003 – lush low key vibes…

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

welcome to another installment of my top picks from the wonderful world of electronic music…

First up this week are Newcastle based band Lanterns on the Lake.
These Bella Union newbies have been together since 2007 & have most recently released the “Misfortunes & Minor Victories” EP. The band recorded this collection of four tracks, during the winter of 2008/9 in their homes in Newcastle Upon Tyne and in an old house in the Northumberland countryside, and it really delivers that ‘log-cabin’ vibe. Vocalist Hazel Wilde has a beautiful wispy quality, that’s both alluring and calming. I love the 3rd track “There’s A Light On In Your Home” – Listen @

It has a feel reminiscent of late nights & early mornings listening to Beth Orton or Tracey Thorn, watching the city go to sleep or sometimes wake up, as lights go out as the sun comes up for another day.
However, it still feels fresh enough for me to listen over and over again to the lyrics (careful if you’re in a fragile state of mind – you’ve been warned), and lovely lo-fi production that had me hooked from the get-go.
Other released include the single “Lungs Quicken” and their first release “The Starlight EP”, both worth a listen.

Making the most of their musical talents, this 6-piece band deliver these beautiful songs live via piano, synths, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, a variety of stringed instruments, glockenspiels, and the usual guitar, bass and drums. With this years SXSW under their belts and a host of other festival dates too come, make sure you check them out if you get a chance @

Next up is Aberdeen based musician and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing.
In 2010 Fiona released “No Man’s Land” a four track EP of haunting layered sounds and her delightfully jazzy / bluesy vocals. ‘Tamin Sah Pade’ — is sung in Burmese (from her father’s Burmese roots), ‘Tah Stin Koh Mpor’ is in her own made up language and the cover of Billy Holiday’s ‘Deep Song’ is in English – listen @

And if that doesn’t intrigue you then what will? What about a visual aspect…
Fiona collaborates with New Zealand animation artist Zennor Alexander as “Colliderscope”. The aim is to create “live cinema” shows, combining projected animations, electronica soundtracks and live vocals performances. Check out this little taster @

They have a beautiful website which I highly recommend taking a wee peek at.

And last, but by no means least, Parisian artist Mesparrow. Associated with London based label Decorative Stamp, who produce “hand-crafted, limited edition cd’s vinyl records, books and periodicals as well as films, installations” for their acts, & she is in good company with the likes of James pHoney & Murmur Breeze also on their list of artists. Mesparrow is also making waves in her home country of France, reaching the final of PRIX CHORUS 2011 (competition within a festival, who aim to “identify young talent and develop their recognition both within the music industry professional as the public”).
I first saw this video a few months ago @

…obviously it grabbed my attention, so I wanted to find out more, and after further investigation I found that this crazy chick, was in fact making some of the most delicate & warm electronica, with the help of her loop pedal and some other little tricks. Check out this live video @

and other tracks @

As a musician these are exactly the kind of artists that inspire me… watch this space for news of a Sacre Noir / Fiona Soe Paing collaboration…
Up Coming Sacre Noir live shows:
Friday 1st & 8th of July @ Belushi’s, Edinburgh 9pm – 1pm FREE (live duo & DJ sets)
Check out footage from the last night @

Other dates in July:
Tuesday 19th – Leith FM Recession Sessions with Stephen Young 8.30-10pm
Thursday 21st – Maggie’s Chamber with sSs – KOF support gig
Friday 22nd – Elvis Shakespeare, Leith Walk In Store Performance (Sacre Noir, Savage Sound System, KOF + more TBC)


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