BAND OF HORSES [US]
In the mid-oughties a flanellwearing army of american men with guitars once again marched on the recording industry. And, with their beards proudly waving like pennants in the wind, Band of Horses walked first point. Ben Bridwell and his comrades brought a sense of epic mystery to an otherwise earth-bound genre. Each Band of Horses-song bringing the sense of a frail human being singing his questions into the void of the night sky. But after years of searching for inspiration outside — rocky shores, dense woods, desert plains — Ben has, on latest album ”Why are you ok”, uncovered a new conduit by growing roots: being a husband and a father, and channeling the resulting sense of exploration, uncertainty, fear, love, and courage into his music. And, luckily for us, it turns out those more down at home-feelings translate into music just as epic as we´re used to from Band of Horses.
Since forming the band in Seattle back in 2004, Ben Bridwell and his Band of Horses has released five album. Break out album ”Cease to Begin” in 2007 was followed by ”infinite Arms” in 2010, debuting in the US top ten and going on to be nominated for a Grammy. Last years ”Why are you ok” was recorded with help from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) and Rick Rubin (50% of all good music from the last 30 years).
LISA HANNIGAN [IE]
If you ask Lisa Hannigan to define her music she´ll answer you that it´s about love, death, past and present tense, isolation, community and the constans struggle to belong. And she will be right, because that´s just how it sounds. Happy yet sad, hopeful yet mourning, earthy yet light as air. Like the irish landscpae she´s sprung from, with that voice like a deep, dark river. Maybe you´ve heard that voice in the background of a Damien Rice or Herbie Hancock-album? But Lisa´s not a voice for the background – Herbie claims her voice makes choices that Mile Davis would have made – as she´s proved over three albums now, not least on last years majestic ”At Swim”.
After a couple of years of recordning and touring with Damien Rice she released her debut album ”Sea Saw” to praise and a mercury price nomination in 2008. During the following years she released her sophomore album ”Passenger” and contibuted to numerous movie soundtracks. ”At Swim”, written and recorded with Aaron Dessler (The National) was released last summer to great critical acclaim. Acclaim that a solid 80/100 on metacritic proves.