New Buffalo’s (aka Sally Seltmann) second album got its North American release late last month through Arts and Crafts. By co-writing Feists single 1-2-3-4, Seltmann’s work has been getting a lot of exposure lately, lets hope some name recognition will follow.
Native of Melbourne Australia, Sally moved to the coast to record Somewhere, Anywhere. You can hear echo’s of that on todays track Emotional Champ. The bed has an almost Enya texture to it, but that shouldn’t scare you off. It’s engrossing production that provides a great bed for Seltmann’s hooks.
New Buffalo will be playing US dates beginning in October with label-mates Stars (east coast) and Kevin Drew (west).
Hoax Funeral is creating a small stir in UK indie-folk circles; getting airplay on Radio 1 & 2, and a write-up in this months Q Magazine. But they are essentially a DIY outfit, creating a label called Sacred Cow to release their debut Pour Away The Ocean. You would expect to find todays track Melting (Into Corners) in a mid-west open mike in it’s arangement, but we hear a small celtic motion in the vocal stream. It reflects the make-up of the band, with American singer/songwriter Anjy Hall leading the band through their international folk influences, and finding some interesting musical points from the UK/US traditions.
Alberta Cross’ new album The Thief And The Heartbreaker hit the stores a couple of weeks ago, and has been getting a lot of blog coverage. Lucy Rider definitely nods in the direction of CSNY, a comparison I make frequently of late, as more and more indie releases are seeped in ’70s influenced rock. The London duo will be playing several dates at CMJ this October, so if your in New York you have a choice of nights to catch them live. Myspace is below for extra sampling, and check out the video below.
You may know Martina Topley-Bird from her work as a featured vocalist on several Tricky albums during the ’90s, when trip-hop was all the rage. She struck out on her own in 2003 with her Mercury Award nominated album Quixotic, and is following that up with a new release in early ’08. For the most part trip-hop is left behind in todays track, Shangri La, but you can hear it’s echos in the groove and torchy acoustic/electro instrumentation. These new tracks have a great deal of soul and style, and I would wager, Martina will make a splash when she hits the US live scene in support.
Caribou (Dan Snaith) always impresses me with his depth of production and his fresh take on all thats psychedelic. It’s a lot of creative layers from just one man. Today’s track Yo-Yo comes from his 2007 tour album, available if you catch him on his European dates. Caribou’s latest full length Andorra was released late last month.
Austrialian singer and sometimes Zero 7 member Sia will release her latest album Some People Have Real Problems in January. The video for Buttons caught my attention about a month ago, you’ll see why if you click below, lots of silliness. But Sia has proven her versatility in her discography and live performances, and brings something different and interesting to all of her projects. The video for Buttons is below, along with a live performance of Destiny with Zero 7.