Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Anna Leone: My Soul I

So far, Stockholm singer-songwriter Anna Leone has released only one song, but oh, what a song. The single "My Soul I" is a flawless composition of boundless beauty, further enhanced by the stellar, sparse production that wisely gives Leone's stunning voice the ample space it deserves.

I can't wait to hear more from this immensely gifted artist who is 19 or 23 years old, depending on which media source one picks out of the bunch. But whether Leone is 19 or 23, one thing is for sure: she has her whole life ahead of her - and hopefully a brilliant career.

The lovely video was shot around the Stockholm archipelago by French directors Victoria Lafaurie and Hector Albouker. 

And speaking of French: the track dropped back in September on Paris/London indie label AllPoints.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Panda People: Overflow (Featuring Jonas H. Petersen)

Fridolin Nordsø + Julius Aas in NYC

Fridolin Nordsø aka producer Nilo + Julius Aas aka producer/dj Ligron make up brand-new Danish/Norwegian duo Panda People, formed only this year. Friends since childhood, the two have worked with stellar Danish artists such as Mø, Oh Land, Choir of Young Believers, Fallulah, Mads Langer, and more.

Fridolin Nordsø also happens to be the son of Mikkel Nordsø who was the stellar guitarist in Sneakers, one of Denmark´s all time best rocks bands. With his twin brother Frederik Nordsø as well as Kristian Leth he also found time in 2008 to form The William Blakes; fourth member Bo Rande was added later.

Panda Peoples' ambitious plan is to release one single a month plus remixes. The first single "Accidentally" featured American singer-producer-songwriter Brandon Beal who has collaborated with Lukas Graham, among others.

The second single "Overflow" features Danish singer-songwriter Jonas H. Petersen who started his acclaimed solo project Hymns From Nineveh in 2007.

The studio version of "Overflow" combines future bass & pop with Petersen's indie-meets-altar boy vocals to such a heavenly effect it might make angels weep, not to mention boogie 'til the break of dawn.

The stunning acoustic version of "Overflow" performed by Petersen solo (with older b/w photos of Denmark's long-reigning Queen Margrethe and her French-born prince consort Henri aka Prince Henrik watching) strips the song down to its beautiful basics, sounding very much like the quintessential Hymns From Nineveh composition.     

Panda People do not have any shows scheduled at this point. 

However, you can catch Petersen with his Hymns From Nineveh live band at two Christmas concerts:
First up: Saturday, December 2 @ 7 pm at the Christianskirken, Frederikshaldsgade 15, 8200 Århus N.
Second show: Saturday, December 9 @ 8 pm at the Christians Kirke, Strandgade 1, 1401 Copenhagen K.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cut Copy: Standing In The Middle Of The Field

Australian band Cut Copy dropped their fifth studio full-length 'Haiku From Zero' last month.

The superb album track/single "Standing in the Middle of the Field" now has a fantastic and very clever video created by Moscow-born, Melbourne-based sound/audio wizard Vincenzi Vandella of Sensory Systems.

Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey, Mitchell Scott and Benjamin Browning kick off an extensive North American fall tour in Santa Cruz on November 9 and wrap it up in Miami on December 6.(there are two shows scheduled in Canada: Toronto November 21 and Montreal November 22).  They will also be performing at four festivals in Australia in late December and late January.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

City Calm Down: Blame

Melbourne quartet City Calm Down was founded in 2008, but did not release their debut EP 'Movements' until 2012. The full-length 'In a Restless House' followed in 2015. They are currently working on a second album.

The stunning new single "Blame" is paired with a stellar video, shot in the Nevada desert by L.A. based director Sam Kristofski.

Tour: Jack Bourke (vocals), Jeremy Sonnenberg (bass), Lee Armstrong (drums) and Sam Mullaly (keyboards) have five dates between November 23-29: four in the UK and one in Paris.  Between February 2 and 11, the band will be playing five shows in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Fremantle as part of the annual Laneway Festival.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ibeyi: Away Away + Deathless

Naomi & Lisa-Kaindé

22-year-old Paris born twins Naomi Diaz & Lisa-Kaindé Diaz aka Ibeyi (in Yoruba, the language of their Nigerian ancestors, the word means 'twins') have just dropped their second full-length 'Ash' on XL Recordings. The multi-lingual daughters of the late renowned Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz and French-Venezuelan singer Maya Dagnino (now also the duo's manager) once again combine vocals, percussion plus piano, and come up with their own intoxicating, unique sound.

My favorite tracks on the album, the superb "Take Away Away" and "Deathless" (featuring acclaimed saxophonist and L.A. native Kamasi Washington), are accompanied by excellent videos: the first clip gets the playful treatment from Christian Beuchet; for the latter clip, directed by Ed Morris (a frequent collaborator), a more artsy, but no less effective approach was taken.

A tour kicked off September 30 in France and also wraps up in France, March 25.  With more than forty shows this fall and winter in the UK, continental Europe and North America ahead of them, the Diaz sisters would be forgiven for taking some time off when they're done.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nelson Can: Break Down Your Walls + Move Forward + Miracle

Danish trio Nelson Can drop their third EP, simply named 'EP3', September 29. Three outstanding singles with accompanying videos are already out: "Break Down Your Walls", "Move Forward" and "Miracle".  

Tour: Bassist Signe SigneSigne, drummer Maria Juntunen and powerhouse vocalist Selina Gin have five shows in Denmark October 5-20 plus eight shows in the UK November 17-27.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kllo: Virtue + Nylon

Melbourne duo Kllo aka cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam drop their 12-track debut full-length 'Backwater' on October 20. So far, two songs have been released to whet our appetites:

The bouncy-yet-chill "Virtue" echoes some of the best output on legendary U.S., label Naked Music (Lisa Shaw, Gaelle, Aya, Miguel Migs, Blue Six, etc.).  "Nylon" uses a minimalist approach that is equally enthralling. The outstanding EPs that have come before showcased Kaul's hypnotic vocals and Lam's playful production; the new album looks to be of the same stellar quality.

 A video for "Virtue" was published last month; as of today, there is only an audio clip to go with "Nylon".  Hopefully, a regular video will premiere soon.

Kaul & Lam have a string of shows lined up for October, November and December with dates in the U.S,, the UK, continental Europe and Australia.

NOTE:  Unfortunately, the tour schedule listed on Facebook and Songkick differ somewhat, so be sure to check online for each venue.