Thursday, 2 February 2012


Lorne Toffer (from the album Fractions of Fictions - 2008) : THE SOUND OF SEA ANIMALS

Not sure if the band, who hail from Quebec, still exists as a band, because there have been no new posts on their website for over a year. If they have called it a day, that's a damn shame. This album is so obscure that even Amazon does not stock it, yet it has been one of my favourite albums of the last few years. This track is not representative of the album in mustical style, but then there are no two tracks on the album that sound alike. If I had to put a label on it, I'd say "Abbey Road-era Beatlesque with a French accent" - isn't going to catch on as a genre, though.

The Glimmer Song (from the album Sun Moon Stars - 2009) : A BAND CALLED QUINN

Another Scottish pop band, this one hailing from Glasgow. They've been around a few years and Alex Kapranos (now the leading light in Franz Ferdinand, was once in the line-up. The band's focal point is Louise Quinn, the lead vocalist, who also appears on a number of tracks on albums by Kid Loco. The band, and Luoise's vocals, sound not unlike Goldfrapp

Twelve Fingers (from the album Astronaut - 2009) : SALEM

Not to be confused with the Israeli death-metal band of the same name, Salem is actually Lars Salem Al Fakir. As you might be able to tell from the name, he is half-Swedish, half-Syrian. A bit of a child prodigy (was an accomplished violinist by the age of 4), Salem takes his influences from just about everywhere - blues, soul, psychedelia - and channels them through a rich vein of Swedish pop.

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