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PHOTO: Laura Mvula, Bunch Of Style, UK
Laura Mvula – “Green Gardens”: British singer Laura Mvula’s debut album Sing the Moon debuted in the U.K this March and quietly in the U.S. in May. Last week, she released the new video for “Green Gardens.” Because of her classical conservatory training in music and her deep, booming voice she has garnered favorable comparisons to fellow British vocal powerhouses Amy Winehouse and Adele.
But, unlike Adele and Winehouse, Mvula brings a fresh spin on style, she has an attractive aesthetic in regards to beauty, fashion and urban sophistication, like Lady Gaga but with more organic substance. Green Gardens (along with the whole album) is catchy, stylish and pure perfection. She has a huge presence both in recorded and live performances (Check out this live video performing “Green Gardens” and the official video for “That’s Allright.”)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – “Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes”: On July 23, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes (of “Home” fame off the Album Up From Above) released a new self-title album. It has that same weird love-children possible cult group of 60’s kitsch with soaring and introspective lyrics that try to bring a little more beauty to an ugly world.
Check out the track “Let’s Get High,” it’s a great one to blast while burning on a beach or other jovial summer setting.
Calexico – “Spiritoso”: Calexico has been making music for almost two decades, since the debut of Spoke in 1995. Their sound has always been defined and inspired by the region they call home– the United State’s shared border with Mexico. Spiritoso is primarily tracks off of the recent Algiers, each masterful track brought to life by the the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Each track is deeply haunting and beautiful, the best live album released this year so far. Particularly beautiful is the track Black Heart, the strings already added a haunting quality in the studio recording, but the song breathes a fresh new life in this setting.