The up-and-coming Parisian singer Mina Tindle released her debut EP this week. The six-track self-titled EP can be found at minatindle.com and on iTunes.
A joyous video for the lead-off song, "To Carry Many Small Things", also appeared during the week – watch it at vimeo.com/29812963. It finds the singer in a sort of pas de deux on a basketball court with some good-looking male dancer (he gets a little annoying after a while). The song itself is an equally charming dash of artful pop with some jazzy inflections. It's somewhat reminiscent of Canadian singer Feist, but, you know, more French.
Radiohead's recent record remixed
Over recent months Radiohead have been drip feeding 12" remix releases of tracks from their King of Limbs album by the likes of Jamie xx, SBTRKT, Four Tet, Caribou and others. Next week a full remix album, collating all the aforementioned efforts, called TKOL RMX 1234567 (see review, page 20), will be released. On Tuesday, to mark the occasion, Thom Yorke will DJ at Corsica Studios in London alongside several of those who contributed to the remix project. The set will be broadcast live by The Boiler Room, a popular online weekly show streaming live sets by renowned electro artists for clubbers who can't in fact make it to the club. The Radiohead edition goes out live from 8-11pm at boilerroom.tv/live.
Bird takes flight
Andrew Bird, the Chicago-based musician, has provided the score for a new film called Norman. The low-key independent film – a comedy drama about a troubled teen called Norman – comes out in cinemas in the US later this month, with no sign of a UK release. However, Bird's soundtrack is now streaming on his facebook page, facebook.com/ AndrewBirdMusic. It's a thing of real beauty. As befits a film score it is a largely an instrumental affair, leaning heavily on Bird's violin playing, but picking up elements of alt-folk and chamber pop.
Jape of good hope and glory
Richie Egan, working under the moniker Jape, picked up the 2009 Choice Prize – "Ireland's equivalent to the Mercury Prize" – for his record Ritual. I was also rather fond of his 2004 LP The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me. Musically he oscillates between electronica, folk stylings and hints of indie rock. For his new single, "You Make the Love", he picks up an 1980s theme with a strutting old-school synth sound, not dissimilar to the 10cc- sounding album by Gayngs from a few years back. That track is streaming at soundcloud.com/ richiejape; the album Ocean of Frequency has already been released in Ireland through the Music/Is/For/Losers label (a UK release is due next week) and can be found at their site musicisforlosers.com.