Smoke Fairies’ fabulous show at ULU on Friday has had me in a creepy folky deviltunes kind of mindset of late, hence a bumper post about newish discoveries – some folky, some freaked-out, all fabulous. Acoustic guitars don’t always have to equate “nerds in ugly sweaters singing about their feelings”, which can only be a good thing.
First up, Seattle’s King Dude, possibly worth it on the name alone, and definitely pays off in the weirdness:
King Dude reminds me of the brilliant but incredibly slack Mississippi Witch, who hail from Bristol, and have been “working on” their (his?) second album since about 2008. This one’s from the first album. I adore it, so if you’re reading this, Oli, please get it together and give us album #2:
More freaky than folky is U.S. Girls, which is one of those bands that likes to confuse things by being just one person, the one in question being Californian Meghan Remy. This little gem, which kicks off more than a bit like a psyched-out Loco-Motion* (Little Eva’s, not Kylie Minogue’s, if you please), is coming our way in June on limited split 10″ vinyl via Fat Cat sister label Palmist Records.
My latest lady-crush is Sea of Bees, a one-woman band from Sacramento. Sea of Bees (real name: Jules) is on tour with Smoke Fairies in the UK right now, and her off-kilter storytelling folk will be a fine partner for the Smokes’ creepy acoustic folk-blues.
“Marmalade” is taken from the forthcoming Songs For The Ravens album, and is at the slightly rockier end of Sea of Bees. I grabbed this track from her website, and if you head there you can find more musical goodies including her 2009 EP. She’s also a good follow on Twitter. She’s a very witty and funny lady.