Tanja Maritsa’s gentile, jazzy folk comes from a time that I just can’t quite place. Before the 60s my knowledge gets a little hazy. Not my fault! I’m only 25 and I was brainwashed from an early age to believe that The Beatles were year zero, and nearly everything that came before was rendered redundant by those floppy haired hippies.

Still, if I was to hazard a guess Live For Today hails from the 1940s, and is the kind of music that soldiers and their sweethearts fell in love to before war and death blew them apart.

Ella Fitzgerald is a certain influence, but there are folk elements present too that nearly (nearly!) destroy the track in a tsunami of tweeness. There’s a lot of toffee and treacle here that could stick in your throat and choke you, if the jazzy elements and the charming anachronism of it all didn’t transform this into a guilty, but definite pleasure.

Release Date 12/10/2009


Chris Gilliver

I started out writing for the Manchester Evening News as a freelance journalist back in 2008. The idea that I would be given free access to music and gigs seemed somehow miraculous to me, and I proceeded to take full advantage of the situation. When the M.E.N. decided to constrict its coverage to only the very biggest bands, Simon Poole approached me with a plan to make sure that all the very talented musicians of this world that pass through and/or live in Manchester would not go unnoticed. As the New Releases editor here at Silent Radio Towers, it remains my proud duty to cast a critical eye over the music and reviews that come my way in a manner that is both supportive and fair. Above all, I strive to write as entertainingly possible. Favourite musicians include the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mercury Rev, Os Mutantes, The Knife, Beach House etc etc. I'm a firm believer that all genres (except nu-metal) contain music of great quality...