I don’t mean to keep patting myself on the back but, seriously, every week I feel like these artists just get better and better. OK, we know I have absolutely nothing to do with their talent but I am high-fiving myself for bringing some of them to your ears.
File Under: Gorgeous melodic indie-pop, a definite new favorite for times I need my temples rubbed
For Fans Of: Radiohead, the upcoming release from Thao and Mirah (I know you haven’t heard it yet but trust me), Beth Orton, Anna Ternheim, Feist, Joan as Policewoman, tea in the daytime and vodka for the night, black leggings, coffee shop windows on cold mornings.
Bonus: Sophie is giving away a free track from her upcoming album. Download “Your Personal Religion.”
File Under: Soulful R&B with some Reggae licks
From: German-bred but everything I can find about her is in French (go figure)
For Fans Of: India Arie, Nneka, sarongs, puka shells, Esperanza Spalding, moisturizer, tropical weather, Ziggy Marley.
Bonus: If you’re looking for a panty-dropper, check out this video from one of her live shows. Unreal.
File Under: Electro dance-pop with a spritely voice taken from a fantasy land
From: Estonia (isn’t that where they said Brendan Fraser’s character was from in Encino Man?)
For Fans Of: Annie, Bjork (though not up to her caliber just yet), snowglobes, faeries, Dragonette, drawing pictures on your shoes, going to comic book conventions in character.
Bonus: Check out her fun video for the single “Gummybear.”
File Under: Alternative metal, melodic heavy rock
For Fans Of: Bif Naked, Alice in Chains, Metallica, Tool, jewelry with spikes on it, their newer stuff sounds like No Doubt.
Bonus: A big thanks to AfterEllen reader Elin for the great recommendation! Unfortunately for us folks in the U.S., their latest album, Bel Air isn’t available just yet. It came out last Friday in Germany.
File Under: Dreamy synth pop, queer-gaze (or should it be queer-gays?)
For Fans Of: Warpaint (like, very much), School of Seven Bells, Mirah, St. Vincent, Dance Yourself to Death, introspection, fondue, subtext.
Bonus: Since it was love at first listen for me with this band, I had to set up an interview for my AfterEllen.com readers to find out more! Be on the lookout in the near future and if you have any questions you’d like posed, feel free to drop me an email.