Fiona Bevan: Talk to Strangers

Fiona Bevan’s debut album, Talk to Strangers, more than lives up to the promise of its first single. The British singer-songwriter’s quirky soul-pop style falls somewhere between Sheila Nicholls, Joanna Newsom and Corinne Bailey Rae, but these are tenuous reference points at best. Fiona is really carving a niche of her own here.

Fiona’s rich lilt and jaunty instrumentation are particularly charming on “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Slo Mo Tiger Glo” and the lovely “Us and the Darkness.”

The standout track “The Machine” dives into murkier, funkier waters.

Other highlights are Fiona’s exquisite, multi-faceted vocal on “Monsoon Sundance,” the enchanting, buoyant “Pirates and Diamonds” and the simpler beauty of “Forwards.”

I expect Fiona Bevan’s Talk to Strangers to make it on my best of the year list for 2014.

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Introducing Firewoodisland…

Firewoodisland are a Norwegian/Welsh indie-folk band. The music on their debut EP, ILD, is similar to Of Monsters & Men and Mumford & Sons, but there’s a slight Celtic twist to their multi-instrumental arrangements.

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Prince: 2 New Albums & New Song “Clouds”!

Prince just announced his plans to release two new albums simultaneously on September 30th:

1) Art Official Age, a solo album in “classic Prince” style

2) PLECTRUMELECTRUM, a funk album with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL

You can hear the new song “Clouds,” a track from Art Official Age, and check the cover art for both albums below…

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