Music from the Netherlands – Tessa Rose Jackson

Tessa Rose Jackson, born in 1991, is a dutch siger-songwriter from Amsterdam. She describes her music as ‘How I feel within a week’ and released her first album ‘Songs From The Sandbox’ in 2013. Have a listen to her absolutely awesome song “(All the) King’s Horses):

Music from Germany/ the US – Iggy & The German Kids

Iggy & The German Kids is a collaboration between Singer/Songwriter Ignacio Uriarte and production duo DTC Music Productions.
Iggy is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from New York City. At the age of ten he became a member of the Metropolitan children’s chorus, where he sang in over thirty different operas along with performing solo pieces in Tosca, Magic Flute and Billy Bud. When his voice changed at 14 he started writing pop-songs influenced by his love of the Beatles. A self taught guitarist, bassist and pianist, Iggy also took two years of classical voice training after leaving the MET. Throughout college he played and toured with a number of rock bands.

After struggling as a indie-solo artist he began sending demos back in forth with two friends (Hubertus Dahlem and Frederic Todenhöfer) from Germany whom he had met In college. The three sparked an immediate chemistry that resulted in a prolific output of songs, undeniably the best work of his young career.
Over the past year the three of them have been working on what is going to be Iggy’s debut album as a solo artist. The new sound, characterized by elements of Brit-pop, electronica and classic Rock, infuses methodic and anthemic arrangements with strong melodies and clever lyrics (Source: Facebook). Listen to their great song “So Hard”:

Music from Mali – Tamikrest

Tamikrest (Tamashek for the node, the alliance, the future) is a band whose members belong to the people of the Tuareg. The band was founded in 2006. They  mix Tuareg music with Western rock and pop music. Her singing is in Tamashek. Main songwriter of the band’s frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa.

Here is their song “Toumast Anlet ” from their 2013 album “Chatma”

and a clip with live pictures “awesome “

 

Music from the UK – Alaskan Faction

Alaskan Faction is a 4 men indie, alternative group from the University of Nottingham. Really nice talented group to show the latest mix of indie and art rock. Maybe you’d call it art indie? Listen to their great song “Powerlines”, and watch the nice video!

Music from the UK – Plastic Mermaids

Plastic Mermaids is a band from the Isle of Wight (UK) The  video for Polaroids has been taken from their  EP debut EP Drømtorp that will be released on March 31st via Cross Keys Records.

Music from the US – Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is an US-american singer-songwriter from York. Listen to his absolutely amazing song “Box of Stones”:

Music from the US – Arborea

Since 2005, Maine based wife and husband Avant Folk duo Shanti and Buck Curran have released 5 albums, curated two various artist compilations (‘Leaves of Life’ and ‘We Are All One, In the Sun’: a tribute to Robbie Basho), and performed throughout the US, UK, and Europe…including sessions on the BBC, NPR, WNYC, and WXPN. Arborea’s 4th album ‘Red Planet’ was released in 2011 and received critical praise; making Rolling Stone ‘Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011”, ‘Editors Top Pick’ Guitar Player Magazine, ‘Top Vinyl Pick’ Mojo Magazine, Uncut Magazine ‘Top 100 Albums of 2011′, and Portland Phoenix ‘Top Ten Albums of 2011′. Arborea’s 5th album ‘Fortress of the Sun’ was released April 29th, 2013 on Esp-Disk’ coinciding with the label’s 50th Anniversary and made AllMusic’s ‘Favorite Singer/Songwriter Albums of 2013′, Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s ‘Best Acoustic Albums of 2013′, textura’s ‘Top Ten Albums of 2013′, and Best Of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll. (youtube)

Here is their song ” After the Flood only Love remains “