Category Archives: Electronica

TRACEY THORN – OUT OF THE WOODS (Indie/Pop – UK)

Tracey Thorn is an English singer and songwriter best known for being one half of the duo Everything But The Girl, which she formed in 1981 with musical partner and husband Ben Watt. Out of the Woods is Thorn’s first strictly solo album since 1982′s indie classic A Distant Shore and first new original release since Everything But The Girl’s 1999 album Temperamental.

The whole idea of making a new album hatched about two years ago after a collaboration with German duo Tiefschwarz on the dancefloor hit “Damage”. Thorn originally thought the album would be mostly covers but she somehow “found [herself] writing more songs and collaborating with people” and she “made a pop record without really meaning to”.

With producer Ewan Pearson she has developed an electrofolk sound Ranging from subdued electronica to downright glittering disco, the songs on Out Of The Woods really enhance Thorn’s lyrics and magical voice.

Tracey Thorn - It's All True     

The first single “It’s All True” is already  receiving a lot of well deserved blog love and we are starting to hear the first remixes. Kris Menace, Martin Buttrich and Escort are amongst the first artists to give the song the remix treatment. They probably won’t be the last..

Tracey Thorn - It's All True (Escort Extended Remix)     

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

ANJA GARBAREK – BRIEFLY SHAKING (Alt/Indie– Norway)

Anja Garbarek

Anja Garbarek is a Norwegian singer-songwriter, daughter of the well known tenor/soprano jazz saxophonist, Jan Garbarek. Her new album is called Briefly Shaking and it’s out worldwide now!

Chosen by Luc Besson to build the musical landscape for his 2005 feature “Angel-A”, Anja gave free reign to her creativity and created some of the tracks that now appear on Briefly Shaking (“Can I Keep Him”). This album is full of delicate yet powerful tunes, built around Anja Garbarek’s fragile voice. Throughout the record’s bitter sweet tracks, the singer-composer gives the impression that she is constantly singing for you only, as if she were whispering the words in your ear.

Anja Garbarek - Still Guarding Space     

The production and arrangments are flawless. The mix of light melodies with thoroughly elaborate strings and horns back up, and the presence of strong crushing drums on other tracks, give Garbarek’s songs a very unique character.

Find out more about Anja Garbarek on her website or on MySpace. Buy her music on Anja

EBERG – VOFF VOFF (Electronica/Indie/Pop – Iceland)

New sounds coming from Iceland! Eberg’s music is fresh, it’s original, it’s gorgeous! Just listen to “Inside your head” or “Plastic Lion” and you will be charmed by this very talented young Icelandic artist.

His first album, Plastic Lion, was originally only released in Iceland, in a handmade wooden case, and the profits raised from the sale of these 50 first exclusive copies allowed the band to make more CDs, with a more conventional packaging this time. After getting rave reviews for his first work, Eberg released a  new CD earlier this year and it’s now available for download on Eberg

Eberg - Inside Your Head     

If you wanna hear some of Eberg’s songs or learn more about this artist, visit his MySpace or his label InstantKarma.

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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

ENTRE RÍOS – SI HOY (Electronica/Experimental – Argentina)

Just a short note to introduce Entre Ríos, an alternative act from Argentina. The band, formed in 2000 in Buenos Aires, consists of Sebastián Carreras, Gabriel Lucena and Isol. They deliver dreamy electronic pop gems based on a subtle mix of pop melodies, ethereal vocals and gentle electronics.

The band have released three albums so far: Idioma Suave (2002), Sal (2002) and Onda (2005). Listen to “Si Hoy”, taken off the album Sal.

Entre Ríos - Si Hoy     

For more info, check out Entre Ríos on MySpace. If you want to purchase their music, it’s all available for download on Entre Ríos