Dad Rocks!
Nov 28th, 2011 by hachaduryan

DAD ROCKS!

 

Location: Denmark (Iceland)

Genre: Indie-Folk-Rock

 

Dad Rocks! – Weapons (featuring Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene) courtesy of Paper Garden Records

 

Icelandic musician Snævar Njáll Albertsson is the mastermind behind Dad Rocks!, the solo project of the singer who initially rose to prominence with the Danish band Mimas. Dad Rocks!, however, is quite different: the guitar here is mostly acoustic and is accompanied by piano, trumpet, violin, viola, handclaps and much more. As Dad Rocks!, Albertsson is inspired by acts such as Bill Callahan, Owen, Why?, Akron/Family and Do Make Say Think. This has led to a sound that is a unique mix of folk, pop and lo-fi with complex guitar-work and anthem-like arrangements.

Snævar Njáll Albertsson’s primary sources of inspiration, however, are the relations closest to him. Most of all his little daughter who also inspired the name Dad Rocks!, naturally a pun on the ’dad rock’ genre. The use of pathos and irony is something that is explored throughout his work. Lyrically, this is also a central aspect with subjects both big and small. Sometimes delivered almost cynically but with words that are close to naïvism. Underneath this, the irony lurks at every corner, and even the title of the debut EP, “Digital Age”, explores this dynamic.

Whilst the EP was recorded in a lo-fi setting on an analogue tape recorder, Albertsson had another vision for the forthcoming debut full-length, Mount Modern, and went for a different aesthetic that allowed the instruments to stand out clearer to bring out every single melody carried out on the many instruments played on the album. For this task he enlisted Icelandic super producer Addi 800 (Blur, Björk) to mix the album and Tom Mcfall (REM, Stars, Regina Spektor, Bloc Party) to do the mastering.

 

Dad Rocks! – Nothing Keeps Up courtesy of Paper Garden Records

 

 

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dad-Rocks/323716390096
Twitter – Twitter.com/dadrocks1

Paper Garden Records – http://papergardenrecords.com/bands/records/dad-rocks/

 

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Caroline Smith and The Good Night Sleeps
Oct 8th, 2011 by hachaduryan

CAROLINE SMITH and THE GOOD NIGHT SLEEPS

 

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Folk / Indie / Pop

 

 


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Since her arrival in Minneapolis during the fall of 2006 as an 18-year-old, singer/songwriter, Caroline Smith has become a celebrated part of the Midwest artist community.

Her career began as a solo artist with a residency at Minneapolis’ 400 Bar, a once reputable venue pivotal in shaping the careers of Elliot Smith, Conor Oberst, and local hero, Mason Jennings who less than a decade before began his own career with the same residency. Here she developed an independent sound which continues to be characterized by simple chord structures supporting sweet pop vocal melodies. Most recognizable in her music and the defining quality to her success is her alto singing voice quivering through vibrato, classic and controlled with the presence of Billy Holiday, Leslie Feist, and Joanna Newsom.

In 2007, Smith befriended drummer Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult), bassist Jesse Schuster, and multi-instrumentalist Colin Hacklander and the boys joined forces to support Caroline’s folk tunes as the Goodnight Sleeps.

In August of 2008, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps released their debut full length, Backyard Tent Set, recorded at the Devil’s Workshop in Minneapolis with Chad Weiss (Mason Jennings, Ben Kweller). The prominent sound is of gentle folk instrumentation- acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, glockenspiel while Caroline’s singing floats above in innocent and playful imagery and catchy pop hooks. This independently released LP has made major waves online, on air, and on tour. 7 national tours and constant circuit through the Midwest has garnered a commited following of audiences around the US.

 


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In 2010 in celebration of several years of successful touring, Caroline and Goodnight Sleeps bassist, Jesse Schuster recorded live duo arrangements rooted in folk tradition. The limited addition Live at the Cedar [Cultural Center] was met with enthusiastic acclaim from fans around the states, and within 6 months of its release the disc was completely sold out.

Most recently, Caroline Smith and company have completed tracking a new full length at the Terrarium in Minneapolis with Jason Orris (Polara, Happy Apple, Haley Bonar) and the songs are currently being mixed with Tom Herbers (Low, Dark Dark Dark, Andrew Bird). The yet untitled full length expands upon Backyard Tent Set’s story-telling whimsy, but shifts its foundation from the simplicities of folk to greater nuances of musical arrangement and soundscape rooted in modern indie rock. Loyal to the heart of Smith’s sound, Caroline’s unforgettable and endearing pop melodies remain the proudest strength of the record.

The record will find itself in your CD player in mid August, 2011.

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