Saturday, 9 June 2012


Safe And Sound : ELECTRIC PRESIDENT (from the album The Violent Blue – 2010)

From Florida, but probably wishing they lived in a bedsit in Camden, this duo released their second album of lo-fi, bedroom pop in 2010 and it was even better than their excellent debut. Not usually a fan of the genre they call “post-rock” but happy to make an exception for this band

The Sweetest Tooth : CAMPHOR (from the album Drawn To Dust – 2008)

Camphor is the name that Max Avery Lichtenstein, the NY-based film score composer, records his songs under. His background shines through with this collection of beautifully scored and orchestrated gems – a hint of country, a smattering of lo-fi, great hooks and choruses

Rosenband : KELLEY POLAR (from the album I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling – 2008)

I don’t own many albums by classically-trained violinists from the tiny state of Rhode Island, but of all the ones I do own, this is far and away the best (OK – this IS the only one I own). Seriously, though, this is one of my all-time favourite tracks from a great album and I am really pleased that a new album is due for release early this year. He has been working with Junior Boys, so that can only bode well

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