The third instalment of 'Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures' comes, once again, from Smashed Vinyl's marvellous Jess Lynch. This week she has gone down into the cellar, pulled out an assortment of bands and artists, brushed the dust off them and stuck them on display for you all to stare at and get to know.
Packed with heavy basslines, rattling riffs, enchanting synths, thundering drums and bewitching vocals. Icelandic alternative rock band Fufanu create an intense aura in both their music and general presence. In their live set with KEXP, the band appear so in sync with one another, yet each totally engrossed and committed to their own position. Although there is a dark and melancholy sound to their music, along with the lyrics and Kaktus Einarsson's electrical performance, it becomes passionate and even poetic. Stand out tracks are Wire Skulls, Circus Life and Ballerina in the Rain.
Fufanu will be performing in the UK on October 6th @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, get tickets here!
Originating from a solo project consisting of vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman, The Antlers have grown and evolved into a more diverse and flexible piece with the addition of Darby Cicci (trumpet, electric bass, keyboard, synth and vocals) and Michael Lerner (drums). Their album Hospice marks the bands progression into a collaborative project, and tells the story of 'an emotionally abusive relationship, told through the analogy of a hospice worker and a terminally-ill patient'. It's honesty is what makes Hospice so moving, a true journey through life's obstacles. The ambience within The Antlers appears greatly natural yet stunningly astral all at once. See this come to play in The Space Project album in which The Antlers feature on with their instrumental track Jupiter.
AKA Ashley Rose Calhoun (AKA Wu-Wu) has been devising magical and kooky musical mixes since 2013, successfully building up her reputation on Soundcloud where she has 6 lengthy mixes. Elements of jungle, reggae, hip-hop, trance and drum and bass can be found among Calhoun's mixes, arranged so seamlessly that you can just drift in and out of each genre without realizing anything has changed. Since early this year, Calhoun has been working on side project Wu-Wu where she creates and writes all the music herself under the genre Vada Vada, founded by Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of The Garden. It's poppin', it's sparklin', it's vibin'.