Brooklyn based new wave, minimalist indie band Mon Khmer‘s first album is now available on their website for download… So for everybody who doesn’t live in the US: go and get it! It’s not the LP but you save the 30 Dollars shipment to Europe till it’s sold over the great pond… Love it!
picture by Priyanka Dasgupta.
The five members of Brooklyn based Indie band Mon Khmer met at Berklee College of Music during their studies. The range of musical influences is just as diversified as their characters. Matt plays bass like he’s playing funk guitar, is an experienced sound engineer and on top of that a local karaoke hero. Drummer Dave Cole shares the same name as the producer of his favorite artist: Mariah Carey. Elias Meister who is a great jazz guitar player is being called “the dancing German” by his band mates. They say he can look pretty scary without glasses but never gets angry. Dave Kaye who equips the band with the pedal steel, layering the songs with beautiful sweeping hooking sounds and brews his own beer. Singer and guitarist Hammarsing not so secretly wants to be a DJ – he already found a name for his alter ego: “Krachmacher”.
Currently, Mon Khmer is touring through US and will have their first album released at April 8, 2010!
Watch out for them (and fall in love!)!
This New Orleanian guy behind NOMADIC SUN started writing music at the age of 14 – found his own record label and is about to seduce electronic music lovers while living his nomadic lifestyle.
Kevin Burke, mastermind behind NOMADIC SUN is not the Irish fiddler Kevin Burke. He did not want to be mistaken for the Irish fiddler. “So I came up with NOMADIC SUN instead. It has a few points of meaning to me; it starts with N-O to remind me of New Orleans. I owe a lot to the culture of New Orleans and I want that to always be part of my persona”. While recording his CD, he lived his nomad lifestyle in different cities – including San Francisco, Paris and New York. “In a greater sense, I think of Nomadic Sun as a metaphor for God’s love”.
Burke seems to be a keen thinker. His new album “The Fates” (released August 7, 2009) surprises not only with a unique style of music combining electronic elements and a dynamic side featuring organic instruments. His lyrics range from some English to French and Swahili (!). If you ask him to describe himself, he will answer “Kevin Burke loves meeting people from different places, different languages, vegetarian food, electronic music festivals, dancing, photography and being in love”. Listening to the songs of “The Fates” might make you fall in love, too. Some of the electronic compositions are for the lovers of Air, Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk and harmonize perfectly with the soft soul ballad rhythms that are influenced and inspired by his number one idol Stevie Wonder.
Unfortunately, NOMADIC SUN is currently only touring through US and Canada. If you are over there though, try to make it to one of his shows. For tour dates, music teasers, CDs and contact check nomadicsun.com .