28 Nov 2011

6 Music picks: Two Wings and Hollows

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.   

Two Wings - Eikon


A chance encounter with Two Wings supporting Essie Jain at Cafe Oto last year led TOW to fall head over heels. Hanna Tuulikki and Ben Reynolds and their merry band make such joyous music, it's hard not to grin stupidly whilst listening. Hanna is no stranger to us, having already got into her solo project Nalle - there's plenty more going on in her musical world too and the same can be said for Ben. But it seems they've found their true home together now, with Two Wings - channeling the greats like The Band, Richard Thompson and other seventies era folk Americana greats, but with Hanna's haunting, inimitable vocal setting this band stand leagues apart from their contemporaries of a similar ilk.

Catch them live at Cafe Oto on 9 December.

Hollows - Shapeshifter


Hollows are a five piece girl band from Chicago (well, there's an honorary boy on drums ;) who found each other through a Craigslist add that included the phrases "60s, funeral, girl group, Shangri-Las," - 'nuff said! The Chicago Tribune recently said of this band: "No band is currently making better use of the Farfisa-like Gibson G101 combo organ than Hollows." Agreed! We think... Either way we're smitten with this infectious, tight and flawless band. More please.

Hot Sand/ Shapeshifter is out now on Soft Power Records.