I was pseudo DJing the other night before my brother started at the decks. In a room full of people drinking beer and chatting, we heard Lions by Jonquil slowly work its way into the room. Probably the song on my mix that I thought would stick out like a sore thumb, or like its name, a lion in a bar.
It held its own and turned heads.
The band is an Oxford (UK) bedroom recording project turned band, centered around 20 year old Hugo Manuel. The band released their most recent record on Try Harder, a label gaining some attention with bands like Foals. Listen for bouzouki, guitar, violin, drums, flugelhorn and double bass. Kind of like something in-between Akron/Family and Grizzly Bear.
Listen up fans of Maps, Grizzly Bear, Thom Yorke and Caribou. I think you’re going to like the music of Canon Blue.
I regret not going to see this artist (songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel James) play live when he toured here to Toronto this month. I’m loving his dreamy folktronica; blissful melodies backed by electronic beats and loops. The full-length record (Colonies) was mixed by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) is available on Rumraket Records.
Head over to Stereogum to hear new Grizzly Bear material (Alligator) off the upcoming Friends EP, ‘a collection of new songs, covers, and alternate interpretations of songs, released on November 5/6 worldwide on Warp Records‘.
In every Grizzly related post, I’ll always send you here…..