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Barzin

Barzin is a Canadian singer-songwriter named Barzin Hosseini. Slow and melancholic, introspective and confessional: These words in some ways describe the sound of Barzin. A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. But somewhere along the way it shed its solitary skin allowing a wide array of characters into it’s sound. From amongst a rotating cast of musicians, who occasionally made appearances on recordings and at performances, three individuals slowly became a fixture of this project.

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Spider

There are at least seven artists which have used the name Spider: an indie folk singer from New York, United States, a metal band from England, a punk band from Hungary, a lo-fi band from Washington, United States, a ska/rock band from Malaysia, a power pop band from Wallasey, England, a rapper from Mexico. 1. Spider is an alias for Brooklyn musician Jane Herships. Most of the songs on her release The Way to Bitter Lake are hushed, personal songs with elements of shoegazing reminescent of musicians such as Nick Drake and M. Ward.

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The Consultants

Formed in Brooklyn in 2003, The Consultants were Marisha Chinsky, Brett Whitmoyer, and Mike Hollitscher. Their music is beautifully layered and cinematic, while the lyrics are a neurotic cocktail of hope and discontent. Chinsky sings and writes most of the words, and they are often windows into a compelling world where self-confidence and self-doubt are perpetually vying for the upper hand. In The Mark, for example, she sings

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Scenic

Famed lithographer and record/cd artwork cover artist Bruce Licher's mellow psychedelic rock band Scenic is subtle but potent force from the Sonoran desert that inspired much of the music.
Gentle yet dangerous, Scenic create a vocals-free layered guitar soundscape that tantalizes without ever fully satisfying, thereby creating an unfinished story in the mind of the listener.

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Martyn Wyndham-read

Folk Singer. Born in Sussex. Went to Australia in 1960 as a Jackeroo, to work on a sheep station,Emu Springs,Tintinara.Fell in love with the Australian Traditional songs and has been singing these as well as English Traditional songs since then.Was well known for his involvement in the Folk scene in Australia in the early sixties at The Reata , Frank Traynor's, Emerald Hill and other venues. Also very involved with new songwriters such as Graeme Miles, Stan Graham, Mike Silver,Mike O'Connor, Eric Bogle amongst many.

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The French

The French is a synth duo formed by Darren Hayman and John Morrison, both formerly of Hefner. The French developed the more electronic sound present on Hefner's last album: Dead Media. They have released one full length album called Local Information, an EP called Dagenham and a double a-side single called Gabriel In the Airport/Porn Shoes in the years 2003-2004.

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The Steinbecks

THE STEINBECKS emerged, blinking, from the still-smouldering ashes of The Sugargliders in 1994. The Sugargliders (3/2/89-10/6/94) were the creation of Melbourne brothers Josh and Joel Meadows, who were teenagers when they started playing gigs and recording for indie label Summershine Records. The 'gliders went on to become part of the legendary Sarah Records stable, releasing ten 7" singles and a compilation LP, We're All Trying To Get There (SARAH619), before self-combusting in June 1994. But theirs is another story.

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