I’m not exaggerating when I say that Jack Conte is currently producing the best music I’ve heard in ten years. Just the sort of thing I’d be like to be doing if I had the time/equipment/cash. And besides producing this killer music, Jack has introduced Patreon – an alternative to Kickstarter whereby fans support the artists by funding each piece of art the artist creates. You can pay anything from a dollar upwards to create future works. As well as Jack, Nataly Dawn and Lauren O’Connell have their own funding pages. There is short video of how Patreon works, too. Please check it out and support as many of the artists as you can.
Jack has made his new Conte EP available free of charge online. Here’s a video of one of the tracks, Pedals.
Jack and Nataly haven’t turned their back on Pomplamoose. Right now they’re concentrating on their solo work; I must remember to ask Jack about Pomplamoose stuff next time I stumble across him on Twitter. I discovered Pomplamoose by accident, really, after everyone was talking about their video for Angry Birds that was wowing audiences on YouTube. Their VideoSongs are totally original and supremely imaginative. I believe I have every release they’ve produced (except for ‘the album you bought from our show (thanks for that)’ which, as the title suggests, was available at their live gigs. To date, they have over 360,000 YouTube subscribers, and that number will grow by the day.
Both Jack and Nataly appear to be able to turn their hand to whatever instrument is put in front of them – keyboard, bass, drums, toy piano, synth, accordian, guitar … and the videos, edited by Nataly and described by Jack as “what you see it what you get” are just superb. They’ve recorded covers of such luminaries as Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.
HERE is a playlist of Pomplamoose Songs.
HERE is a playlist of their Covers.
I urge you to purchase as many Pomplamoose, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn songs as you can, LEGALLY, on iTunes or their the artist’s respective sites.
Nataly is starting her European tour in the next couple of days. Here are the dates and venues, complete with links for tickets:
5/13 Cambridge, UK – Junction 2 with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/14 London, UK – Scala with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/15 London, UK – Slaughter Lamb with Lord Huron
5/16 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms Buy Tickets
5/17 Bristol, UK – Thekla Buy Tickets
5/18 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Socail Clu with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/20 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/21 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/22 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/23 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute with Lord Huron Buy Tickets
5/26 Berlin, Germany – Privateclub Buy Tickets
5/27 Hamburg, Germany – Prinzenbar Buy Tickets
5/28 Belgium, Brussels – Botanique Buy Tickets
5/29 Rotterdam, Netherlands – De Unie Buy Tickets
5/30 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie with Josh Rouse Buy Tickets