Bjork, The Fiery Furnaces, CocoRosie

Experimental folk-tronic from CocoRosie; Canadian country-rockers The Sadies; Brother and sister duo The Fiery Furnaces; Thumbpicking wizard Eddie Pennington; Swedish folk from Peter Puma Hedlund; Light and delicate, lo-fi pop from Mirah. Featured Artist: Bjork.

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Bjork, The Fiery Furnaces, CocoRosie

Medúlla

Oceania

  • Artist: Bjork
  • Album: Medúlla
  • Song: Oceania

Bjork rarely conforms to expectations for even the most experimental music. Medulla is her most challenging album to date.

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  • "Oceania"
  • Album: Medúlla
  • Artist: Bjork
 
La Maison de Mon Rêve

Terrible Angels

  • Artist: CocoRosie
  • Album: Maison de Mon Rêve
  • Song: Terrible Angels

CocoRosie are sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, make quirky, playful tunes with sweet harmonies. They recorded this album while living in Paris.

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  • "Terrible Angels"
  • Album: La Maison de Mon Rêve
  • Artist: CocoRosie
  • Label: Touch & Go
 
Favourite Colours

Translucent Sparrow

  • Artist: The Sadies
  • Album: Favourite Colours
  • Song: Translucent Sparrow

The Sadies are fronted by Canadian brothers Dallas and Travis Good, with a blend of traditional country, surfer music and garage rock.

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  • "Translucent Sparrow"
  • Album: Favourite Colours
  • Artist: The Sadies
  • Label: Yep Roc
 
Blueberry Boat

Chris Michaels

  • Artist: The Fiery Furnaces
  • Album: Blueberry Boat
  • Song: Chris Michaels

From a musical family in Illinois, Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger make wildly experimental, unpredictable and challenging music with a mix of pop melodies folk rock and plenty of wordplay.

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  • Album: Blueberry Boat
  • Artist: The Fiery Furnaces
  • Label: Rough Trade
 
Walks the Strings … and Even Sings

John's Smoke Turns Blue

  • Artist: Eddie Pennington
  • Album: Walks the Strings and Even Sings
  • Song: John's Smoke Turns Blue

Eddie Pennington is a master of thumbpicking, a style of guitar playing pioneered by Merle Travis in Kentucky.

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  • "John's Smoke Turns Blue"
  • Album: Walks the Strings … and Even Sings
  • Artist: Eddie Pennington
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
 
Vägen

Älgmarschen

  • Artist: Peter Puma Hedlund
  • Album: Vägen
  • Song: Älgmarschen

Peter Puma Hedlund plays what's known as nyckelharpa. First created about 600 years ago, it's shaped like an elongated violin with multiple strings and keys used to press the frets.

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  • Album: Vägen
  • Artist: Peter Puma Hedlund
  • Label: RPM
 
C'mon Miracle

We're Both So Sorry

  • Artist: Mirah
  • Album: C'mon Miracle
  • Song: We're Both So Sorry

Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn is the daughter of artistic parents from Olympia, Washington and sings with what some have called the "sexiest" voice in rock.

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  • "We're Both So Sorry"
  • Album: C'mon Miracle
  • Artist: Mirah
  • Label: Arrivederci Baby
 

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