Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

A Wisconsin band of amazing delight

August 29, 2009

pale young gentlemen 2

This band is hardly news as they dropped their second album last year, but their talent is hypeworth despite time and place. It is almost unmatched I would say.

I stumbled upon them through a blog some years ago and started listening to Fraulein and was amazed by this unique playful style of theirs. Blending elements from pop, folk and rock accompanied by a beautiful Cello. If there is a band with style I would suggest Pale Young Gentlemen which is the bands name. You can hear noticably differences with the style between their debut and their second record by listening to these songs from both albums. Which showcases a band that manages to mature over time than what most musicians do today. Their second album Black Forest (tra la la) was produced by Beau Sorenson who is credited as a producer for Death Cab For Cutie and Sparklehorse.

Black Forest (tra la la)

Pale Young Gentlemen – The Crook

Pale Young Gentlemen – Kettle Drum (I Left a Note)

Self Titled Debut

Pale Young Gentlemen – Fraulein

Pale Young Gentlemen – Saturday Night

buy their albums here


Great folk music from ye ol danish Faroe Islands

August 27, 2009

klak tik

Klak Tik comes from the Faroe Islands which is quite a unique place. The Faero Islands are an island group located between Scotland and Iceland. Even to this day it’s still part of the Kingdom of Denmark. People might be familiar with the folk artist Teitur who comes from the same country.

Heres some information about this project on myspace:

Speak Klak Tik”, the rain said, and I understood. With that statement it all began, Søren Bonke locked himself away deep inside Pandangle House using his new found inspiration to fill the air with the seeds of music he hoped would blossom… and they did. An organic, acoustic, multi layered sound of voices, guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, violins, trumpets and whatever else he could find thrived around him. But he knew he wanted to experience this creation with others so he sent forth for kindred spirits to aid him in his vision to nurture this garden of melody. Improvisational roots sprung into strong stems of song. Some simple, some with tender orchestral arrangements, some in three measure time, some awash with vivid lyrical imagery, but all come from the same true rich musical soil. And this soil is given life as the rain speaks Klak Tik.

It was quite a enjoyable coincidence how I got to discover this musical savant from the Faroe Islands (now located in London). He added me on myspace  a while ago and I checked a few songs and ended up very impressed by the song I chose to share with this blog.

Klak Tik – Zeitgeber


An interesting interpretation of oriental music

August 25, 2009


Taken by Trees is the solo project of Victoria Bergsman from Stockholm, Sweden. You may recognised her as the vocalist of The Concretes, a swedish pop band which she later quit. Her debut album “Open Field” was recorded with the support of Peter Bjorn and John’s John Erikkson, Electrelane’s Verity Sussman and Andreas Söderström (of Ass and Tape).

The next upcoming album which is titled “East of Eden” will be released at roughtrade records on the 9th of September this year. So why do I find this upcoming record extraordinary? Well first id like to say that the record was recorded in Pakistan with local musicians.

If that doesn’t convince you yet you should take a listen to this. I would describe the music here as a unique combination of oriental folk and contemporary indie pop.

Taken By Trees – Watch The Waves

Taken By Trees – To Lose Someone