To call it folk would be to fall short, especially after being charmed by the voice of this young British artist who at times whispers laments in a baritone voice and at others gives forth among abrasive guitars and frantic rhythms. Tension and calm for a singer songwriter with a prodigious voice that goes from Tim Buckley to Scout Niblett and from PJ Harvey to Sharon Van Etten reinforcing the starkness of it all and encapsulating the whole thing on her presentation EP, produced by DM Stith.
Alexandra Savior is a newly discovered gem. Even though Alexandra Savior‘s demo “Risk” appeared in series two of True Detective, and off the back of that she collaborated with Tame Impala’s Cam Avery on dusky torch tune “We’re Just Making it Worse,” the 21-year-old is still a secret. She’s your secret, but not for long. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, her slinky vocals and diaristic lyrics quickly caught the ear of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, who produced and co-wrote “Shades” along with James Ford (Florence, Haim). In fact, Turner’s so enamored he’s producing her whole debut album. The lush late-‘60s/early-’70s sound is the perfect backdrop for her upcoming debut album Strange Portrait,
Behind PAVVLA we find Paula Jornet, a very young Catalan actress and singer who has found the path that connects the folk-ballad to the James Blake smooth electronic music. After settling in Brighton to study at the BIMM, the Sant Cugat artist is preparing her debut that will be released on Luup records at the end of the year, a record from which she has already released the two singles Young and Skin that go to show that she will be one of the great talents of national pop scene. She will be playing this october at Primavera Club.
In 2001, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine’s Colm Ó Cíosóig joined forced as Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions to release the project’s debut full-length, Bavarian Fruit Bread. Eight years later, they put out another LP, Through The Devil Softly. Now, they’re gearing up to release another one, called Until The Hunter, in November, and the’ve already released the album’s lead single. It’s called “Let Me Get There” and it’s a muted duet with Kurt Vile.
French songstress, musician and composer Jeanne Added (ex-The Dø) stands at the crossroads between classical, jazz, pop and electronic music. Her debut solo LP Be Sensational brings a captivating cluster of elements to the table, demonstrating Added’s penchant for both grandiose dramatics and minimalist experimentation. The album sustains an intense continuity throughout that goes beyond the sum of its parts.
M.I.A.’s latest — and possibly last — album is here. The singer dropped AIM, her fifth studio effort, this month. Among the tracks on the album are the previously released “Go Off” featuring Skrillex, “Freedun” with Zayn Malik, and “Bird Song,” her collaboration with Diplo, the ex-producer and ex-boyfriend with whom she shares along and tangled history. In the lead-up to AIM’s release, M.I.A. has suggested that the album will be the final one she makes, so, even though the Diplo drama just goes to show that M.I.A. has never been wedded to her word, you’d still best enjoy M.I.A.’s full-album efforts while you definitely can.
Haley Bonar has spent a lot of the past few years poring over her past. That has something to do with the sound of her recent recordings, whether it be her recent solo efforts or the throwback funky punky grooves of her side project Gramma’s Boyfriend.
But on her latest album Impossible Dream, this glance in the rearview has also inspired some of the most poignant and pointed work of her long career as songwriter even if you have to dig a little to find Bonar within the tunes. Impossible Dream then, like all of Bonar’s work, gains its power from a combination of the personal and universal.