In this weeks Weaning Lambs, we were lucky enough to travel far and wide, from Stockholm to Wollongong, from Liverpool to Brussels. Again, TWL is reminded that with all the negative attitudes we can display for streaming music, it provides the ability to do just this, discover music from around the world and deliver it all on what simple blog posts.
- Artist: Vilde
- Cut: Just Visiting
- Field: Stockholm, Sweden
- Flocks: Dreamy Electronica
- Flavours Of: Wild Beasts, Beach House, Deerhunter
Sweden, a special place for The Wandering Lamb, a place that spawns some of the best dreamy and atmospheric pop in the world. Thomas Vilde, is VILDE, a singer-songwriter from Stockholm and reinforces our opinion. VILDE happily takes up residence amongst so many Swedish musical others, Just Visiting hums and pulses with gliding synths, but the real stand out being Vilde’s dreamy and quivering vocals that makes this such a vital cut.
- Artist: The Cactus Channel
- Cut: Storefront
- Field: Melbourne, Australia
- Flocks: Woozy Laid Back Pop
- Flavours Of: HOMESHAKE, Destroyer, Woods
The Cactus Channel are hugely talented group of Melbourne musicians that produce some of the most well-crafter, pop/funk/jazz/rhythm & blues cacophony you’ll hear in Australia. Their third album will see the band reinventing and shifting focus their musical inspiration to a wider audience. Storefront is the definition of seduction and soul in a pair of bottle thick glasses, the video is suburban awkwardness.
- Artist: Pale Grey
- Cut: Blizzard
- Field: Brussels, Belgium
- Flocks: Indie Pop
- Flavours Of: Pulp, MOSSY, Passion Pit
This is Pale Grey’s second cut and further taster for what is to come from their debut album “Waves”. Beyond the drifting electronic sounds that wash from all angles, it is the unmistakable bass tone of lead singer Gilles Delwaque’s vocal that makes this a stand out. This will be a debut that will find its way to a wider audience in Europe.
- Artist: Brightbird
- Cut: Back To You
- Field: Paris, France
- Flocks: Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter
- Flavours Of: King Creosote, Damien Rice, Jose Gonzales
Not much is known about Parisian singer-songwriter Brightbird, accept that TWL is one of the first tastemakers to discover this electronically framed acoustic cut. Back To You, delivers lyrics with a a sense of vulnerability hidden behind some confident songwriting.
- Artist: Sugarmen
- Cut: Kool-Aid
- Field: Liverpool, UK
- Flocks: Indie Pop, 60s infused
- Flavours Of: Babyshambles, Jamie T, The View
Sugarmen signed to Sire Records 18 months back, their potential great and the results are now being talked about amongst the tastemakers of Great Britain. The band continue to build a loyal fan base having supported Blur, Paul Weller and Hooton Tennis Club (great band to check out), however relatively uncharted here in Australia so a worthy Weaning Lamb. Kool-Aid draws upon the Liverpool sound of the 90s with harmonies, bass lines and vocals that stick together with pure upbeat brilliance.
- Artist: Kitten Heel
- Cut: Dancing Girls
- Field: Wollongong, Australia
- Flocks: Electro Pop
- Flavours Of: Grace Jones, St Vincent, Talking Heads
Kitten Heels mixes blues, punk and neo-psychedelia to deliver one of the freshest sounds to come out of Sydney, perhaps Australia. It’s rare to find a band/artists who has the ability to capture so much diversity in music and produce it so neatly in a musical moment. There is so much here to dissect that indicates an artist that may just be what the Australian music scene needs right now. Diversity in music and spirit.