In my musical musings of late I have come upon a number of fantastic new artists (new to me at least) that I feel the need to write about. I had intended to take today off & write solely in the book I’m writing about wandering through Europe like some sort of hedonistic werewolf, but being that tomorrow is Bootleg Thursday & there isn’t much writing involved in that I figured I could write a bit today & really crank it out tomorrow. You’re welcome.
We’ll start with a delightful young female artist that was recommended to me by Ryan Adams (Totally just name dropped). Her name is Laura Marling & while she’s been around for a little bit I have recently just come upon her as she is finally gaining some traction in the U.S. She has a Suzanne Vega/Lily Allen feel about her that I adore & since she’s only 20 she could be around for a very long time. She’s part of a wave of British artists that accentuate their accents when singing. It used to be that British artists would hide their accents or they would naturally go away when singing, but it seems that trend thankfully has fallen by the wayside. There is nothing sexier in this world to me than a British accent on a hot girl & if that girl can sing I’m over the moon (my new favorite phrase).
Ghosts – Laura Marling
I’m a Fly – Laura Marling
Italian Japanese is a So-Cal/Silverlake band that just recently was named the #1 Local Band by KROQ. Now, normally that would automatically disqualify them as being good, but in this case, for once, KROQ got it right. Italian Japanese, aside from having an odd name are really talented. They’re reminiscent of a band that was blowing up when I was at Live 105 in San Francisco, Silversun Pickups. They have the same tonality & space rock style as SP with a slightly better singing quality. They’re headlining the Locals Only Showcase at the Roxy in Hollywood on Thursday August 19. If you’re out there it would definitely be in your best interest to check them out.
Fitz & the Tantrums are a different kind of band from what you’re used to hearing. They’re a true throwback to the ’60’s. Reminiscent of the 5th Dimension they have a soulful sound all the while keeping it very current sounding. Their new album comes out on Tuesday & I already know I will be raving about it in much the same vain as I have with Ray LaMontagne & Arcade Fire. It has truly been an epic summer for music & next Tuesday (My birthday) will be no different.