Category Archives: Alternative

TRACEY THORN – WHY DOES THE WIND? (Folk/Electronica – UK)

On the heels of her new album, Love And Its Opposite, which hit the stores last month, London-based singer songwriter Tracey Thorn is gearing up for the release of her new single, “Why Does The Wind?”.

The download bundle comes packed with amazing remixes by Michel Cleis, Andre Lodemann and Morgan Geist. It will be available on June 14 courtesy of revered electronica label Buzzin’ Fly. In the meantime, to whet your appetite Tracey Thorn is giving away the original track, edited by UK producer Ewan Pearson, for free. You can grab it HERE.

Tracey Thorn – Why Does the Wind (Ewan Pearson Edit)     

“Why Does The Wind?” is one of those track that lends itself so well to a remix that it just had to be chosen as the second single. And quite frankly, the result doesn’t disappoint in the least, it even surpasses expectations. All three remixes capture the magic of Tracey’s gorgeous voice and beautiful lyrics, adding an aura of dancey electro to the mix.

It’s nice to see the songstress reconnecting with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out Of The Woods, the album that saw her re-emerge after a long self-imposed hiatus in her career to start a family. “Why Does The Wind?” is taken off Tracey Thorn’s starkly beautiful new album Love And Its Opposite, released on partner Ben Watt’s label Strange Feeling Records in May.

Tracey Thorn ‘Why Does The Wind?’ (Andre Lodemann Remix)

Tracey Thorn ‘Why Does The Wind?’ (Morgan Geist Remix) (Extract)

Follow Tracey Thorn’s latest news on her official site and MySpace. You can buy her new album on Tracey Thorn

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS – IAMUNDERNODISGUISE (Alternative/Psychedelica – US)

Brooklyn-based electro pychodelica trio School of Seven Bells (aka SVIIB) have annouced the release of their sophomore effort Disconnect From Desire, due out on July 13.

Benjamin Curtis (guitar) and twin sisters Alejandra Deheza (vocals, bass) and Claudia Deheza (vocals, keyboards) are still mesmerizing the listener with their dreamy sound and abstract lyrics.

School of Seven Bells - Face To Face On High Places (Jesu Remix)     
School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguise (Alternate Version)     

Find out more on School of Seven Bells’ MySpace and buy the new album on School

VIDEO : FM BELFAST – UNDERWEAR (Indie – Iceland)

“Underwear” is taken off FM Belfast‘s 2008 debut album How To Make Friends, released internationally via World Champion Records. The video was directed by DANIELS (Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan) with Douglas Burgdorff on camera.

For more info and music, find FM Belfast on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy their music on FM

 

BATTLES – MIRRORED (Experimental Rock – US)

American experimental rock band Battles was formed in New York City in 2002 by John Stanier (drums), Ian Williams (guitar/keys), Dave Konopka (guitar) and Tyondai Braxton (guitar/keys/vox). After releasing a string of EPs between 2004 and 2006, the band released their first album, Mirrored, in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim.

Battles - Leyendecker     

Battles mixes avant-garde, rock and pop to come up with a  sound that breaks new ground in modern music and sounds like some kind of futuristic rock. Alternatively soothing, unnerving or confusing, Mirrored will probably be considered a milestone in alternative rock a few years down the line.

Battles - Tonto     

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

LO-FI-FNK – MARCHIN’ IN (ElectroPop – Sweden)

It’s already been four years since Lo-Fi-Fnk‘s promising 2006 debut Boylife, a long wait for their numerous fans, but here is a brand new track from the Swedish electro duo to sate their thirst for new material. “Marchin’ In” is  a summery pop-infused song featuring chiming piano and a delightful melody.

Lo-Fi-Fnk - Marchin' In     

This new song seems to have borrowed more from Tough Alliance or Pacific! than Lo-Fi-Fnk’s more dance-oriented previous material. With sun-kissed vocals and prevalent bonges, it substitutes the angular beats of Boylife for something more Balearic. This could have been a difficult transition for Mattias Erik Johansson and Isak Martinsson but they manage to pull it off and “Marchin’ In” feels effortlessly smooth and breezy.

Word on the street is that the duo will release a full-length album sometime next year but details are scarce. To stay in the loop, find Lo-Fi-Fnk on MySpace or check out their official site. Buy all the music on Lo-Fi-Fnk