Based in Durham, North Carolina Sylvan Esso is a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and electronic musician Nick Sanborn (Megafaun). Meath’s powerful, effervescent vocals stand strongly alone in Sylvan Esso- without being joined by her folk group, Mountain Man. "Hey Mami" is the duo's debut single and it is brilliant- head on over to their SoundCloud to listen to more.
France'sPendentif is composed of Cindy Callede, Benoit Lambin, Mathieu Vincent, Jonathan Lamarque, and Ariel Tintar. The quintet from Bordeaux released their debut album Mafia Douce in September 2013. Listen to the track "Embrasse Moi" to practice your French and take a look at their video below as well.
London-based electronic duo KALEIDA, composed of Christina Wood (vocals) and Cicely Goulder (keys and production), recently released their debut single, "Think." The twosome are set to release their debut EP this December. Take a listen to "Think" below and check out their video as well.
Calliope Musicals is a psychedelic group based in Austin, Texas composed of Carrie Fussell (vocals and guitar), Matt Roth (guitar and vocals), Craig Finkelstein (vibraphone and vocals), Josh Bickley (drums), Chris Webb (lead guitar), and Andrew Vizzone (bass). "Dancing Shoes" is their newest single from their upcoming EP, Clouds on Fire out December 7.
"Right now, in writing, Matt and I (Carrie Fussell) are pulling a lot of inspiration from older music; think Bob Wills, Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, and various Motown bands. One of my friends recently introduced me to Little Feat, and that is currently blowing my mind. Matt has recently been listening to David Gray and Ani DiFranco. My go-to sources of inspiration (that are responsible for my wanting to be a musician) are Poe, Jewel and Alanis Morrisette's first albums. My sisters (10 and 12 years older than me) used to play these CDs when they took me to school as a kid, and I would always sing along with them." -Bitch Media.
Hailing from Iceland, Samaris is an electronic trio composed of Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir (clarinet)
Jófríður Ákadóttir (vocals), and Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (electronics). The three-piece released their debut album, Samaris this past summer. "Viltu Vitrast" is a single from their debut album, check it out below.
Can you explain the meaning of your lyrics to me as a non-Icelandic speaker?
"Some of them use the lyrics of old Icelandic songs and poems. The poems are so well put together, they are so beautiful and go together so well, they just fit the music."
Are all the songs are based on these poems?
"Yes all of them, well the concepts are. We have all these great lyrics and poems in our culture so why not use them because they are forgotten so why not try to use them rather than write our own lyrics which will not be so perfect." -Musika.
Brisbane, Australia's Major Leagues are set to release their debut EP, Weird Season on December 6th. "Silver Tides" is one of five tracks on Weird Season. The sgarage-pop group is composed of Jaimee, Anna, Jake, and Vlarda. The four-piece have supported Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, The Preatures, Violent Soho and Ball Park Music. Take a listen to "Silver Tides" below.
16-year-old talent , Manou recently released her debut single, "Sadie." She is currently working with Studio Week to launch her music career and has been collaborating with P*NUT on her debut album. P*NUT has worked with Amy Winehouse, Eliza Doolittle, Sparks, Foxes, and Dido- therefore, Manou's musical career appears promising. Check out "Sadie" below.
We love your new single "Sadie", but can you explain the concept behind the song?
"Its actually about a friend of mine, of course her name is not Sadie, but her persona is totally based on her. She was going on every night trying to get with the right guy, but was totally desperate and not being her lovely self. I was trying to tell her that she deserves more but on the other hand that she cannot force love. Love finds you." -Pop Shade.
Hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland The Walking Sticks is composed of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and lead singer Chelsea Lee. The trio released their debut album in June 2012 titled, World So Bright. The threesome recently released an EP, Send The Night which you can stream via their SoundCloud. The group describes their music as "vocals that weave Fleetwoodesque harmonies with vintage synth youthfulness." Check out the lead single "Send The Night" from their new EP below.
Sydney, Australia's Eleanor Dunlop started out as a solo artist and then spent a couple of years with the group Cameras. Now, out on her own again, the pianist and singer-songwriter has released her newest single "Disguise." Check out "Disguise" below and head on over to her Soundcloud for more music and future releases.
Top 2 influences:
"It’s very hard! I would have to say Fiona Apple and Roy Orbison are up there. Fiona Apple was really my first inspiration to start writing songs, I relate a lot to her words and her rhythms. She is a pianist as well and I was always intrigued by how she could make the instrument almost sound like a percussive instrument. Roy Orbison was often playing growing up, he just had great style, great voice and his songs are timeless." -Adam Not Eve.
Arma Del Amor is a New Zealand based electronic duo composed of Martine Harding and Danny Fairley. The soulful duo released their debut EP, Light You Up this past September. The two-track EP consists of "Light You Up" and "Capture My Mind" and is available for download at your suggested price. Take a listen to "Capture My Mind" below and follow their SoundCloud for new releases in the future.