Visit www.arranarctic.com Arran Arctic (a.k.a. Arran Southall) is a D.I.Y. musician and artist who has been independently producing and releasing music for almost two decades. When he’s not recording in his home studio, he’s doodling, knitting and generally being creative in any way possible! Arctic’s musical canon weaves elements together from the folk, pop and electronica genres, featuring a variety of individually layered instruments. Drawing inspiration from artists such as PJ Harvey, Patrick Wolf and Iain Archer, every Arran Arctic release endeavours to offer something fresh.
Mike Doughty (born June 10, 1970, in Fort Knox, Kentucky) is an American indie and alternative rock singer-songwriter and author. The former frontman of Soul Coughing barely sounds like his former self. Doughty began writing solo songs in 1995, but nothing materialized until Soul Coughing broke up in 2000, at which point Doughty began touring solo with his acoustic guitar after becoming clean and sober. Skittish was finally released to the masses along with the EP Rockity Roll on the ATO record label.
Cibo Matto is a New York City-based band formed by two Japanese women, Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda in 1994. Despite being based in the US rather than Japan, they have strong links with the shibuya-kei scene in their use of sampling and mixture of trip-hop and rock, but stand out amongst other such artist for their particularly strong use of Latin and South American music. Cibo Matto is an Italian phrase that means "crazy food".
Indie Rock with a quirky, cynical edge. The rhythms are stiff, danceable and direct. It won't give you nightmares, but it will slap your psyche around a bit. Not strictly for the medicated, but it helps.
Grandaddy are an American indie pop band formed in Modesto, California in 1992 by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lytle, bassist Kevin Garcia, and drummer Aaron Burtch; although a noisy, lo-fi approach characterized early recordings like 1994's Complex Party Come Along Theories, with the 1995 additions of guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden the group's sound expanded exponentially over the course of subsequent efforts including the unreleased Don't Sock the Tryer and the 1996 EP A Pretty Mess By This One Band.
Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush on 30 July 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England, now part of Greater London) is an English singer and songwriter known for her expressive four-octave soprano voice, idiosyncratic and literary lyrics, and eclectic and meticulous musical and production style. She debuted in 1978 with the surprise hit "Wuthering Heights", which was number one in the British music charts for four weeks.
Kyrie Kristmanson, a bilingual singer-songwriter was born in Canada. She started playing guitar at the age of nine, and has studied classical guitar and trumpet. In 2007 Kyrie was awarded the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Young Performer. Kyrie is currently based in Lyon, France, where she is studying Medieval musicology and singing in choirs. Invited to play at the Festival Le Printemps de Bourges, France, Kyrie has also been on tour with Emily Loizeau. She is scheduled to open for fellow Canadian Hawskley Workman in London and in Paris early May.
Chris Alastair (say "allister") is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from New York who's now based in London. Though best known for his funny spring-break anthem Spring (is Friggin' Awesome) (see Videos) he's a classically-trained, award-winning songwriter and performer whose recordings span a range of rock, pop, funk, and acoustic styles. Born in in North Africa to American and British parents, Chris was raised in the United States playing brass instruments in jazz bands and youth orchestras and singing a variety of choral work.
Freak folk experimental artist. Masaki Batoh (????) is the founding member, singer, and guitarist of the Japanese psychedelic super group Ghost.
Camper Van Beethoven is an alternative rock band that was founded in 1983 in Redlands, California, though the band soon moved to Santa Cruz, California. Camper Van Beethoven mixed elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, country, and acid rock into an eclectic, catchy and sometimes mysterious ensemble, years before the so-called alternative rock moniker came to mainstream attention. The group's trademark violin-coated melodies and their ironic take on American culture put them one step away from being a novelty act in the eyes of many critics.