So Say So
Blurb: Fronted by Glenn Kerrigan, also to be found in Emmy The Great's backline, these sketch out a maxi-pop (we will get that phrase into common use, we assure you) of swooningly melodic and just occasionally direct multi-instrumentalism, optimist and heartaching in equal measure.
RIYL: Fanfarlo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Neutral Milk Hotel
Blurb: Ric Hollingbery, also to be found in - oh, how do we find these people? - Emmy The Great's backline (and on Corinne Bailey Rae's new album), is in this guise what they used to call folktronica. That is to say, programmed glitches, hums and synths circle and subtle orchestrations build and fill in the gaps around Hollingbery's strong, yearning vocals. Then there's the track that goes all Balkan klezmer. Very odd and very intriguing.
RIYL: Patrick Wolf, Tunng, Jeremy Warmsley
From: Denton, Texas
Blurb: Currently over here in Europe supporting Midlake, Jaffe's Americana folk take is projected through a smoky, bluesy-soulful voice with honest, smart lyrics, selflessly to a fault unpicking her own desires and character against tastefully held back occasional orchestration.
RIYL: Laura Veirs, Joan As Policewoman, Joni Mitchell
Blurb: Something of a blog buzz brewing here, not unreasonably as their first track delves into one of 2008-09's most profitable harvests, C86-influenced fuzzbomb pop with boy-girl vocals. The second track? Sparse, lonely slowcore. Touring with similarly hip(ster) names Egyptian Hip Hop and Dum Dum Girls, it's been about six weeks after their Myspace member registration, and it turns out that two of them were in a much hyped band from a couple of years ago (look it up yourselves) Anyway, you'll be hearing a hell of a lot about them.
RIYL: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yo La Tengo, The Cure