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"Wise Man" is the first single from El Mars´s (LV) next album titled “Mind Heroes” going to be released on October 22th.
The song got visualized and hides more meaning than looks at the first moment - the focus is on old men whose tired hands, sophisticated eyes and beautiful wrinkles tell a significant story one can only learn with years.
The tunes and melodies from El Mars at the same are almost as diverse as the lines on the face of on old wise man.

-Natalie

Listening to Audience Killers (LV) while knowing that they are based in Baltics is similar to seeing Ben&Jerry´s ice cream for the first time on the shelves of local supermarkets – you´ve always known that it´s somewhere out there,  it ought to be delicious and outstanding, but you´ve never had a truly personal contact . 
During times when creating synth-pop is the hippest thing,  Audience Killers represents pure indiepop like it started in the UK in the mid-1980s, their creation roots from alternative rock featuring simple computergame-sounding  chiptunes on synths and hands on romantic, careless feelings through happy melodies.  Another reason why their music stands out is the timbre of the vocalist – sounding something similar to Jonas Bjerre from Mew it increases the warmness and joy racing to ones body.  This is band who we plan to see on bigger stages!

-Natalie 

Latvia

Dirty Deal Audio is an intimate community resided from the best pick of Latvian nasty beatmakers. They gathered in 2011 to exchange their energies and youth power to help their creative gemmas to sprout and bloom, and not only are they active in the areas between Valka and Liepaja but DDA understand the importance of keeping in touch and collaborate with similar united minds in neighbouring countries.
After polishing their works in their secret laboratories and teasing their followers from underground attics and hidden hideaways the time has come to serve the sweetest bites from one plate titled “V/a LV beats”.

The clear sounding and well produced compilation featuring eighteen individual artists shares the dynamics with a twenty-four-hours day: starting with slower gulping beats and wandering melodies, then moving to memories of last night accompanied with first words of the day and followed by some tottery steps.

As the minutes pass the blood starts to move faster and so fastens the rhythm. The middle part(noon) is rather cloudy and nasty but soon stimulated to brighter colours. Before the late evening and end of the day arrives with its calming settling sounds one wonders around jumping from deep whole to stroking ground.

The compilation includes artists like 181hHatishKashuksOhmtek and many more which most probably will appear individually on this blog sooner or later themselves.

-Natalie

There are cases when bands consisting of musicschool alumnus are impressive in handling their instruments but lack in special character which one will remember. Sus Dungo in contrast (LV) is a pop-folk group consisting of eight adorable yet charismatic girls playing perfectly violin, guitars,  bass, percussion, flute, accordion and harp.

Their first single “Rasa pedas" from the freshly released minialbum is a yearning  soulful ballad with heartbreaking guitar riffs perfected from strong accordion and  extremely sad violin and flute sounds made even more suggestive from the angelic vocals. 

When “Rasa pedas” is more a soundtrack for rainy autumn evenings then “Sweetheart” shows a whole different side from Sus Dungos abilities being a cheerful, easygoing, foxy lovesong extremely suitable for Midsummer activies.  

-Natalie

Time for endless white nights, walking barefoot and hand-in-hand along the seaside surrounded by pine trees while gently touched by summer breeze has arrived. The perfect summer romance experience is wholly completed only with a perfect song which you can listen now and again in autumn while looking back to those careless happy three months and getting a tear into your eye. 

The first single called “The rust on my golden teeth” from  Momend´s (LV) album “Episodes of Trust” released on June 11th under ILY records is a perfect match to this description - soulful, touching, slightly melancholy indie tune completed with snug country guitar riffs.


-Natalie

This summer Piens organized a very cozy mini-fest called Piena Svētki 2011. Among the performers was also our avid supporter, Martin Confused (LV). Go check out the videos from the event, because the quality is just astonishing.

- Rolands

 

Elizabete Balčus (LV), previously known as a member of the all-girl mini-orchestra Sus Dungo (LV), has just released her debut album titled “Wooden Horse”. If you are lucky to get your hands on the CD (and, frankly, you should be very lucky), you will be astonished, it’s brilliant! This song, titled Tiny Flowers gives a hint of the palette of sounds you can expect on the album. More information on the album and the artist herself coming soon.

It’s my hand in the picture. I literally held the album in my hands. It’s really rare, yet I held it. How cool is that? It’s pretty cool.

- Rolands

Taksometru Sesijas (Taxis’ Sessions) is a project launched just recently in Latvia, where local and foreign musicians perform live sessions on the go in taxicabs. This is a video of Goran Gora playing his new song Awakening. So far Taksometru Sesijas have captured also Alise Joste and Arms and Sleepers. This is a fantastic project, we’re eager to see more!

- Rolands

Baiba Yurkevich (LV) is your prescription if you’re looking for a way to scratch that gentle jazz itch, while still keeping it raw, malformed and hip. Her music is the product of her numerous tastes and it shows in the variety of the spaces she traps the audience in. This track is called Yellow Stairs and you can find her mini-album at her Bandcamp page.

- Rolands

Anete (LV) is the divine pulse of benevolence we, kids from the future, sometimes lack. I’ve seen her live and, oh, I can tell you she cares about what she says and what those words do to the braincells of her audionce.

- Rolands