Weird little Icelandic gnome…and friend of Damn Ugly Photography…Ryan Karazija is finishing up the second Low Roar album and he’s got a Pledge Music page up and running to him with the costs. If any of you remember how amazing the first album was, then you’ll probably wanna get in line for his new music. I don’t need to go on and on about how talented Ryan is…I’ve said it all before…but he always manages to take my breath away with his musical ability, his lyrical phrasing, and how he can turn your head inside out in five minutes through one of his songs.
The new album is called “0” and will be released this summer, but please…head over to his Pledge Music page and lock in your purchase today! Only 12 bucks gets you the download, but for $25, Ryan will personally scribble his name on an actual Old Skool CD…and lick the stamps himself to get the thing off to you…all the way from Reykjavík!!!
Ryan’s apparently too bloody busy to send me anything downloadable from the new record, but here are a couple of videos of new music, including ‘Home From Home’, a killer song he did with Neil Davidge…the mega-producer behind Massive Attack’s album Mezzanine…on Neil’s new record, ‘Slo Light’, as well as a performance recorded on a street somewhere in Poland…
Tracey Thorn has, quite simply, one of the most purely original and distinctive voices in pop music from the past 20 years. No matter if she’s belting out a techno/house-clubland dance hit or gently whispering a bluesy torchsong, or whether it’s with the partnership of husband and longtime collaborator Ben Watt in Everything But The Girl, her ground-breaking work she has done with Massive Attack, or the many solo albums and compilations she has done with other artists, the control she shows with her beautifully evocative vocal range is stunning. The spare piano and swirling array of sad strings that caress and carry her voice through ‘Oh The Divorces’ shows similarities to another of my favorites…..
By Piccadilly Station I Sat Down And Wept
…but this leans more towards theater with it’s orchestral flourishes and the lush, tender way the story flows from her. Her new album, Love and Its Opposite, drops May 18th and you can get more Tracey on her blog or over on MySpace