WALTER MARTIN. If Andrew Bird (minus the violin) and Nick Jr. (the kids channel) had a baby.
You may recognize the name Walter Martin as a former member of The Walkmen. While others in the band went on to make (you guessed it) rock albums, Walter Martin went on and created a children’s album. Yes, a children’s album….AND it’s awesome. I actually love it and not just because I have children but because it is really good. It’s catchy and innocent and fun all at once. The album is also riddled with other great artists like Matt Berninger (The National), Karen O. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Kat Edmonson. So moral of the story; whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, it is in your best interest to give this album a spin.
SONDRE LERCHE. If Jens Lekman and Badly Drawn Boy had a baby.
Sondre Lerche’s first album was released in 2001 yet unfortunately I hadn’t heard of him until his latest single Bad Law was recently released. I gotta tell you, its the perfect mix of folk and pop. His 2011 self titled release has been on repeat since I found him. Very much looking forward to the new album, scheduled to be released September of this year. Keep your ear to the ground for this one!
KISHI BASHI. If Passion Pit, Andrew Bird and a young Paul McCartney had a baby.
I was not hip to this guy until I heard that Busman’s Holiday was going on tour with them. So I checked him out and immediately bought his latest release, Lighght. It is a fantastically orchestrated album. It has a danceable Passion Pit feel at times, the layered strings of Andrew Bird and in songs like “Q&A,” even a young Paul McCartney-esque voice. Definitely worth a listen.
DELETED SCENES. If Anathallo, Efterklang and Dismemberment Plan had a baby.
This Washington D.C. band just released their third full length album on April 15th. I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t grab me at first BUT it has become what I refer to as a “grower”. Give it a couple listens and these songs will start reaching out to you.