Recommended to me because they had a song remixed by Four Tet – I prefer the original! Ultraista’s début album came out last year and I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into it very soon.
Kovak return with a new synth-pop rock stonker “Radiate” which continues to mark them as a clever band for the future. Such a great mish-mash of different influences.
Mortar and Pestle are a wonderfully mixed up trio from Oakland, USA and have their debut EP coming out in May. They remind me very much of a deeper more complex Freezepop with some mighty fine chops on the vocals!
The preview track of the upcoming EP is “U.V.” which you can stream below:
The EP itself is much more synth-pop led than this more stripped down live version of the track “Fruits” but they rock either way you take them.
Kree Woods is a singer/songwriter from Nashville that has the perfect crossover of all things pop-rock with just enough of a tinge of something different that should pique your interest. Her voice is delicate and plays off well against the dramatic overtones of the music around her. This is the single “Just Go” and he debut album is coming along in April 2013.
Hundred Waters’ hypnotic Icelandic blend of ethereal dreamscapes and weirdness make me want to find out a whole lot more about them. Here’s the wonderful video for Thistle. Let’s hope that horse hasn’t ended up in a burger…!
Wow. Soap&Skin continues to utterly haunt me. Fantastic.
A new artist I’d not heard of before popped up on my recommendations via YouTube – its a great example of when you strip out the big beats from electronica and leave the rest you can have an amazingly emotive track.
Faun are one of my all time favourite bands that could well hit massive heights this year as their latest album came out Monday and it’s their first signed to a large label. Whilst I’ve watched with dismay at various “fans” shouting about the band selling out, I think it’s ludicrous to even state that an artist would not want to try and spread their music as far as possible. The single is “Diese Kalte Nacht” and I think it’s best we let the frankly awesome music do the talking. The album is to be reviewed next week.
The Knife return with new song “Full of Fire” with a bizarre video to the equally unique song. As ever the duo never stop on a certain type of electronica and this is much more industrial than their previous works. The album Shaking The Habitual is out April.
Lines in The Sky are a trio from Nashville all aged 20 and under but rocking like they’ve been a complete band for decades. Their delivery and instrument prowess combined with music that sounds familiar but has a lot of complexity underneath is what makes them stand out as a band I’d like to keep an eye for the future. Here’s the music video to “Threads”:
We featured Kim Edwards last year with a lovely music video and Kim Edwards returns this week with a beautiful track “Wanderlust”. Kim’s vocals are so beautiful and so very similar to Vanessa Carlton that they could be kindred souls in the piano singer/songwriter ways but Edwards’ has a certain fragility that is just adorable.
This speaks for itself.
With a penchant for bringing in various quirks from different types of genres and meshing them together, Marya Stark has crafted an excellent album The Garden which came out at the very end of last year. With the cute music video “Mosaic Hearts” is one of the more radio friendly tracks on the album and a great place to dive into this fab new artist you’ll be hearing a lot about from Higher Plain Music.
From Brooklyn, NY we have Arc & Stones – an anthemic alt-rock duo in their 20′s. The music is well crafted and has that certain larger than it should be sound to it that I love. Everything slots together perfectly. Their début EP is out next month and we’ll have a review of it shortly. Until then – here’s “Silence”
SPC ECO are Rose Berlin with crystalline vocals and Dean Garcia whom I know from a certain other awesome duo called Curve! You can hear Dean’s electronic influences throughout this brand new EP and here’s the video from Push which is on it. Sublime.
This is absolutely mesmorising.
With her debut album coming out at the end of the month, this is an eerie opener for Russian Aimee Bobruk and I love the way the whole song sounds like it’s on a slightly chewed up tape. Isn’t it great we don’t have to deal with those these days!
Sam Sallon has a wonderfully silky smooth acoustic sound and this wonderfully regal Kathy’s Song is a fine example of his talents. Enjoy! His EP is out on iTunes soon.
A beard and lantern – can’t beat that really.
Panda Transport’s new album “Wildlife” is out now.
Metal Mother is like the tribal nutter Bat For Lashes wishes she would dare herself to be. Metal Mother pushes things more towards the tribal beat of the the music and is coming back with her second album called Ionika soon. This is the song “Shake” from her début album. Colour me a new fan!