Category Archives: Indie

ZEMFIRA – LIVE (Rock/Indie – Russia)

For the first time in her career, Zemfira recently released a live album. The songs that appear on Zemfira Live were recorded during her extended tour after the release of her fourth studio album, Vendetta, which sold around half a million copies in Russia and its neighboring countries.

Земфира -Блюз     

If you like what you hear, you can sample more tracks on MySpace or get more info and tour dates on Zemfira’s official site. Buy the music on Zemfira (Земфира)

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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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

SUFJAN STEVENS – ILLINOISE (Indie/Orchestral – US)

Sufjan Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan. A self-taught musician, the young Sufjan played Mozartian sonatas on a toy Casio, and by college became proficient on the oboe, recorder, banjo, guitar, vibraphone, bass, drums, piano, and more. Somewhere along the line he also started to sing, though at the time his friends didn’t encourage it…

Sufjan Stevens - Chicago     

During his last semester in college, Sufjan assembled a selection of songs to produce the inaugural release “A Sun Came” on Asthmatic Kitty Records, a home label Sufjan initiated with his step-dad Lowell. A thousand copies were manufactured but didn’t make it to the public.

After moving to New York, Sufjan set out to complete his most ambitious project to date: a collection of programmatic, symphonic songs for the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. There were no lyrics, but more than a few cymbal swells, and flourishes on the oboe, all accompanied by computer-generated techno beats, and digital noise. The result was enterprising, but not quite flattering. He sent a few copies to press, which fell on confused ears.

Real success came after the release of his album “Come, feel the Illinoise!”. This album is a collection of beautifully ambitious songs which rely on symphonic arrangments, a choir and Sufjan’s fragile voice. Feel the magic of Sufjan’s song writing on tracks like ‘Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois’, ‘Chicago’ or ‘They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!’. So you think these titles are crazy? Well, wait till you hear the music…

Find out more on MySpace and buy his music on Sufjan

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IRON & WINE – OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS (Folk/Indie – US)

Samuel Beam, better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released four studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few download-only releases, which include a live album (a recording of his 2005 Bonnaroo performance).

Iron & Wine’s second full-length album, Our Endless Numbered Days, was released in 2004 and it was his first album to be recorded in a professional studio. Produced in Chicago by Brian Deck, the focus was still on acoustic material, but the inclusion of a few other band members gave rise to a slightly different sound.

Iron & Wine - Fever Dream     

You can sample a whole bunch on Iron & Wine songs on the official site or MySpace. If you feel like buying the music, it’s all available over at Iron & Wine