Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alex Vargas: Sweet Nothing + Howl + Lie

Hailing from the Copenhagen area but based in London for almost a decade, singer-songwriter Alex Vargas was the lead vocalist in British band Vagabond before going solo in 2010. His fantastic voice has been compared to Steve Winwood and Robert Palmer, but there are also distinct echoes of Jeff Buckley here and there. The Buckley sound is much enhanced via musical partner Tommy Sheen's excellent guitar work on Vargas' stellar and highly personal version of the Calvin Harris/Florence Welch song "Sweet Nothing", included on his outstanding eight-track debut EP 'Howl', out now on Danish label Tiger Music.

Vargas performed a gig at SXSW tonight and has one more showcase: this will be outside Stubb's BBQ in downtown Austin this Friday, March 14. There are also two London dates scheduled for May 23 and 29.

R.I.P. to the two people killed early Thursday morning in downtown Austin by an intoxicated driver at the SXSW festival and a speedy recovery to the two dozens who were injured. 

NOTE on the "Lie" video: this track is not on the 'Howl' album.  (listen to all the tracks on the 'Howl' album)