Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sheryfa Luna

Sheryfa Luna is a French R&B singer. She won the fourth series of the French edition of Popstars in October 2007.  Her self-titled debut album peaked at #7 in the French album charts. I have so far got ahold of her self titled debut from 2007 and her 2008 album, Venus, but am still trying to get my hands on Si tu me vois, released in 2010. I haven’t gotten too intimate with either album yet as I just got them and am listening to them at present! But what I’ve realized is that I just plain love French R&B! I love the beats and the flow of the lyrics. French just works so well with the music! It is definitely among my favourite genres right now! I just couldn’t wait to share! I don’t even know what else I can say besides how much I’m loving it so check out some of her videos!!!

Girlfriend seems pretty stank too which makes her even more amazing! Check out her official blog: Sheryfa Luna. 

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VETO

Troels Abrahamsen – Vocals, synth; David Krogh Andersen – Guitar; Mark Lee – Guitar, synth; Jens Skov Thomsen – Bass guitar, backing vocals; Mads Hasager – Drums

VETO is a Danish indie-rock band.  They released their first EP, I Will Not Listen, in 2005 and their first full-length album, There’s A Beat In All Machines, in 2006, both released on the Danish hip hop label, Tabu Records/Playground Music Denmark. In February 2007 Veto won the award for Best New Act, as well as Best Danish Music Video at Danish Music Awards. Their song “You Are A Knife” was featured briefly in the American television program NCIS episode “Suspicion”.

Crushing Digits is the bands second album, and the one I first listened to (only moments ago in fact!) The entire album has a heavy electronic element and has a lot of great synth! (and I love me some synth sounds! Always!) Despite many tracks with driving rhythms and beats, I find it very chill. The vocals of Troels Abrahamsen are great. The first single from the album, Built to Fail, was widely successful on the radio receiving heavy airplay as “Ugens Uundgåelige” (Unavoidable of the week) on the public service radio channel DR P3.

Check out their blog: VETO


LaFee

Christina Klein is better known by her stage name: LaFee. She is a German singer/songwriter who is pretty big in German-speaking countries. She has released 4 albums to date, three in German and one English album in 2008. In 2009 her fourth studio album, Ring Frei was released in Germany, peaking at #6 on the German charts, and #5 on the Austrian. It’s a great album for sure. The first couple of tracks have music that sounds like dark German heavy-rock/symphonic metal, and it’s supa-awesome. Something about it is so Germanic! I love the percussion throughout the album and the guitars are also amazing. The title track and single, Ring Frei is probably my favourite track on the album. Angst is a softer symphonic ballade kind of song.

The whole album has some really great instrumentation. Tracks like Nur Das Eine have wonderful piano parts and others like Angst have great string parts all mixed with a heavy rock percussion and guitars. This is another album I constantly finding myself totally rocking out to in the car. I don’t even know how to begin to explain the music so watch some videos and listen!

And of course you can check out her website: LaFee aber es ist auf Deutsch!


Frankmusik

Frankmusik is an electro-pop musician from Britain. Frankmusik started out as a beat-boxer under the name Mr. Mouth. He released his first EP Frankisum in 2007. In January and February of 2009 he was the support act for Keane on their Perfect Symmetry tour in the UK, and in June he was the opening act for Pet Shop Boys in London, Manchester, and Liverpool. His first album, Complete Me was released in August 2009 and had several  singles including: 3 Little Words (an amazing track!), Confusion Girl, and Better Off As Two which is my favourite track on the album. The album peaked at 13 on the UK pop charts.

The music on the album is unabashedly electro-pop and I love it! Its catchy, dance-ready, and just fun! Frankmusik has also remixed many popular artists’ songs, like Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Pet Shop Boys, and Alphabeats. I definitely recommend Frankmusik to anyone who likes Euro-Electro-pop! Check out his website: Frankmusik

And the video for 3 Little Words is great! Love the light up piano dancing! Woot woot!


Barcelona

Barcelona is a band from Seattle. The band released their first album Absolutes independently in 2007 on their own label NBD Music. In 2008 they were signed to Universal Record. Absolutes was remixed and re-released with 4 new tracks in April 2009. Barcelona’s sound is piano-based rock. People often relate them to bands like Coldplay, though I think they are much better. I heard about this album through a friend and immediately fell in love. The majority of the album is pretty mellow, and many of the songs have incredibly simple but absolutely stunning harmonies.

By far my favourite track on the album is “First Floor People”. The opening chords are so hauntingly beautiful. This song really just puts me in this zone, and I find myself listening to it over and over again. It is melancholy, with a touch of hope. The vocals come in first with just the piano, and after the first verse, a light percussion comes in and this slowly builds intensity. Soon it is just the voice and piano again, only to have a similar re-entry of the soft percussion. Suddenly, the song picks up and the percussion is much heavier, and a wave of guitar and other instruments and melodies emerge, creating an intense wall of sound that is moving and powerful. I always get completely engulfed in the sound. The song ends with the music dropping to just the opening chords in the piano again, and the full circle effect is beautifully done.