"Welcome to the afterli-i-ife" is trilled like a creepy lullaby at the beginning of CocoRosie's fifth album.
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Friday 28 May 2010
It seems the harp is having a moment. After Florence Welch brought 12 harpists to The Brits, American harp-playing folkie Joanna Newsom sold out the Royal Festival Hall for two nights and has received rave reviews for her enchanting album Have One on Me. It has taken a while for a British exponent to give the instrument a similar profile. Lancastrian solo artist Nancy Elizabeth uses the instrument in her beguiling work, but only the smaller Celtic version.
Sunday 23 May 2010
The medieval and futuristic rub up against one another on the fourth album from sisterly duo Sierra and Bianca Casady, whose eccentric folk-pop has become subtly familiar via advertising.
Sunday 16 May 2010
Friday 16 April 2010
Friday 05 March 2010
Friday 05 March 2010
"Set aside an afternoon, pull down the shutters and immerse yourself in it... It might take a week, a month, or even a year for it to yield up all its treasures; but after only a week in its company, this reviewer's instincts tell him that 'Have One on Me' is a masterpiece." - musicomh.com
Sunday 28 February 2010
Friday 26 February 2010
Friday 05 February 2010
In the past year, Karin Dreijer Andersson of Swedish electro duo the Knife scared the bejesus out of everyone with the strange and brilliant sounds of her debut solo album made under the name Fever Ray – not to mention a recent rather weird acceptance at a Swedish awards ceremony (tinyurl. com/yg7a2ol). She also found time, though, for a return to the Knife fold to create music for an opera about Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'. Called 'Tomorrow, in a Year', it was commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma and first staged in September. Now the studio- recorded soundtrack made by the Knife with the aid of experimental musicians Mt Sims and Planningtorock has been released. The physical CD version doesn't arrive until March but it is already available digitally at rabidrecords.com and is also streaming at theknife.net. The music is suitably weird and bizarre, but also rather spectacular and just plain great. I'm going to make a bold prediction and suggest that it's probably the best avant-garde "Darwin electro-opera" most of us will hear all year.
Friday 11 December 2009
Tuesday 22 September 2009
In the true tradition of folk, singer-songwriter Alela Diane's shows are a family affair. Her father Tom Menig plays guitar and mandolin, while her boyfriend is the bassist.
Sunday 13 September 2009
Friday 31 July 2009
Sunday 05 July 2009
Fronted by Glaswegian Tamara Schlesinger, 6 Day Riot are a band for anyone who won't run a mile at the thought of daisy chains, hair-braiding and folk festivals.
Friday 12 June 2009
Vocals: Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush and Thom Yorke
They all have a lot of personality and I'd really like to hear them harmonise together. If they can perform one of my songs, that'd be the dream.
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