25 Aug 2010

TOW on 6 Music: Paper Dollhouse/You And Me Ensemble/Girls In Trouble/Skatan/Abigail Smith/Signe Tollefsen

Ok, ok - it's been a while! Hence six new artists for your listening pleasure today. Every week TOW plays two songs for the brilliant Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music Introducing show... here are our picks from the last three shows:

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You've heard us rave about The Rayographs on the radio, now hear the first solo musings from their fabulous frontwoman Astrud Steehouder. Beautiful and often creepy tales from a forgotten time, written and recorded in either her bedroom or kitchen in the midnight hour. We love these simple tunes that are on her myspace and can't wait to get the songstress onto the show for a live session. Watch this space. PS: New material from The Rayographs due soon too - whoop!

THE YOU AND ME ENSEMBLE - Here Comes Everybody
Who are the mysterious You And Me Ensemble? Thanks to Chris Read for getting in touch with us (always makes our job a million times easier) and for sending over the debut album which is out now on Special Blend Records. Chris Read helped master some of uber cool duo Hot Chip's early stuff and Alexis Taylor rightly compares them to The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - it was on the tip of our tongue! The duo aren't trying to prove anything to anyone but themselves - that they can make beautiful, atmospheric and original music that transports you a million miles away... where you count the dust particles in the air as you stretch out on an old sofa and drift off back to sleep on a warm summer's afternoon.
GIRLS IN TROUBLE - Secrets/ You're Always Watching
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After playing this track on Tom's show, he tweeted me saying 'Thank you for introducing me to Girls In Trouble!' Well I have to thank the brilliant Wears The Trousers editor Alan Pedder for telling Alicia to get in touch with us. It's fantastic being part of such a great network of people with excellent taste! Alicia Jo Rabins and Aaron Hartman are GiT, signed to brilliant New York Jewish indie Jdub Records and cite Nina Nastasia, Leonard Cohen, Emily Dickinson and Brigitte Fontaine amongst their influences. Alicia says the stories of the hardships experienced by women in the Old Testament have inspired her writing, which is ticking all our boxes!

SKATAN - Nobody
Taken from her debut album We Are Children With Different Titles, Nobody is the first single from Swedish singer-songwriter Skatan. Simone Andersson Wingfors was brought to our attention by the excellent Swedesplease blog, a constant source of great tunes from our Nordic brethren. Skatan joins that list with one of those voices that's not easily forgotten, sometimes sweet and sometimes broken. We love this.

This song WILL get stuck in your head. Guaranteed. Abigail Smith howls and wails Oh Sam with such addictive energy and sounding not just a little like Kate Bush - which is no bad thing. She's a multi-instrumentalist, the results of which you will hear on her debut album Night Time Walking - she also has an eerie, beautiful voice to match. Oh Sam is the poppiest tune, where others really let the cello, viola and piano parts breathe. You can't buy it in the UK but it's available to purchase on her myspace.

SIGNE TOLLEFSEN - You, Me And The Brewers
                                                                                             Photo by Ro Halfhide
Signe Tollefsen is half-Dutch half-American, her music career took off after being discovered by an American producer whilst playing live in Amsterdam's Vondelpark. Recording tracks (including this one) at Linda Perry's studio in LA the result is sweet, sweet songwriting and a talent that should have her pounding on the door of the mainstream very soon. Tollefsen has been awarded all kinds of songwriting accolades in her homeland and supported the likes of Alela Diane and Ane Brun - now it's time to see her take centre stage.

9 Aug 2010

TOW on BBC 6 Music Introducing: Forest City Lovers and Lazy Mary

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

Forest City Lovers - Phodilus and Tyto

Like the Swedes, Canadians consistently provide us with fantastic indie pop groups. Most don't make it to these shores and Forest City Lovers are one such band that I hadn't come across - but it seems they have quite a following back home. From Toronto, the group centres around guitarist, singer and songwriter Kat Burns and they make gorgeous, melodic and often sorrowful pop tunes. The glockenspiel and banjo are fore-fronted so for fans of Sufjan Stevens get listenin'... Carriage is out now on Out Of This Spark records.

Lazy Mary - Hang Nail
There's not much around online about Lazy Mary, this pair from California who make fuzzed out raucous guitar noise. Melody Kohn and Kendall Brinkley, not yet 21, hail from Long Beach and have been together almost a year. According to their label boss Mike from Mountain Man Records: "They play mostly local gigs but toured the west coast of the United States this summer with Concrete Shiva (a Long Beach noise act). The tour included a stop at TITWRENCH in Denver, CO. Titrench is a festival celebrating female acts from all over the US. They're home from tour now and plan on continuing to write new songs and play more shows, and hopefully put out more records." Yippee! We love this band and The Girls Are are all over them too, let's get them over and get them on the radio!