Posted by: soundlounge | June 12, 2009

soundlounge Jukebox

soundlounge jukebox is our outlet for sharing the cream of the music industry with all. Updated every few weeks, it offers a chance for people who don’t have much time, to sample good quality music, whether new releases or hidden gems from the archives. We receive music from all the majors, indies, publishers and sometimes the artists themselves and will bring to your desk (and attention) some of the most interesting and diverse music out there.

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Seven – Fever Ray
The debut solo album from Fever Ray, an alias of Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Swedish electronic duo The Knife, along with her brother Olof Dreijer. Anderson revealed to one journalist that Fever Ray has its roots in sleep deprivation. That makes sense when you hear the album, which strips away the dance beats that grounded The Knife’s ‘Silent Shout’ album, leaving behind ominous clouds of electronics and a penchant for synthetically manipulating her vocals. This is an astonishingly stark and brooding record, built on the barest of electronic bones and brought to life through Andersson’s almost primal vocals. It’s not exactly plain sailing, and what may be bewitchingly hypnotic to some will sound a tad repetitive to others.

French Navy – Camera Obscura
Hailing from Glasgow, Camera Obscura formed in 1996 but it was five years before they released their first album, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi in 2001. Since then they have released three further albums, the most recently being this year’s My Maudlin Career. They have always fought inevitable comparisons to other Glaswegian indie outfits such as Belle And Sebastian claiming they do not want to be part of a scene. Certainly their Phil Spector, wall of sound-esque production style sets them apart from most bands around at them moment. The playful strings and reverb heavy vocals hark back to a golden age of pop, long may it continue.

Speed – Quad Throw Salchow
I won’t even try to understand the name of this band, but ‘Speed’ is an album that oozes post-punk from every orifice. Reduced, electronic, mechanical, full of reverb, and with dark and venomous vocals courtesy of artist/producer O de Lanzac. The album builds layer upon repetitive layer to create a sense of disturbance and movement not unlike a cross-fertilization between Joy Division and The Fall’s early work. De Lanzac’s vocals burst over the mechanical backing like a raspy Patty Smith drugged and singing gibberish in the bath, which completely contrasts the mechanical beats. Both dark, diabolical and delerious at the same time.

It’s Only Been A Week – Skint & Demoralised
A duo consisting of Matt Abbott, an open-mic poet from Wakefield, and the mysterious Mini Dog, a so-far-anonymous Sheffield producer and musician. They ‘met’ on the internet after Dog (or should that be Mini?) came across Abbott while searching for a vocalist to put words to his music. It’s a match made in musical heaven: the duo’s debut album, Love And Other Catastrophes, is a fantastic slab of northern-soul-meets-indie-street poetry. They recorded it in New York with the great Dap-Kings. The Dap-Kings are most known in the UK for their work on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album and Mark Ronson’s Version. There’s not a bad track on this album and it was difficult choosing one for you listening pleasure – enjoy.
Van She Mixtape

Kelly – Van She
I know you’ve probably had enough of 80’s influenced synth pop by now but this is a cracking track from Australian band Van She. They met at a rock band audition calling for musicians with influences including Sepultra, Entombed, Black Skull and Phil Collins. Ironically they were originally billed as the next fresh thing despite their reliance on 80’s influences, since then though their sound has become more textured and this is a great catchy tune for the summer.

Liar Lion – Wild Birds & Peacedrums

Wildbirds & Peacedrums are a contemporary experimental two-piece hailing from Sweden and consisting of husband and wife duo, singer Mariam Wallentin and drummer Andreas Werliin. Their instruments consist of her powerful vocals and his unorthodox percussion/drumming, resulting in a powerful, innovative sound. The resulting effect sits somewhere between folk, blues and jazz and their sound ranges from a gentle warble a tribal chant. This track goes some way to illustrate how they have evolved from their first album, which was relatively basic and stripped back. Here they incorporate more percussive elements and even a few electronic textures creating what feels like a much more complete sound.

Enjoy! – Brian & Sam

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