Nearly nine months after the release of the first part for Cho Duk Bae's 25th anniversary album, the full album has been released. The digital version has been available since August 27 and the CD release is scheduled for September 9.
In addition to W&Whale's take on 슬픈 노래는 부르지 않을거야 and 뒷 모습이 참 예쁘네요 as performed by The Black Skirts, the 10 songs strong tracklist also includes female singer/songwriter Yang Yang singing 나풀거리듯.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Jazz songstress Youn Sun Nah released her seventh full length album, Same Girl, on August 17. Today London Korean Links reports that a European release is on the way - according to her official MySpace it will reach more than 30 countries on September 24.
Same Girl holds a total of 11 original songs and covers, including what is surely interesting take on Metallica's Enter Sandman. A digital single for main track My Name is Carnival, a Jackson C. Frank cover, will be out on September 17.
Visit the official site for all upcoming Youn Sun Nah live dates in France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Beatball Music just announced two releases for September 14 on the Beatball Music Facebook page:
Jane, the cellist of Loro's, has got a solo project going under the name of Pika. The title of her first EP will be Pika's Metamorphosis.
Also debuting in a couple of weeks is singer/songwriter Emon with EP 그리움이 만나는 시간 (time for longing).
Sunday, August 29, 2010
June 29, rock
quartet quintet The Quip self-released an EP called Almost The Same - Hyang Music has samples for every song. It was mixed and produced by Jelly Boy, so I've been meaning to check them out for a while now. Yet it wasn't till this morning when I found that ready4d had uploaded some new clips with them that I actually gave them a listen. Turns out I've really been missing out on something!
The Quip SSamzie Sound Festival 2010 audition:
2. Butterfly Case
3. Custard Pie
4. Shaking the Universe
To me the sound of The Quip reminisces the post-punk/grunge offered by The Plastic Day, with the occasional Blue Album style Apollo 18 on top. As anybody attending the joint The Plastic Day & Apollo 18 show in May could witness it's a successful combination, but The Quip also brings some energy and style of their own in the mix. And djembe.
If you want to hear more there's plenty on YouTube. The official Facebook page too offers some audio samples.
Thanks to ultrakyo I was reminded of the blog from Bryan Cho, aka The Black Skirts. Turns out he posted a song on Vimeo the other day.
Since spring Bryan is back in the US where he's making preparations for a second full length album. Last I heard it was going to be something in the vein of Prince, and at least I'm really curious to hear what that'll turn into.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thanks to Omona They Didn't! scouting 10Asia for news I learned that jazz pop quartet Winterplay has some upcoming international releases: Winterplay releases albums in Europe and Japan.
The European release would be a UK edition of Songs of Colored Love, previously released in Japans and though the date was set to August 23 it seems like it'll actually be September 13. The article mentions that as part of the promotion, Winterplay will perform at this year's The Mayor's Thames Festival in London. A release of the same album in Thailand is currently scheduled for August 30.
Also from the article, Winterplay released a single called Don't Know Why in Japan on August 25. The song in question is a Norah Jones cover and the recording appears to only be available via iTunes Japan. In much belated related news, Winterplay put out a full length album called Sunshines in Japan on February 10.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Esteemed modern rock act Huckleberry Finn will release a live CD+DVD set on September 8. The CD goes by 6 Years of Live History and contains material recorded from 2004-2009, including upcoming 5th album song 빗소리. In addition to the band itself, members from Galaxy Express (I Know), Guckkasten, Kingston Rudieska, The Moonshiners and Seoul Electric Band (사막) are all participating.
The CD comes accompanied by a 2009 Yellow Concert DVD. While likely not the videos on the DVD, the clips below from the same event, uploaded by YouTube user uhuh70, should provide some insight as to what can be expected from it:
1. 환상환멸 (with Guckkasten's Ha Hyun Woo)
2. 밤이 걸어간다 (with Guckkasten's Ha Hyun Woo)
3. 그들이 온다 (with half of Kingston Rudieska)
4. 휘파람 (with half of Kingston Rudieska)
5. 낯선 두형제 (with Park Jong Hyun from Galaxy Express)
August 10, punk band Kangaroo SoX followed 2008 release 1st Single with digital single Mirror Man. Chris Park did not seem too impressed in his wakesidevision review: 캥거루 삭스 (Kangaroo Sox) – Mirror Man Review
Last week, wakesidevision featured a far more enthusiastic review of ska punk act Skasucks first full length album: 스카석스 (Skasucks) – Self-Titled Review. The album in question was released on July 7. Roughly half of the songs from the album, including the slightly extended version of New Generation of SKA track Swimming in the Dream, can be sampled via MySpace.
Preceding the album, on June 25 the band released a digital single called Joker's Poem. In addition to the title track, which too can be heard on MySpace, it comes with the aforementioned Swimming in the Dream and instrumental MySpace favorite El Mariach.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thanks to Violet Sweets I came across Into the K-LEAGUE, an album released earlier this month. It gathers songs from several bands - Galaxy Express, Go! Go! Boys!, GoGo Star, Lunatic, Napoleon Dynamite, No Brain, No.1 Korean, Sugar Donut, Super Kidd, Sweet Revenge, The Strikers, Yellow Monsters, and Yellow Puffer - and all can be downloaded for free from the K-League site.
Violet Sweets offers some of the story behind this soccer inspired compilation: K-League dedicated album
K.O.A. Zine has been updated with yet another very interesting interview, including some Korean indie music history. This time the interview subject is 3rd Line Butterfly's Sung Kiwan: Sung Kiwan: Renaissance Man of Hongdae
For more questions and answers, over at Omona They Didn't! there's a translated 10Asia interview with Kim Jae Wook, that still seems best known for his part in 2007 drama Coffee Prince. It deals mostly with his acting career, but there's a fair bit on the music side - including his band Walrus - as well: 10Asia Interviews the Waffle Boy
Thanks to sarangingayo, another piece from 10Asia was brought to my attention: CHANG KIHA & THE FACES to debut into Japan in October. Turns out Chang Kiha & The Faces will have both the sold out 2008 single 싸구려 커피 and the sold out first full length album, 별일 없이 산다, released in Japan in a couple of months.
And while on the subject of Japan, Ken of highly esteemed blog Japan Live recently shared some impressions from the music scene in Korea: My Seoul
The Dear Cloud fan project initiated by Widhi has been completed. Have a look at the video: [Wiz Project] Dear Cloud Fan Video Project.
The release show for Dear Cloud's new EP, Take The Air, was held last weekend and over at Brazilian blog sarangingayo there's a collection of videos from the event: Dear Cloud comemorou seu retorno com show no V-Hall no dia 20
Saturday, August 21, 2010
A couple of enthusiastic reviews covering rock in the shoegaze/post-rock spectrum showed up online during the week:
Shoegaze and dream pop blog when the sun hits spelled out "A-M-A-Z-I-N-G" when summarizing the bliss.city.east/Vidulgi OoyoO split album: Album Review: Bliss.City.East/Vidulgi OoyoO. Split EP.
And in similar terms, over at wakesidevision Ninaian's debut effort was judged "absolutely amazing": Ninaian – For A Little Cruise Review
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The ambient/post-rock-ish traditional Korean music trio JamBiNai (잠비나이) will release its debut EP on August 25. Although not counting more than three tracks, the self-titled release still achieves a play time over 35 minutes.
The EP's first track, 손끝에서 손끝으로, accompanied Indieful ROK's JamBiNai mini interview in a live recording (download here). To get a better idea of the energy offered in second track 나부락, there's YouTube. And finally for a taste of the 17 minutes strong 나무의 대화 YouTube is helpful as well: part 1 : part 2. Visit MySpace for brief samples of the studio recorded tracks.
I've been listening to the EP over the last couple of days and with their truly unique sound and tasteful sense of melody it's something I'd definitely recommend. Also I love how the blobs on the cover actually can be seen as the three members playing their instruments.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Every now and then my feed reader offers me something interesting in languages (besides Korean) that I don't really understand all that well.
Chopstick Yeti offers an introduction to new super group Yellow Monsters: Yellow Monsters. The catchy rock trio gathers GumX guitarist Yong Won, My Aunt Mary bassist Han Jin Young, and Delispice/Omega 3 drummer Choi Jae Hyuk, and all participate with vocals.
The first Yellow Monsters album was released on July 22 and offers 10 tracks, including S.M.C featuring Yohan of PIA. Check out the music video for title track Late on YouTube.
Guckkasten recently wrote a bit about themselves for 10Asia, including why they re-recorded their first album. sarangingayo has it translated to Portugese: ♥ [ENTREVISTA] A banda guckkasten fala das mudanças na carreira. But if you prefer, it's also available in English: [INTERVIEW] Indie band guckkasten. The piece mentions recording a music video for a song planned for their second album - makes me hope it'll be out before long.
Daybreak too have done the same thing with 10Asia as Guckkasten.
- In Portugese: [ENTREVISTA] A banda daybreak fala de projetos
- In English: [INTERVIEW] Indie band daybreak
While informing of this weekend's reggae soundsystem festival, Mark Russell shared his suspicion that I&I Djangdan has broken up: Hippies, Reggae and the Countryside.
The dub reggae act self-released its first full length album, Guidance, on June 3. There's a trailer at Vimeo, and several full length samples streaming on MySpace if you want to get an idea of what it sounds like. I have yet to hear all of it myself, but was very impressed with 2008 debut EP Culture Tree and expect nothing less from the album.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Three years since the latest issue, fans of the extra-ordinary Byul.org are still waiting for Monthly Vampire no.7. The release is set to some time this year, but already on August 21 byul will offer some new music on disc with the release of 2CD Pacific.
Pacific comes as a seven track audio CD, including a cover of Amature Amplifier's 4th album track 서태평양 (Seotaepyeongyang/West Pacific). Also included in the set is a data CD featuring seven 192kbps mp3s and video 태평양 Pacific : Live Set at Cafe Noir. Hyang Music has a sampler track.
London based electronica guy Postino has a bunch of new music out.
On August 4 he released new single Attention that already have achieved some very positive reviews: JunoDownload Featured Deep House Releases : Eastlondonlines. Listen to all four mixes on SoundCloud.
Come August 12, Postino's new project Eastern Cloud CD debuted with the release of a self-titled single. In addition to an intro and several remixes of a self-titled song, the single also included a couple of remixes of Postino's Sailor & Gambler, including one from StardonE. All of this single too can be sampled from SoundCloud.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sweater's lovely front woman Earip released her third solo EP, Words From The Breath, on April 28. refresh_daemon shared his thoughts on it today: Inbox: 이아립 - 공기로 만든 노래
Milk Milk Lemonade have had a listen to the lovely EP from Sunkyeol, and also offer a download of sweet track Songstress: Sunkyeol EP
Seven years after their fifth full length album, trash metal band Crash returned with sixth album The Paragon of Animals on August 10. Here's the music video to new song Crashday.
Over at Omona They Didn't there's a post with some info on Crash as well as the new album: Korean metal. Visit MySpace to hear some of their older material.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Not just an impressive amount of reviews, but also a whole bunch of interesting interviews showed up online over the months when activity on this blog was low.
Thanks to Mark Russell, I found out about The Creators Project interviews with both DJ Soulscape and EE:
- A Chat with DJ Soulscape
- A Chat with EE
The same Mark did an interview himself with Steven Kim, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival founder, some months back: Kicking the Music Biz in the Butt — The Man Behind Jisan Valley Rock Festival
Groove Korea published two really nice articles written by Shawn Despres after interviews with Apollo 18 and Vidulgi OoyoO:
- Apollo 18
- Vidulgi Ooyoo
Thanks to wassereis another couple of interviews became available in English. She translated the Guckkasten video interview for this year's World DJ Festival, where they appeared charming and also talked a bit about festivals in general: guckkasten are awesum.period. And she also took on Mint Paper's interview with Lala Sweet: [Lala Sweet] Interview with Mintpaper
As Hot Potato's Kim C left variety travel show 1 Night 2 Days (1박 2일) Dw4p TommyROT offered an IS Plus interview where Kim C talked both about variety shows and music: Kim C says goodbye to 1n2d. Meanwhile 1n2d fansubs looked into older interviews and put together a piece of their own: Kim C the musician.
Update (5:30PM): Yet another interview translated to English by wassereis: Older No Reply Interview from Junior magazine
It's the 15th of August and so it's time for another Music Alliance Pact. This month all bloggers in the pact handed in their selections in time and so 36 songs from all over the world awaits you below.
Representing South Korea is Kinzli & the kiloWatts. There were almost too many good songs to choose from in so many different styles, but eventually I settled for Oahu. Ukulele has always seemed very summery to me, so it seemed appropriate considering the current season on the northern hemisphere. Learn more on Kinzli in Indieful ROK's recent mini interview.
To download all 36 songs in one file click here
Hacia Dos Veranos with Alasdair MacLean - Draft Morning
Hacia Dos Veranos is one of Zonaindie's favorite bands, a four-piece instrumental psychedelic trip. This is an amazing Byrds cover from their latest album, with The Clientele frontman Alasdair MacLean as guest vocalist. The song was recently featured on Pitchfork's Forkcast section.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
DZ - Gebbie St
Brisbane's DZ have been making waves with their killer live show for a couple of years now, but so far "that song" - the one to take them to the indie masses - has eluded them. I think it's here, and it's called Gebbie St. It's pretty massive, streamlining their raw, beat-heavy guitar jams into a tight, dance-punk number like one of the highlights off the debut albums by DFA 1979 or Liars.
BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Fusile - Combat Samba
Sort of a Brazilian reaction to Gogol Bordello, Fusile's debut EP Coconut Revolution is full of energy and great ska/punk songs such as Combat Samba. The EP (available here) has just four songs, but that's enough to make them one of the most impressive new Brazilian bands.
Gramercy Riffs - Oh Linda!
One listen to It's Heartbreak, the full-length debut from Gramercy Riffs, and you'll immediately notice that the band brings together a whole bunch of disparate elements: one moment they're crooning pre-rock'n'roll style, the next they sound like they've just stepped out of the '50s, the next they're sounding like an updated version of The Unicorns. Listen to it a few more times and you'll find they mix all those styles together extremely well. Then listen some more because you're unlikely to hear many better albums this year.
CHILE: Super 45
Marcos Meza - Danza
Marcos Meza is a pianist and composer from experimental hip hop outfit Como Asesinar A Felipes. His solo work goes in a different direction, closer to the more complex pop melodies of Ryuichi Sakamoto. His debut album, Piezas para Piano y Cuarteto de Cornos, is available for free download here and sees jazz, improvisation and contemporary chamber music share an interesting common space.
Pairs - Oh Ghost
Pairs are basically a drummer, Xiao Zhong, and a guitarist, F. They are from two different places and hemispheres of the Earth. Pairs basically don't make theirs or any kind of music particularly well. Pretty much like people who have lost their talent. So it's cool if you hate them. Pairs are basically a misspelling on Paris and/or Pears. They've had nothing to do with these two objects. Pairs basically like to take their broadway smash music to various death traps, both North and South, and survived to tell the tale to deaf ears. Pairs just launched their first music video Yangpu Qu - you can check out here.
COLOMBIA: Colombia Urbana
Farina - Hasta El Final
Farina is a young talent and in her blood runs some sparks of Arabic traditions and Latin flavor. Right now she's promoting her single Hasta El Final ("To The End"), a dancehall/R&B romantic song, which is perfect for the perfect moment.
DENMARK: All Scandinavian
King's Light Infantry - Home
Back in April, King's Light Infantry released their debut EP, Crops, from which this track is taken. The quintet work in guitar-driven indie-rock where the ever-famous Scandinavian melancholy, pop hooks and the strong, emotional vocal of lead singer/guitarist Mathias Slot play leading roles. Right now they're recording their first full-length record, slated for release sometime next year.
ENGLAND: The Daily Growl
Bear Driver - A Thousand Samurais
Bear Driver are a six-piece from Leeds who have only two singles under their belts, but are already turning the heads of festival organisers, labels and music fans in the UK. Current 7-inch Wolves came out last month, but this track is from their single from last year.
Badass Yuki - Jacques Lacan On CSR!
Badass Yuki is the brainchild of two high-school students (Mart Avi and Paul Sild), who kill time by creating lo-fi-esque tunes. BY's soundworld is diverse and constantly changing, bouncing somewhere between post-punk, noise or just eclectic pop music with dancey rhythms. BY emerged from nowhere and won a local Soundwave band competition in 2009.
Pintandwefall - Doughnuts
Girl band Pintandwefall celebrated the warmest ever summer in Finland with the release of a free EP available to download on their website. Doughnuts is a delicious treat with a sugared guitar riff, punchy bass line and funny melody. Just 90 seconds of alternative rock for your coffee break.
Crocodile - Mental Home
Crocodile came about from an encounter between Jeremy, electric guitar player of Parisian rock band Louis de Lights, and Helene, singer of the mysterious electro collective Stupeflip. About 15 songs emerged from Crocodile's stomach in less than a year. Do not let yourself be deceived - behind a sweet voice and catchy melodies hides a ferocious animal whose bite will leave marks that will get under your skin.
Hans Unstern - Paris
Catch Hans Unstern if you can. Uncommon is an able word to describe the work of this artist, who combines complex songwriting with sensitive German lyrics. He never crosses the fine line between brilliance and kitsch, maybe due to the slightly achy atmosphere he creates on the album Kratz Dich Raus from which Paris is the first single.
Musica Ficta - The Cell
Musica Ficta's music is a treasure that deserves plundering. Even if they haven't any official release, they are known for their astounding live performances. Apollo Retsos' undeniably affecting vocals soar over orchestral pop arrangements, lush strings, drums and chiming guitars. As a matter of fact, an effervescent explosion of emotion will drift out of your stereo as you are listening to this live recording of The Cell, an enchantingly theatrical, profoundly beautiful and incredibly addictive song. I'm eagerly awaiting their debut album.
ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
Pascal Pinon - Djoflasnaran
Teenage quartet Pascal Pinon - named after two-headed Mexican freak Pasqual Pinon - released their eponymous debut last year. An album full of simple pop-folk songs in Icelandic and English, written by Asthildur and Jofridur. At the moment, the 16-year-old girls are recording a second album to be released on Morr Music. This label will also re-release their debut album, containing this song, Djoflasnaran ("Devil's Snare"), a reference to Harry Potter.
The Bicycle Days - Circles
The Bicycle Days is an alternative rock quintet from Bangalore. The band's music infuses samples and ambient guitar sounds into contemporary alternative rock. Think a slowed down, less self-involved Mute Math. Circles draws on progressive rock influences like Tool and The Mars Volta to create a submersive fluidity that's as languid as it is involving. Turn up the volume to 11, or just leave it at four and let the music create your pictures.
Sarasvati - Oh I Never Know
Risa Saraswati is a new, aspiring singer-songwriter who is pursuing a solo career using her Sanskrit name, Sarasvati. Such divine passion towards knowledge, art and music is conveyed through songs and lyrics. In her spiritual journey and quest for perfection, Risa shares her eternal experience of pursuing happiness with you.
Adebisi Shank - International Dreambeat
Taken from their second album This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank, International Dreambeat is the sound of pure rainbow rock. You can just see the confetti, the parades and crazy Japanese manga characters. Look out for the band's second album released on August 20 through Richter Collective in Ireland, BSM Records in UK and in October on Parabolica Records in Japan. Guests include Conor O'Brien from Villagers, who provides vocals on Europa, while Jape plays synths on the last track, Century City.
ISRAEL: Metal Israel
Acropolis - Divine Cycle
Acropolis is an extreme melodic metal act from Israel. They blend aggressive metal grooves with brilliantly structured songs and melodies. Their debut release, The Aftermath, became a top seller on indie distribution website CD Baby and, incidentally, was very big in Japan.
Colapesce - La Guerra Fredda
For the first time I've selected a MAP song sung in Italian. I like the way it mixes our folk tradition and pop influences. La Guerra Fredda ("The Cold War") is about girls on the beaches, boys dancing and grinning, the fate on some provincial road one night, long time ago. Colapesce is a young and talented songwriter from Sicily. You can download his new EP for free here. Check out Albanopower as well, Colapesce's other band.
JAPAN: JPOP Lover
Matryoshka - Monotonous Purgatory
Matryoshka was formed in 2006 by Sen (track maker) and Calu (vocals). Their subtle yet profound strings, unreal rhythms, melancholic female vocals, cool and alluring piano mix with a hundred noises to create their massive sound.
MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa
Rey Pila - No. 114
Rey Pila is the new project of Diego Solorzano (Los Dynamite), who has created a homonymous album that refines his aesthetic intentions while adding some singalong choruses with mountains of synth and guitars that are so very 80s, so Rock en tu idioma.
NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Palmbomen - Myself
Translated as "Palm Trees", Palmbomen is the Netherlands' answer to the chillwave phenomenon that's sweeping through another indie summer. Although we're still a bit antsy about a genre identifier that, at least to us, signifies a bunch of kids buying fourth-hand DX7s and deciding it's okay to like Simply Red, Palmbomen has made a hefty dent on the Amsterdam live scene in only a few months of activity. The vibe is unsurprisingly tropical from the off - throbbing bass, rumbling percussion and synth-heavy. The music isn't trapped in a languid haze, however. The melodies hook you instantly while the vocals are playful and, perhaps unexpectedly, not utterly buried in a cathedral full of reverb. Essentially, it's just great electronic pop.
NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat
Mild America - Coriander & Heaven
The title track from an EP (available here) of songs melding pop with alt-country, the aim of the band is to create a sound which is "nostalgic and celebratory, bitter and hopeful". Coriander & Heaven perfectly encapsulates that approach with lyrics about a blue jay hitting a glass door and flapping with one wing on the ground. The arrangement goes from a slow vocal and percussion intro, bringing in mournful slide guitar, shifting to a martial beat before quietening to a whisper and then ending in a majestic squall of guitar.
Silje Nes - The Card House
When I first heard Silje Nes four years ago, I instantly fell in love with her fragile but strong music. Now she's a critically acclaimed artist on the fine FatCat label, preparing the release of her second album Opticks. Nes is one of those artists who plays around with lots of sounds and instruments, some which she can play and some she can't. The result is often stunningly beautiful - somewhere between pop and experimental - but definitely accessible and catchy. The album will be released on September 13 but her single, Crystals, is available now. The song we have for you here is a MAP exclusive from the new album. Thank you, FatCat!
Maku - Cuantas Piedras
Maku is a project led by Michael Dawson. Talking about his debut is almost like talking about a box of surprises. Maku's music uses reggae as its base and also blends jazz and tropical sounds. Cuantas Piedras is the opening track from Maku's self-titled album, which is available to download free from here and contains 11 songs, nine of which were recorded with the help of Francois Peglau.
PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Peixe : Aviao - No Jogo da Quimera
Peixe : Aviao (translated as "Fish : Airplane") are a quintet from the oldest ciy of Portugal, Braga. Their first recording was an EP, in 2008, and their Radiohead influence was already clear. In 2009, they released their first LP, which confirmed them as one of the most interesting new bands, singing in Portuguese. No Jogo da Quimera is from their 2010 record, Madrugada.
ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Bogdan - Phase Transition
Bogdan makes the transition from experimental productions to dance music, and makes it seems like child's play. His artistic development is noticeable both in his own productions and the hallucinating club nights he manages to kick off. In June 2010, Bogdan lit the fuse for local Romanian sound with another change in style - a cosmic techno hybrid. 4/4 dancing with a disco heart, it's an album that tells a story about dancing in zero gravity. The new EP, Human Thermodynamics, can be downloaded from the Local Records website.
SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Dems - Jarndyce vs Jarndyce
Dems is a truly exciting newcomer to the Scottish music scene. London-raised but Edinburgh based, Dan Moss has just two songs to his name at the time of writing and no live appearances on the horizon. What we do know is that he's a man whose talent is matched by his ideas. Jarndyce vs Jarndyce is a classy, clever and thoroughly accessible piece of electro-pop, like a more edgy Postal Service.
SINGAPORE: I'm Waking Up To...
Basement In My Loft - I Think I'll Run
Basement In My Loft have an underground, garage-rock sound with lofty melodies. As a power trio, they deftly walk the line between bittersweet melodies and utter chaos, while delivering an urgency in their music, convinced that one day, all this shall pass. They've got big things planned ahead, dropping their debut album at this year's Baybeats music festival, one of Southeast Asia's most prestigious indie festivals. Even with the accolades, BIML's belief in their music and style keeps their integrity intact, with the band taking no shortcuts to making music that matters.
SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
Popskarr - Tonight
Popskarr's sound has been described as "deep but dancey, but new wavey, but all in all it still kinda bangs out your sound system". Their song Tonight shows off their electronic, nu-disco sound with just a splash of pop thrown in for good measure.
SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
Kinzli & The kiloWatts - Oahu
Hailing from South Korea but now residing in London, Kinzli is currently preparing for the UK release of her second full-length album, Down Up Down, on September 6. Her music offers an eclectic mix of genres, from gypspy rhythms to jazz, and in a recent review her vocals were likened to Regina Spektor. Oahu is a warm and breezy ukulele tune where her impressive lyrical skills has her declaring true love for her favourite canoe.
Skatan - Territory
Skatan is not just another random Swedish band of unknown quantity and quality. This project by Simone Andersson Wingfors has been written about on various Swedish blogs for well over a year (me here) despite the fact that the songs have only been demos on MySpace. Taken as a whole, the debut record We Are All Children With Different Titles could be called piano-pop. But if you dig deeper into each song you hear elements of more serious music, be it classical, jazz, gypsy, or circus cabaret. Territory combines many of these elements in one song. The bass is as full as you'd expect from a hip hop track, the scattershot drums pulse and ricochet, and Simone's voice will give your tweeters (and your emotions) a workout.
We Loyal - Distant Heart
We Loyal from Basel play highly addictive dark-wave synth-pop with detours to indietronic. Their influences range from TV On The Radio to Joy Division and The Notwist. Even so, their Obstacles EP proves they are capable of more than reciting their role models.
UNITED STATES: I Guess I'm Floating
Wise Blood - STRT SRNS
Christopher Laufman aka Wise Blood makes the kind of music that might come out of a lo-fi Panda Bear & Jack White collab session. STRT SRNS is straight off his debut EP, +, which you can pick up for free at his Bandcamp page.
Desorden Publico - Espiritual
Desorden Publico is one of the oldest ska bands in Venezuela. Formed in Caracas in the mid-80s, this nine-member team has been famous for their powerful live performances and has the reputation of being a solid, influent and respected icon for the genre. Their music is full of Latin vibes and honest lyrics inspired from social problems. Espiritual is taken from the Desorden LP.