Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are back my friends, back as She & Him with another whimsical, folk-pop musical collaboration aptly titled Volume Two (their first release together in 2008 was, if you missed it, Volume One).
Dazzle Me This
Last week, while I was meant to be writing this column, I was in fact suffering from an acute case of writer’s block. WB is not some sneaky little condition that we wordsmiths make up in order to get out of our daily tasks.
So I might be a little slow off the mark with this one, but having just got my hands on the latest EP from Sydney based singer-songwriter Jack Carty, Wine & Consequence, I felt compelled to direct your ears towards some sweet, sleepy tunes from this charming troubadour.
It was a safe bet that I was going to like at least 50% of the new Broken Bells self-titled album, being that I am a Shins lover through and through.
Dear everyone, my name is Katie Dazzle and I love country music. Even writing that down in a sentence, just right now, I’m getting a little shock at my own bold statement, but I really don’t see why.
My new apartment building is called Brooklyn, and it is radical. So radical, my real estate agent is even called ‘Rad’, for reals. Yeasayer are also from Brooklyn, and last week, with a sigh of serendipity and a cup of tea, I settled in for repeated listens to their new album, Odd Blood.
Welcome to the first Dazzle Me This column for 2010 darlings! If you’ve been experiencing clouds in your coffee without me this year, fear not, because I am back in full dazzling force
Well wouldn’t this have been a lovely addition to the last Fanfare mini-mix? But then again, I think it’s also highly deserving of it’s very own dazzling spotlight.
Fanfarlo – It’s a bit of an odd name to both write and say aloud. It doesn’t quite seem to roll off the tongue or even look right to my eyes. There’s nothing odd about their debut album Reservoir though, it’s simply 40 minutes of pure, glorious, London via Sweden indie pop.
This week’s dazzling pick is a captivating instrumental album from a US band called Balmorhea. They are a five piece from Austin in Texas, and you pronounce the STD-esque looking name bal-mor-ray.
You can find this Sydney four-piece indie rock group on MySpace by typing killthetraps after the .com/, but I don’t think that’s what you’ll be wanting to do.
I’ve been crushing on Washington’s music ever since she started singing about sweet and zingy citrus fruits. Which is actually a great way to describe her music, Megan Washington sounds just like a clementine!
Hello campers! Another week down and it’s been all Halloween, horses and heartache for Katie Dazzle. But heartache of the loveliest kind. My ears have been lucky enough to be privy to the early lo-fi treats of Peter Broderick on his new Type Records release 4 Track Songs.
What’s been playing on my stereo all week? That would be the smooth as introspective silk sounds of UK four piece The xx. It’s all punchy and plucky guitar flecks on the bottom, floated by the moody dual male and female vocal stylings of Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft.
A few weeks ago I praised the folk-tinged, heart-crunching goodness of Mumford And Sons and their single Little Lion Man. You would recall that I was hanging out for my ears to be rewarded with the entire album, Sigh No More, and even though every man and his plaid shirt wearing dog is now on
So, it’s no secret I’m a fan of the Scots, I do believe I have mini-mixed about the musical prowess of these fine folk in an a prior dazzling piece of writing even.
Croquet and Pimms and music, oh my! Last Sunday saw the perfectly manicured lawns of Government House turn into a playing field for some killer Aussie music and plenty of outdoor fun, otherwise known as Garden Music.
You know what I love about having ears? That feeling you get when you hear a song for the first time, and it completely overwhelms you.
The More, a brand new album by Danish alternative/electro-popettes Marybell Katastrophy is one I came upon quite by accident.
On a drizzly Thursday night last week, I had the cosy pleasure of catching one of the most lovely and intimate gigs I’ve been to in quite some time.