Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
I've been following Natasha Khan's career for several months now, but it's only since I saw her live at Latitude Festival that I became a huge fan of this beautiful, lovely and amazingly talented young lady. I love her style and personality (and her all-girl backing band are equally bringing the aceness) but most of all her music which is the kind that once you get into it you quickly fall completely in love with it. She's like a female Patrick Wolf and a British Feist and
a Kate Bush for the 00s. She's my biggest obsession at the moment and although I'm pleased that she's getting more recognition through her Mercury Prize nomination, I will be sad to have to share her with more people. For her next single she will re-release Prescilla, which is probably her most instant and commercially viable single choice, so I've posted this one instead, probably the next most poptastic. The refrain of "Heaven is a feeling I get in your arms" simply grabs you by the heart and refuses to let go. I also recommend Horse & I, mainly because its clip-clop horse noises remind me of my favourite Aqua single, My Oh My! Someone called Josh T Pearson sings backing vocals on this track, who Google tells me is Texan and quite an interesting and elusive character with an utterly enormous beard.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Lo-Fi-Fnk may not be one of my top favourite Swedish bands, but I have developed a soft spot for them since seeing the video for Wake Up
, where they seem such adorably awkward, typical teenage boys, although they're actually 22. And yet they are electro popstars, who are gaining popularity all over the place, including the UK where they released this brilliant single last month. It wasn't quite the top 10 hit they deserved, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do eventually make their way into the upper echelons of our singles chart. Lo-Fi-Fnk fit in well with the kind of electro-pop that's currently getting indie kids out of their bedrooms and onto the dancefloor, but they also have a very distinct sound. It can be a bit abrasive on first listen, but it's that sudden feeling of slight unease they cause which I think makes them stand out, and makes the music even more enjoyable and fresh-sounding when you get into it. City is on their super-cutely titled Boylife album, which is very cheap on CDON.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
After a disappointingly dull second album, Venke is back with perhaps her best single yet. Never has a song which touches on domestic violence been so jolly! It is a very uplifting girl power type of song, though, which excuses any possible insensitivity. Venke brings a new perspective on the 'getting over Mr Rubbish' song, as it's all about going off on holiday and having fun, as opposed to wasting time getting angry at said bloke. I love the tone of Venke's voice, it just sounds like joy in aural form to me. I really like Norwegian singing voices in general - with Annie, Margaret, Bertine, Erik Faber, Espen Lind, Lilyjets and Venke, they've produced some of the best. I'm afraid the MP3 is a bit fizzy in places (despite being the CD edit, supposedly) but it's still perfectly enjoyable, and if you want a clearer copy you can buy the single on CDON.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
If you like the Arcade Fire, or you want to like them but find them inaccessible, then this group may be for you. I normally avoid Radio 1 in the evenings (Zane Lowe is evil, after all), but I turned the radio on today and stopped in my tracks when I heard this song being played. I love it because it's so big, with loads of voices and general warmth and upliftingness. You can't help but want to sway, or have some kind of religious epiphany, even if you're an unquestionable atheist. I hope I'll be hearing a lot more of this band in future, and excitingly I just spotted that they're playing a festival I'm attending next week - wooo! Shame they're such boring-looking blokes. The singer is Mark Lanegan, who will be well known to the indie kids among you. For the rest, he did an album with a girl out of Belle and Sebastian. They're apparently making music for film soundtracks, so it's no surprise that the video
is very impressive.
Sunday, July 01, 2007