The Lovely Eggs – If You Were Fruit

Lancaster, England-based Holly and David of The Lovely Eggs know how to pack a tin full of sonic sardines, as they do on If You Were Fruit, where they stuff the U.S. release of their debut album with 19 yummy morsels (14 from the studio album, plus 5 lip-smacking cuts off their U.K.-released EPs). The guitar-based indie rockers and ballads are … [Read more...]

Bitter Ruin – Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Georgia Train (vocals) and Ben Richards (vocals, guitar) are a U.K.-based duo who has previously released two song-packed EPs in 2007 and 2008.  Hung, Drawn and Quartered, their much-anticipated, self-released debut album that was recorded with producer Jason Rubal in the U.S., drops May 26th and it’s a compact and vibrant collection of 8 … [Read more...]

Interview with Rykarda Parasol

Hello Rykarda!  You’re fresh off playing an acoustic gig at SXSW and your starkly captivating, self-described “rock noir” sophomore album For Blood and Wine was released this past October.  How was SXSW?  Did you get a chance to catch other artists’ performances? Hello Jen! I did see many bands at SXSW. My favorite was Imaad Wasif from LA. I … [Read more...]

Rykarda Parasol – For Blood and Wine

Singer-songwriter Rykarda Parasol self-produced and self-released her second full-length in the Fall of 2009 and it is a chef d’oeuvre that’s darkly infused with her strikingly foreboding to impassioned, low-range sing-talking vocals and bleak to spirited, poetic lyrics. Rykarda, with her roughly elegant delivery, stalks with deliberate care … [Read more...]

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

Charlotte Gainsbourg has collaborated with other artists on all her albums and she knows how to pick ‘em, whether it’s her father, Serge Gainsbourg, on her debut album as a young girl or 2007’s 5:55 with musical compositions by the duo Air and lyrics co-penned by Jarvis Cocker.  On her latest release (already out in France and other countries and … [Read more...]

Linda Draper – Bridge and Tunnel

Singer-songwriter Linda Draper returns with her 3rd album for Planting Seeds Records, an understated, lyrics-centric, alt-folk confessional with clear, upfront vocals.  While Linda is not a powerhouse vocalist, she still acutely conveys her reflective, melancholic lyrics, ably accompanied by low-key, fluidly-picked acoustic guitar lines, solemn, … [Read more...]