We have a little comparison on the blog for you today. There’s been some kind of coincidental theme running through this week, so we thought we would post about it. Two separate videos by two amazing female solo artists got released to the wider public this week. Both these girls are Recommender favourites and due for big things. Very big things.
The first is Ellie Goulding, (who we first blogged about here). Perhaps the slightly lesser known of the two we show off today, but certainly not the lesser talent. We managed to secure her for a quick photoshoot (more uploaded on our Flickr soon!), as her support of the Little Boots Tour marched into Brighton this week. She was very playful, happy, excited and a wonderfully easy subject. This same week, her video, for single Under The Sheets, (out in November under Neon Gold Records and produced by none other than Starsmith!), arrived in our inbox and it’s a blinder. She’s also secured a slot on Jools Holland next week, so we expect her cloud of buzz to become rather mushroom-sized in the coming days.
The second video to float under our gaze this week was for the track Mowgli’s Road by Marina & The Diamonds, (an artist that’s had plenty of coverage on The Recommender here, here, here, here and here). Directed by Chris Sweeney, it’s a strange affair, but creative and mesmerizing all the same. The single is getting it’s release on the major label, Atlantic, having previously been on the indie label Neon Gold before now. It’s our favourite tune of hers to date, so we are pleased that she’s hitting the wider audiences with this extraordinary song. The album will likely be out early next year. It’s going to be as big as it gets.
As always, we are interested in getting your feedback on which video and artist you prefer? Let us know your reviews of them in the comments sections. Which artist do you think will make the biggest impact?
Are blogs really the modern taste-makers they proclaim to be? OK, so we stamp our self-proclaimed authority on new music, but really we’re simply the stream in which it flows, rather than being its source. The surfers of scenes and the social butterflies of new music if you will. Bands and record labels are the ones that actually carve out the direction. We are the reporters, giving voice to the good out of the plethora of crap that’s out there, making sure that the bands and labels we use as a source are equally as authentic as us! That’s where the Parisian record label Kitsune slot in nicely. Their annual compilation albums, which showcase new music they’re involved in, always provide a surprise or two with each year’s release. The 2009 compilation, the eighth in the series, which is out in November, is no different. The pick of the bunch this year have to be La Corps Mince De Francoise. This Scandinavian duo of beautiful women pump out the sort of lure that will latch onto each and every one of the ears they drift past. They write fantastically adventurous tracks, packed with sampled synth layers, in a totally fearless and engaging mix. Mostly singing in English but with the kind of thick accents that we used to enjoy from CSS, they are playful, exuberant and full of hooks, breaks and melodies. You will fall in love and the matchmakers you can thank are not us, but Kitsune. (MB)
The 1980s influences and references have been prevalent in the extreme throughout 2009. Deep down we all know it was a mostly horrible decade of decadence that threw up in the face of culture, so some day soon an artist will wake us from this neon haze. Perhaps Diamond Rings over the top 80s indulgence will signal precisely this. Perhaps not. This fella pays homage to what on the surface seems to be nothing but lame American, mid-80s suburban influences, yet on closer inspection we find some infuriatingly catchy and cleverly constructed pop. This side project from John O’Regan, (of Toronto band The D’Urbervilles), acts as a feel good, faded denim jacket and eye make up nod to MTV. The excellent track, All Yr Songs, is cleverly woven into a lament for a more innocent time, conjuring up images of Tiffany and the John Hughes Ferris Bueller period of the USA. A wood block percussion, an electric guitar and a brooding synth underline twee declarations of lending your sweater to your girl when it’s cold, finishing with the line “I never want us to grow old”. What turns this into a cool and vital purchase is that it’s all done with such flair, oh and an enormous tongue lodged into it’s cheek. No gigs are as yet planned for the UK and unfortunately his single has sold out but you can catch his reference-heavy 80s video on YouTube here. (DV)
If you like your pop to be clever, unpretentious, melodic and pretty, but also like it to be fresh, left-field and a shit-load of fun then welcome to the ridiculously named Pomplamoose (um, not quite French for Grapefruit!). We found them on the Totally Twitterpated blog and instantly fell for their charms. They have a series of Youtube ‘videosongs’, such as their jokey cover of the Beyonce tune, Single Ladies, (listed below). These covers have become a regular occurence, with others such as Simon & Garfunkel and Edith Piaf also being selected. Nataly Dawn utilises a voice that’s just as sweet and delicate as her baby face looks. So baby faced in fact that she makes Beck look positively past it. However, the Californian duo have created a selection of rather brilliant original tunes and it’s these that have earned them their listing on The Recommender. There’s plenty of melodic joy and lighthearted pop built into each of their perfectly designed creations. If your mood doesn’t lift, even a little bit, when you listen to them, then it’s perhaps time for that lobotomy. The sunshine radiating out of their box of tricks is totally blinding and worthy of your inspection, even if you have to peer through your trendy little hipster fingers. It’s not going to be a massive commercial success, but there’s always room for this kind of sunny disposition, right? (MB)
OK, so that’s another edition done. Hope your mood was ever so slightly lifted by that one. If not, you can always come back again soon, as we deal out our little mood lifting sessions roughly every four days…