Indie pick of the week

As aired on the KB Radio Wednesday night's indie show, my indie pick of the week aim to showcase either a different song from an album that is already played there or an entirely new artist that I've come across and appreciate. Each week, you will find here a short introduction to the song and artist/band plus links to listen and learn more about it.

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Alison Rose "Valerie" 

My pick of the week today is a song called "Valerie" from Alison Rose "Come a little closer" debut album. 

Alison is an unsigned artist from Ottawa, who has written and produced and apparently played most of the instruments on this debut album. 
This song shows a cool combination of pop vocals and melody with a rock and roll attitude.  

Pretty tasty!

Listen and buy the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/come-a-little-closer/id1111275312 

Website: http://www.alisonrosesite.com/ 
Twitter: @AlisonRoseMusic 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/alisonrosemusic/

Ebb & Nova "The Good Climb" 

Ebb & Nova is a 4 piece band from Maryland, with a distinctive folk/indie sound, which blends acoustic guitars and cello melodies with a soulful and charming female vocal, producing a great blend of peaceful and thoughtful music, along with great poetry. 

This song is from their debut album, which I really recommend. 

Get the song from their website along with the album: http://ebbandnova.wixsite.com/ebbandnova/musi

Website: http://ebbandnova.com/ 

Twitter: @EbbandNova 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ebbandnova

Ortense Blue "Hammer and Chisel" 

Today's pick of the week is the song "Hammer and Chisel" from Ortense Blue,

Ortense Blue is a British artist now living in Wales, who is creating her own style of ambient folk music with a dark modern twist. Her songs are often bitter sweet, but always compelling and this song from her debut EP "Safe to make a sound" is one of the best and most representative of her style. 

I hope you will enjoy as much as I do. 

Get the song and EP on Bandcamp: https://ortenseblue.bandcamp.com/album/safe-to-make-a-sound 

Website: http://www.ortenseblue.com/ 

Twitter: @ortenseblue 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/OrtenseBlue/

Oh Tambo "Loophole"  

Oh Tambo is a band from Sweden. It's "Soulful rock by real people" in their own words. 

The song is a powerful rock anthem about warfare in the name of religion which questions why we can't live side by side with different beliefs.
Pretty heavy theme for a rock song, but they make it work here by contrasting soulful verses with hard pounding chorus. 

Well done guys! Really cool and powerful song.

Check the video for this song on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLii4OF3FHVbbPEWZK281w/

Twitter: @oh_tambo  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ohtambo/ 

SURfACE "Something in Between" 

The pick of the week this time is a song called "Something in Between" from SURfACE 

SURfACE is a duo from Florence, Italy. They have released a first album called "Youniverse (or the Hidden Worlds Within)" which in their own words is a "journey throughout their different worlds". This song has a great atmosphere, with dynamics alternating between the soft verses dominated by the percussion and the big chorus with delayed guitars.

Tasty song that I think you will enjoy. And the rest of the album is pretty cool too. Check it out!

Get the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/youniverse-or-the-hidden-worlds-within/1341092925 

Website: https://www.surface-band.com/ 
Twitter: @SURfACEtweets  
FB: https://www.facebook.com/SURfACEband/

Dandelion Charm "September" 

My pick of the week this time is coming from "Riding the flood", the freshly released EP of Dandelion Charm.

KB Radio listeners of course know all about Dandelion Charm, with their tune "Skywalker" from their previous EP that featured for a while in the KB charts. 
This one song is called "September" and it's another beautiful folk/prog/rock epic like these two do so well. 
Beautiful harmonies again on this one, and that characteristic 12-strings driven sound make this song another winner. 

Get this beautiful EP on Bandcamp: https://dandelioncharm.bandcamp.com/album/riding-the-flood-48khz-24bit 
Website: https://www.dandelioncharm.com/ 

Twitter: @Dandelion_Charm 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/dandelioncharmmusic/

Ana Patan "General Conspiracy" 

The pick of the week is a song called "General Conspiracy" from singer-songwriter Ana Patan 

The song has clever lyrics, infectious groove and spicey guitars.
Ana is a great guitarist who plays something else than the same old scales, and this is refreshing. 

It's a fun song about how everything is conspiring against her to reach her lover that day. I hope you will enjoy!

Get the song on Bandcamp: https://anapatan.bandcamp.com/releases 
Website: http://www.anapatan.com/ 

Twitter: @ana_patan 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/anapatan.music/

The Strands "Feelin' it" 

The pick of the week this time is the song "Feelin' it" from The Strands 

KB Radio listeners probably know about the band with their song "Flying" which is in heavy rotation here. 
This one is another great song from their  "Entanglement" album. 

Again on this one, The Strands are blending jazz influence and pop immediacy with great effect. 
Have a listen and let yourself feel it! 

Get the album on CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thestrands1 

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thestrandsofficial

Twitter: @TheStrands1 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheStrandsOfficial/

Paisley Jura "26 Degrees" 


My pick of the week today is Paisley Jura with her song "26 degrees" from her album "Time is how you spend your love" 

She's a Canadian artist from Toronto and you will gather that when she sings about 26 degrees "on the wrong side of zero"...
I mean, how Canadian is that? 

The song is a clever blend of jazz and pop and many things in between and the production is outstanding and really makes the song shine and keep the attention with lots of clever little things going on. 

Get the album on Bandcamp: https://paisleyjura.bandcamp.com/album/time-is-how-you-spend-your-love-2 

Check out Paisley's website: http://www.paisleyjura.com/ 

Twitter: @paisleyjura 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/paisley.jura.9

Signals "Recuperate" 

For my pick of the week this time, I chose a song called "Recuperate" from the UK band "Signals" 

The genre is called "Math-Rock" whatever that is. To me it sounds like King Crimson from the 80s Discipline era have met with The Clash and have created this kind of adrenaline pumped yet brainy child. 

That song is representative of their style, with poly-rhythm and punch and that female vocal like a cherry on top. 
You will be able to tell people at parties you're listening to 'Math-Rock' from now on, enjoy! 

Get the song and the EP on their bandcamp: https://signalsuk.bandcamp.com/album/facial-furniture-ep 

Twitter: @Signalsuk 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/signalsuk