Douga is the alias of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Johnny Winbolt-Lewis. As well as lending his drumming talents to new Manchester instrumental trio Plank! he's been crafting an entirely new set of songs which showcase his non-drumstick related talents. The name Douga comes from a childhood nickname. “Making music I find comparable to being a kid because it's exercising that 'childlike' imagination.”
Arborea is an Indie folk duo from Maine. Formed in the summer of 2005 by husband and wife Buck Curran and Shanti Curran, their music follows in the progressive folk and rock traditions of diverse artists like Pentangle, Tim Buckley, Sandy Denny, Jeff Buckley and Robbie Basho, as well as contemporaries Iron and Wine, Gillian Welch, Ray Lamontagne, Vashti Bunyan, and Devendra Banhart. Buck plays guitar, slide guitars, bowed strings, flutes, banjo, and vocals. Shanti provides lead vocals, banjo, ukulele, bowed strings, harmonium, and percussion.
Ed Askew, a gay man, cut one of the best and most obscure LPs in the original ESP Disk’s vague rock/folk/freak series, issued eponymously and since reissued as Ask the Unicorn, before apparently dropping off the edge of his world. Years later, thanks to detective work by - naturally - Mr Clint Simonson of the De Stijl Records imprint, it turned out that not only was Askew still breathing but he had actually recorded a follow-up to his ESP Disk in 1970 that had lain in the can for decades.
Plankton Wat is the solo sound world of Dewey Mahood, founding guitarist of Eternal Tapestry. Playing modern guitar soli inspired by the tradition of Fahey and Basho, and contemporary players Richard Bishop and Makoto Kawabata. Beginning as a home recording project in 2001, Mahood has slowly built a collection of highly personal music that has filtered out into the underground via tape labels such as Stunned, Digitalis, and Sloow.
Kes Band is a trio from Melbourne: Karl E. Scullin (KES), (of Mum Smokes), and former member of Bird Blobs; Julian Paterson (Minimum Chips, Mum Smokes etc), and Lehmann B. Smith. Two Kes Band albums have been released to date, each features different musicians: Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo), Oliver Mann, Laura Jean, Biddy Connor (Sailor Days), and Nick Veneables (Jessica Says). Two albums - Kes Trio and Kes Band III - are to be released in 2010 following a Japanese tour with Tokyo band My Pal Foot Foot.
There are more than one band under this name: 1) Harbinger is a band formed in 1997 in Berkeley, California featuring three prominent members from the East Bay punk scene: Robert Eggplant (vocals/guitar), formerly of Blatz, The Hope Bombs, and editor of the zine Absolutely Zippo, Aaron Cometbus (drums), founding member of Crimpshrine and author of legendary punk zine Cometbus, John Geek (bass/vocals) of Fleshies and the S.P.A.M. Records collective.
Matteah Baim is a folk musician from New York, United States. She began writing music with Sierra Casady in 2005 for Metallic Falcons. After the band disbanded, she continued with a solo career in 2006, releasing her first solo album Death of the Sun in 2007. Matteah's music is described as disparate, haunted folk that roll over your senses like desert clouds. With the help of a few friends Jana Hunter, Devendra Banhart, and Rob Doran she has taken her palate of lonesome inky textures and blown it dry with a wanderer's spirit.
Since 2006, UK artist Richard Skelton has been releasing small run documentations of his own musical explorations through his Sustain Release label. These recordings are always exquisitely packaged, in materials and imagery that really invoke the feel of the recordings locked away on the discs.
Place and space play a big factor in Skelton’s creative process, transporting the listener to the environment in which the music was originally recorded.
UK duo consisting of S. A. Grady and S. J. Lewis (two thirds of Rameses III), based in the London area, Padang Food Tigers offers here a debut release as a short ep of three instrumental tracks for a total length just below the ten minutes mark. Soft, bucolic, instrumental, intimate, folk, using banjo, piano, organ and bells, including nature field recordings, Padang Food Tigers build delicate atmospheres with a special attention towards the tiny detail. The beauty of their compositions and textures is simply disarming.
Julia Shammas Holter is a classically-trained keytarist from Echo Park. After infiltrating Human Ear Music headquarters dressed as an intern, she wrote and recorded her own release on the label. Her music is witty, surreal and optimistic. She plays without sarcasm in the terrains that divide sentimentality, passion, and control. Her songs are written instinctively, and treated with an off-kilter fastidiousness, working orchestral variety from minimal instrumentation.