All The Saints
Lambert, bassist/co-vocalist Titus Brown and everybody’s soon-to-be fave new drummer Jim Crook moved to Atlanta in neighbouring Georgia in 2004, attracted by the bohemian state capital’s liberal atmosphere (It’s the New York of the South) and a fertile music scene that has spawned the likes of Deerhunter and Black Lips.
They all kind of new each other back from Tuscaloosa, Alabama but they have never really spoken until they all randomly and unintentionally met at a show years later and hundreds of miles away in Atlanta at the Earl.
They call it faith, since they were soon jamming in whatever basement they could find.
Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock.
Having introduced herself as a solo artist with the epically rocking seven minute single ‘Grey Ship’, backed with a slowly rambunctious and flailing seventeen minute cover of the Robert Johnson blues staple, ‘Kind Heart’, EMA invites you deeper into her world with her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints.
The upbeat simplicity of Tokyo-born singer/songwriter Shugo Tokumaru’s fourth album ‘Port Entropy’ is refreshing. Layering flute, accordion, harmonica and xylophone over uplifting guitar melodies, the singer creates a technicolour tapestry full of warmth and innocence.
In the last three years, Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an outsider experimental teenage noise-maker to a full-fledged, internationally celebrated electronic pop musician. It was a huge feat to accomplish, and despite her age (young), her geography (mid-western, desolate), her accelerated scholastic requirements (high school and college were completed in three years each) and her diminutive physical size (4”11, 90 lbs), she has triumphed. She has emerged as a figurehead - a self-produced, self-designed, self-taught independent woman.