In this edition: Annie Williams is on the radar; discover PAL; Daughter gets some BBC love; Annie Clark visits KCRW; and VIDEOS!
On the Radar: Annie Williams
What a busy year for Annie Williams. In March, she recorded and released Come on Back to Me. She’s now prepared to release This Mountain and Midnight Window, which are due out in November. As a singer-songwriter, she favors atmospheric arrangements that complement her sometimes smoky, sometimes ethereal vocals. There’s been a lot of hype around Eleanor Friedberger’s solo project; Williams latest releases are just as deep, but better in terms of accessibility and connection to her audience.
Annie Williams – Midnight Window from This Mountain
Annie Williams – Roll on Hills from Midnight Window
PAL is Albin Johansson from Malmö. The Swedish artist records low-key electronic music that dabbles in Radioheadesque experimentation, while capturing the deep chill of his Scandinavian roots. He has three tracks available for preview on SoundCloud. Weeks balances guitar loops with electronic percussion to create a beautiful post-rock paen. You’re Sorry‘s downtrodden turn has the power of Subterranean Homesick Alien, yet remains completely distinct in form and arrangement. Anything is beautifully sublime; it’s simplicity is its strength. A debut from PAL is expected later this year, keep an eye out for it!
PAL – Weeks
PAL – You’re Sorry
PAL – Anything
- Daughter (Elena Tonra) was in studio with the BBC’s Huw Stephens this week. She performs Landfill, Youth, and Tomorrow.
- While we’re on the subject of female artists with pseudonyms, St. Vincent (Annie Clark) performed in front of a live audience the night before the release of her third LP, Strange Mercy. The full show will be featured on October 6 by KCRW.
–Watch the video for Cruel:
Videos, videos, videos…
Björk – Moon
Com Truise – Brokendate
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – FFunny FFrends
Wu Lyf – Spitting Blood