Friday, March 30, 2012

Birdy: Shelter

British singer-songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde aka Birdy (a nickname since childhood) began writing music when she was 8, won the Open Mic UK talent contest at age 12, and saw her debut album released in 2011, the year she turned 15.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Young Magic: Sparkly

In early 2011 two Australians, singer/producer Isaac Emmanuel and musician/photographer Michael Italia formed the very cosmopolitan trio Young Magic with vocalist Melati Malay, born in Indonesia, now a resident of Brooklyn, NY where the band is currently based.

The band's full-length vinyl LP debut 'Melt' was released in the UK/Europe/North America last month and drops in Australia + Asia on March 30; it was made by collecting and recording sounds in Tepoztlán, Melbourne, New York City, Mexico City, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Bristol, Antwerp, Rome, Palermo, Granada, Asuncion, Reykjanesbaer, Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Iguazu.

The stunning video, directed by Dylan Wiehan, was pieced together from hours of time-lapse footage shot on the East Coast of Australia.

Young Magic has three shows in the US next week plus a few more gigs in April, and will also be touring the UK/Europe in May. Click on Songkick link for details:

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jamie Woon: Night Air

Utterly mesmerizing voice, track, lyrics and video. (Be sure to watch the video in full screen format).

Singer-songwriter-producer Jamie Woon was born and raised in London to a Malaysian Chinese father and a Scottish Irish mother, Celtic singer Mae McKenna. His full album debut 'Mirrorwriting' was released in 2011.


Night air has the strangest flavor
Space to breathe it, time to savor
All that night air has to lend me
Till the morning makes me angry
In the night air
In the night air

I’ve acquired a kind of madness
Daylight fills my heart with sadness
Only silent skies can soothe me
Feel that night air flowing through me
In the night air
In the night air

I don’t need those car crash colors
I control the skies above us
Close my eyes to make the night fall
Comfort of the world revolving
I can hear the earth in orbit
In the night air
In the night air

I’ve acquired a taste for silence
Darkness fills my heart with calmness
And each thought like a thief is driven
To steal the night air from the heavens
In the night air
In the night air

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Susanne Sundfør: White Foxes

Susanne Sundfør´s second and most recent album 'The Brothel' was the bestselling album in her native Norway in 2010.

Her eagerly awaited third full album entitled 'The Silicone Veil' drops on March 26. 'White Foxes' is the first single; the highly atmospheric video was directed by Mats Udd.

She has five shows in Norway in April, incl. Oslo on April 28.

I posted an entry about Sundfør in May of 2010: