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

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

NAJWA – WALKABOUT (Electro/Indie/Pop – Spain)

Actress-singer-composer Najwa Nimri started making electronic music towards the end of the 90s with her friend Carlos Jean, a rising star in the Spanish electronica scene. Their collaboration gave birth to a first album, No blood, released under the moniker NajwaJean in 1998, and two soundtracks.

Najwa - That Cyclone     

In  2001, Najwa took her first steps as a solo artist with the critically acclaimed album Carefully. It was followed  in 2003 by Mayday, which spawned the hit singles “Hey Boys, Girls” and “Go Cain”.

After three years, she is finally back with a new album! Walkabout is available since February on physical CD or as a download. Stream the whole album right here.

For more info, check out Najwa’s official site. Buy her music on Najwa

MS JOHN SODA – NO P. OR D. (Electronica/Indie – Germany)

Ms John Soda

Based in Germany, the band Ms John Soda has already released three albums. Their last full length, Notes And The Like, was released a few months ago on hip Berlin hip label Morr Music (also home to Lali Puna). Their brand of electronic music with a twist doesn’t really lend itself to clear-cut definitions but that makes it all the more interesting.

“A nod on hold” is a good example of the kind of sound structure you can expect, with loops and different kinds of bleeps and bloops. At the same time, you’ll find lots of guitars and strings, especially on the new album. For example, “Scan the ways” is very guitar-oriented, while a track like “A million times” follows the melancholic, yet hopeful, sound of a small string ensemble. In general, the band manages to totally blend instruments and programming and the result is always incredibly smooth.

Ms John Soda - Go Check     

Ms. John Soda - Oulined View     

If you enjoy Notes And The Like, you should definitely give Ms John Soda’s previous releases a listen and you’ll get a couple more hours of listening pleasure. No P. or D. (2002) and While talking (2003) are definitely worth checking out.

To listen to Ms John Soda, go to their official site or to Morr Music. Buy their albums on Ms. John Soda

saturday nite with… VILLENEUVE

The artist of the day is Villeneuve. His first album is called First Date and it’s now out worlwide.

On his debut album, Villeneuve succeeds in blending together a lot of different influences to create a very special formula that could be described as pop music for the ears of the 21st century.

Mélanie Pain, already known for her participation in Nouvelle Vague, lends her beautiful and delicate voice to Villeneuve’s songs.

Villeneuve - Oh No!     

Listen to more music on MySpace or on the official site here.

Buy the album on First

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