Thursday, 2 February 2012

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9

Beauty, Beauty - (from the album Animal Feelings – 2010) : RAFTER

American singer-songwriter, hailing from San Diego, who sounds much more like a big band than a solo performer. Its his juxtapositioning of genres that I love – he sings like he’s an indie stalwart, the band swing like they are backing the latest r’n’b fave. This mixture of indie and soul gives you an album that you cannot help but tap your feet to, and sometimes has you up dancing

Brain ≠ Heart (I Need To Know) – (from the album AncientElectrons – 2010) : ANALOG REBELLION

Another solo artist who thinks he’s a band, but this one is from Texas. His name is Daniel Hunter and he has been around several years under a number of guises. As Analog Rebellion, he lays down catchy, electropop, backing and overlays it with acoustic guitar. The effect is to make an album of classic pop songs

Lo Hi Hopes – (from the album Mount Chimaera – 2010) : BRASSTRONAUT

This lot are from Canada, a country that has been producing lots of great bands over the past few years. Its almost as if the country has realised that there is more to them than The Guess Who (70s rock band who were, for years, Canada’s biggest musical export). This was one of the best albums of last year but, like most of the albums on this blog, failed to get the recognition it deserved. The band play rock music influenced by jazz, but it’s not jazz-rock. They are a talented bunch as well, with band members playing everything from trumpet, clarinet, and glockenspiel to saxophone, flugelhorn and even a weird wind-synth called an EWI.

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