In the World Cafe studio today is Chet Faker, the Melbourne, Australia based electronica artist. Faker has been releasing singles and EPs on the web including his very popular cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity," for a couple of years, Now comes his debut full length and his first release in the U.S., Built On Glass.
Sydney's Boy and Bear Looking to Mirror Australian Success in The U.S. April 29, 2014 - Boy and Bear are a band from Sydney Australia who have had a fair amount of success thus far. Their new album, their second, Harlequin Dream debuted at number one on the Aussie charts.
The music of Pacifika draws you in almost immediately: The Vancouver trio's musicianship is superb, buoyed by a voice that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. Pacifika's sound has been labeled as world fusion, but that label is more of a restriction than a description. The group's acoustic base and subtle electronic flourishes provided a great way to start its musical journey, but Amor Planeta raises the stakes with an electric-guitar bite that adds a crucial dimension.
Lykke Li is a pop star looking to change the pop conversation. The Swedish singer's new third album, I Never Learn, forms the final installment in a conceptual trilogy — and it's extraordinary as both a collection of songs and a tactical re-wiring of her genre's circuit board.
Many young singers are stalked by an ill-fitting, virtually unshakable descriptor, whether it's a limiting and vaguely dismissive adjective ("quirky," for example) or a limiting and vaguely dismissive noun ("songstress," to pick one that should be banished from the language and buried under 10,000 pounds of rock salt). For Nikki Lane, that descriptor seems to be "outlaw country" — a generally defensible expression, but one that can subtly imply an element of posturing, even posing.
The cover art of Dolly Parton's latest album looks like an airbrushed T-shirt design you might find in a souvenir shop at Dollywood. Both her flawless, beaming close-up and the mountainous skyline behind are her ringed in artist-rendered ribbons of mist, and the rising sun has a painterly, paradisiacal look to it. What gives her Smoky Mountain theme park its character is a combination of rural resilience, commercial sheen and aspirational sensibility.
The creators of pop music are usually able to break down the fundamentals of their craft — that search for the clever rhyme, the killer beat, the singable chorus. They are less articulate, understandably, about the other quest, the one that powers those everyday searches: the pursuit of ecstasy in sound. There's something almost paranormal about that part of the creative process, yet we know those moments, instantly, when we hear them.
Profile: Vintage Cafe - Whistle Along With Peter, Bjorn and John And 2007's "Young Folks" Our Vintage Cafe today is a lot of fun. It is with the Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn and John and comes from 2007 when they released their 3rd album Writer's Block.