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

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

VIDEO : DRAGONETTE – I GET AROUND (Electro/SynthPop – Canada)

Dragonette has taken the world by storm with new single “I Get Around”. Check out the video, directed by Wendy Morgan, and don’t miss out on Midnight Juggerauts‘ amazing remix of the track.

Dragonette - I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Mix)     

Check out more music by Dragonette on MySpace and buy the music on Dragonette

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – SOUND OF SILVER (Electro/Alternative – US)

LCD Soundsystem is the musical side project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of New York City dance-punk label DFA Records. Formed in 2001, the music of LCD Soundsystem can be described as a mix of alternative dance and post punk, along with elements of disco and other styles.

LCD Soundsystem gained attention with its first single, “Losing My Edge”. The song, which sounds like the boastings of a music geek put to an electronic beat, received great reviews in 2002. Murphy released a double album simply titled LCD Soundsystem in February of 2005 to critical acclaim.

LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great     

The track streaming above is “Someone Great”, taken off LCD Soundsystem’s recently released sophomore album Sounds Of Silver.

Find out more about LCD Soundsystem and listen to more music on MySpace. Buy all their music on LCD Soundsystem