eMusic's editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes joins us with some of the music that's been catching his ear lately, from the ambitious sounds of Swedish duo The Knife, the precise 1960s psychedelia of Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, New York songwriter Laura Stevenson's great Crazy Horse-inspired sound, and the dark psych-metal musings of England's Uncle Acid.
The Knife, Shaking The Habitual:
I really love this band, and am especially taken aback by this record. They started out as a conventional electronic band but with this album they've taken it up a notch. This is less a pop record and more a fully conceived artistic work...it demands full attention.
Jacco Gardner, Cabinet of Curiosities:
From Amsterdam, he is a 24 year old kid, he plays everything on the record. [It's] this fantastic kaleidoscopic throwback to '60s psychedelia. You can hear a little bit of the Zombies, and a little bit of Love, a great string section, Mellotrons, and his dreamy voice going over the top.
Laura Stevenson, Wheel:
This is a South by Southwest discovery for me. I had heard her name for a little while but I tuned it out a bit because I thought it wasn't [going to be] my thing. I happened to wander into her showcase at SXSW and as it turned out I couldn't have been more wrong. It was this big tremendous clanging sound. The band reminded me of Crazy Horse, and she was in the middle of it all holding it all together with her powerful voice.
Uncle Acid, Mind Control:
With the rise of the Internet you can find out everything really quickly, but with this band...you can't find out anything at all. From Cambridge, their whole aesthetic is '60s and '70s horror movies. They kind of sound like Queens of the Stone Age covering the Beatles. Really stomping doom metal but great harmonies and spooky lyrics.