Frau – [2010] Starlit Carousel

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Soft Vocal acoustic pop, slightly eccentric. Piano and voice are the weapons of choice of Indonesian artist Frau. From scarce notes and harmonies, a strange magic unfolds that reminds of old and traditional songs, though being contemporary compositions. The lyrics speak today’s language and tell beautiful stories. My two picks – as usual – after the break… Continue reading “Frau – [2010] Starlit Carousel”

The Dada Weatherman – [2008] The Green Waltz

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Tender vocals, acoustic guitar. Dada is a talented musician from Paris, gifted with a great voice and sense for the right chords. Equipped with piano, acoustic guitar and occasional percussion, he sings his way through 15 tracks.

It seems that he calls himself now Dada & the Weathermen, has released three more acoustic albums on Jamendo and one electro pop on Bandcamp. Back to this dreamy masterpiece, read on for my two favourite reasons for you to download this album as well. Continue reading “The Dada Weatherman – [2008] The Green Waltz”

Botany Bay – [2007] Grounded

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Botany Bay make simple emotional pop music with influences from many genres. The common theme among their various releases are rich instrumentation, female vocals and good arrangements. This album from 2007 was released at Jamendo. The band caught my attention by their contribution to the compilation Freeloaded (play on freemusi.cc), issued by Musikpiration once a year. Continue reading “Botany Bay – [2007] Grounded”

The Nuri – [2011] Music Box

Nightwish without fairy dust. Hard, epic rock with strong yet soft female vocals. Slower and faster songs have their place in this 16 track album. Both rhythm and melody excel in all of the songs. It was harder than usual to select only two songs to present here. Continue reading “The Nuri – [2011] Music Box”