Archive for March, 2012

Lark – Afflatus

It only takes a few moments to understand why South African four-piece Lark is often described as ‘glitch opera’. Drawing heavily on influences such as Radiohead circa-Kid A, Massive Attack and Portishead, their immense sound can veer towards the dark. Yet somehow through it all, shines this attractiveness in sound that beckons the listener in [...]

Team Me – Show Me

Brutal Norwegian winters clearly have no negative impact on the overwhelming happiness of orchestral indie poppers Team Me. Drawing influence from Scandinavian counterparts Mew and avant-garde artists like Sufjan Stevens, Show Me is a sprawling pop gem. As winners of ‘Best Pop Group’ at the 2011 Spelleman Awards (Norway’s Grammy equivalent) and rave SXSW 2012 [...]

Big Scary – Autumn

Hailing from Melbourne, Big Scary are a supremely talented duo likened by many to The White Stripes. Although the comparison works on certain levels – none more than their being a two-piece, guy guitarist / girl drummer – there’s much more to this band than Jack/Meg White pastiche. Vocalist Tom Iansek can switch seamlessly from [...]

Iyadede – Not The Same

Rwandan chanteuse Iyadede is all kinds of amazing. Forced to flee genocide as child, she’s recently found home in Brooklyn, where she’s recording stellar, afro-infused pop. Not The Same from 2011′s The Demo showcases Iyadede’s skill as an upcoming soul/R&B writer and singer. Good luck getting this chorus out of your head. Name: Iyedede Track: Not [...]

A Classic Education – Baby, It’s Fine

If the new music video from Bologna band A Classic Education is anything to go by, these guys are leading some kind of life right now. Forever Boy (from  superb 2011′ LP Call It Blazin) perfectly meshes their American sound and Italian roots: showcasing their knack for writing superb indie rock hooks, accompanied by stunning motorcycles. [...]

Bigott – Cannibal Dinner

Zaragoza, Spain-based artist Borja Laudo channels all kinds of influences to create mind-bogglingly catchy indie pop. Likened at times to Billy Prince Billy and Sufjan Stevens, his track Cannibal Dinner summons also elements Tom Vek’s brilliant debut, all topped off with a Spanish accent that veers towards Scottish at times. The (slightly NSFW) music video is equally [...]

Faws – Paper Jam

Sounding like a luminary of Burial, Faws takes more than just his sonic cues from London’s most famous proponent of ambient dubstep; he also keeps his identify close to his chest. Having released his debut EP Antonym in December of 2011, let’s hope there’s plenty more in store for this anonymous and prodigious talent. Artist: [...]

La Vida Boheme – Radio Capital

If the Rapture were born in Caracas, Venezuela, there’s a very good chance they’d have been La Vida Boheme. That said, there’s an unmistakable South American buoyancy to their indie rock jams – which recently had crowds jumping at SXSW in Austin. Artist: La Vida Boheme Track: Radio Capital Label: All Of The Above Country: Venezuela More: [...]

Moscow Olympics – Keeping The Avenues Open

Moscow Olympics is so remarkably in the vein of Swedish shoegazers like The Radio Dept., Mary Onettes and The Tough Alliance, that it’s almost unfathomable to believe they hail from the Philippines. Having released their debut in 2008 – and nothing since – this re-recording of Keeping The Avenues Open from late 2011 is a powerful reminder [...]

Ori Avni – Vittal Station

Sounding like a cross between Explosions In The Sky and Pink Floyd in their more mellow moments, Israeli artist Ori Avni is a treat for any post-rock fan. Vittal Station is flush with gorgeous piano and guitar, having been produced and mixed by Marko Gurkan in Tel Aviv. More info: Bandcamp // Facebook // Twitter