The muses of La Musa: Lorena Álvarez

The Asturian singer and songwriter Lorena Álvarez manages to go beyond the usual limits of traditional music and place it in a new context in which contemporaneity and tradition can go hand in hand without complexes.

The versatile artist who has collaborated with artists such as Josephine Foster, Soleá Morente or Alonso Carmona, returns with her second album under her arm ‘Collection of simple songs’, her most intimate project to date. Tomorrow in concert at La2 d’Apolo.

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Hit of the week: Chromatics “You’re No Good”

Chromatics has released a brand new album, Closer to Grey. . Now they have shared a video for the album’s “You’re No Good.” The band’s Johnny Jewel directed the video, which features lots of multiple exposure images and befits the band’s general aesthetic well. Watch it below.

Music by Bergman: Bambara

Bambara‘s music exists in shadows. Since their early noise-rock sounds on 2010′s Dog Ear Days, the Athens, Georgia band (now based in Brooklyn) have cultivated a dense and ominous form of post-punk. Their latest, Shadow On Everything expands upon that sensibility with songs that bring in a broader range of instrumentation than on any of their previous albums (horn sections, eerie synthetic choirs), which reflects the band’s growth in a more logistical sense: They’ve expanded to a quintet when touring, broadening their capabilities and allowing them to showcase an even more dynamic presence.

Introducing…Ohtis

Ohtis’ new album Curve of Earth is a reunion record for the band and tells the tale of songwriter Sam Swinson’s autobiographical journey through indoctrination and addiction. Each song an endlessly inviting confession from his past battles with substance abuse and the religious demons lingering from his upbringing in a fundamentalist evangelical cult.

Ohtis formed when Swinson and co-founder Adam Pressley were sophomores at high school in Normal, Illinois. Sam would ride his bike over to Adam’s house where they made experimental folk music with primitive home-recording gear. Their partnership has defined Ohtis, accompanied by a revolving cast of local musicians joining the live act over the years including rejoining mainstay member and multi-instrumentalist Nate Hahn.

Curve of Earth – it’s a piece of beautifully dark country-Americana with Swinson’s vivid lyricism at the heart of it. Just listen to “Runnin’”, a song born from all their experiences; elegant country music based on pure honesty and direct communication.

The muses of La Musa: The Japanese House

Between the hazy pictures, low key early gigs and the intangible music, the mystery surrounding The Japanese House, aka 23-year-old Amber Bain, could seem contrived. It is however, borne of a shyness that speaks to her gossamer pop sound.

Earlier this year Bain dropped her debut album Good At Falling, went on tour, and shared live EP The LA Sessions. That would be plenty for any artist, but she isn’t just any artist. Bain is back again  with the announcement of another new EP, Something Has To Change, and dropped the project’s title track. The track is The Japanese House being introspective, which means it’s as great as we’ve come to expect.

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