This is something that I did last year and it seemed to go down fairly well. So I will try again and see if it goes down at all. Basically, the premise was to share an artist that you love, that others may not know about or be all that into. It can be anyone really. Jesus, it could be Beyonce if you like Beyonce. So long as you explain who the artist is and why you love them I am not bothered. One thing I’ve learned in the last few years is that I don’t really care about what I’m supposed to like and not like. Take X Factor for example. I’m hooked. It’s awesome television and I genuinely like seeing talented singers get a chance that they’d probably never get otherwise. Anyways, I’m a fan and I don’t care if that is frowned upon or considered sad. It’s how it is. Let’s use this post as an X Factor type opportunity for those artists you love, that you think deserve to be heard and that you want to write about.
My offering this year would be Grouper. Whilst there has been and will be a lot of good albums from a lot of good artists in 2011, not many will be able to say they produced 2 stunning records and a 7″. Grouper will.
I fell for her music through the brilliant album ‘Dragging a Dead Horse Up a Hill’. However, this years release of ‘Alien Observer’ and ‘Dream Loss’ represented a massive step forward in the quality of songwriting on offer. The layers of spacey drone that are so familiar in her work and the breathy, sumptious vocals create a dream like, under water feel. With each listen new layers are unveiled and the songs slowly reveal the rich tapestry that she weaves. Listening to her work is hypnotic. It is completely captivating and sucks you in from the word go. This is intimate, cinematic music and is completely breath taking. Her new 7″ ‘Water People’ is heart breakingly beautiful and not to be missed. So yeah, if you want to check out one new artist this year, I would recommend you check out Grouper. One of the USA’s finest underground treasures without a doubt. You can find all her music here. Enjoy.
Now it’s over to you. Any suggestions. Let us know. It really doesn’t take long to share a name, a link and some reasons why we should check out the music you love.