Megan’s Pick: Laura Mvula – “Sing to the Moon”

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Megan’s Pick: Laura Mvula – “Sing to the Moon”

Genre: Soul/R&B

Label: RCA

Release Date: April 16, 2013 (US)  | March 4, 2013 (UK)

Key Tracks: “She”, “Father, Father”, “Sing to the Moon”, “Green Garden”

I have developed a weakness for Soul/R&B and Jazz/Blues music, and have an album here that I have had on repeat for the past week. When I discovered Laura Mvula, I was instantly hooked. Her music reminisces classic soul, similar to Nina Simone even, but with a modern twist.

Sing to the Moon is pretty incredible. Though a combination of old time jazz and film scores, her music still feels new and intriguing. One of the key elements to her music is, as declared by Stephen Thompson (NPR), “heavily Vocoder-enhanced choruses, a la Imogen Heap.” The surprising and exciting harmonies on “She” were the first thing that caught my attention, so I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon her April 2013 release Sing to the Moon.

My favorite track off the album would have to be “Father, Father”  – a track so pure, so honest, and so simple, I could listen to this song on repeat for hours. You can see a stripped down version of the song here.

BBC named Mvula one of the ‘Sound Of 2013’ artists, just like Jessie J, Adele, and Florence + The Machine have all been in the past. She is sure to pop up all over the place following the release of her debut album, so make sure to give Sing to the Moon a listen.

– Megan

Find Laura Mvula Online: Website // iTunes // Facebook

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1) Megan’s Pick: Rhye – “Woman”

2) Megan’s Pink: Little Green Cars – “Absolute Zero”

Megan’s Pick: Rhye – “Woman”

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Artist: Rhye

Album: Woman

Genre: Neo-Soul / Electronic

Label: Loma Vista (US) | Polydor (UK)

Key Tracks: “Open”, “The Fall”, “Verse”

Release Date: March 5 (US) | March 4 (UK)

No matter how much new music I’ve discovered over the past month, I find myself always coming back to this album. This Los Angeles duo’s debut album has taken the music blogosphere by storm, and has won over my heart in the process.

Though many have mistaken the lead vocalist as a female, more specifically as someone like Sade, Rhye is in fact a collaboration of two men: Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal. While neither Milosh nor Hannibal is native to the U.S, the duo is currently based out of Los Angeles. Milosh is known as a Canadian electronic musician and cellist who has previously released a few solo albums, and Robin Hannibal was the Danish electro-producer behind the music of Quadron. So it comes as no surprise that the collaboration has garnered nothing but great reviews.

The most interesting thing about Rhye? When their music first started appearing on the internet, nobody had any idea who was behind the music. Milosh and Hannibal wanted to keep a hint of mystery and anonymity. According to Milosh, they did so because they “want[ed] people to just hear the music and form their own experience with it. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t.”

Though they just finished up a tour to support their debut album, they will play a sold out show at the El Rey in Los Angeles May 10th and, hopefully, there will be a lot more of Milosh and Hannibal appearing, no longer anonymously, in the near future.

For now, you can check out their live rendition of “Open” on KCRW, released this past Wednesday, April 17th.  Hopefully you’ll fall in love with them as fast and as hard as I have.

– Megan

Find Rhye online: Website // Facebook // Soundcloud  // Spotify

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1) Megan’s Pick: Little Green Cars – “Absolute Zero”

[Blog Announcement] Megan’s Pick: Little Green Cars – “Absolute Zero”

Beginning today, I’m lucky enough to have Megan Dervin-Ackerman contributing to the blog. Megan is a music discovery machine, and has been my go-to source for new music since we met. Although this is not, and will never be, a “music blog”, her recommendations are just too solid to keep to myself.

Megan will be sharing her favorite new album on the first and third Sunday of each month. Each post will be categorized as “Megan’s Pick”, so you can click that on the sidebar and see them accumulate. You can also find Megan on Twitter here. So, without further ado, here is the first installment of “Megan’s Pick”.

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Artist: Little Green Cars

Album: Absolute Zero

Genre: Indie Rock

Label: Glassnote Records (US) | Island Records (UK)

Key Tracks: “Harper Lee, “The John Wayne”, “My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me”

Release Date: March 26, 2013

Ever since seeing Little Green Cars perform “The John Wayne” on Balcony TV London back in December, I have been (im)patiently waiting for their debut album, Absolute Zero, to drop.

Lucky for me, I was able to purchase the album a few days before the official release, when the band played The Sinclair. The first aspect to grasp my attention was the Irish quintet’s impeccably tight vocal harmonies. Their voices blend so well through the whole album, and are presented so strongly that you can’t stop listening. I don’t think there is one song on the album that fails to impress me vocally – then again, with a voice like Faye’s and musicality of all of the five members, it’s no surprise that they’re already earning comparisons to Fleetwood Mac.Little Green Cars

The album was produced by Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), and the tracks jump back and forth between what Stevie Appleby, the group’s vocalist/guitarist, calls “two contrasting perspectives: the beauty of a reckless youth and the fear and confusion caused by our ever-pending adulthood.”

Some of the tracks on Absolute Zero are a little reminiscent of Mumford & Sons, but a little more heavily rock-influenced. All in all, it is safe to say that these guys blew me away both live and on their debut album. LGC is definitely a band that is going to be making some big moves this year, so keep your eyes (and ears!) out for them.

– Megan

Find Little Green Cars Online: Website | Facebook | iTunes