Thursday, March 12, 2009

International Finds

Pato Fu is the name of a Brazillian band from Belo Horizonte that makes pop/rock music with a electronic influence. They started getting things going back in 1992 and their latest and ninth album, Daqui Pro Futuro (From Here to the Future), takes vintage sequences and synthesizers and wraps it up in modern music goodness. The song below is about the problems of everday relationships and features an electric piano bopping with lead singer Fernanda Takai's lovely silky voice sailing along. An added plus? They'll be at SXSW this year.

Nada Original [mp3] (iTunes)

Asa (pronounced Asha) just released her first self-titled album in the US this year and it will probably be on a lot of people's "Best of 2009" lists, as this guitarist/songstress weaves soul, folk and jazz together with a smooth and strong smokey voice. Asa, who was born in Paris and grew up in Lagos (the New York of Nigeria), was raised on the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, and Fela Kuti, and sings in both English and Yoruba on her album. I've had her album on repeat for a while now, and it's hard for me to choose the song I like best, so I just went with the first one I ever heard. Enjoy!

Fire On The Mountain [mp3] (iTunes)

An Horse is an Australian band that's already generating buzz with their debut album, Rearrange Beds, which hits stores next week on the 17th. Rolling Stone called it a "killer breakup album" and Spin magazine said that the album churned up "a poignant fervor" and has labeled them as one of their special SXSW picks. The sound is loud fuzzy indie pop that has seemingly been thrown into a tornado of upbeat energy, and I've been finding myself singing "oh my god you're a handful" from their song "Little Little Little" these past few weeks, its catchy stuff. The first selected single off of the album is posted below, but make sure to check out their myspace to see if you can catch them when they come to a town near you.

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