By Lee Cahill and Sarah Besnard
Artist: Yellow Ostrich
Listen: “Marathon Runner”
From: New York City & Wisconsin
Label: Barsuk (New Album Strange Land out March 6th)
Sounds like: Indie Rock a la Dirty Projectors meets The Dodos meets Mister Heavenly.
Reason to listen: They’ve shared the stage with Ra Ra Riot and Mates of State plus their drummer drummed for We Are Scientists and Bishop Allen. But the real star is front man, Alex Schaaf, who’s been known to perform the bass parts with his feet by sampling himself and then switch between keyboard and guitar all while singing. Quite the multitasker!
Shows: Mercury Lounge in NYC on April 12
Artist: Father John Misty
Listen: “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
From: Los Angeles, USA
Label: Sub Pop/Bella Union
Sounds like: Indie Folk
Reason to listen: Father John Misty is the new project from, J Tillman, ex drummer of Fleet Foxes. The debut album Fear Fun is to be released on the May 1st.
Artist: Spoek Mathambo
Listen: “Let Them Talk” Download and listen HERE
From: Johannesburg, South Africa
Label: Sub Pop
Sounds like: Afro Pop/ Township Tech / Post Dubstep
Reason to listen: Spoek Mathambo’s sophmore album Father Creeper due out March 12th took shape while he toured the US, Europe, and South America on his darker debut album Mshini Wam. Plus he appeared in the award-winning south african sci-fi novel Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.