Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Act Week: Part 2: On The Indie Side

And here is part deux of the New Act Week two-post feature, with the indie scene. It was supposed to be posted last week, but didn't see the light til today. Well, one more week til summer's gone. Grab them all, all 6 acts I recommend checking out. Click on their names to get to their official site.
Oh and everyone here who have read this entry yesterday, please read again, as the entry wasn't finished then. I mistakenly clicked 'Publish' instead of 'Draft'. I was about to remove the introductory text from part 1 (because I copied the whole code). So sorry.

I'm From Barcelona
This band from Sweden is on top of my new indie discoveries now. Hailed from Sweden, they consist of 29, yes, 29 members, can play such instruments like clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, banjos, accordions, kazoos, guitars, drums, and keyboards. Emanuel Lundgren (the moustache man in the pic) is the founder, songwriter and lead singer for the group. Let's just say they sound like The Polyphonic Spree, but poppier and definitely great to sing along. Sweet harmonies, addictive lullabies. Their sun-kissed songs are just right for summer. Highly recommended two songs below.

I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona
I'm From Barcelona feat. Loney, Dear- This Boy

Jim Noir

You may recognize his song 'Eanie Meany', for it was featured in Adidas campaign for World Cup earlier in June. This British man makes dreamy, '60s-influenced music that's short, mellow and child-like sweet. Which is good for relaxing in the afternoon. More than just coffee table music.

Jim Noir - Eanie Meany

The Hush Sound

Okay, let's forget the fact that this Illinois-based band was signed by Pete Wentz's Decaydence Records, and the lead female singer is quite hot. Musically, they're nothing like Fall Out Boy or Panic! At The Disco. They made catchy, upbeat piano-based rock, and the new album's got a fair share between the male and the female singer, as there are moments they join each other in harmonies. Kinda similar to Captain, which I mentioned before.

The Hush Sound - Magnolia
The Hush Sound - We Intertwined
The Hush Sound - Wine Red

As Tall As Lions

From Long Island, New York comes this band that's emo enough for the crowd, but still manage to be indie enough for the hip. I haven't heard much from this band, but this one song 'Ghost Of York' is quite well-crafted. If you have heard Pinback's 'Fortress', you can understand how the song feels like. There's just so much going on instrumentally in the background, that sometimes it's overwhelming to both focus on the singing and the playing. Good stuff.

Download:As Tall As Lions - Ghost Of York

Bel Auburn
Need I say more about this band? Somehow, now they seem so last two week. Anyway, this indie rock band from Mid-Ohio makes music that's really tripping. Quite suitable for a night sleep too. The music is rock, yes, but it's delicate and already great instrumentally, so I never really pay much attention to the lyrics. The great thing is, their whole album is available for download at their website, so if you want more, click on their name to get there. For a try, this is one of my fave tracks.

Download:Bel Auburn - Metropolitan (Watercolor)

Girl Talk

Once again, why bother explaining it all? Gregg Gillis is his real name, he specializes in mash-ups and has the ability to mix and match a bunch of samples of all kinds of music into one song without making it sound tacky. This is genius party music, people. Forget the silly stage name. See if you can name all the samples in these songs. The first two cuts are from his latest album 'Night Ripper', and the other two are from his two previous albums. Check them out, if you haven't.

Girl Talk - Hold Up
Girl Talk - Bounce That
Girl Talk - Unstoppable
Girl Talk - Secret Diary

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