28 Sep 2010

TOW on 6 Music: Aias/ Emily Jane White/ Sentel/ Von Burl

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 two shows:

Aias - Tu Manes

Aaaaaaa La Piscina! To the swimming pool! The name of Barcelona trio Aias' new album and it's as full of joy as the name suggests. Aias is Laia Aubia, Gaia Bihr, and Miriam Garcia and they make that kind of glorious lo-fi summery girl band racket (sung in Catalan) that can only make you smile and think of dosing in a puddle of sunshine on the living room carpet. Just in time for gloomy old Autumn then. Brilliant New York indie Captured Tracks is putting this out and we love it.

Emily Jane White - Victorian America
Listen to this track immediately!! Lyrically stunning, melodically perfect - is it possible? It seems Emily Jane White has achieved both. The new album, Victorian America, works beautifully as a whole too, she's been inspired by the trials and tribulations of women living in Victorian America - so you can imagine there's a whole heap of sufferin', sorrow and pain. There have been comparisons to Cat Power which is no bad thing, but White's got a whole other unique sound going on that certainly sets her apart.

Von Burl - Heartbeat
Von Burl thought she was going to end up playing as a backing musician in someone else's band. Happily for us, she thought: 'Stuff that!' and started writing and performing her own material. Heartbeat's the one Von sent TOW after a friend saw her live at The Slaughtered Lamb and insisted we check her out. Von Burl has also made the Just A Girl Long List, for a chance to play at this year's Ladyfest... more on that to come but for now check out the link and cast your vote!

Sentel - Widow

They're a boy and girl from Krakow, Poland, who make some serious dub-infused dance music. Thanks to Dana who curates the brilliant and very informative Women in Electronic Music page on Facebook/Last.FM for sending this one over. Dana runs a digital label in Warsaw, focused on "The best in bass music from our neck of the woods." Concrete Cut are releasing this single, which she calls 'post-dubstep'. Ah ha!