Category Archives: Alternative

YAEL NAIM (Acoustic/Folk/Pop – France)

Yael Naim was born in Paris in 1978 but only spent the first four years of her life there. At age four she  moved to Ramat Hacharon, a small town not far from Jerusalem, with her parents, of Tunisian origin.

Singer-songwriter and pianist, Yael met percussionist David Donatien, a musician and percussion player, with whom she recorded, arranged, and produced the songs that make up her first studio release. During the 2 years they spent in a home studio in Yael’s own appartment, they created an album full of finely crafted songs sung in Hebrew, English and French. The songs mix folk and pop with delicate arrangements and a very intimate and personal sound.

Yael Naim - Pachad     

Show Yael Naim and David Donatien some love on MySpace and buy the album on Yael

HUSKY RESCUE – GHOST IS NOT REAL (Folk/Indie – Finland)

Helsinki-based downtempo electronica band Husky Rescue was originally formed by Marko Nyberg, who began composing under the name in 2002, wanting to create cinematic music influenced by film, photography and painting. Its live set up consists of of Marko Nyberg on bass, Reeta-Leena Korhola on vocals, Maria Ilmoniemi on keyboard, Anssi Sopanen on drums and Miika Colliander on guitar.

The band’s debut album Country Falls was released worldwide on Catskills Records in October 2004 and in spring of 2005 on Minty Fresh Records in the US. Their sound can be described as a blend of fragile rock, cinematic moods and up-tempo rock you can tap your feet to.

Husky Rescue - Diamonds In The Sky (Deaf Stereo Remix)     

To Find out more about Husky Rescue, check out their official site or MySpace. You can purchase all their releases on Husky Rescue

MAGNET – THE SIMPLE LIFE (Alternative/Pop – Norway)

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Magnet, aka Even Johansen, lives his simple life on a little farm on an island outside Bergen. There he has his studio and there he makes his records, doing almost everything himself.

Magnet - Navigator     
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VIDEO : BATTLES – TONTO (Alt/Rock – US)

“Tonto” is the third single taken off Battles‘ debut album Mirrored (Warp Records). This epic 7’43” song comes with a stunning video that you can watch above. The video is  the fruit of a collaboration between Battles and celebrated lights artists UVA (United Visual Artists).

For more info about the band, go to Wrap’s website or MySpace. Buy their music on Battles

REGINA SPEKTOR – BEGIN TO HOPE (Indie/Pop – US)

Regina Spektor was born in Moscow, Russia, and started studying classical piano from the age of six, practising on a Petrof piano given to her mother by her grandfather. She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union. When she was only nine, her family left the Soviet Union, during the period of Perestroika when Jewish citizens were permitted to emigrate. Travelling first to Austria and then Italy and the US, the Spektors settled in the Bronx, where Regina gained a firm grounding in classical music and then gradually became interested in pop, rock, and punk as well.

Regina Spektor - Summer In The City     

Regina Spektor self-released her first two albums 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002) and sold after performances in downtown NYC. In 2004, she signed a contract with Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album Soviet Kitsch, originally self-released in 2003. Met with critical acclaim, this album helped cement Spektor’s transition from underground to mainstream success.

More info and music on MySpace. Buy all of Regina Spektor’s releasese on Regina Spektor