Low Roar’s dreamy folk finds beauty in the somber side of life. Formerly the frontman of Oakland, California alt-rockers Audrye Sessions, Ryan Joseph Karazija began Low Roar as a response to the change and loneliness he felt in the wake of moving to Reykjavík, Iceland.
He chronicled the challenges of acclimating to a foreign land, finding work, and supporting his family by writing a song each day, the results of which appeared in November 2011 on Low Roar’s self-titled debut record.
Dreamer is taken from the second album 0.
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Danish duo Death Has No Dominion (a Dylan Thomas paraphrase) is the musical partnership between Rasmus Bak and Bjarke Niemann, two friends who have known one another for years and finally began writing songs together.
In the fall of 2013, Bak and Niemann got an opportunity to spend time in what was once Willem Dafoe’s house in upstate New York. The black house, made of rubber, was a creative force field for the partnership, and they wrote an entire album, which was later recorded in Copenhagen.
Coming Like A Hurricane is taken from their self-titled album.
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Gothenburg, Sweden-based indie rock outfit Junip was formed in late 90’s by singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez. The trio, which consists of Gonzalez on guitar and vocals, drummer Elias Araya and keyboard player Tobia Winterkorn, crafts dark, moody, indie folk in the vein of their founder.
Junip released its debut 7-inch in 2000 on their own Kakafoni imprint. Araya then spent nearly five years studying art in Norway and Finland, while Winterkorn worked as a teacher and Gonzalez launched a successful solo career. The trio regrouped for the Black Refuge EP in 2006 and began writing and recording in earnest after Gonzalez finished promoting his album In Our Nature in 2007. The full-length result, Fields, arrived in 2010 on Mute Records.
Walking Lightly is taken from the new Walking Lightly EP, out digitally 16 September.
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Winston Yellen is the creative mastermind behind Night Beds, a loose Nashville-based collective that specializes in impressionistic and folk-centric alt-pop that, as the name would suggest, has a dreamily surreal quality.
Night Beds conjures up songs blessed with the magical and mystical, Yellen’s voice a wonder of tender tenor-to-falsetto choir boy out amongst the wide open stretches of spacious Americana, a chameleon-like performer who taps into the ethereal netherworlds of Jeff Buckley and Gram Parsons while forging his own distinctive sound.
Ramona is taken from the the album Country Sleep.
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Although based in Seattle, Ivan & Alyosha create a sound that’s distinctly Californian, with acoustic instrumentation and bright vocal harmonies that evoke the West Coast’s summery, Southern locales.
The band formed in 2007, when solo songwriter Tim Wilson met Ryan Carbary. Taking their name from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the two began playing together, eventually traveling to Los Angeles to record a folk-pop EP with producer Eli Thompson. The Verse, The Chorus was released in early 2009, paving the way for a healthy tour and a decent amount of national buzz.
Things picked up again in early 2011, when the band — now a four-piece featuring Wilson’s brother, Pete Wilson, as well as Tim Kin — released the sophomore EP Fathers Be Kind and launched another tour.
Be Your Man is taken from their first full-length album, All the Times We Had.
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