Video: Kimbra: “Two Way Street” (Lyric Video)

 

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Remember when we all collectively lost our minds to that crazy crazy live performance Kimbra put on at the Spotify House at SXSW this year? Yeah.

Today, we have a cutesy lyric video from the super talented gal. The song is called “Two Way Street” and reminds us of a more flowery Esthero.

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Video: Kimbra – “Settle Down” (Live)

 

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What a special treat this lady is. New Zealand born and Melbourne based vocalist Kimbra is more than just a singer, boasting vocal acrobatics against a jazzy, soulful electro-pop backdrop. Just take a little eensie weensie peek at her singlehandedly murdering it at the Spotify Sessions during this year’s SXSW Festival and be rendered speechless – a one woman maestro. And could she be any more adorable? Do they make pocket size versions of her? Please?

Wonderfully shot video, too – really great capture of the mood at the awesome Spotify House (which we had the pleasure of visiting)!

Citing Nina Simone, Prince, and Bjork as influences, can we be any more excited to take a peek at Kimbra’s debut album, Vows that dropped last August? Probably not.

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SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Exitmusic

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Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church initially came together at the age of 18, when they met on a train in Canada and were inexplicably compelled to each other. Having been a couple for over a decade now must surely contribute to the near palpable magic that these two create together with bandmates Dru Prentiss (drums) and Nicholas Shelestak (electronic sounds).

Exitmusic certainly commanded the stage this year at SXSW with a whopping eight shows. We caught the band at the Filter Magazine x Dickies party at a wide open outdoor venue on a gorgeous Austin evening. The crowd was packed and the energy emanating to and fro the stage was that of an ethereal trance: sways and closed lids amongst soothing wails and pulsing, crackling rhythms. It’s exciting to think about the heights this group can reach.

“We want our music to confront people in a gentle but powerful way, to make them feel something,” says Devon Church of Brooklyn electro-rock outfit Exitmusic. There is indeed something highly emotive and stirring about this group. Just listen to the opening track, “The Sea,” in the live studio performance video of their four track From Silence EP above, and you’ll get it. The official video for the track that we posted several months back is something serious.

Lead singer Aleksa drives the point home when she shares her inspiration in “voices that have character and really tell a story on their own,” such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Her mother, an acclaimed opera singer, is also an influence from which she draws her skill in delivering those raw, shiver inducing vocals that give us life and take it away, all in one breath.


Exitmusic at SXSW 2012 (Photo by Seher Sikandar)

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SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Electric Wire Hustle + NYC Show


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Electric Wire Hustle is undoubtedly one of our favorite newer acts to hit the scene in the last couple years. Their sound cocoons you in soulful nostalgia all while keeping your expletives in free flow with their unforgettably unique flavor. SXSW brought the New Zealanders several shows, including the Mint Collective x Grown Kids Radio Showcase, where we got a chance to snap a few photos and catch up with the guys.

Self-described as more “painting with oils than water colors,” Electric Wire Hustle’s fluid sound is one of purpose where individuals strengths are recognized and utilized. Citing the opportunity to travel and “sample more than what’s limited to [their] particular portion of the universe” as one of their reasons for making music, the group’s seemingly effortless appeal becomes easy to understand – their music is informed by both the depth and breadth of experience.

Trying to pin down exactly what feeling you get when listening to Electric Wire Hustle can be a bit difficult to describe at times. There’s a familiarity and a newness all at once, and on the first record, an undeniable sense of Marvin Gaye. Per the guys themselves, they share that they ‘don’t necessarily wan’t to be any one thing.’ They explain

“It’s beat driven, it’s Hotere influenced, its Samo before Basquiat blew up, its Kafka after the first chapter.”

Read more, watch a live video, & get info on tomorrow’s NYC show after the jump

SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Haroula Rose

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The sweet-voiced Haroula Rose is an LA based singer who meshes together a dreamy mix of folk, indie, and at times, a little tinge of country. The sparse palette her music resides on makes her a great candidate for some amazing remixes as well, such as the Luke Top remix we posted a few months back for “Close My Eyes To See.” Gorgeous. The original track is off of Haroula’s first album, These Open Roads, which released in 2011. At the moment, she is working on her April slated EP, So Easy, as well as her sophomore album.

We caught up with Haroula during this year’s SXSW Music Festival and gathered some fun tidbits to help folks get a little more acquainted with the talented lady.

Haroula’s biographies often note her first instrument, the violin, being given to her at age eight. What might not be as widely known is that the Chicago suburb native was drawn to music and performance a bit earlier. She notes,

“I was making mix tapes since I was like 7 years old and running around the house performing. I guess I do it because it has always been something that makes me feel alive and connected. I have tried doing all kinds of different jobs, but nothing came close to feeling right. I love making films too, especially when music is directly involved.”

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