Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Born and raised in Stockholm, of Swedish-Greek and Guadeloupean parentage and from a very musical family, 23-year-old singer Kim Cesarion discovered his vocal talent in high school after already mastering the violin, viola, upright bass and piano. At age 20 he connected with Icelandic/Swedish songwriter-producer Arnthor Birgisson and the two began working on songs with several other writers. The result was the track "Undressed" which will be included on his debut full-length; the album was due for a 2013 release but has been postponed to the new year.
The single version of "Undressed" is a decent pop/R&B track, but Cesarion's vocals are practically buried in the overkill mix. Thankfully, someone had the great idea to let him do a stripped down live version with an exellent band and it is here that he gets to truly showcase his outstanding voice. The sublime result of the live session makes one wish that the upcoming album be comprised of similar stellar arrangements that echo those of his idol D'Angelo whom Cesarion saw in concert in Stockholm at the age of eleven.
He has two shows this weekend: Friday he'll be at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark and Saturday at KB in Malmo, Sweden. No doubt there will be a European tour in 2014 when the debut album is out, possibly also a U.S. tour at some point.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
UK collective Clean Bandit published a creepy-fun new video today for the stellar track "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne on vocals to be released on January 27 on Atlantic Records.
They have five gigs in December including two shows this weekend in London.
Video # 2: "Dust Clears" is from the EP of the same name, released in July.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Bjarke Niemann, lead vocalist in Danish band Spleen United has teamed up with Rasmus Bak of Copenhagen design company Libertine - Libertine for the project Death Has No Dominion.
An album will drop next year and the outstanding teaser single "Harvest' has been released along with a video that was shot in various Southern California locations, including Joshua Tree.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Lucy Love was born Lucy Siame in 1985 in Zambia to an English mother and a Zambian father who moved to Copenhagen when she was two years old. In 2009 she released her debut album 'Superbillion' and followed it up with 'Kilo' in 2010.
Despite battling depression and anxiety for the past three years Love managed to record material for a new album: 'Desperate Days of Dynamite' dropped in September and two visually arresting videos have been released so far for the excellent tracks 'Prison' and 'Take Me Back'. Both clips were directed and edited by the artist herself.
Love has three shows coming up in Denmark next month and will be at the big Danish NorthSide Festival held in Århus, Jutland in June (not to be confused with the Northside Festival held in Brooklyn every year, also in June.)
Friday, November 22, 2013
The haunting video accompanying Lana Del Rey's stellar song "National Anthem" from her 2012 album 'Born To Die" captures both the glamour and the tragedy far better than the countless books and articles published to mark the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
The 7:49 minute long clip, directed by Anthony Mandler with a concept and treatment by Del Rey, has her playing both Marilyn Monroe and Jaqueline Kennedy, with the charismatic ASAP Rocky standing in for JFK.
NOTE: Del Rey's 30-minute film 'Tropico' will debut on Vevo December 5.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Born Christian Grace in Detroit almost 22 years ago, Street Light has been recording since the age of twelve, and has so far released two albums, four mixtapes and a staggering amount of videos.
Now based in Los Angeles, he is currently working on a full-length entitled 'Dark Summer'. Close to $3000 for recording, mixing, mastering, videos and publicity were raised through crowdfunding; the rest is coming out of the artist's own pocket. His effortless flow and clever word play are generating a buzz that will no doubt result in big things happening in the new year.
Video 1: "Drowning", from the upcoming album 'Dark Summer.'
Video 2: "I'm On One", from the 2011 'Blackout' mixtape.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The very prolific British duo Erasure - legendary Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo aka Yaz, The Assembly) and Andy Bell - have been together for almost three decades: not a bad run.
This time around they decided to release a holiday collection of standards, traditionals as well as a few original tunes with such sunny titles as "Blood on the Snow" and "There'll Be No Tomorrow"; the album entitled 'Snow Globe' dropped this week. The first single "Gaudete" is a medieval Latin carol; the video, complete with creepy hooded monk puppets, was produced by the animation teams behind Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas.