"It's a song of hope. When love turns it's back on you it's nice to know there's a world out there that doesn't give a shit about your problems. That forces you to keep your head held high and move on. A world that is fragile and beautiful."
Μουσική δωματίου με τα υπέροχα φωνητικά της Nona Marie Invie να βρίσκονται στο επίκεντρο, με ενορχηστρώσεις που χαρακτηρίζονται από πολυμορφία στο ύφος και στον τόνο, με αναφορές στην παραδοσιακή μουσική της ανατολικής Ευρώπης, στη folk, στη pop ακόμα και στην jazz και συνθέσεις με μελαγχολικά κινηματογραφικούς στίχους. Τον Οκτώβριο αναμένεται ο δεύτερος δίσκος των Dark Dark Dark, με τίτλο 'Wild go', ενώ λίγους μήνες πριν προηγήθηκε το 'Bright bright bright EP' (το οποίο μεταξύ άλλων περιείχε το συγκλονιστικό "Something for myself").
Έντεκα πανέμορφες μελωδίες που γλιστράνε μέσα στη νύχτα με θέα ένα υπνωτικά ονειρικό τοπίο και φόντο το φως του φεγγάριου που καθρεφτίζεται στο νερό, κιθάρες, drums και πλήκτρα να σκαρώνουν σκοτεινά ατμοσφαιρικές pop συνθέσεις (συχνά shoegaze αισθητικής), χωρίς να απουσιάζουν οι σπίθες θορύβου και παραμορφώσεων (αν και περιορισμένες σε σχέση με το 'Daylight storms'), με φωνητικά και ψίθυρους από τον Μatt Βartram που ο άνεμος της νοσταλγίας παρασέρνει, όπως τα φύλλα των δέντρων μακριά και στίχους με αποχρώσεις που θυμίζουν παλιά ξεθωριασµένη εφηµερίδα. Οι Air formation μας χαρίζουν με το 'Nothing to wish for (nothing to lose)' μία ακόμα εξαίσια κυκλοφορία!
"One of the newer songs on the album, probably my personal favorite. The strings melody was originally the piano, but I thought it was better on strings so I made a new piano line. This was the perfect opener for me, something that tells a lot about what's about to happen... kind of like the opening theme in a movie."
Οι Clock Opera αφουγκράζονται τους ανέμους της μελωδίας, τους φιλτράρουν με ευρηματικότητα και πρωτότυπη φαντασία και συνθέτουν τραγούδια όπου η δημιουργικότητα και ο αυθορμητισμός βρίσκονται αγκαλιά με τις καταιγιστικές ιδέες και την έμπνευση. Αυτοσχέδια samples από κιθάρες, μαντολίνο, κρουστά, μπάσο και synths αναπλάθονται και επανασυνδέονται με αξιοθαύμαστη ικανότητα, bleeps, θόρυβοι και beats διεγείρουν τις αισθήσεις, διασκορπισμένα θραύσματα ήχων που χορεύουν σε επαναλαμβανόμενους ρυθμούς γύρω από τα φωνητικά του Guy Connell συγχρονίζονται με τους χτύπους της καρδιάς και σε αφήνουν αποσβολωμένο. Το δεύτερο single τους, με τίτλο "A piece of string" κυκλοφόρησε πριν ένα μήνα και όπως οτιδήποτε άλλο και αν έχουν αγγίξει είναι θαυμάσιο!
Οι I Like Trains (που μοιάζουν να εγκαταλείπουν τη γραφή τους ονόματός τους ως iLiKETRAiNS) διασχίζουν γραμμές με πυκνές ενορχηστρωτικές διακλαδώσεις, με την ένταση να οικοδομείται και να κλιμακώνεται αργόσυρτα με τρόπο αντίστοιχο με τη λειτουργία των ατμομηχανών, ξεδιπλώνουν με μέτρο και ακρίβεια τις βασανιστικά μελοδραματικές μελωδίες τους και τις αναδεικνύουν ιδανικά με παραμορφώσεις, πένθιμα ασπρόμαυρους (κάποιες φορές με τη συνδρομή εγχόρδων και πνευστών (αν και ο Ashley Dean που έπαιζε κόρνο αποχώρησε από το συγκρότημα)) ήχους και ομιχλώδεις εμβατηριακούς ρυθμούς, ενώ λίγο πριν καταλήξουν στον εκπληκτικά μαγευτικό προορισμό τους διέρχονται από εντυπωσιακές κιθαριστικές σήραγγες. Τα σκηνικά αβεβαιότητας, απόγνωσης και απελπισίας μέσα στα οποία είναι ασφυκτικά παγιδευμένοι οι χαρακτήρες των ιστοριών που αφηγούνται αντανακλώνται πλήρως στη βαθιά λυρική ευαισθησία της μουσικής τους και στην ερμηνεία του Dave Martin που ξεχειλίζει από πάθος σε τέτοιο βαθμό που διαστέλλει την τραγικότητα των συνθέσων τους. Το 'He who saw the deep', το οποίο αναμένεται να βρει θέση δίπλα στα έξοχα 'Progress - Reform' και 'Elegies to lessons learnt' τον Οκτώβριο θα κυκλοφορήσει όπως συνέβη με το single, 'Sea of regrets' από τους ίδιους. Αυτή τη φορά η προσέγγιση είναι διαφορετική (περισσότερες πληροφορίες είναι διαθέσιμες εδώ). Τα πρώτα δείγματα επιβεβαιώνουν ότι και πάλι θα μας συναρπάσουν!
Mikael Delta began his career as a member of the band Stereo Nova. He is one of the most prolific and influential musicians in Greece in the past decade. His latest album, Tech Me Away is made of thrillingly danceable sounds and references to techno music scene, disco and electronica.This is music that hits the head, heart and hips all at once. You can dance to almost anything here. She's A Boy demonstrates Delta’s talent for building simple, clattering dance beats and riffs into audio addictions. But what takes you by surprise is Etten's marvellous voice, which pops up like a primary color and paints absolutely stellar pictures.
ARGENTINA: Zonaindie The Kyoto Connection - H.E.A.T. The eighties are back! At least, that's what we felt after listening to No Headphones Required, the cc-licensed brand new album by The Kyoto Connection. This amazing band delivers sweet electronic music mixed with Japanese juice and Flashdance-like synth sounds. If you like it, you can download the whole record from their website.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? Kimbra - Settle Down I’ve been following Kiwi-now-Melbournite Kimbra’s work for a year now, most of it in the form of either guest performing with other bands or solo with a guitar work. Only recently I’ve heard her new stuff, produced by Franc Teta. The song Settle Down opens with cut up beat boxing vocals - a bit too close to Bertie’s style of production for my liking - but is rescued and lifted by the chorus and soared into lush harmonies, that are all part of Kimbra’s own signature sound.
BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Dead Lover's Twisted Heart - Where I Am Where I Am is part of the first full length album of the Brazilian band Dead Lover’s Twisted Heart, released a few weeks ago. Far away from the indie-folk influences that are highlighted in the band’s history, it’s a great pop song which could easily be in any album from She & Him or The Ting Tings.
CANADA: I(Heart)Music Forest City Lovers - Pocketful Of Rocks Over the last few years, Forest City Lovers has morphed from simply being a vehicle for Kat Burns' acoustic folk into a full band with a knack for writing catchy folk-pop. On their new album, Carriage, Burns is joined by members of The D'Urbervilles, Ohbijou and Born Ruffians, among others. As this track (on which Burns is joined by Ruffians front man Luke Lalonde) demonstrates, the results are simply magical.
CHILE: Super 45 Maifersoni- La Turbulencia Quiere Hacernos Levantar Hoy Maifersoni is the musical adventure of young Enrique Elgueta, in which he decides to blend psychedelia and noise in a lo-fi-ish perspective, with a strong pop accent. Taller Deslizante (Gliding Loom) is his first work, released this month on Chilean net label Michita Rex. It captures Panda Bear's contemplative spirit, Sonic Youth's fondness for experimentation and Vashti Bunyan's warmth, creating a resounding weave that - with the likes of El Sueno De La Casa Propia and De Janeiros (both highlighted on earlier editions of MAP) - is giving Chilean pop a new perspective.
CHINA: Wooozy Lilysay - Last Party The band Lilisay is a Beijing-based trip-hop band, founded by Lilisay and Shang Shao in March, 2010. At first the band started as a shoegaze duo, but as time went on they have evolved into a trip-hop band. After the first gig at D22, Lilisay met Li Wei. Sharing the same taste in music, they decided to collaborate. After several rehearsals and performances, they settled on Trip Hop/Electronica. Last Party is one of their early songs, which reminds a lot of the 80s shoegaze stuff.
DENMARK: All Scandinavian Waking Life - Chirango With The Flaming Lips and The Shins among their influences, Copenhagen based six-piece Waking Life work in uplifting, danceable ways. Here’s first single, Chirango - from their forthcoming debut album Fiction - an upbeat indie rock song with ukulele, bells, trombone and whatnot that would make you all smiles if it hadn’t been for the rather serious lyrics.
ENGLAND: The Daily Growl Wet Paint - Dead Night Here's a wee MAP exclusive. Ace east London scuzzy rock types Wet Paint are back with another album of great tunes and noisy guitars. No word yet of when the album's going to be released, but here is a track from it. A sneak preview of what's going to be a fantastic record.
ESTONIA: Popop Opium Flirt- Parade In Chimes Opium Flirt have been playing live, writing and recording music since 2004. Projects have included music for multimedia installations, films and choreographic performances. Parade In Chimes is taken from the new album DejaVoodoo.
FINLAND: Glue Delay Trees - Cassette 2012 Just a little bit over a year ago, MAP featured a song by a Helsinki indie band that shocked the scene with a superb self-released EP. Now signed with an important label, Delay Trees offer the first single off their debut full length, out in September. The dreamy intensity of Cassette 2012 anticipates a new round of tender pop songs that will melt your ears.
FRANCE: ZikNation I Love My Neighbours - Swedish Babe Everyone has neighbors. You can hate them or love them… but one thing is for sure: it's impossible not to love these crazy Neighbours. Presented as a big step between Bloc Party and Nirvana, I Love My Neighbours is a very good acidulated pop/rock band. Instigated by an omnipresent battery and swaying bass riffs, the three boys swing between pop songs and true aggressiveness. A schizophrenia materialized by the guitar riffs and the melodic and tortured voice of the singer. A noted French magazine called Les Inrocks wrote about them : "These Parisians enter by the large door of the new english scene, dance and pop, with a full bag with catapults provided by Nirvana". Prepare yourself to apply the theory of the "Bang Bang", because there's gonna be rock 'n' roll...
GERMANY: Blogpartei Herpes - Keine Experimente Herpes may be the most 'German' band ever, posted on the MAP. Their straight-forward electropunk with pseudo-political lyrics draw the line from infamous Superpunk to the stepsons of Kraftwerk, like Trio or DAF. Hence, their label has to be Tapete Records, and yeah, of course they live in Berlin. Keine Experimente is the single from their recently released album Das Kommt Vom Kussen.
ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music Cosmic Call - Owls Cosmic Call is a five-piece indie rock band from Akranes, a small town on the West Coast of Iceland. Band members are singer/guitarist Sigurmon, Fjolnir on guitar, synthesizer & backing vocals, Begga on bass and backing vocals, drummer Petur & Asa on violin & synthesizer. They are inspired by Arcade Fire, The Cure, The Pixies, Joy Division & Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They recorded one EP so far, which was released on July 24, 2009. The song Owls is a track of this limited, hand sewed edition of 1000 copies made by the band & family members.
INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Sir Dandy- Jakarta Motor City Sir Dandy or Dandy Ramdhani or Acong, is the vocalist of one of the most obscure garage band in Indonesia Teenage Death Star, known for their quirky style on stage. This is his latest project, recording ballads using only his guitar and sunglasses on his garage-band software. This song tells us the story about the motorcycle flood in Jakarta.
IRELAND: Nialler9 Bingo - Cold Without You Bingo is a 21 year-old producer from Dublin who makes luscious tracks with nods to dubstep, garage and UK funky. His music recalls the likes of Mount Kimbie, James Blake and Burial. If you find yourself in Dublin on a Saturday night, be sure to check the listings to see if Float, Bingo's new club night is taking place in either Twisted Pepper or Tripod. You'll find the likes of the vocal-twisting Cold Without You coming out of the speakers.
ISRAEL: Metal Israel Ghost Bike - Ghost Writer Jerusalem, Israel's Ghost Bike will take you on an ambient trip-hop via the vehicle of dub-influenced electronica, spinning your mind in sonic circles with aural tales of dark, intense emotion. Diverse musical elements like Middle Eastern chants and beats mix with spooky haunted house effects and everything in between to create this sonic tapestry. Some Hollywood producer in need of a soundtrack should pick this stuff up.
ITALY: Polaroid Movie Star Junkies - The Wallnut Tree It's summer, a damned hot summer. I wanted to sail away on an ocean wave but it's all covered in spilt oil. I don't care. My beloved surfboard won’t let me down. I put the new Movie Star Junkies record on (wild guys, you should see them live) and drink last drop of rum. A toast to the Birthday Party and the Gun Club. Everything is perfect now. C'mon, let's put out to sea. Goodbye.
JAPAN: JPOP Lover Sputniko!- Google Song Sputniko! (Hiromi Ozaki) is an experimental electro pop female musician based in London. Since 2007 Sputniko! has shown music, performances and films exploring intersections between technology and popular culture. In 2009 she published the DVD Parakonpe 3000, a collection of eccentric music videos talking about the quirky ways in which we engage with technology, such as google searching your crush's name or desiring to become a cyborg to eliminate periods.
MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa Orlando - Solo Dios Sabe Orlando is a singer from Tijuana, Mexico with an organic approach to his compositions. He creates memorable pop choruses that rely on acoustic progressions and just released his first formal LP titled Capullo. This is the first single from the record, under production and arrangements from his collaborator El Poeta and additional mixing by the much respected composer Murcof (also from Tijuana). Solo Dios Sabe is a song that ideally represents Orlando's soft acoustic sound and its blend with slight electronic details.
NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam Bird On The Wire - Strange Days Although formed in the harsh winter of 2010, when their first burst of song material emerged, Amsterdam trio Bird on the Wire write laid-back indie pop that's perfect for a sweltering summer. Simple, sweet and ever so slightly melancholic, the soft, lulling vocal harmonies of Rosa, Thijs and Nina remind of Camera Obscura, balancing the folk sounds of the '60s with contemporary lo-fi pop.
NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat The Body Lyre - Pig The Body Lyre is a multi-instrumental duo putting together an album, Escape Songs, song by song over the 12 months of 2010. Each month a new track is completed and put on-line for download at http://thebodylyre.bandcamp.com/. At the end of the year the album will be released on vinyl. The music is guitar based and reverb heavy, with a touch of surf, a pinch of country and a sprinkling of Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra.
NORWAY: Eardrums KooKooo Kitchen - Sweet Caress KooKooo Kitchen is one of Oslo's more interesting new bands. In front are Eva and Marianne, constantly fighting for attention with their vocals and guitars, sometimes nice and harmonic, the next second as rough and edgy as it can get. The girls are backed by Henning and Brox on bass and drums. The combination of their sharp, ringing guitar sound, the heavy use of toms and the in-your-face attitude of the vocals reminds me of the early days of Siouxsie and The Banshees. KooKooo Kitchen has a lot of the energy of The Banshees, but the music is filled with lovely pop-harmonies. As they say themselves "Dirt under their nails, and nail polish to cover the mess." A video is currently in the making for their song Bedsheet. Keep an eye on their myspace page for details.
PERU: SoTB Kinder - Encuentro Inesperado Kinder is based on experimentation to create its sound, it has only an EP titled Mini-EP, on which each song is the result of the combination of different rhythms, electronic sequences and some playful samples. These features give Kinder, in several of its songs, a curious relationship to a childlike theme; this line achieves its balance when its sound gets into the instrumental environments. It's probably this style that predominates in its first LP, ready for release sometime this year.
PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Madame Godard - Atlas 1977 The quintet Madame Godard have (on MySpace) one of the best covers of Clash’s Spanish Bombs that you will ever hear. They produce a sound that is a mix of world music, folk and pop but always humorous. After almost ten years of hiatus, they have released their first LP, Galapagos, this year, which has been acclaimed by the Portuguese critics and audience.
ROMANIA: Babylon Noise Identitate - Alone Alone. Sleepless nights and lonely early mornings when the lights go down and the dawn breaks. The music is rising in loops, choruses that add up to this beautiful and minimal psychedelia. Identitate is a Romanian artist currently splitting his life between London and Timisoara. His third album called Who I Am and What I Want features songs originally meant to be soundtracks for short films and it can be downloaded from here.
SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop LightGuides - The Lion And The Pocketwatch It's the middle of festival season and nothing goes down better than a meaty power-rock anthem, which makes LightGuides the perfect alfresco band for the summer. The Lion And The Pocketwatch has a monster chorus that Biffy Clyro would raise devil horns to, while singer Mark Cowan's vocals aren't too dissimilar to Nate Ruess of Fun/The Format fame.
SINGAPORE: I'm Waking Up To... Cheating Sons - The Last Queen Look at some Singaporean cliches and you'll be faced with an urban cityscape with sterile modern amenities. But scratch the surface and you'll remember that we were once a humble fishing village that actually remembered how to relax. Cheating Sons sounds like a band that is in the process of retracing those roots, turning over every leaf and scribbling notes in the margins of journals. To say they're updating a nostalgic country-rock sound would be downplaying the creativity behind the band's songwriting. While they're still recording their debut album, they were nice enough to share this demo with us because everyone back home is so excited about the music these boys are making.
SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker! Jack Parow - Onder Draai Die Duiwel Joints Move over Eminem. Jack Parow has arrived. He’s white. He raps. Oh and yes, he’s Afrikaans. Jack Parow truly is original; he is in fact the “original donker dodgy Afrikaans rapper”. His lyrics are brash, brazen and funny and his song Onder Draai Die Duiwel Joints showcases his unique style. He has caused quite a stir in the music scene, locally and internationally alike. He’s set to take over the world. Watch out!
SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK Glittering Blackness, Fall - 3 After playing together for a few years, post-rock act Glittering Blackness, Fall took it in their own hands to release an untitled EP - their first - at the beginning of this year. The septet counts a media graphics responsible to its members, ensuring interesting imagery to go with their captivating music. The song simply going by 3 builds up beautifully during the first half before a strong finale where the listener will wish for it never to come to an end. The whole EP is available for download fromlast.fm.
SWEDEN: Swedesplease The Telepathics - 23:59 This little nugget of Italian/Swedish electro disco from The Telepathics is a certain cure for the end of summer blues. This duo is comprised of Cristiano and Isabella. The song is not quite as sunny as their sun drenched faces shown above, yet still it brightened my day considerably.
SWITZERLAND: 78s Alvin Zealot - Bricks Over Bricks If it comes to name a current common denominator in the Swiss rock music scene there is no getting around Alvin Zealot - four young guys from Lucerne who made a highly addictive and unpretentious rock'n'roll-record. Tears Of St. Lawrence sounds bold and experienced at the same time. Quite an effort for a debut by four teens.
VENEZUELA: Barquisimento Tomates Fritos - Perdoname Tomates Fritos was born in Puerto La Cruz, east of Venezuela and since the beginning, in 1997, the group has edited 4 LPs and have been part of important music festivals like Festival Nuevas Bandas (1998) and Cool Summer Music Festival (2002). Their music comes from mixing Spanish pop-rock with classic rock from the 60s and 70s, developing a unique sound, flooded with energy that has captivated tons of fans. This song, Perdoname, has been played very often in radio stations all over the country and belongs to their latest CD, Hombre Bala.