Song of the Day

SXSW Song Of The Day: Be Forest – Bengala

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A forest can be a beautiful place, but venture into the forest late at night and it can also get pretty dark and a bit unsettling. Fittingly, Italian shoegazers Be Forest seem to have found the right mix of beauty and darkness on their upcoming album Knocturne (out February 8 via We Were Never Being Boring).

Lead single “Bengala” is a perfect example of this, mixing a dark, moody tone with a bit of lightness. The band themselves have described the track as “The spotlight that lights up the stage after the curtains open; a celestial body which at the moment of its impact allows us to glimpse our surroundings — it’s the brightest point, the north of the compass.”

Come this March, Be Forest’s compass will be pointing South By Southwest as the band heads to Austin to play a show (or several) during the week. Check out “Bengala” below:

SXSW Song Of The Day: Moving Panoramas – Baby Blues

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Today, SXSW released their third announcement of performers (and largest so far) for this year’s festival, taking place from March 8 – 17. And while there are quite a few notable names, including Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Illuminati Hotties, Priests, and Toronto’s own Doomsquad and Odonis Odonis, we’ll take the opportunity today to shine the spotlight on an Austin based band from that list – Moving Panoramas.

Led by frontwoman and songwriter Leslie Sisson, the band will be releasing their sophomore album In Two on February 22 via Modern Outsider and playing a bunch of shows at SXSW in support of it. “Baby Blues” is the lead single off of that album, a breezy, driving little number that opens with a lyric that almost sounds as if it were describing SouthBy itself: “Here we are/Another year/Same time, same spot.”

Yeah, that about sums it up – just a couple of months to go before all the SXSW devotees are in that same spot at the same time again. Looking forward to it.

Song Of The Day: Myrkur – Bonden og Kragen

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Following yesterday’s post on the Hedvig Mollestad Trio, we continue on with the general theme of Scandinavian women making cool music with this folky number from Denmark’s Myrkur.

Primarily known as a black metal musician, Myrkur (aka Amelie Bruun) has always taken influence from the sounds of the past, but with “Bonden og Kragen”, Bruun delves completely into those sounds, offering up a beautiful and haunting take on a traditional Danish folk song that fits nicely within the folk tradition while also fitting in quite well with the rest of her repertoire. Check out the tree-filled video below:

Song Of The Day: Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Bewitched, Dwarfed And Defeathered

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Blurring the lines between jazz, fusion, metal, noise and rock, “Bewitched, Dwarfed And Defeathered” is the latest single from Norway’s Hedvig Mollestad Trio off of their upcoming album Smells Funny, out January 18 on Rune Grammofon.

“Bewitched, Dwarfed And Defeathered” highlights the talents of the impressively accomplished trio (made up of guitarist Hedvig Mollestad, bassist Ellen Brekken, and drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad), but things really start to heat up in the last minute or so of the tune as Mollestad totally lets loose with the guitar heroics. Check it out: