Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for August 2015!
Four years is a long time but finally BOY are back with their second record. After Mutual Friends the Swiss-German duo will be releasing We were here at the end of august. The first single of the same title brings you high-quality indie pop. And that’s just great news with every tune!
Stronger than before: Chelsea Wolfe is back. Her sound has evolved over the last years, her one-time ‘scary’ folk is becoming more and more metallic. But that doesn’t mean that the US Singer/Songwriter and modern goth queen is not diving deep into darkness, desperation and sadness again. Quite the contrary: Abyss fills your ears with bloody self-destruction.
Less Noise, more Pop – that is what Health sounds like in 2015. But the new record Death Magic still has enough dirt and edges in their soundscape of synths, power and euphoria to shine bright and broken at the same time.
The Jazz world last month mourned the death of one of the most important proponents of British Jazz, John Taylor. A remarkable creative voice not only at his instrument but also as a composer, Taylor made his name playing with a golden generation of British jazz greats like Kenny Wheeler, John Surman and Norma Winstone, whom he would later marry. Along with the death last year of his one-time bandmate Kenny Wheeler, British Jazz has sadly suffered two huge losses in a relatively short space of time.
This weekend sees the return of the Brecon Jazz festival, a very important international festival held annually in the beautiful setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Headlining this year is the incomparable Dr. John, now at the ripe old age of seventy four and still gigging! His New Orleans-style grooves with Mardi-Gras flavours and Voodoo spice has attracted a huge following ever since the 1960s, earning him six Grammy awards along the way.
After two excellent singles the Berlin based Post-Punkers come up with their first full-length record Positive Energy. Inspired by early UK Punk and Post-Punk Diät are serving a smart combination of the past and the present to underline their modernity.
Her solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn is so eclectic it’s really incomparable. Fit with a stout upright bass, the backing string band seems dedicated to stirring the cauldron of long-forgotten folk histories. The sheer breadth of inspiration working together is fascinating to listen to. The song “Shake Sugaree” is a visionary replica of a precious antique, and the whole album accordingly feels like a beautiful re-finishing of some tired heirloom.
“What are you listening to?” he sung in a come-hither country whisper, and no one could ignore. Now that we’re trapped in his lure, The Traveller is released, which is a handsome exposé of vocal craft really. With a more R&B affection, his singing voice is both amorous and gritty. The song structures are well-tempered, giving him the space to soulfully expand in verse, and he takes all the space afforded. This guy really loves to sing.