I thought I had posted this back in the spring, but I guess I forgot. So I’m making up for it in this post.
Toronto, Canada’s Diamond Rings is essentially one person, John O’Regan – though while on tour Diamond Rings is a full band.
“I’m Just Me”, the first single off his second album ‘Free Dimensional’, released the autumn of 2012, is a delicious slice of sparkling electro-pop that deserves play listing on your iPod now. The song mixes the best parts of New Order, Gary Numan, and David Bowie (when he sings in baritone) into one massive dance floor filler. In other words, an essential single….
Tom Odell’s “Another Love” single won’t be anything new for readers in Europe. This song was in the TOP 10 in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Austria this summer. However, the rest of the world is just catching on, so this post is for you.
Tom Odell is a 23 year old singer songwriter that was discover by Lilly Allen and signed to her boutique label after she saw him perform live and thought he had the stage presence of a young David Bowie.
The Bamboos are an indie/R&B/blues/funk/soul band from Melbourne, Australia that have just released their 6th album, “Fever In The Road”. The band can vary their sound significantly on each song within an album – but great pop songwriting seem to bind the band’s overall “sound” together.
The Bamboos also invite guest vocalists to participate on many of their recordings. I’ve included the excellent “I Got Burned” from the band’s 2012 album ‘Medicine Man’, which features Tim Rogers of Australian band You Am I on lead vocals.
The Constellations are an Atlanta, Georgia band that, for some reason, totally bypassed my radar until I heard the song Felicia this past weekend and used Shazam on my iPhone to identify the song. Now I’m hooked.
“Felicia” came out in 2010 as this band’s debut single from their first album. “Southern Gothic”. It’s a song that is totally about sex – but in a fantastically sleazy way.
Likewise, “Perfect Day” is from the band’s first album. Another great party anthem . . . “Love Is A Murder” features a guest rap from fellow-Atlantian Cee-Low Green.
“Right Where I Belong” is from the band’s 2nd album, which to my ears was a bit of a failure as it took a more southern-rock approach to the band’s new songs (rather than the indie-frat-rock style of their first album).
Now that I am aware of this band, I’m hoping that they bounce back with a 3rd album that more closely resembles the vibe of their debut….
“Love Is Murder”:
“Right Where I Belong”:
PASTE Magazine and NOISETRADE have come together to put out a FREE indie Christmas sampler. I thought I would post this to put you in the mood if you are starting your Christmas shopping this weekend. Enjoy!