Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed of diverse and escalating musical talent. From the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives to idiosyncratic songsmiths José González and Jens Lekman, through to the unpredictable pop styles from the likes of Love is All and Audrey, not to mention the infamous black metal scene, Gothenburg now boasts the dynamic, organically soulful pop sounds of Little Dragon.
Featuring radiant vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick Källgren (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), Little Dragon stepped into the spotlight with the release of their first double A-side single on Peacefrog (home to José and Findlay Brown), ‘Twice’/’Test’. A former Rough Trade ‘Single of the Week’ and “universally hailed as a masterpiece of free thinking soul”, according to One Week To Live.
Little Dragon takes tired musical traces and styles, gives them a shot in the arm to leave us with something fresh and positive.
It is a debut full of subtle touches, capturing fleeting emotional moments, twinned with gnawingly memorable pop flourishes and hooks.
Pearl and the Beard formed in September of 2007 in that little town which sits quaintly upon the shores of New York. It was kismet that brought its first two members Jocelyn Mackenzie and Jeremy Styles together in a local watering hole, where they vented frustrations with the solo artist scene over some loudmouth soup. After finding they were both insane enough to put all of their eggs into one proverbial basket, they decided to musically elope, abandoning any hopes of living normal, quiet lives waiting for arthritis to course through their once musically-infused bones and dust to collect on their vocal chords.
And so, with food in their pockets and money in their bellies, they sat down to write. Jeremy’s robust guitar chords were peanut butter to Jocelyn’s melodic and lyrical jelly. Their voices climbed and plummeted gracefully side by side and ploughed through the crystal air like cannon balls. Jeff Buckley and Johnny Cash were brought back from the dead and Neko Case served them red wine.
Since then, they have self-produced their first EP “At Home with Pearl and the Beard,” relentlessly booked shows in New York and Great Cities beyond, have added the lovely and talented cellist Emily Hope Price to their marriage (which has matured and honeyed their sound tremendously), and are currently working on recording their first full-length album.
Earth People Orchestra is a band made up of around 12 people based in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. With their instrumentation of a keyboard, harmonium, melodicas, recorders, autoharp, various hand percussion, a dobro, buckets, lap steel, a balalaika, viola, glockenspiel, cuica and more; Earth People Orchestra is an unique and captivating expression of life and music. They have fun and would love to play songs for you!