So I couldn't sleep one night (which is pretty normal for me...) and I was searching for some new music to help me relax. I was on the Pitchfork music player and seemed to only come across poppy, disco core, thrashy, punky music - which is fine. All time and place, I realize... however, in the midst of my search, beautiful picked acoustic guitar with natural reverb on perfect repetitions with a seemingly simple vocal melody, powerful lyrics of longing, and to an incredible halfwaythroughthesong lift - a very unconventional chorus. An accent I can't put a finger on and an inflection of someone I immediately wanted to meet again.
Jesy Fortino's new album, Life on Earth, (out now on Sub Pop) is truly one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard - among my favorites: Antony and the Johnson's, Meg Baird, Sibylle Baier, Vashti Bunyan, and Low.
Listen to the song 'Dreamer'. It won't let you down.
Natureboy, the musical project of Sara Kermanshahi, has been leaving local music fans in a state of aural bliss for the past few months. From a slew of packed Brooklyn loft shows to an intimate candle-lit performance at Bushwick’s Eastern District during the neighborhood arts festival, Natureboy’s fragile-yet-powerful folk and pop songs have transfixed everyone. Each song is a bittersweet slice of longing, laced with Sara’s ethereal and wholly unique vocal delivery (it’s hard to think of another artist who sounds quite like her), and the atmospheric instrumentation of her backing band (Cedar Apffel and Rory O'Conner). A recently recorded self-titled album is available on iTunes and you can head to the Myspace and give a listen to the poignant slow build of “Famous Sons” or the melancholic “Heart to Fool.” If you like what you hear make sure to check out a show—the visceral live experience of Natureboy will only make you appreciate the music even more. --Bill Dvorak
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