Category Archives: Alternative

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

L'ALTRA – DIFFERENT DAYS (Electronica/Alternative – US)

L’Altra was formed in 1999 in Chicago with original members Lindsay Anderson, Joseph Desler Costa, Ken Dyber, and Eben English. Marc Hellner was also a regular contributor. The band released one self-titled EP and two full-length albums (Music of a Sinking Occasion and In The Afternoon) with Aesthetics Records before English and Dyber left the band.

Having decided to go on as a duo, Lindsay Anderson and Joseph Desler Costa released their third studio album Different Days in 2005 on Hefty Records. With Joshua Eustis (better known as one half of Telefon Tel Aviv) on production duties, Different Days showcases L’Altra’s lush, romantic sound and perfectly balances electronic beats, conventional instruments and Anderson and Costa’s wistful vocals. What better illustration than the album’s gorgeous opening track “Sleepless Night”?

L'altra - Sleepless Night     

Listen to more music on the official site or MySpace. Buy it on L'altra