Tunes & Tours by Tiybor is going to be following along with the 2013 SXSW showcasing artists as they are announced, so to warm up before the first round comes out, I’ll be posting some reminiscences of the last two years. Hope you enjoy!
The above clip, “Dirty Little Secret,” is not on the EP but may be on their full-length, Borderland, coming out in the US on September 25. Their sound is potentially awe-inspiring, led by Coyle Girelli’s magnificent pipes.
They are making their first US-televised appearance on David Letterman Wednesday night. Don’t miss it!!!
SHEL is a group of four sisters (the letters spell the first letters of each of their names) from Fort Collins, Colorado. I saw them open for Sarah Jarosz in August 2011 here in Kansas City. At the time, I was enthralled by their musicianship (they’re all classically trained) and their youth. Their songs seemed gorgeous but uniformly lighthearted and possibly two steps away from performance at a Renaissance festival.
I’m glad to note that their music has lost none of the previous energy but has gained a bit of drama and variety with the coming of their first full-length album (the preview video of which is above). They raised money to produce it through pledgemusic.com (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/shel), offering custom-decorated top hats, hand-made journals, and even homemade chocolate-chip cookies to special categories of pledgers.
They’ve also managed to get one of their new songs, “Paint My Life,” onto the Noisetrade Summer Sampler (http://www.facebook.com/noisetrade/app_160291820682178), which is free for liking Noisetrade on Facebook. The lyric “love me or let me say goodbye” is now firmly planted in my in my auditory cortex, along with the gypsy violin ornament accompanying.
Their LP drops in 13 days. You can get another song, “Ruby Slippers,” from their previous EP When The Dragon Came Down, free by signing up on their website: http://shelmusic.com/
New Zealand singer Kimbra is playing this Saturday at the Buzz Beach Ball here in Kansas City (after dates this week in NYC and Columbus, Ohio). I couldn’t fit her into my schedule at SXSW, but above is an excellent SXSW Spotify Sessions performance of “Settle Down.” She’s just released an updated version of her Vows LP with six new tracks.
Kimbra has a soulful & jazzy vibe that has been translated into many dance mixes, and she recently contributed vocals to the Gotye hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Here’s a remix playlist available for free download.
Self-described Indie-lectro angst-pop Londoner Trouble Over Tokyo has almost passed from existence, so I’ll make a little fanfare about it. Last month, Toph Taylor, who basically IS Trouble Over Tokyo, announced he was going to end his project of the last seven years. I became aware of Toph when he toured with Bobby Long in the summer of 2010, opening with just his acoustic guitar and his soaring falsetto. (My video of Bobby’s first performance ever of ”She Wears Green” with Toph accompanying here: http://youtu.be/h4vKYOQv2fw) He’s been living and working in Vienna for years, finding an alternative reality in their indie music scene that he couldn’t find in his native London.
It’s unclear to me what Toph will be doing after the demise of ToT. He’s done some remixes of other artists, and with his meticulous self-producing skills I’m sure producing others is a distinct possibility. I can’t believe he will just disappear from the music scene entirely, and he promises he won’t.
Clock Opera recently released their first full-length album, which seems funny to me because I was privileged to see them play some of these songs the last two years at SXSW. Their buoyant sound is addictive. This is a video sampler of all 10 tracks.