Yes, it took Ben Watt over 30 years to release his second solo album, Hendra, but he has a perfectly fine excuse. Following the release of 1983's North Marine Drive, Watt immersed himself in Everything But the Girl with longtime partner (and now wife) Tracey Thorn, ran two record labels, toured the globe as a club DJ and wrote two critically-acclaimed memoirs.
Five Essential Albums
Snowbird's Simon Raymonde, formerly of Cocteau Twins and co-founder of the Bella Union label, picks his 'Five Essential Albums' for FUV.
Fanfarlo's blissful EP of last year, The Sea, was a sparkling pop prelude to the London band's bold third album, Let's Go Extinct, which is released on February 11 via Blue Horizon. The group sidles even further away from its early folk roots and unearths more danceable grooves on this release, as on the sunny single "Landlocked." They have a lengthy North American tour this spring, including two New York dates in late April at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade.
Fanfarlo bassist Justin Finch lists his Five Essential Albums that might have influenced the band's upcoming album ... or maybe not.
It has been a stellar year for Brooklyn-based composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone and his chamber pop collective, San Fermin. The band, bringing Ludwig-Leone's chamber pop songs to buoyant life, released its self-titled debut in September to very positive reviews and a rapidly-growing fanbase, both Stateside and abroad.
Basia Bulat, who plays Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, compiled her 'Five Essential Albums' for FUV.
The Naked and Famous might have relocated from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles, but the tirelessly
Thom Powers of The Naked and Famous discusses his Five Essential Albums
Willy Mason picks his 'Five Essential Albums' for FUV