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:
Florence Joelle - When I Get Low I Get High
Not usually a fan of the fifties rockabilly pastiche (Imelda May et al) - Florence Joelle has come along and blown that little prejudice straight outta the water. The Paris-born singer now lives in London and it's her voice that smacks you around the head. It's utterly unique. Florence and her band The Kiss of Fire's treatment of this 1940's Chick Webb tune brings it smack bang into the present day and her own compositions are drenched in the American blues, but always stay true to her own inimitable sound - you'll find more on her myspace page.
Nalle - Lily
TOW caught Two Wings live at Cafe Oto in Dalston last month, they were supporting probably the most chilled out talented couple from the US east coast: Arborea. Two Wing's lead singer Hannah Tuulikki is something to behold. Chatting to her afterwards, she revealed another project Nalle, which actually has a release out (Two Wings are in the studio now). So we took a copy home, put it on the stereo and let the experimental dreamy melodies and remarkable soundscapes float over us. Hanna's voice is fore-fronted beautifully on these tracks, sometimes warbling - at other times perfect. Imagine this voice fronting The Band, that's what we can expect from Two Wings - very very exciting.
Chapter 24 - Love
Chapter 24 are from Corby in the Midlands and make seriously punky tunes. Channeling the best of The Slits and The Clash from the punk fraternity and nodding towards Vampire Weekend with their spikey Afro-punk guitar riffs, their music is infectious, fresh and wholly danceable. Look out for their name on a festival bill near you in 2011.
Sleep Over - La Rose
'Witch House' - ring any bells? TOW is still getting our head around 'chill wave', it's all the same we're sure, but The Guardian's Tim Jonze has done a decent job of trying to get to the bottom of it here. Sleep Over make music that will, probably, put you to sleep - woozy, dreamy, vocals you can't quite make out (but it doesn't matter as you're half asleep) but also a spooky Twin Peaks-esque gorgeous lushness that we love!
11 Oct 2010
1 Oct 2010
Grass Widow - Fried Egg
Grass Widow are Hannah, Raven and Lilian from San Francisco, they make fast-paced melodic rock which offsets their vocal harmonies brilliantly. TOW caught up with them on the eve of their first London show as part of Upset The Rhythm at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch... TOW favourites Trash Kit and Bellies were supporting:
Grass Widow interview at Upset The Rhythm by ruthbarnes
Grass Widow are on tour in the UK right now!