New stuff from Sasha Lazard

Sasha Lazard is one of the first artists I reviewed for Collected Sounds back in 2002. I really loved her album [The Myth of Red]. I think I need to pull it back out again!

She’s preparing a new release and has offered some samples.

I really like what I hear so far. I can’t wait for the album which I’m told will be out in June!!

Here’s a little blurb about the record:

The 13-song album blends refined autobiographical songcraft with epiphanic interpretations of a selection of popular songs. Highlights are the evocative “The Marshmallow Tree/Winter” and the stirring confessionals “Hiding Place” and “Belong.”

Discovery: Vulkano

Photo credit: Zoe Vintilescu

Photo credit: Zoe Vintilescu

Another new Scandinavian band for your collection!!!

“Vulkano are an explosive new Stockholm duo pushing post-punk forward in their own charming way. With a passion for astrology, the paranormal and nature, healing stones, tropical landscapes, mythology and mountains, Vulkano are made up of the constantly-headbanging Lisa Pyk-Wirström (keyboards/percussion) and Cissi Efraimsson (drums/lead vocals), a real tour de force. Vulkano’s debut album will be released on July 1, 2014 through Vulkanomusik. Uncompromising, extrovert and maximalist, Vulkano captivates.”

Discovery: Gabrielle Aplin

British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin’s 6-song English Rain EP is out! The digital release marks her U.S. debut and follows her massive success overseas where her single “The Power of Love” has achieved certified Gold status in the U.K. and Australia. Aplin’s first ever U.S. tour kicks off tonight in New York City at the Studio at Webster Hall. See below for a full list of confirmed dates.

The English Rain EP features five tracks from her celebrated Gold-selling debut album English Rain, which peaked at #2 in the U.K. during a chart-run that lasted almost five months, yet has not been released in the U.S. In addition to “The Power of Love,” which launched to #1 on the U.K. and Australia iTunes chart and was featured in promos for ABC’s new hit series “Resurrection,” the EP also features an exclusive new track – a gorgeous rendition of “A Case of You” by Aplin’s musical hero Joni Mitchell. is exclusively premiering the video.

[Read ELLE article]

A self-taught musician, Aplin has been writing and recording songs since she was fifteen, and, as such, she wrote or co-wrote all of the original songs featured on the EP. Growing up in a self-confessed ‘hippy’ household where music was a family staple, she honed her craft listening to Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen and Nick Drake. At the age of 17, she set up her own label, Never Fade Records, and went on to release three U.K. EPs, all of which charted on iTunes. Her YouTube channels are now approaching a staggering 57 million views, and for her premiere U.S. release, she’s crafted a selection of simultaneously timeless and of-the-moment anthems. Throughout the past year, Aplin has toured with John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Gotye, performed at festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, and iTunes, among others, and headlined a sold out U.K. run.

English Rain EP Tracklisting:
1. Panic Cord
2. A Case Of You
3. Please Don’t Say You Love Me
4. Home
5. Salvation
6. The Power of Love

5/6 Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
5/11 World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
5/13 Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
5/14 The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
5/15 Lola’s in Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
5/17 Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
5/21 Hotel Café – Hollywood, CA

New Jesca Hoop!!

jesca hoop Album cover
California-raised, Manchester, UK-based singer-songwriter, Jesca Hoop, is the featured artist on the latest live music release from birnCORE Records. birnCORE Presents: Jesca Hoop, Five Songs Live will be available for purchase online on March 25th, 2014. This release encapsulates Jesca’s rhythmically intricate guitar playing, whimsical and thought provoking lyrics, and riveting stage presence as she performs vocal and electric guitar versions of some of her best songs.

This stripped down, emotive performance was captured at The Red Room at Café 939 on October 17th, 2013 before a standing-room crowd. Jesca is currently touring North America until Monday, April 7th when she heads to Europe.

birnCORE is a new music label devoted to releasing intimate live records by some of the best independent artists touring today. Five Songs Live is birnCORE’s fourth release.

Track listing
City Bird [Live]
Murder of Birds [Live]
Born To [Live]
D.N.R. [Live]
Hunting My Dress [Live]