Monday, December 29, 2008

Best Of SXSW A-Z: "L"

Elizabeth Powell, founder of Land Of Talk, is yet another story of the classically trained musician who found the world of Bach & Vivaldi constricting their creativity. With echoes of PJ Harvey and Dinosaur Jnr, Land Of Talk make a good mix of punk, pop and rock.

MP3: Land Of Talk - Speak To Me Bones

Le Loup are a band from Washington DC with a French name, and their album is titled "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millenium General Assembly". Honestly, I don't blame you if the hipster-isms haven't turned you off already. But have a listen to the infectious chorus and wonderful layering of sounds on We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!, and you might have just found an indie hipster band you don't feel guilty for liking.

MP3: Le Loup - We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!

Sounding as if it was recorded in someone's bedroom, The Lovely Sparrows' Chemicals Change is an example of a beautiful song created through simplicity, with singer/songwriter Shawn Jones' vocals barely audible above the haunting guitar.

MP3: The Lovely Sparrows - Chemicals Change