Tag Archives: Acoustic

TUNNG – GOOD ARROWS (Folk/Acoustic/Indie – UK)

Tunng are an experimental folk band which formed in 2003 in London. They are often associated with the folktronica (see Psapp, Half Cousin, Beirut…) genre due to the electronic influences evident in some of their work.

The band consists of Mike Lindsay (vocals, guitar), Sam Genders (vocals, guitar), Becky Jacobs (vocals, percussion, mandolin), Ashley Bates (banjo, guitar), Phil Winter (electronics, sampling, keyboards) and Martin Smith (percussion and shells).

Tunng - Bullets     

Find out more about Tunng and listen to some of their music on MySpace. Buy their albums on Tunng

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

JORGE DREXLER – ECO (Acoustic/Pop – Uruguay)

If you haven’t heard of Jorge Drexler yet, he is a very talented singer songwriter and he got a shot at international fame last year after becoming the first Uruguayan ever to win an Academy Award. He won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the track “Al Otro Lado del Río” from The Motorcycle Diaries. The song also happened to be the first Spanish language song to ever be nominated and win an Oscar.

You can now find this song on the new edition of his stunning album Eco, rereleased recently to include new tracks and a live DVD. On this album, his seventh full length release, Jorge Drexler uses electronic arrangements and loops to enhance his beautifully played guitars. His songs are often based on very simple structures and very well crafted lyrics. Listen first to the songs “Fusión”, “Eco” and “Deseo”.

Jorge Drexler - Fusión     

On 18 September, Jorge will release his highly anticipated new album 12 Segundos De Oscuridad. You can hear a preview of the album on his official site. Buy Jorge Drexler’s music on Jorge

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CAMILLE – LE FIL (Alternative/Acoustic/Pop – France)

Camille Dalmais, a one time political science student, made her musical debut in 2002 with Le Sac Des Filles, her first full-length album.

After taking part in the project “Nouvelle Vague”, Camille released her second album, Le Fil, in 2005 and sold over 250.000 copies in France. This conceptual album is built on one note (a “B”) that starts at the beginning of the album and goes on like a thread (le fil, in French) until the end. The songs are based essentially on voice, sounds and raw emotions is now being released in the rest of the world and it is already becoming a classic.

Camille - Au Port     

There is also a brand new live CD (EMI, 2006) where you will find a selection of tracks from Le fil and from Camille’s first album Le sac des filles.

To find out more about Camille, check out her page on MySpace or her official site. You can buy her music on Camille