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Sheena Sheena - SanctumlicenseSanctum|SheenaShare:Commenthometown: Stroud, UK categories: Art Rock, Psychedelic, Punk for fans of: Ramones, Savages, The Horrors why you should check them out: Don’t let their name or appearance fool you: Sheena is not a Prince side-project and they don’t play children’s music. The youthful four-piece out of Stroud craft their own psychedelic medley […]

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hometown: Stroud, UK

categories: Art Rock, Psychedelic, Punk

for fans of: Ramones, Savages, The Horrors

why you should check them out:
Don’t let their name or appearance fool you: Sheena is not a Prince side-project and they don’t play children’s music. The youthful four-piece out of Stroud craft their own psychedelic medley of art rock that borrows equally from the past and present. This week’s track, “Sanctum,” serves as the perfect primer for Sheena: a rollicking piece full of breakdowns, buildups, and even a smattering of krautrock.

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For such a young band, Sheena possess a remarkably mature set of attributes. Vocalist Tom Little, who also handles the guitar, exhibits a vocal prowess that’s reminiscent of Jim Morrison (“Existence In Spring”) or David Bowie (“Euphoria”) in its sultry growl of a delivery. Bassist Alex Berry and drummer Toby Kempner share a deep rapport in their playing that imbues each track with a solid foundation of rhythmic progression. Rounding out the mix, synths and keyboards provide the perfect accompaniment of bright psychedelia. Taken together, this melange of crashing drums, brooding lyrics, meandering basslines, and swirling synths makes for an absorbing listen that showcases a band talented well beyond their young years.

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Yoed Nirhttp://myspoonful.com/yoed-nir/ http://myspoonful.com/yoed-nir/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:55:56 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3277 4PAN1T_YoedNir
Yoed Nir Yoed Nir - To The Unknown (ft. Kishi Bashi)licenseTo The Unknown (ft. Kishi Bashi)|Yoed NirShare:Commenthometown: Tel Aviv, Israel categories: Alternative, Classical, Instrumental for fans of: Kishi Bashi, Regina Spektor, Owen Pallett why you should check them out: Building on his classical training and experience as a cellist-for-hire, Yoed Nir has been quietly making […]

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Yoed Nir

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hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel

categories: Alternative, Classical, Instrumental

for fans of: Kishi Bashi, Regina Spektor, Owen Pallett

why you should check them out:
Building on his classical training and experience as a cellist-for-hire, Yoed Nir has been quietly making some dynamite music of his own. Now on his second solo release, Nir’s progressive ideas and inventive arrangement help free the cello from its traditional restraints and leave us with an engrossing and captivating experience.

background check:
Yoed Nir is virtually an ambassador for the cello these days, a fact exhibited by his myriad roles and endorsements. His work in the studio (credited on over 600 albums) and on the road (touring with the likes of Regina Spektor) has been indispensable in the growth of this instrument in contemporary music. Still, after years spent bringing his distinct cello sound to other artist’s music, Nir, the perennial collaborator, set out on his own in 2013 with the release of Suspended Hours. The debut solo LP features Nir writing, arranging, performing, and producing the album in its entirety, a true testament to his talent and vision as a musician.

Much like Kishi Bashi, his peer and occasional recording partner, Nir weaves the traditional and modern together into one strand. Nir’s songs are an enchanting blend of his classical foundation mixed with pop and rock influences. The jazzy arrangements loop cello lines into a dizzyingly beautiful and intricate web of complementing noises that are hard to resist. With such an eclectic output, Nir is a poignant and intriguing example of the power of music to bridge instruments, genres, and cultures.

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MOVEMENThttp://myspoonful.com/movement/ http://myspoonful.com/movement/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:31:34 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3272 movement-modularpic
MOVEMENT MOVEMENT - IvorylicenseIvory|MOVEMENTShare:1 Commenthometown: Sydney, AU categories: Dance, Electronic, R&B for fans of: The Weeknd, The XX, Jai Paul why you should check them out: Sydney’s MOVEMENT make slowed down, spaced-out dance music perfect for endless nights. The trio’s melancholic spin on electronic music features seductive grooves, crooning R&B vocals, and skittering drum pads […]

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hometown: Sydney, AU

categories: Dance, Electronic, R&B

for fans of: The Weeknd, The XX, Jai Paul

why you should check them out:
Sydney’s MOVEMENT make slowed down, spaced-out dance music perfect for endless nights. The trio’s melancholic spin on electronic music features seductive grooves, crooning R&B vocals, and skittering drum pads that are as understated as they are impactful. With such striking songs, it’s hard not to get lost in MOVEMENT’s nocturnal stylings.

background check:
After the first listen through MOVEMENT’s music it should come as no surprise that the group only writes at night. Their self-titled debut EP is full of reverb-drenched and mid-tempo music that exists in some dreamy nighttime haze as if effortlessly slinking between shadows. “As soon as it turns dark,” says beatmaker Sean Walker, “it gets more inspiring and we write more.” This writing process clearly translates to the music.

Driven by a minimalistic approach, the result is intimate and evocative music. The stripped-back production - courtesy of Illangelo, notable for his work with The Weeknd - employs basic layers built on top of irresistible grooves. The cross-pollination between genres like dance, R&B, and electronic gives MOVEMENT a timeless quality. Whatever your late-night vice, MOVEMENT is here to soundtrack it.

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Manfred Kiddhttp://myspoonful.com/manfred-kidd/ http://myspoonful.com/manfred-kidd/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:11:12 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3269 ManfredKiddPhoto
Manfred Kidd Manfred Kidd - LightslicenseLights|Manfred KiddShare:Commenthometown: Gothenburg, SE categories: Alternative, Indie Pop for fans of: Passion Pit, The Killers, Lord Huron why you should check them out: With its blend of infectious melodies and harmonies, this is music that you’ll be humming for some time. Once again, Sweden offers a warm and vibrant sound […]

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Manfred Kidd

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hometown: Gothenburg, SE

categories: Alternative, Indie Pop

for fans of: Passion Pit, The Killers, Lord Huron

why you should check them out:
With its blend of infectious melodies and harmonies, this is music that you’ll be humming for some time. Once again, Sweden offers a warm and vibrant sound under the usual cool and calm climate. This is Manfred Kidd.

background check:
After a chance meeting on a midnight tram in Gothenburg, Victor Crusner and Fredrik Folkestad reconnected (they were childhood friends). What started as a nostalgic rehashing of old memories quickly grew into something bigger when the two started making music together. With the realization that their combined talents offered something greater than they ever imagined the duo started recording.

Where Were You When You Were Us is the first manifestation of Manfred Kidd’s collaborative efforts. With recording sessions in a timeworn inn and a tiny cabin on the Swedish coast, the EP exudes a heartwarming and homey feeling at odds - to beautiful effect - with their fresh and progressive songwriting. “Lights,” the first single released, is a bouncy indie pop piece carried along by melodic vocals. Throughout the short EP Manfred Kidd effortlessly move between sounds and styles, creating a bright and joyous offering for warmer weather.

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Brian Olive Brian Olive - MovelicenseMove|Brian OliveShare:Commenthometown: Cincinnati, OH categories: Blues, Funk, Psychedelic, Soul for fans of: The Black Keys, The Kinks, Jack White why you should check them out: Brian Olive, a longtime resident of the Ohio indie rock scene, has been making gritty and psychedelic rock since the late 90’s. Now on his […]

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hometown: Cincinnati, OH

categories: Blues, Funk, Psychedelic, Soul

for fans of: The Black Keys, The Kinks, Jack White

why you should check them out:
Brian Olive, a longtime resident of the Ohio indie rock scene, has been making gritty and psychedelic rock since the late 90’s. Now on his third solo effort, his sound is more dialed in than ever. Full of swirling guitars, soulful vocals, and tight grooves, Olive borrows equally from the psychedelic glam rock and contemporary blues recordings of the 70s, creating something entirely unique and timeless.

background check:
After long stints through the late 90’s and early 2000s with the Greenhornes and the Soledad Brothers, both Ohio indie music staples, Brian Olive set out on his own in 2009 with the release of his eponymous debut. Since then, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter extraordinaire, has infused his solo output with the myriad influences of his collaborative partners - ranging from Jack White to Dr. John to Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys member who co-produced Olive’s 2011 release, Two Of Everything.

Olive’s latest effort, Move, is a short but multi-faceted EP. A testament to Olive’s songwriting and influences, no song on the EP sounds the same. Opener “Kicking The Dirt” is quintessential 60’s psychedelic rock, with his lazy vocals and gritty guitar treading through the rhythmic smack of tambourine and drums. The next fifteen minutes is a smooth blend between slow-burning ballads and ebullient rock, with Olive’s soulful vocal delivery complementing the twinkling pianos, swirling guitars, and Muscle Shoals-esque horns.

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Debbie Neigherhttp://myspoonful.com/debbie-neigher/ http://myspoonful.com/debbie-neigher/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:31:48 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3258 Press Photo by Kim Ky
Debbie Neigher Debbie Neigher - I Am ReadylicenseI Am Ready|Debbie NeigherShare:Commenthometown: San Francisco, CA categories: Indie, Pop, Singer/Songwriter for fans of: Regina Spektor, Feist, St. Vincent why you should check them out: San Francisco’s Debbie Neigher blends her classical piano training and pop tendencies into a hybrid mix of pop, jazz, folk, and just about […]

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Debbie Neigher

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hometown: San Francisco, CA

categories: Indie, Pop, Singer/Songwriter

for fans of: Regina Spektor, Feist, St. Vincent

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San Francisco’s Debbie Neigher blends her classical piano training and pop tendencies into a hybrid mix of pop, jazz, folk, and just about everything else in between. Her jazz influenced vocals perfectly compliment the tender piano and backing arrangements throughout her work. Influenced by everyone from Joni Mitchell to Jimmy Eat World, Neigher’s music is a refreshing and honest window into a burgeoning artist’s world.

background check:
Neigher’s uninhibited approach to writing music results in some brutally real material. Her latest effort, 2013’s Unravel, is a “collection of songs about vulnerability - avoiding it, embracing it and turning it into strength and power.” Her penetrating lyrics range from forgotten friendships to spontaneous relocations. Despite the sometimes somber topics, Neigher’s beautiful voice and careful production create lush backdrops full of captivating melodies and hooks. It seems like Neigher has truly embraced her vulnerability and relishes in its endless possibilities.

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I Know Leopardhttp://myspoonful.com/i-know-leopard/ http://myspoonful.com/i-know-leopard/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:06:33 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3254 IKL_Press_Shot
I Know Leopard I Know Leopard - Hold This TightlicenseHold This Tight|I Know LeopardShare:Commenthometown: Sydney, AU categories: Dream Pop, Indie Rock for fans of: Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, Beach House why you should check them out: This five-piece outfit from Sydney crafts rich and warm tunes that begin with a simple motif before layering into […]

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I Know Leopard

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hometown: Sydney, AU

categories: Dream Pop, Indie Rock

for fans of: Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, Beach House

why you should check them out:
This five-piece outfit from Sydney crafts rich and warm tunes that begin with a simple motif before layering into sprawling pieces of joy. Pop at its core, but fleshed out with lush melodies, I Know Leopard is the perfect prescription for the summer’s soundtrack.

background check:
There’s a wonderful duality at work in I Know Leopard’s music, as if their sound comes from some indistinguishable period of time. The group’s songwriting emphasizes the warm vibes of their 70’s pop-rock influences while their production and recording has a distinct contemporary feel to it: “A big influence for [us] has come from a lot of the ballady, sunshine pop from the 70’s like The Beach Boys, 10cc and Electric Light Orchestra... so I guess we chose to engage with that vibe to try to bring a modernity to it.”

If you could whittle I Know Leopard’s essence down to one song, it would surely be “Hold This Tight.” Lyrically, the song is about the tight-knit creative community of artists, musicians, and filmmakers in Sydney, all working towards a common, beneficial goal; “Things change in life, so enjoy what you have in the moment,” says bandmember Todd Andrews. To go with the upbeat message, I Know Leopard build layer upon layer of warm sounds - reverb-drenched guitars, pillowed drums, swirling synths - into a blissfully melodic outpouring. Illumina, their debut EP, is just about as refreshing as it gets.

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Foxinghttp://myspoonful.com/foxing/ http://myspoonful.com/foxing/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:22:01 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3250 Foxing_Photo01_HaydenMolinarolo
Foxing Foxing - The MediclicenseThe Medic|FoxingShare:1 Commenthometown: St. Louis, MO categories: Emo, Post-Punk, Post-Rock for fans of: Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance why you should check them out: There’s a whole lot of emotion coming out of St. Louis these days. Chief among these exports lies Foxing, the Missourian quintet that […]

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hometown: St. Louis, MO

categories: Emo, Post-Punk, Post-Rock

for fans of: Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance

why you should check them out:
There’s a whole lot of emotion coming out of St. Louis these days. Chief among these exports lies Foxing, the Missourian quintet that plays a thrashing and raw blend of rock. Throughout The Albatross, their brooding debut, Foxing explore the darker side of rock with elements of post-rock, math rock, and emo all contributing to an eclectic blend of carefully crafted songs.

background check:
Like other acts that may be associated with the word ‘emo,’ Foxing may suffer from some peoples’ prejudices (even the concept behind the band seems depressing - foxing literally means the browning and disintegration you see in paper). “We’re not gonna be around forever” admits lead singer Conor Murphy. Yet it is songs like “Den Mother” and “Rory” that are prime examples of why Foxing are more than your stereotypical post-rock and emo outfit. Expansive arrangements leave room for subtle nuances to breathe, the twinkle of a piano or a backing horn.

Their debut album runs the gamut from sweeping and atmospheric to brooding and in-your-face. The result is an album brimming with fresh ideas and heartfelt musicality that abounds with genuine emotion. Make sure to pick up your copy of The Albatross, recently remastered and re-released by Triple Crown Records, the new home of Foxing.

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Sea Lionhttp://myspoonful.com/sea-lion/ http://myspoonful.com/sea-lion/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:09:53 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3245 Sea Lion Photo
Sea Lion Sea Lion - Sanna's SonglicenseSanna's Song|Sea LionShare:1 Commenthometown: Gothenburg, SE categories: Acoustic, Dream Folk, Singer/Songwriter for fans of: Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush why you should check them out: Sweden’s Linn Osterberg, who records under the moniker Sea Lion, has a ravishing voice. Unlike many of her Swedish contemporaries though, Osterberg’s greatest […]

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hometown: Gothenburg, SE

categories: Acoustic, Dream Folk, Singer/Songwriter

for fans of: Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush

why you should check them out:
Sweden’s Linn Osterberg, who records under the moniker Sea Lion, has a ravishing voice. Unlike many of her Swedish contemporaries though, Osterberg’s greatest charm comes from the restraint she exhibits, always in control of her voice and accompaniments. With the simplest of ingredients - the pluck of a guitar, slinking organ, and warbling vocals - Sea Lion tears at your heart in all the right ways.

background check:
Sea Lion has been making music for some time now with the release of a number of inspired covers (and a little-known debut LP in 2011). With these covers, Osterberg adeptly transforms the original piece into her own brand of gentle and dreamy folk music, creating something both familiar and unique. Now she’s released her brilliant EP, Cobra’s Eyes, a folk-oriented effort with that magical Swedish touch. Though comparisons rarely do anyone justice, it’s easy to see Osterberg as a more reserved Lykke Li, gravitating toward the folk side of her compatriot’s music.

Nowhere is this more evident than on “Sanna’s Song,” the first single off Cobra Eyes, a chilling ode to a friend, recorded in Osterberg’s bedroom in Gothenburg. The standout single features her effortless crooning over a slow roll of guitar and percussion, reveling in the restrained nature of the production. For now we can only digest what Sea Lion has given us with Cobra’s Eyes. While that’s not very much (clocking in at just under 10 minutes), there’s just enough to offer a glimpse into Osterberg’s intriguing world, one filled with beautiful and melancholic themes that drift off into an ethereal haze.

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Sye Elaine Spencehttp://myspoonful.com/sye-elaine-spence/ http://myspoonful.com/sye-elaine-spence/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:45:33 +0000 http://myspoonful.com/?p=3241 Sye Elaine Spence Photo
Sye Elaine Spence Sye Elaine Spence - BloomlicenseBloom|Sye Elaine SpenceShare:Commenthometown: Atlanta, GA categories: Acoustic, Folk, Singer/Songwriter for fans of: Esperanza Spalding, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas why you should check them out: Sye Elaine Spence’s brand of singer-songwriter folk places the emphasis on vocals and that’s just fine with us. The Atlanta-based artist’s soft inflections […]

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hometown: Atlanta, GA

categories: Acoustic, Folk, Singer/Songwriter

for fans of: Esperanza Spalding, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas

why you should check them out:
Sye Elaine Spence’s brand of singer-songwriter folk places the emphasis on vocals and that’s just fine with us. The Atlanta-based artist’s soft inflections and cadences are enthralling in their emotive impact. Her beautiful debut EP Bloom is sure to complement long summer days with its combination of heartfelt original songs like “Long Live The Summertime” and a stripped-down cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.”

background check:
Sye Elaine Spence isn’t new to the music scene; she’s been collaborating and releasing music for years under various monikers like We Are The Arrow and Elaine. Still, as the first release under her full name, debut EP Bloom does its title justice by exemplifying the flourishing talents of a confident singer-songwriter exploring new frontiers.

On Bloom, Spence takes us on a short and whimsical journey rife with love and affection. Vocal delivery and lyrical content reign supreme thanks to sparse instrumentation and thoughtful songwriting. For instance, the title track finds Spence’s gentle voice weaving between a careful banjo progression and nothing else. Fortunately, the pure lack of clutter means there’s more room for the impressive vocals to breath and resonate. The soothing and peaceful effort comes to a close with “Long Live The Summertime,” a pertinent ode to carefree summer memories.

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