Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures' mystical music goddess, Jess Lynch, has dived even deeper into the deep sea trenches that is forgotten bands and has plucked some of the shiniest gems out from the darkness and into your lives once again.
The Be Good Tanyas
Delicate yet compelling. The Canadian folk trio is made up of Frazey Ford, Trish Klein and Sam Parton and was formed in the late 90s. The combination of sweet harmonies and rustic instrumentals makes for a soothing and melodic sound. TBGT manage to create such an honest and natural aura within both their stripped back sound and charmingly pure lyrics, which shine through in songs such as Junkie Song and Hello Love. Not only do these girls create great music themselves, they tend to enjoy putting their own twist on others too. These covers include The Animals House of the Rising Sun, Townes Van Zandt's Waitin' Around to Die and Neil Young's For The Turnstiles. With each of these covers, the girls have made them their own, almost to the point that they become unrecognisable to us. Their most recent album, A Collection pieces together their best tracks from 2000-2012 and perfectly summarises their sound and movement.
Does the name ring a bell? Probably not. When Johnathan Demme, a famous director got into a taxi driven by Quiana Diana Lazzarus, he heard her demo playing in the car and took a shine to it. He believed that she had something, unfortunately the record companies disagreed, saying that she couldn’t be marketed. To that Lazzarus said, "I market myself, I'm an African American woman who wears locks and sings American rock and roll". Her music was used in the films Twisted, Something Wild, Married to the Mob and most memorably, The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, you got it. The iconic Buffalo Bill scene is soundtracked by Q Lazzarus' song, Goodbye Horses. Alone, the song holds an intimidating beauty but it's when it's paired with Buffalo Bill, the songs darkly enchanting spiritual essence really shines through. With such a unique, contralto voice, Lazzarus completely excels in this track which is what makes it difficult to understand why and how she disappeared off the face of the earth. She proved she wasn't a one hit wonder with her song White Lines which really conveys a powerful and independent sound. Although Goodbye Horses wasn't written by Lazzarus herself, it eerily reflects her own story.
A mixture of Siouxsie Sioux, Florence Welch and Lykke Li makes something extremely precious. Within her music, she combines goth, classical, industrial and electronic. Music has always been a part of Nicole Hummel's (Zola Jesus) life and from a young age she wanted to be an opera singer, however her anxiety held her back from pursuing that path. Fortunately, she found another path. Zola Jesus' sound is incredibly diverse, adaptable and incredibly distinctive. Her vocals hold such a raw intensity, creating a haunting deathly charm. Sorrowful and unavoidably captivating, it's almost impossible not to be affected by her work. An extraordinary and untouchable beauty flows from her collaboration with the Mivos Quartet on her album Versions, conveying how although she holds extreme power within her voice, it's also incredibly delicate. Her music has been remixed by artists from Diplo to David Lynch who remixed her track, In Your Nature. Zola Jesus encapsulates both life and death within her sound. A ghostly darkness is met with a pure, innocent light. Magical, haunting and unforgettable.