Music Alliance Pact – febrúar

Þá er febrúar útgáfa Music Alliance Pact komin í loftið í allri sinni fjölþjóðlegu dýrð. Fyrir Íslands hönd að þessu sinni tekur þátt hljómsveitin Vigri með lagið “Animals” af plötunni Pink Boats sem kom út í fyrra.

Eins og fyrr er allur texti á ensku en ég efa ekki að það vefjist nokkuð fyrir lesendum okkar. Njótið vel.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the whole 36-track compilation here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
CosmoCazador
Cosmo is an indie-pop band which features members or former members of other groups that are well-known to the Buenos Aires independent music scene (Pablo de Caro from Mataplantas, Ayar Sava from Interama, Pablo Font from Les Mentettes and Andrés Ravioli from Mompox and Brian Storming, among others). A couple of months ago they released their self-titled first album, with songs that combine vintage synthesized sounds and beats with acoustic instruments and fine arrangements. You can download the whole album for free.

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AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
SqualloscopeDomino
Anna Kohlweis has released three albums as Paper Bird, however these days she prefers her new alias Squalloscope. Goodbyes in bus terminals, long train rides, sitting on planes and bottles of wine have influenced her upcoming album Soft Invasions. Domino is a singer-songwriter take on R’n’B combined with postmodern lyrics: “I’m a copy of a copy of a copy of a woman, you’re the copy of a copy of a copy of a guy.”

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BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Graveola e o Lixo PolifônicoInsensatez: A Mulher Que Fez
Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico is a creative band that experiments with MPB (mainstream Brazilian pop music) and makes organic mashups, appropriating themes of bands from various genres to create new works. Their new record is available for download from their website.

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CANADA: I(Heart)Music
Amity BeachJake’s Version Of Paradise
Seeing as Amity Beach a) only have a three-song EP to their name and b) look like they’re probably still in high school, I might be jumping the gun on praising them. Still, listening to this track (along with the other two), it’s hard not to be excited. They’ve got a great ear for catchy pop and I’d be surprised – not to mention a little disappointed – if this doesn’t lead to some great things.

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CHILE: Super 45
Survey TeamValdivia De Viña
A couple of years ago, Survey Team was just a frail bedroom duo with singer Carla Bolgeri adding colorful and sweet melodies to folk-guitar patterns created by her bandmate, Francisco Marín. They’ve certainly changed. Today, they are a powerful quintet with sounds that shock and hit with electric sensuality. Valdivia De Viña is a summer première, soon to be included in their debut album Suriname, which validates Survey Team as a pop delicacy from the current Chilean pop wave and a highly versatile band by successfully flirting with reggae.

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CHINA: Wooozy
Mr. GracelessMr. Li
Mr. Graceless is a Beijing-based indie-rock trio. They try to keep a low profile, moving forward step by step. They are tepid and unassuming, and have a clear-cut stand on what to love and what to hate. The love, pain, fantasy and fervor of youth are the best tags for their music. They prefer beautiful melodies and independent attitude. Mr. Graceless is touring around China with their debut release The Tree Ever Green.

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COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Julián Mayorga¿Cómo Llorar Al Revés o Regresar Al Asfalto o…?
¿Cómo Llorar Al Revés o Regresar Al Asfalto o Espantar Mi Propio Cuerpo Inerte o Desaparecer y Volver a Aparecer? – this is the complete title of this piece by singer-songwriter Julián Mayorga, born in Ibagué. It’s an interesting, poetic union between pop and folk that hides, in what he calls La Pequeña Orquesta Sintética (synths and computers), the deep and very personal landscapes that his soft voice creates.

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DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Spleen UnitedBright Cities Keep Me Awake
“We are still wild animals,” Spleen United proclaim on Bright Cities Keep Me Awake, from their long-awaited and impressive third full-length, School Of Euphoria. It’s a sentiment carrying truth and one somewhat defining for principal songwriter and frontman Bjarke Niemann’s lyrical appendage to the dark, synthesized rock reminiscing 90s electro, house and (euro)dance. It makes School Of Euphoria a rather despondent, while immensely awesome, listen.

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ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Wild CombinationGreat Expectations
Wild Combination’s sound itches and twists in an effort to etch itself across indie’s sonic history. It shouldn’t worry so much. The Essex trio responsible know how to channel the best of recent backbeat melancholia (Foals, The Postal Service) and that’s more than enough. This demo version of Great Expectations – mixed specially for MAP – clips along, the addition of a swarth of dreamy synths tying it just to the right side of funky.

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FINLAND: Glue
Black TwigLake Song
Noise, pop, fuzz, sound experiments. Black Twig is one of the hottest bands in the Finnish indie scene at the moment with their just-released debut album, Paper Trees. In their own words, Black Twig’s sound has echoes of modern fuzzed-out pop experiments as well as of 60s garage-rock gems, sometimes developing a sensibility for hypnotic, repetitive drones.

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FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
Cracbooms@soleil
Cracbooms are more than a band. They are a group of friends who sing about how sweet and simple life is when surrounded by your loved ones, when there are pretty girls around and the sun shines above your head. Their lyrics are filled with humor and casualness, and are written with an unsettling easiness. As for their sound, it’s a mix between the guitars of Two Door Cinema Club and pop à la Young Michelin. I think they’ve found the perfect combination.

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GERMANY: Blogpartei
Wooden PeakPills Start Work
The two guys behind Wooden Peak are getting famous for their gigs where they occupy a whole stage while just sitting on their stools, carefully watching each other. Although their set-up with guitar and drums seems quite like a garage band, their singing and acoustic play triggers very different emotions – calm and dizziness, homeliness and wanderlust. Pills Start Work is a great MAP exclusive which slightly resembles early Whitest Boy Alive. The album Lumen has just been released on the lovely label Analogsoul.

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GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
BokomolechTalk About Fires
Nine years is a long time to wait, but new album Mass Vulture finds Bokomolech embracing and sifting through the finer moments of their past over the course of 10 outstanding songs. The record is once again exceptionally crafted and gorgeously composed, richly textured and potently rhythmic, instilled with instrumental mastery and consistent music ideas, powerfully expressive vocals, remarkable melodic turns, lovely harmonic noises, sleek and slippery riffs. They have created a sparse and thrilling work of strikingly expansive ambition with the arresting delicacy of the quieter, dreamier tunes capable of ripping up your emotions.

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ICELAND: Rjóminn
VigriAnimals
Animals is from Vigri’s debut album Pink Boats. The band decided to travel around many of the small churches in Iceland’s countryside to record the song, but the end result is from what they recorded in the Flatey island church.

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INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Spring/SummerTonight
Spring/Summer come from Bandung and are the freshest breed of (what we Indonesians call) Britpop revivalism. With a twist of The Smiths, Joy Division and Blueboy and a bit of attitude, they make tasty, raw music. They probably won’t be the next big thing, but their music provides enjoyable reminiscing of teenage years spent looking for second-hand Smiths CDs at the local thrift store.

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IRELAND: Nialler9
RedahanRu In Daejeon
If I could, I would pick the entire Loud Mouth collective as Ireland’s MAP representatives this month. They are a coterie of producers, rappers, musicians and DJs who have released three volumes of freely downloadable new music taking in electronica, rap and post-dubstep. Redahan is one producer at the heart of the collective and his evocative and expansive Ru In Daejeon is indicative of the collective’s scope and vision.

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ITALY: Polaroid
Heike Has The GigglesBreakfast
On their sophomore album, Crowd Surfing, the young Heike Has The Giggles pin down even more precisely the range of their influences – from the lighter Nineties pop-punk full of fun to the stronger Noughties punk funk à la Gossip. And damn, they are very good at mixing these. Breakfast is the new album’s first single.

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JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Cloudy BuseyUp To You (If You Love Me)
Cloudy Busey takes many cues from house music on Up To You (If You Love Me), yet this long-burning song never feels exuberant. Rather, the Osaka-based Busey inverts the sounds of a club into something apt for a shadowy alleyway. The beat pounds on relentlessly, but the spacey synths and singing evoke the loneliness of long, solitary walks home early in the morning set against neon lights. If nights out tend to bring you down, here is the jam for you.

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MALTA: Stagedive Malta
DanjeliMidnight Carpet Ride
Besides being a maverick club DJ and an accomplished musician in his own right, Danjeli is also a member of the renegade Maltese folk band Brikkuni. This year he released another solo album, KontroNatura, available for free download from Complex Sound Sagacity.

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MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
UvilovDe Tantos Universos Paralelos
“Playing dreampop since 2005,” is the slogan of this pioneering band. De Tantos Universos Paralelos is the gigantic overture to their new album El Desprendimiento, which promises to be an overload of feedback and chaos restrained under a structure. Uvilov might be intending to picture a party where the mankind of tomorrow is invited only if its conscience allows it to.

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NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Wooden ConstructionsFull Brother
There’s been a buzz brewing for Amsterdam’s Wooden Constructions for a year or two already, their edgy live performances stealing the limelight from a host of international indie wannabes along the way. Well, it’s all set to reach boiling point when they finally unleash their debut album People Now People in spring. A barrage of taut dance grooves, minimalistic riffage and unsettling narratives, they provide a contemporary glimpse of post-punk at its maniacal best. Check out first single Full Brother for a taster of their danceable gloom, making the bold promise that the intensity of their live shows will carry over onto tape.

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NEW ZEALAND: Einstein Music Journal
Grass CannonsWendy’s
If hissing noise and warm melodies are your buzz then Auckland four-piece Grass Cannons should be on your radar. They’ve just released their debut EP Vet Dream, containing five darting guitar songs that each take a different path but ultimately lead to the same satisfactory conclusion. While a noisy mess rides heavy throughout their music and kidnaps a bit of their style, within each song there are several minutes of genius song structure that highlights their ability to write amazing pop-influenced punk music. Deerhunter, The Clean and Grooms come to mind when describing their sound, but Grass Cannons seem good enough to leave those influences out of the equation.

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NORWAY: Birds Sometimes Dance
Storm The BastilleCircle Robotics
You never know quite what to expect when listening to a song by Storm The Bastille. Their schizophrenic and mildly cacophonic music is unpredictable, strange and full of surprising twists. The only constant is the great energy the band possess. It’s fast, energetic, melodic and a bit dark with a sense of impending doom that creeps up close.

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PERU: SoTB
Los ZappingCine Mudo
Los Zapping began toying with music when they were still in school, but their garage-rock soon won a place in Lima nights and an authentic touch of freshness was about to be born. Their first EP, released in 2007, was considered the best of that year. Teoría De La Televisión y La Radio was released in 2011, an album that reaffirms the strength and talent of this band.

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PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Sun GlittersThey Don’t Want To Let You Know (Sumsun Remix)
Victor Ferreira aka Sun Glitters, born to Portuguese parents in Luxembourg, has been praised by The Guardian, FADER and Pitchfork. For this reason, his newest release, High EP, which came out on January 30, was highly anticipated. On it, Victor continues his voyage through a dreamy electronic world. This track is a remix of one of the songs on the EP.

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ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Methadone SkiesVs. Evil
Methadone Skies are a bunch of young guys from Timisoara playing the music they themselves like to listen to – psychedelic, progressive, stoner, post-rock, ambient or just noise – most of the time jamming in the studio with excellent results. Keep your ears opened for them as they’re about to release their new album, Enter The Void.

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RUSSIA: Big Echo
BrodskyDeath Note
Brodsky plays beautifully-orchestrated romantic folk with flowery melodies, youthful vocals and sad eyes that might remind you of Beirut or Jens Lekman. Nowadays, it’s truly a blessing to find such an artist in Russia.

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SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Craig_FSGrass Stain (feat. Rachel Tesfaye)
Grass Stain is a musical head-turner – an 8.5-minute electro/house fusion with an outstanding soulful female guest vocal that takes you on a trip of a lifetime labelled bliss-euphoria-bliss. Craig_FS has been been making and uploading songs to Soundcloud for the past year, and the potential is certainly there for him to follow in the mainstream footsteps of compatriot Calvin Harris.

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SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
Obedient Wives ClubFragments
The first release by 60s indie-pop distributors Happy Teardrop Music is the debut self-titled EP by Obedient Wives Club, and what a hit it’s been with all physical copies selling out within a month. The band, cheekily named after a controversial Muslim organisation of the same name, plays a delightful blend of girly noise-pop – or what they helpfully term “Spectorgaze”. Fragments indulges its Jesus And Mary Chain obsession with generous doses of saccharine melodies and interstellar fuzz.

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SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
MDSInsomnia
DJ duo MDS released their first album in July last year, full of remixes of songs from some of the best artists in Seoul’s indie scene. In January, they released a digital single with a couple of songs of their own, showing that they’re also capable of crafting great pieces of music themselves. Insomnia is a smooth electronica track that lends itself very well as a soundtrack to a walk just about anywhere.

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SPAIN: Musikorner
Novedades CarminhaPesetas
Novedades Carminha are a garage-rock three-piece from Santiago de Compostela, and they’re starting to be the talk of the town. Their songs are energy-packed and irreverent, making fun of everyday topics but vindicating them at the same time. Their lyrics hold true punk spirit. Pesetas, taken from their first album Jódete y Baila, released in early 2011, is a true jewel of dirty Spanish rock.

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SWEDEN: Swedesplease
KidsMy Sincerest Apologies
Electronic pop duo Kids are shockingly good. Sure there a few cheesy moments in the single My Sincerest Apologies but it gives the song a bit of fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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SWITZERLAND: 78s
John CarolineRobine
John Caroline is a young six-piece from Baden who make playful, jittery and dreamy indie rock. Their debut EP is released as a free download on February 18.

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TURKEY: WEARTBEAT
The Ringo JetsCollar
The Ringo Jets, consisting of two guitarists and a drummer, is a rock ‘n’ roll band inspired by 60s garage music and blues rock. They made a big splash in Istanbul indie circles with their Limited Lunchpack EP, which you can download for free from Bandcamp. After signing with Aisha Records, they’re planning to release their debut album by the end of the year.

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UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
That GhostMorning Now
Californian lo-fi bedroom artist That Ghost has been making music since before he could drive a car. His sound has grown and changed as much as he has from tween state to young adulthood. OK, he was never a tween but a pure artist whose latest EP Rosalind is a gem. Check out the slow-burning Morning Now, like, right now.

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VENEZUELA: Música y Más
McklopediaGuardián
Mcklopedia is a young man who, back in 2001, identified with a genre and took it as his philosophy and way of life. He explicitly shows the reality of the world’s great cities, the everyday stories that come to a close in households every night. Superlirical, his debut album, seeks to represent a new concept in urban music, combining soul, reggae, funk and hip hop.

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Árslisti lesenda 2011

Þá er komið að því. Árslisti lesenda Rjómans er loksins tilbúinn. Fjöldinn allur af tillögum voru sendar inn og þrátt fyrir að tilnefningar voru fjölbreyttar þá voru úrslitin nokkuð afgerandi bæði á innlenda og erlenda listanum.

Líkt og á aðallista Rjómans þá stóð Bon Iver upp úr sem augljós sigurvegari á erlenda listanum en Mugison var jafnvel enn vinsælli hjá lesendum, og fékk nærri því helmingi fleiri stig en GusGus sem lentu í öðru sætinu á þeim íslenska.

 

Bestu plötur ársins að mati lesenda Rjómans

Íslenskar plötur

1. Mugison – Haglél
2. GusGus – Arabian Horse
3. HAM – Svik, harmur og dauði
4. Sóley – We Sink
5. Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal
6. Snorri Helgason – Winter Sun
7. Sólstafir – Svartir sandar
8. Sin Fang – Summer Echoes
9. Nolo – Nology
10. Björk – Biophilia

Erlendar plötur

1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
2. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
3. Radiohead – King of Limbs
4. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L
5. The Black Keys – El Camino
6. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
7. Feist – Metals
8. Florence and the Machine – ceremonials
9.-10. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
9.-10. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Myndband frá Orphic Oxtra

Það er komið myndband við lagið Skeletons Having Sex on a Tin Roof með hressustu hljómsveit Íslands, súrbalkankrökkunum í Orphic Oxtra. Lagið er lauslega byggt á lagi með sama nafni eftir hljómsveitina Swords of Chaos. Lagið er hinni frábæru plötu “Kebab Diskó”, sem kom út í fyrra og hefði alveg mátt vera á einhverjum listum yfir besta eitthvað. Myndbandið sem er gert af Bergrúnu Snæbjörnsdóttur og Sigrúnu Jónsdóttur er skemmtilega súrt og skemmtilegt á súran hátt eins og við mátti búast.

Árslisti Rjómans 2011

Stóra stundin er runnin upp. Eftir langa umhugsun hafa Rjómverjar valið þær 20 plötur innlendar og erlendar sem standa upp úr á árinu sem nú er að líða. Tónlistarárið 2011 var fjölbreytt og komu margar plötur til greina en eftirfarandi plötur þóttu þó bera af að mati ritstjórnar Rjómans.

Rjóminn þakkar lesendum sínum samfylgdina á árinu sem nú er að líða og óskar þeim um leið farsælda á nýju ári.

Árslisti Rjómans gjörið svo vel:

 

Fylgist svo með Rjómanum því á næstu dögum mun árslisti lesenda líta dagsins ljós

Eldberg gefur út sína fyrstu plötu

Hljómsveitin Eldberg gaf nýverið út sína fyrstu hljómplötu sem einfaldlega ber nafn sveitarinn, en sveitin hefur verið starfrækt frá lokum árs 2008.

Platan hefur fengið góða dóma hér á landi og gaf Dr. Gunni henni t.a.m. 4 af 5 stjörnum. Platan hefur fengið góðar viðtökur á erlendum markaði og fékk hljómplatan t.d. gríðarlega góða umfjöllun í iO Pages magazine.

Eldbergið skrifaði undir samning hjá Sílenska útfgáfurisanum Mylodon Records sem gefur plötuna út á geisladisk. Mylodon Records er stæðsta útgáfufyrirtæki progg rocks í heiminum og er plata Eldbergs strákanna ein af þeirra stærstu útgáfum þetta árið og það í sérstökum viðhafnarbúningi. Platan hefur selst gífurlega vel um allan heim og hefur vinylútgáfan, sem inniheldur frítt niðurhal af hljómplötunni af gogoyoko, vakið mikla lukku meðal tónlistaráhugamanna.

Platan er fáanleg í öllum helstu hljómplötuverslunum landsins.

Eldberg – Ég er lífsins brauð

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Árslisti lesenda 2011

Nú sá tími árs að árslistar renna í hús hver af öðrum og eins og venjulega þá mun Rjóminn birta sinn lista hvað úr hverju …

… en Rjóminn hefur ekki síður áhuga á að vita hvað lesendum finnst og efnir því til lesendakönnunar þetta árið. Það eina sem þú þarft að gera er að velja þrjár bestu íslensku og erlendu plötur ársins 2011 og skrifa í formið hér að neðan. Hver veit svo nema einhver heppinn þátttakandi fái tónlistartengdan glaðning að launum …

Skilafrestur er til 27. desember og niðurstöður verða svo kunngjörðar öðru hvoru megin við áramótin!

Music Alliance Pact : Desember

Rjóminn tekur í desember mánuði í fyrsta skipti þátt í Music Alliance Pact en þar taka tónlistarblogg um allan heim sig saman og kynna tónlist frá hverju landi. Þessi gjörningur er orðinn nokkuð þekktur og fá þeir listamenn sem valdir eru hverju sinn talsverða athygli í netheimum fyrir vikið.

Fyrir Íslands hönd í þetta skiptið er það góðvinur Rjómans, Ryan Karazija, eða Low Roar eins og hann kallar sig.

Textinn er birtur eins og á ensku hjá flest öllum þátttakendum og mun Rjóminn gera það að þessu sinni.

Njótið vel.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a .zip file of the whole 36-track compilation via MediaFire.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
The Empire Of The MoonTransition
The Empire Of The Moon is the new project of Juan Sábato, a former member of Brian Storming, a band that was featured in the first edition of MAP (and, by the way, the grandson of writer Ernesto Sábato). Transition is the first single from The Empire Of The Moon’s just-released debut EP, Saturday Children, for which he wrote all the music, lyrics and beautiful pop arrangements.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Tim FitzThe Line
Tim Fitz is a 21-year-old producer/instrumentalist/singer from Sydney. He put out his first EP, Infinite Space, in March but his latest release, Beforetime, is definitely a rich picking. Some might hear genre spanning and others will hear indecisiveness, but there’s a great feel to this collection of tracks. The Line is a good example of Fitz’s kaleido-instrumentals. Just as the flouncy percussion gets into the proper swing of things, we get bombarded by drive-high fuzz around the one-minute mark. Fitz’s sound is original, but the way he has put his sounds together is still familiar enough to catch on to.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Nana RizinniNice Figure, Dangerous Heart
It’s almost 2012, but listening to this song from singer/drummer Nana Rizinni can take you back to the 90s with an awesome “sounds like The Breeders feeling”. Nice Figure, Dangerous Heart is from her first album, I Said, which is available to download from her website.

CANADA: I(Heart)Music
FeversPassion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Fevers’ debut full-length (which is currently free via Bandcamp) is a wonderful blend of disco-pop and ambient Stars/Young Galaxy-style space-rock. This song, the title track from the album, falls firmly into the former category. It’s five and a half minutes of a glorious, life-affirming, wave-your-arms-in-the-air anthem, and it sets the stage for one of the best albums of the year.

CHILE: Super 45
Tio LuchoIlusión Rebelde
Even though Tio Lucho had an aggressive, non-conformist punk sound when they started, it has developed into a more danceable and, clearly, more passive format. Produced by Chalo González, their new album Innombrable, released through Cazador, has a strong new wave influence. Ilusión Rebelde is its first single.

CHINA: Wooozy
Mini Train HeartJust This Feeling
Formed in 2009, Mini Train Heart is a peculiar band based in Wuhan. The band is noted for their unpredictable drumbeats and manic vocals. Also, you can’t easily tell who their influences are. We recommend you just drown in the lo-fi atmosphere and enjoy their uniquely dry humor in how they see this generation.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
AnchorlessA Step Too Steep
Comprising members of bands such as Lack, The River Phoenix and The Fashion, indie-rock six-piece Anchorless are currently finishing their debut album, which I assume will be released early-ish next year. Until then dive in, dig and download A Step Too Steep from their six-song eponymous 2010 debut EP, which you can in fact download in full through this link.

ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Citizens!True Romance (Populette remix)
This is an exclusive remix of the debut single, True Romance, by a London-based five-piece who have just signed to French electronic/indie label Kitsuné. Their debut album, due early next year, has been produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. The video to the single was directed by LA’s High5Collective, the team behind shorts for The Weeknd and Odd Future. And they believe that “pop is not a dirty word. It’s a holy one”. For Citizens!, pop is something David Bowie did in the 70s – they conflate glam-era Bowie and Bowie in Berlin with some of the tart arrogance of Suede and louche energy of Franz.

ESTONIA: Popop
Shelton SanWell-Behaved
Noise-rock band Shelton San started rocking the small Estonian indie scene in 2002 and, almost 10 years later, they are stronger than ever, creating massive, raw, hypnotic atmospheres, always polished, but never sterile. In 2006, they received the Estonian Music Award for the best punk/metal artist. Shelton San’s second LP was released on December 12.

FINLAND: Glue
Zebra And SnakeBurden
Matti and Tapio, best known as Zebra And Snake, positioned themselves as the next big thing in Finnish electro-pop in 2010 and since then, the duo has been carefully crafting their debut album while playing anywhere from Iceland to Indonesia. Burden, the first single off Healing Music (out in spring 2012), is an epic pop song with a Blood On The Dance Floor beat, analogue electronic hooks and powerful Bowie-esque vocals.

FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
MaraudersGalley-Slave
Marauders formed in the late 80s in Strasbourg, and have been making garage rock ever since, before it was cool and re-popularized by The Black Keys. The quartet, who have released two LPs and appeared in various compilations, play short, edgy songs and are pretty awesome live. Galley-Slave is a sweet, soft-rock ballad that deserves some attention.

GERMANY: Blogpartei
Kraków Loves AdanaSilver Screen
The Black Forest, a myth. Since Kraków Loves Adana come from Freiburg, we can all speculate whether the forest has its influence or not. Hence, the sound of this duo is outstanding. The voice of Deniz Cicek is remarkably dark and complex, the use of the instruments is deliberate, creating deep and slightly ominous songs. Silver Screen is a MAP exclusive from their upcoming second album, which will be released in early 2012.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
2L8Let It Go
A collective led by K the Clown and comprised of talented Greek musicians, 2L8 is a bold and electrifying project that has come to be categorized by their radical stylistic shifts between albums. New Battles, Without Honor And Humanity is packed with feverous instrumental intensity and florid arrangements based on bursting guitars, pounding drums, subtle and luminous climaxes, dramatic strings and brass, hypnotically simple melodies, inner monologues and trembling, frantically passionate vocals, desperate and bleak lyrics about resistance, equity, freedom, love and equality coupled with a sense of hope.

ICELAND: Rjóminn
Low RoarFriends Make Garbage, Good Friends Take It Out
Low Roar is the personal project of Ryan Karazija who, almost two years ago, moved from San Francisco to Reykjavík to follow the love of his life. His self-titled debut chronicles the challenges of starting anew in a foreign land and the struggles to acclimatize, find work and support his family in the Icelandic winter. Friends Make Garbage, Good Friends Take It Out, one of the highlights of the album, is a haunting, emotive and slightly melancholic song with a melody that will undoubtedly keep playing in your head long after the song is over.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Stars And RabbitWorth It
Stars And Rabbit are probably one of this country’s most promising indie acts. The duo mix some soul from Joan Baez, the cuteness of Lisa Mitchell and the playful touch of Björk to produce catchy, beautiful pop songs.

IRELAND: Nialler9
Come On Live LongElephants And Time
Formed last year, Come On Live Long have picked up a steady pace in no time as evident on the release of their latest EP entitled Mender. They make far-reaching alternative songs with considerable melodies, synths and a strong singular sound. Production by Nouveaunoise electronic maestro Conor Gaffney helps too. Ones to watch.

ITALY: Polaroid
DistantiAstronomie
Distanti sing in Italian, but even if you don’t speak our old and praiseworthy language, I’m sure you’ll understand – in fact, you will totally feel the way Distanti tear up their post-punk sound. Visceral. Urgent. Clever. They just released a new EP, Mamba Nero, which you can get at To Lose La Track. And try to catch Distanti live, they’re amazing.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Love And HatesParty Trash
Love And Hates is a collaboration between Yuppa and Moe, two of the best indie artists in Japan today, from HNC and Miila And The Geeks respectively. Love And Hates finds them teaming up to make rap music with indie-pop touches, or kindergarten hip-hop as they dubbed it. Party Trash, with its cutesy chopped-and-screwed intro and solid structure, is not a lame dorm-room joke but rather a fun, appreciative stab at the genre. UGK they are not, but they still feel like a blast.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
nosnow/noalpsFar Into The Night (Without You)
nosnow/noalps began its journey over mountainous terrain in early 2007 with their poppy indie-rock seasoned with punk, reggae and ska. Soon after, the quartet hit the live circuit with an energy and force comparable to an avalanche at a Swiss ski resort. The band’s first EP, Just Rock, came out in 2008 and they released their debut album, Romantikpolitik, this August.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
3Ball MTYRitmo Alterado
The city of Monterrey, in northern Mexico, is struggling in a war against drug-mafias: despite the violent context, a new musical genre is rising thanks to 3Ball MTY. Led by veteran electro-cumbia DJ Toy Selectah and a crew of skillful producers in their early 20s, the collective have created a new sound by merging polka, reggaeton and acid-tribal-techno. But the most peculiar thing about this trend is the style of dancing – like dodging bullets – while wearing ultra-long pointy boots. Curious? Just google ‘Pointy Mexican Boots’.

NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
SpoelstraPallets
An alternative to the schmaltz of typical Christmas sounds, enjoy a dose of Spoelstra. He’s a collaborator with Dutch experimental label Narrominded, which specialises in all sorts of fantastic non-profitable sounds, from full-on noise rock to electronic warbles. And Spoelstra is a perfect fit, as he’s proven capable of both. His latest album Pallets was released earlier in the year. Packaged as a cassette and a book about everything you can imagine about pallets, it showcases a full rack of effects and a wonky mind. Part chip tune, part drunken country improv, part toy noise, this uneasiness is how Santa feels come Boxing Day.

NEW ZEALAND: Einstein Music Journal
The EversonsI’m A Conservative
Fronted by Mark Turner (ex-Little Pictures) and with Chris Young (Insurgents, No Aloha), Tim Shann and Blair Everson, The Eversons have a crisp, clear garage-rock vibe that strongly recalls Art Brut and American college rock with its undeniable catchiness and the immediate satisfaction this brings. With classic guitar riffs and day-in-the-life-style lyrics, their debut five-song EP is instantly likeable. This is one of those bands that doesn’t muck around, delivering a top-class release very early in their career, which makes us excited about future things to come from them.

NORWAY: Birds Sometimes Dance
SunturnsHallelujah (Christmas Is Here!)
Sunturns can perhaps be labeled an indie supergroup – or not just an indie super group, but a Christmas indie supergroup. It’s something as rare as a full-time Christmas band and is comprised of some of the best musicians from the Oslo indie scene, with members from bands such as mylittlepony, Monzano and The Little Hands of Asphalt. They sing about both the nice and the more melancholic sides of Christmas. Their debut album, cleverly titled Christmas, is out now.

PERU: SoTB
Gris VoltaYou Go Behind The Truth
Formed at the beginning of 2008, Gris Volta have too many influences to place the band into one genre – you can find anything from indie-rock to jazz themes and experimental music in their songs. Their debut record Monochrome is without doubt one of the best Peruvian albums released this year.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Julie & The CarjackersMr Williams
One year ago, Julie & The Carjackers released their debut EP. Now the first album by João Correia (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Bruno Pernadas (guitar), with the help of some friends (none of them called Julie), is available. Parasol has been warmly welcomed by Portuguese press and blogs as a surprising and refreshing debut in the local indie scene.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
AbsurdcusPuppy Slippers
Absurdcus is the solo project of Transylvanian bass player/multi-instrumentalist Laszlo Demeter. His music has been a continuous work in progress since 2003, when he first started recording bits and pieces under this pseudonym. His music stylistically ranges from alternative rock and funk to electronica and even metal. You can download his debut album here.

RUSSIA: Big Echo
ArktorPier ft. Didjelirium
Just like the original story by Philip K. Dick, Arktor’s album Retreat Syndrome recreates the atmosphere of madness and insanity, combining truth and despair with the skills of his mate, jazz pianist Ilz. Pier is recorded with a special guest, Shanghai rapper Didjelirium.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Café DiscoTerra Nova
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Terra Nova by Glasgow-based newcomers Café Disco. It was on a shaky YouTube clip filmed in June 2011 during one of the band’s earliest gigs. “Contains the peachiest guitar riff I’ve heard in ages” is how I described the song on my blog back then – and that verdict hasn’t changed with this studio recording, which was funded by The Pop Cop for the sole purpose of giving it away through the Music Alliance Pact, together with this rather fun promo video.

SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
SonicbratBed Of Forty Winks
Sonicbrat is the enduring moniker of sound artist Darren Ng, whose work is characterised by an intricate tapestry of field recordings and found sounds, strung together by subtly processed acoustic instrumentation with a classical bent. Gentle, stirring and complex, Ng’s music is the sort that invites itself into and comfortably inhabits one’s imagination. His latest release, Hana, is his musing on the life of a flowering plant and is available as a free download on the Totokoko label.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
The FrownThe National (Yesterday’s Pupil remix)
The Frown makes a curious mixture of folk and electronica. With their song The National, Yesterday’s Pupil’s remix adds a special touch to it, with a heady mix of soaring strings and orchestration, low tempo colliding beats, dark and menacing basslines and the fragile yet commanding vocals of Eve Rakow. Ethereal and enigmatic, it’s one of the year’s most exciting songs.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
Kim Mok InScene
Kim Mok In started out as the guitarist of playful lo-fi folk quartet Cabinet Singalongs over a decade ago. This month he released his first solo album, Song Of Musician’s-self, with an updated sound and better production that still shouldn’t leave any old fan disappointed. Scene is a song about the Korean music scene which finds Kim Mok In’s voice and guitar accompanied by a sturdy piano.

SPAIN: Musikorner
Doble PletinaCruzo Los Dedos
Doble Pletina, a five-piece from Barcelona, were born from the ashes of Abrevadero (a one-of-a-kind cover band that would play songs of almost any genre). Thanks to their simple yet carefully crafted melodies and everyday life-inspired emotional lyrics – as in their latest single Cruzo Los Dedos – they have broken into the city’s local independent scene. They are, basically, what we would expect from a good indie-pop band.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Let’s Say We DidGalaxies
If your idea of Swedish music is something exotic like Lykki Li, First Aid Kit, Little Dragon and/or Jens Lekman, the music of Let’s Say We Did might surprise you. On the whole, the new record hews closer to Big Star meets Wilco dad-rock than the drum and bass electronica music coming out of Sweden of late. Sebastian Fors is one of the main men behind the band. He has been contributing to the Swedish music scene for a few years in multiple projects. Let’s Say We Did’s new self-titled album, though, is some of the best stuff I’ve heard from him.

SWITZERLAND: 78s
Alejandro JiménezDie Fragestellung In Frage Stellen
Alejandro Jiménez is actually more poetry slam than singer-songwriting. He also had the honour of playing in the most famous theater in Switzerland for cabaret artists. On his second record, Nabelschau, he recorded 11 songs which have one thing in common: they’re raw and personal.

TURKEY: WEARTBEAT
Toz Ve TozKara Mamba
Founded in November 2007, Toz Ve Toz make experimental songs that combine elements of jazz, surf, punk and Turkish classical music. The trio use guitar, synthesizer, drums, harmonica and bağlama – a Turkish instrument with three double strings. They have released two albums – the first featured music for a theatre play called Sahici İnsanlar Plastik Ölümler (“Real People Plastic Deaths”) in 2009; the second is a home recording called Ev/Home. Their third album will be released from their own record label soon.

UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
GracieSisters
Philadelphia’s Gracie is an intriguing project to say the least. There is bedroom pop and garage rock, but the vibes coming from Gracie match more of a bomb shelter banger sound. Haunting, effervescent, glitchy, mesmerizing echoes, and driving beats that propel your ears forward straight through tangles of sonic cobwebs. Can’t wait to snag this unique release via Small Plates soon.

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Nú plata frá Togga

Meistari poppsins, sjálfur Toggi Popp, sendi nýverið frá sér nýja plötu sem kallast Wonderful Secrets. Hægt er að versla plötuna í öllum betri verslunum, þar sem tónlist er á annað borð seld, en einnig á Tónlist.is og Bandcamp en þar er hægt að kaupa svo nefndan “smart bundle” sem inniheldur fyrri plötu Togga Puppy, auk aukaefnisplötunnar Private Confessions and Clumsy Poetry.

Meðfylgjandi er svo eitt af bestu lögum plötunnar, upphafslagið “Let Them Bleed” en það ætti að vera baráttusöngur hverrar einustu mótmælahreyfingar í dag.

Kraumslistinn – Úrvalslisti 2011

Kraumur tilkynnti nú í dag hvaða 20 plötur lenda á úrvalslista þeirra þetta árið. Markmið Kraumslistans er að kynna og styðja við plötuútgáfu íslenskra hljómsveita og listamanna með sérstöku tilliti til þeirra sem yngri eru. Viðurkenna og vekja sérstaka athygli á þeim verkum sem skara fram úr í gæðum, metnaði og frumleika.

Framkvæmd Kraumslistans 2011 er með þeim hætti að sex manna dómnefnd valdi 20 plötur á Úrvalslista Kraumslistans en við honum tekur 20 manna dómnefnd og velur bestu plöturnar þannig að eftir standa 5 til 6 verðlaunaplötur

Dómnefnd Kraumsverðlaunanna er skipuð 20 aðilum sem allir hafa mikla reynslu af því að hlusta á og fjalla um íslenska tónlist á ýmsum sviðum fjölmiðla. Formaður dómnefndar er Árni Matthíasson.

Í úrvalslistanefnd áttu sæti ásamt  Árna Matthíassyni: Andrea Jónsdóttir, Trausti Júlíusson, Egill Harðarson, Helena Þrastardóttir og Hildur Maral Hamíðsdóttir.

Úrvalslisti Kraumslistans 2011:

  • ADHD – ADHD2
  • Anna Þorvalds – Rhízoma
  • Ben Frost og Daníel Bjarnason – SÓLARIS
  • Dead Skeletons – Dead Magick
  • FM Belfast – Don’t want to sleep
  • For a Minor Reflection – EP
  • Helgi Hrafn Jónsson – Big Spring
  • Hljómsveitin Ég – Ímynd Fíflsins
  • Lay Low – Brostinn Strengur
  • Nolo – Nology
  • Of Monsters and men – My Head is an Animal
  • Ofvitarnir – Stephen Hawking/Steven Tyler
  • Ragga Gröndal – Astrocat Lullaby
  • Reykjavík! – Locust Sounds
  • Samaris – Hljóma Þú (ep)
  • Sin Fang – Summer Echoes
  • Skurken – Gilsbakki
  • Snorri Helga – Winter Sun
  • Sóley – We Sink
  • Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar

Tilkynnt verður hverjir skipa lokalistann föstudaginn 16. desember

Regluverk Kraumslistans má finna á heimasíðu Kraums: www.kraumur.is

Gillon – Næturkossar

“Næturkossar” er önnur smáskífa (annar fyrirrennari) væntanlegrar plötu sem mun bera nafnið Næturgárun. Um er að ræða sólóverkefni Gísla Þórs Ólafssonar (sem kallar sig Gillon) og er lagið rúmlega 10 ára gamalt og samið með bróður hans, Óla Þór, en textinn eftir flytjanda. Lagið var tekið upp af Sigfúsi Arnari Benediktssyni í Studíó Benmen og syngur Sæþór Már Hinriksson bakraddir í laginu.

Næturgárun er væntaleg í febrúar á næsta ári.

Gillon – Næturkossar

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Ný dúettaplata Svavars Knúts og Kristjönu Stefáns

Meistari Svavar Knútur sendi frá sér fréttatilkynningu og birtum við hér úrdrátt úr henni:

Við Kristjana Stefáns vorum að gefa út dúettaplötu sem heitir Glæður. Hún er svakalega góð og innileg og okkur þykir afskaplega vænt um hana. Hún er sumsagt fáanleg í öllum betri plötu- og bókabúðum og líka í Hagkaupum og virðist vera byrjuð að renna út eins og Johnson’s Baby Lotion yfir bringuna á Fabio.

Svo er s.s. kominn síngúll, sem er kóverið okkar á lagi sem Styx gáfu út fyrir löngu síðan og heitir “Boat on the river”. Það er svona æskuminningalag okkar beggja og okkur langaði til að búa til netta voð af því sem héldi tryggð við upprunalegu hugmyndina en breyttum samt smá elementum í laginu.

Þar hafið þið það.

Svavar Knútur og Kristjana Stefáns – Boat On The River

Úlfur Úlfur gefur út frumraun sína

Úlfur Úlfur er forvitnileg samsuða af rappi og melódísku poppi með oft á tíðum dökku yfirbragði þótt partýið sé aldrei langt undan. Arnar Freyr sér um að mata hlustendur á hárbeittu flæði sem Helgi Sæmundur bakkar upp með fallegum sönglínum og rappi á meðan Þorbjörn Einar mundar plötuspilarann. Innblásturinn er allstaðar að; hvort sem um er að ræða kvenfólk og næturbrölt eða æskuna og tilfinningalíf. Áhrifavaldarnir eru sömuleiðis úr öllum áttum og er þá hvorki spurt um stíl né stefnu. Niðurstaðan er frumleg nálgun á popptónlist sem spannar allan skalann.

Þann 10. Desember mun Úlfur Úlfur gefa út frumraun sína: Föstudagurinn Langi. Platan inniheldur 10 lög og á henni verður að finna gestaframkomu frá tveimur af meðlimum Agent Fresco, Arnóri Dan, söngvara sveitarinnar og gítarleikaranum Þórarinni, að ógleymdu partýljóninu sem flestir ættu að kannast við: Emmsjé Gauta.

Í tilefni þessa ætla drengirnir að slá upp útgáfutónleikum á Faktorý samdægurs, þ.e. laugardaginn 10. desember. Þeim til stuðnings og aðstoðar verða allir þeim sem að plötunni komu og má því reikna með miklum flugeldum.

Húsið opnar klukkan 22:00 og hefjast tónleikarnir á slaginu 23:00. Aðgangur verður 999 kr og verður Föstudagurinn Langi seldur á staðnum.

Nóg að gera hjá Wicked Strangers

Hljómsveitin Wicked Strangers stefnir nú á að komast ofar í Midem off Showcase Competition og eru sem stendur í 27. sæti. Einnig standa yfir hjá þeim upptökur á myndbandi við lagið “Hounds” og svo er samnefnd smáskífa þeirra, sem þau gáfu í 100 eintökum á Airwaves nú síðast, til sölu á gogoyoko. Kostar hún litlar 400 krónur og rennur helmingur andvirðisins til góðgerðamála.

Um að gera að tékka betur á þessari ágætu sveit.

Tónlistin úr Backyard komin út

Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson bauð, eins og frægt er orðið, nokkrum vinum sínum til að halda tónleika í garðinum hjá sér og voru herlegheitin fest á filmu. Úr varð hin margfræga heimildamynd Backyard og nú er tónlistin úr myndinni komin út þar sem vinir Árna, sem m.a. telja listamenn á borð við múm, Reykjavík!, Retro Stefson, Borko, Prinspóló og Hjaltalín, komu fram auk FM Belfast sem Árni er sjálfur meðlimur í.

Lily and Fox

Lily and the Fox er nýtt verkefni Hildar Kristínar Stefánsdóttur söng- og sellóleikkonu hljómsveitarinnar Rökkurró. Hildur hefur undanfarið hafst við í Tókýó í Japan þar sem hún semur tónlist á milli þess sem hún kynnir sér menningu og tungumál landsins. Fyrsta lagið sem heyrist frá Lily and Fox er kóverútgáfa af laginu “Nightcall” með Kavinsky (og Lovefoxx). “Þetta lag var búið að vera fast í hausnum á mér í tvo mánuði áður en ákvað að reyna við það ” segir hún á youtube síðunni sinni. Myndbandið er hér fyrir neðan, og svo er hægt er að fylgjast með Lily and Fox á

http://soundcloud.com/lilyandfoxwww.lilyandfox.comwww.twitter.com/lilyandfox

Öll Bítlalögin í einu

Hey, hversu mikið fílaru Bítlana? Nógu mikið til að hlusta á öll lögin í einu? Um daginn rakst ég á hljóðskrá þar sem einhver hefur tekið saman öll 226 lögin sem komu út með Bítlunum, sett þau saman  og stillt þau þannig af að þau enda á sama tíma. Það krefst mikils úthalds að komast í gegnum “lagið”. Eða eins og einn netverji sagði: ,,Þetta verður rosalega flókið undir lokin. En svoleiðis enduðu Bítlarnir líka.”

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