Saturday, November 5, 2011

New artists

One part of growing older is completely losing touch with what is going on in current pop music. I have a vague knowledge of a singer called Lady Gaga, but that's about it. Travis and The Cranberries are new bands for me, and I don't know if they even exist anymore. If I discover new music, it's often by accident. Hearing a tape while sitting in the car of a friend or things like that. So, here's the top five of new artists, meaning artists that have appeared after the year 2000:
1. Iron and Wine
2. Marissa Nadler
3. Jose Gonzales
4. Fleet Foxes
5. Bon Iver


  1. Some good music there, especially Fleet Foxes (if you haven't seen the music video for White Winter Hymnal, you should certainly watch it - Here's a few other bands that you may enjoy (and have come on the scene since 2000):

    Regina Spektor
    The Shins

    And a couple of my favorite Icelandic bands (but both predate 2000):

    Sigur Rós
    Emilíana Torrini

    P.S. Travis is still around and currently working on their seventh album.

  2. Check out Polish band Ścianka

    Iris sleeps under the snow :

    Latajacy Pies:

    LP "Dni wiatru" is one of the best albums in the history of 'so called' rock music.

  3. An excellent top five, sir. You should definitely check out a wonderful band called The Black Atlantic. They're Dutch and their album "Reverence For Fallen Trees" is gorgeous and FREE:

  4. Based on your appreciation of Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, etc., another new band you might like is Dear Vincent. You can hear them on their MySpace site:

    And a slightly-older band you might like is Over the Rhine. You can stream their newest album, The Long Surrender, on their website:

    They have quite a backlog of material. I most-highly recommend Drunkard's Prayer, Ohio, and Good Dog Bad Dog.

    Michael Avolio

  5. Thanks for all the suggestions! There will be some more youtube watching the next days.
    Yes, I've seen the video for White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. It's amazing.
    Another group, or duo, I like is Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. Also: The Danish singer Agnes Obel.

  6. I'm like that with modern music too, except for Magnetic Fields. I think you might like them:

  7. I'm going to hop on this bandwagon and recommend my brother-in-law's band, Raised By Swans. Their music is hauntingly beautiful, and if you like artists like Bon Iver and Iron and Wine, you might like them too. Their site is, and otherwise you can find things on youtube. They also have a couple of songs--and appear briefly--in Atom Egoyan's last film, Chloe.

  8. I bet Mogwai's "How to be a werewolf" is at least a little inspired by your Werewolves of Montpellier.

  9. Or you could do as I have done the last year. Finding new albums by artists I used to listen to a long time ago.
    For instance, Julian Lennon has released his first album in 13 years!
    Check out the single here:

    Other examples:
    Nik Kershaw:
    Somebody Loves You

    What Do You Think Of It So Far

    Alphaville, new album last year.
    Here is the single, I Die For You Today, but the whole album is worth
    checking out :-)