Sunday, July 10, 2016
Discoverer 146: new indie findings
Time for another trio of new proposals in our discoverer series! A pretty eclectic combination today, from singer-songwriter to synth-pop, so you have plenty and diverse music to enjoy with!
Twin River. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, around 2009, the first incarnation of the band was the stripped-down folk duo of singer-songwriter Courtney Ewan Bromley and guitarist Andy Bishop. But changes were already evident with the self-release of debut EP 'Rough Gold' in early 2012, recorded with with the help of local guitarist Malcolm Jack and singer-keyboardist Rebecca Law Gray. A full band was born, being completed shortly with Dustin John Bromley on drums. The quintet locked into the studio the year later, giving form to the tunes (with Colin Stewart from The New Pornographers on mixing duties) that, after some changes in the line-up, would became their first LP 'Should the Light Go Out', out via Light Organ Records in February 2015. Now they're back with 'Passing Shade' sophomore album out since June, consolidating the shimmering blend of garage, jangle and dream pop of their sound. Think on The War On Drugs or DIIV meeting Neko Case or Jenny Lewis. Think on dark, cloudy hazes pierced by rays of light in the form of eternal guitar lines and upped drum paces. Think on the kind of music that haunts you before stays with you.
Margaret Glaspy. Born in Red Bluff, California, but based in New York via Boston where she became part of the local folk scene, singer-songwriter career "officially" began in 2013 (although there's a 'Homeschool' EP from 2012, available digitally at her bandcamp, collecting some home-recorded songs) with debut release 'If & When' EP. Then came tours with Lucius, Rayland Baxter or Milk Carton Kids, the signature with ATO Records and the release of a 7" 'You and I b/w Somebody to Anybody' in January 2016, in advance of first LP 'Emotions and Math', out just now. With a very distinctive, explosive voice and a approach to songs where electric guitar lead the way, Glaspy is able to croon and bite, trap you with a melody or knock you out with a killer lyric hidden between an almost grunge riff. Expansive minimalism on an artist summoning Joni Mitchell, Feist and Josephine Baker. Fated for greatness...
Featherfin. And we end in Tromso, Norway, to recommend you the music project of Knut Børre Lindbjør, a Bloodbuzzed beloved friend, the blogger behind Eardrums Music, a founder member of the GREAT label EardrumsPop (never praised enough) and musician since the 80s, now back with this fishy moniker blending his passion for electronic music and indiepop with his ability with visuals. Although the first Featherfin tune appeared in 2014 on the 'Between Two Waves- The Second Wave' lovely compilation album, his first proper release dates back from February 2015, with EP 'Butterfly Girl', followed by the single 'The Crimson Spill /Nananarama and 'Wintersongs' EP later that same year. Now he's back with 'Helen Richey' EP, out just now (don't miss the video for the title songs, a genius mini-documentary). And he's in superb company, alongside "usual suspects" from this Blog's Jeremy Jensen from The Very Most and Michaël Korchia from Watoo Watoo. Dreamy, organic, undeniably gorgeous tunes. Haunting music.