‘Midnight Cowboy’, by Antherius – the project of Texas based artist Tom Reynal – is an homage to the beautiful city which is right now hurting about as hard as it possibly could hurt because of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Although not a New Yorker, Antherius nonetheless understands the New York story, and the video for his version of the theme song from the classic film of the same name features nothing but shots of the magnificent city. Not just a tribute, but a celebration of the central place New York City holds in the consciousness of not just the United States, but the whole world.
The Internet has definitely taken a hold of most of our lives, and ultimately it’s up to us to decide if we’re going to let it rule our lives, or embrace it and let it work for us. The latter is certainly the case for Unintended Strangers, an indie/folk duo comprising Robert Griffin in the US, and Chloe Danz, of New Zealand, who after a chance meeting online back in November 2017 decided to join forces as a musical project.
On first listening to ‘Splashdown’ by Heron, I’m reminded of Joe Satriani’s track, ‘Always With Me, Always With You’, from his breakthrough 1987 album, ‘Surfing With The Alien’. There’s also elements that suggest Mark Knopfler’s ‘Going Home’, from the film ‘Local Hero’. There’s maybe even a hint of Tommy Emmanuel there. None of this is to suggest Heron’s piece is derivative, but rather, it’s an indication of the incredible quality of the track.