Pick 1 - Jenny Bjorkqvist - To Heal Your Wounds
Jenny Bjorkqvist is from Sweden. If, like me, you are constantly astounded at the quality of pop music that comes out of that country then have a listen to To Heal Your Wounds, it's simply stunning.
Jenny only has two friends in her 'top friends' on myspace, Nick Drake and Bjork - I'll say no more. There's very little around online about this Swede with the glorious voice, but many thanks to brilliant new music uber-blogger Swedesplease for putting me onto her.
Pick 2: Twin Sister - I Want A House
Twin Sister are a five piece from Brooklyn, who've given me a track for my best songs of 2010 round up already.
Andrea Estella provides the vocals and I wonder where she's from, as there's an accent which I can't place. The band's blog is full of great stuff, and most of all FREE music.
Everything they've done so far, including noodlings and experiments are posted to be downloaded by you for free.
The band invite their fans to witness the growth of their songs, watch and hear them go from musings to full blown ideas.
This track is from their EP Vampires with Dreaming Kids, it's been around for a while. Thanks to Wears The Trousers (again) for pointing me in the direction of this band just in time to be first on the list for their first official release, Color Your Life, which is out soon on Infinite Best Recordings.
Hunter Giles, who runs this indie label based in Brooklyn, has told me to 'get excited', oh I am Hunter, I am!