Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From the Mailbox of Indie Obsessive

      Each week we consistently dig deep into the treasure trove of email submissions, read the stories of artists as they create and release new music, and listen to songs from around the world.  Truly we are grateful for the volume of submissions we receive, so please continue to send them along!  Since we are not able to post song or album reviews for each submission, we will start a series of posts to share noteworthy obsessive highlights from the Indie Obsessive mailbox.

Presented by Karen M.
     Band: Life in Film
    Song: "Anna, Please Don’t Go"
    Indie Rock band based in UK
    Members:  Samuel Fry (lead vocals, guitar), Edward Ibbotson (vocals, guitar), Dominic Sennett (vocals, bass), and Micky Osment (vocals, drums.)
    Touring with the Wombats.  Concert at the Fillmore, SF, CA 5/16 (nearly sold out.)

     Lovely guitar work, violin, earthy soulful voice. This song was on a consistent loop this week.

     Band: Family Friends
     Song: "On Your Mind"
     Aussie/British brother-sister led psych pop band, currently based in East London.
     Members: Tom, Rebecca, Nick, Tomas and Max

      "On Your Mind" is the first track to be taken from their debut EP "Across The Water."  Upbeat guitar intro sliding into a bath of melodic vocal mellowness.  Tom and Rebecca write and produce all of Family Friends’ music as well as fronting the five-piece band live.  From the PR kit we received:  “Family Friends analogue sound filters through a growing obsession with old school equipment and recording methods, but the combination of their erratic collection of influences (Brian Jonestown Massacre to Lana Del Rey) and DIY approach underlines a commitment to producing something that you haven’t heard before. Dedicated to staying ‘in house’, so to speak, Family Friends are decidedly home-made, working with a close group of friends to create all their videos, artwork and other related creative projects.

     Artist: Adna
     Song: “Beautiful Hell”
     Berlin-based Swedish 21 year old artist. 

      Bloody (beautiful) hell, didn’t want this song to end.  From email submission:  “The melancholic, lo-fi, singer-songwriter has had her work compared to the likes of Bon Iver & Daughter as well as high praise from NME, Pigeons & Planes & The Line Of Best Fit. She will embark on a European tour over the summer including her first ever dates in UK.  New single ‘Beautiful Hell’ out April 29th has been expertly remixed by another rising Swedish star Eternal Death and will be the first release from a remix EP due May 20th.”

     Artist: Sean Rowe
     EP: Her Songs
     According to Wikipedia, Sean was born and raised in Troy, New York.

     Harmonica, acoustic guitar, and this buttery baritone voice – yes, please. 
     West Coast Live Dates:  June 3, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA and June 4 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA

     From email received:  “On April 28th, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will release an EP entitled 'Her Songs.' The release presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work. Rowe recorded each of the tracks in a single live take, just his soulful baritone, an acoustic guitar and occasional harmonica.  In addition to the audio recording, each performance was filmed live in the studio as Rowe performed, creating a multimedia document of Rowe’s sensitive interpretations. These videos will be offered to fans as part of the EP."

     "Soldier’s Song" by Lucinda Williams.  From email, Lucinda Williams stated:  "This is the best cover of any of my songs that anyone has ever done."

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