13 Jun 2010

Update! Singer-songwriter Essie Jain's Until The Light Of Morning

Essie Jain has one of those voices that grips you by the throat and demands attention. A couple of albums down the line now with the brilliant esoteric Leaf Label, she's turned her attention to the world of music for children. Releasing Until The Light Of Morning on her own label Light Of Morning records is just the first step she says, it could become an evil empire! Listen to the interview below. Also, details of her third studio album, look out - she's gone all hippy on us...

Here's a quote from her website, which is also where I stole that lovely image from:
'...my family and friends back home had started to have kids. It became apparent to me that they were always looking for new music to soothe their babies at nap and bedtime, and as a result of hearing the same CD for the hundredth time, they were quietly going crazy listening to songs that were working for their little ones, but certainly didn’t do it for them.
It was then I realised what my next project would be.'
Essie Jain in action:

TOW on 6 Music Introducing: WOOM and Marta Collica

Every week TOW is lucky enough to pick two songs for Tom Robinson's brilliant BBC 6 Music show, the spot goes out every Monday morning at around 2:30am.

Pick 1: WOOM - The Hunt
WOOM are Sara Magenheimer and Eben Portnoy who used to make music as Fertile Crescent - but after a hiatus in the Massachussets mountains, where they found a barn and channeled their inner music maker, they were reborn as WOOM. TOW urges you to check out their blog, they're giving away tunes there too. Muu's Way is out this summer on Ba Da Bing Records, a great label with which we are currently having a love affair. The album is very much the result of the duo's six year's together in many ways too. They sound like they are intuitively linked and the record rolls on beautifully with moments that can only be realised through their own DIY production - huge amounts of energy on one hand and then it pulls back to moments of pure quiet. We've chosen this video from youtube because, although rough, we feel it sums this band up nicely. Comparisons have already been thrown around to Tune-Yards, Animal Collective and Micachu and the Shapes.

Pick 2: Marta Collica - Future #1
little gods

marta collica | MySpace Music Videos

Marta Collica is a revelation. The Italian singer-songwriter is signed to one of our favourite labels out of Berlin, Solaris Empire, who've released her latest album About Anything. She's also known for her collaborative effort Sepiatone, with ex-Bad Seed, Australian songwriter Hugo Race. Race was recently playing live in London and requested a TOW favourite to support him, Madam, so he knows his female singer-songwriters. Collica is also a key member of the John Parish band and plays in London this summer with them - Parish produced part of this album in Bristol, he's another man who loves his great female voices (PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp, This Is The Kit, Maika Makovski). She's one of those artists who from their top friends on Myspace alone you discover a world of fantastic music...