21 Mar 2011

6 Music Introducing picks: Adam & Alma 'n Hurray For The Riff Raff

Every week TOW plays two songs for the brilliant Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music Introducing show... here are our picks from this week's show:

Adam & Alma - Back To The Sea
   Back To The Sea by Adam & Alma

When asked to pick some SXSW bands for this week's Introducing show for 6 Music, TOW was bamboozled and slightly intimidated by the MASSIVE list of artists. Being a huge pendant and a bit OCD we feel that SXSW would be a wholly unsatisfactory experience as we'd never see all the bands!! Luckily for us, amongst the 'A' list, we found Adam & Alma, a young electro duo from Stockholm consisting of Ellen Arkbro and Johan Graden. Their EP Back To The Sea was released last year and we like it's woozey, lo-fi, laid back ambience and the captivating vocals of Ellen very much. Hope they had a lovely time.

Hurray For The Riff Raff - Take Me

TOW is having a minor love affair with this band from New Orleans, Louisana. Alynda Lee Segarra is the voice and creative force behind the band and we can't wait to meet her when they land in London in May. The story goes that she she ran away from her home in The Bronx at the tender age of 17 and 'hopped freight trains' winding up in New Orleans, becoming part of The Dead Man Street Orchestra. HFTRR have self-released two albums, 2008's It Don't Mean I Don't Love You and 2010's Young Blood Blues. A self-titled disc of Alynda's favorite songs from those albums is released on Loose Music in Europe this week. We love it because it makes us want to go and sit by the Bayou on a hot, sticky, Louisiana afternoon... swattin' at flies and lazily watching the world go by.