah…) that will be forgotten in a month (if they even make it that long). Personally, I stopped making a list of new year’s resolutions a long time ago because I didn’t want to work on bettering myself just because it was the beginning of a new year!

Shouldn’t I always want to eat healthier? Shouldn’t I always want to save more money? Shouldn’t I always want to go to Church more? Shouldn’t I always want to do the things that we tell ourselves we should do at the beginning of the year? The answer is … it’s really up to you. If you don’t want to go on that diet, don’t do it. If you don’t really want to save your money (as long as your bills are paid), well that’s your choice. And if you really don’t have the chance to go to Church every Sunday, that doesn’t make you a bad person.

I think we all strive to make ourselves perfect, but I think that as long as you’re happy with whatever you are doing in life, then it’s pretty perfect 😉

So, so long 2016, here’s to a better 2017…

Happy New Year loves,

A. Nicole