The time has come when the weather gets warm and Erika prefers folk to folktronica. It was a perfect time to discover The Lumineers, a Denver trio consisting of Wesley Schultz on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremiah Fraites on drums, and Neyla Pekarek on cello, mandolin, piano, and vocals. Woah. Awesome.
Their first full length album came out just last month and I love it. It’s been a perfect springtime soundtrack. I hope you enjoy this sweet little video!
First Aid Kit was suggested to me just last night by a friend. They are a Swedish folk duo made up of Johanna and Klara, sisters aging just 19 and 22 years old. Their name first started shooting around the internet in 2008 when they posted this cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Pleasant Song.”
They have three albums out now. Their most recent, The Lion’s Roar, came out this January. Enjoy.
Yay! A song to share this week! M83 is a band that I am new to. I know I’ve heard their songs, mostly within the past year even though they’ve been around since 2001. When I say “they” I really mean “he.” M83 is the project of French artist Anthony Gonzalez. They’ve had 4 albums out, and I’m excited to listen to them all. Coolest thing I’ve learned about them? M83 was named after the spiral galaxy “Messier 83”. How nerdy and awesome is that?!
(This video is also pretty sweet.) Enjoy!
I, to this day, do not understand Laura Marling’s voice. How does that whiskey-molasses voice come from a creature so thin, young, and British? Well, it’s beautiful and wonderful and haunting, and I guess I’ll have to just leave it at that!
I discovered her through my local library’s astounding collection of CDs last winter. It was her 2010 release, I Speak Because I Can. Her newest release, A Creature I Don’t Know, came out this past September and is from what this video comes.
This music video .. ahhhh … I know it’s not autumn and we’re not depressed yet, but this video is so touching. It puts me in a very creative mood. I love what someone from YouTube commented, “I listened to this on the bus, and literally forgot where I was heading and why.”
Just another video from my fav, Bat For Lashes, aka Natasha Khan. Pakistan-born and England-raised, she has an art school education (University of Brighton) in which her focus was multi-media/sound installations, animations and performance.
She’s just brilliant, and this video is awesome. Enjoy.
(Here’s something to pep up your lunch break.)
So, I may be a little late in discovering Animal Collective since this amazing song came out 3 years and 4 albums ago, but I discovered them nonetheless! It must count for something! Haven’t stopped listening to them all week. This song comes from their LP Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009.)
According to Wiki, the band is “originally from Baltimore, Maryland, currently based in New York City and Lisbon.” (Umm … cool.)
It’s not often that I will bypass an original song post in favor of a cover, but today I had to. Last night I was introduced to this video and it blew my mind.
I’m always a fan of African music … and cellos … and classical crossover … and, generally, crossover of any kind. This baby has it ALL, people!
Beautiful video, beautiful rendition of this Coldplay song. You’d better fullscreen this baby, and I hope you’re not listening on laptop speakers! Eek!
Well, yes indeed, this is the third post in a row that focuses on a Portland, Oregon artist. I swear it was not intentional!
Josh Garrels is an amazingly talented folk artist who has had the ability to produce and release six albums on his own with seemingly little help beginning in 2002. A biography describes him as having been everything from a “son of a hippie commune, skater boy, suburban drug dealer, music/design student, coffee roaster, urban shepherd, and now nation- and globe-trotting minstrel of hope and healing.”
His most recent album Love & War & The Sea In Between, from which this song and video come from, was released in July 2012 as a free download on his website here and has been downloaded at least 75,000 times. A truly talented guy, I wish great things keep happening for him.
Also, this video is beautiful.
José González is a hypnotic folk guitarist and singer, born and raised in Sweden. His music is mostly acoustic, swelling with eerie reverb. It’s reminiscent of cold, winter mornings in a forest home somewhere in the arctic; I’m talking that terrible minute after you escape the warm bed before the sun is up and the fireplace is lit. Intimate, primitive.
Teardrop is a cover of the amazing Massive Attack song that is just as awesome. It’s amazing how Jose can turn this trip-hop masterpiece into an acoustic folk song and still capture the epicness. Just amazing.