Stretching to Australia we find Jonathan Boulet, a interesting character with a knack for creation. Jonathan is a very proud Aussie who uses his many musical gifts to show the world great Australian music. His lastest solo project, "We Keep the Beat, Found the Sound, See the Need, Start the Heart", was released this past June. He self produced the album in his parents garage (the same one he produced is debut album in). I imagine Einstein in his laboratory, with Jonathan creating lots of noise and experimenting with different sounds by bringing in the strangest objects to strum, hit, and pluck. The album blossoms out of the swirling, rhythmic drum patterns that drive each song. Behind the forest tribe vibe you will find layers of chorus vocals, and building melodies. One thing that Jonathan does a great job at is creating intriguing music. He very much wants each of his songs to be up for interpretation. Check out a couple of his songs below and see how you can relate.
Unfortunately, it looks like he will not be coming to states anytime soon but keep up with Mr. Boulet on his website.
This Song is Called Ragged
You're a Animal
Afie Jurvanen, the man behind the Bahamas, uses his music as an outward expression of his quiet meditations. His music is a mixture of a torn soul, earthy grooves, and simplicity. Using his inventive guitar riffs and vocals to speak the music's sentiments. Afie takes listeners to a place of free form drifting. Bahamas released his second album, Barchords earlier this year and has plans to tour this fall. I highly recommend keeping up with our Toronto friend and letting your mind wander with His authentic sounds.
Tour Dates HERE
Lost in the Light
Caught Me Thinking
Gary Clark Jr.
I was introduced to Mr. Clark by a friend of mine and man I can't stop listening to his EP. Gary Clark Jr. will take you back to the times of Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and BB King but with a flare of new age hip hop and juicy guitar riffs. Hailing from my hometown Austin TX, Gary Clark Jr caught the attention of Clifford Antone who provided to gateway for Clark to perform with some of his inspiration. He is now performing at many major festivals around the country and even at the White House. You don't want to deprive your ears of his work.
Download his EP HERE
Don't Owe You A Thing
If you have watched TV recently you have probably had this songwriters tune stuck in your head. Featured on Citibank's TV comercial with the female rock climber, LP's vocals "Somebody left the gate open" from her song "Into the Wild" knock you instantly out of your seat. One of the most unique performers I have come across in a while, LP struts in a full head of curly hair and rocks out on a ukulele. I absolutely love her! She fully believes in the power of her music to connect with people. Her vocal talent and melodies are an immediate hook to any music lover. However as you take a deeper look her lyrics drive deep emotionally. My favorite thing about LP is that she doesn't try to fit in any musical mold but instead creates art that compliments who she is as a person.
Download LP's cover of Beyonce's Halo HERE
Into the Wild
Originally from Neptune, New Jersey, Nicole Atkins says the river in her town inspired a lot of her music. She started playing piano at an early age, and by high school was playing gigs in bands. Most of her older music has a very chill artsy rock vibe, but her most recent album I feel like she has really fell into her own. She has created an almost 60's rock sound with a modern vibe. Take a listen to my favorite from her most recent album Mondo Amore and a song from her previous album Neptune City. If you like what you hear, check her out at nicoleatkins.com
Cry Cry Cry - Nicole Atkins
Love Surreal - Nicole Atkins
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