Tobias Isaksson is a fan of a good party. After having made upbeat slop pop with his previous band Irene, and scaled-back folk as part of Laurel Music, he's been around the block a few times—able to laugh about things like entourages and riders. (Memo to booking agents: he loves a dry white wine.)
Over eight years and nine releases, Nils Frahm has slowly etched out a career by bringing the listener into his personal space, his intimate recordings seemingly meant for an audience of one. But now, for his 10th offering Spaces, the 31-year-old pianist is moving his classical compositions out of the bedroom and onto the stage.
by Laura Studarus and Sarah Ann Kelleher
Club 8's Johan Angergård and Misfit Mod's Sarah Kelleher have never met, but it's easy to see how the musicians would hold each other in high regard. The two singer/songwriters have tapped into a likeminded sense of sweet melancholy—manifesting in Misfit Mod's minimal pop debut Islands and Islands, and dappling Club 8's eighth album, Above the City.
by Laura Studarus and Morgan Kibby
Until recently, Morgan Kibby (who writes music under the name White Sea) and Olso-based singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfør had never had a proper heart-to-heart.
by Laura Studarus and Henrik Jonzon
Some friendships are meant to be. Case in point: Stockholm-based musicians Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds) and Henrik Jonzon (Nervous Nellie). Having weathered their awkward teen years together, they're able to spot the opportunity to make a playful joke at the other's expense from a mile (or a kilometer) away.
by Laura Studarus and Maja Westin
Caviare Days' Maja Westin joined Interview for a conversation with The Deer Tracks' David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors about the creative process, odd and unusual spaces, and the art of forging a musical language.
by Laura Studarus and Kenny Gilmore
Nedelle Torrisi is that girl you don't know you already know. The beguiling female vocalist woven through Blood Orange's Coastal Grooves, a member of Sufjan Stevens' musical entourage, the frontwoman to gone (but not forgotten) Asthmatic Kitty fractured-pop act Cryptacize—Torrisi has worn a lot of hats. Paradise (Torrisi's solo project) is the work of a woman in love with pop and jazz in equal parts, and finally free to follow her twisted musical inclinations wherever they might lead.
by Laura Studarus and Hugo Manuel
Even though they've never met face-to-face, El Perro Del Mar (Sarah Assbring) accepted Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel)'s request to collaborate with him on his full-length debut Young Hunger's feathery dance-driven duet, "Evening Surrender." Interview joined Assbring and Manuel for their first-ever Skype conversation; we're also pleased to debut an exclusive Chad Valley remix of El Perro Del Mar's "Walk On By."
The Well Pennies perform in their Sunday best, often slotted into bills featuring Los Angeles' finest screamo, rock, and noise acts. Their defense? Lush folk harmonies and crystalline male/female vocals, set against a wash of banjo, guitar, piano, violin, and the occasional suitcase-based percussion kit.