I went through my ‘Kinks stage’ when I was 17 after watching Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic, and Strangers was (and still is) my favorite of all their tracks. Lord Huron who recently released his first album, Lonesome Dreams (2012) often covers this song, especially while playing in London. It’s a good one for him, he likes to sing about ‘strangers’, a little motif.
Some incredible folk artists have been emerging from Sweden during the last few years. Idiot Wind is the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Amanda Bergman. She’s married to Kristian Matsson aka Tallest Man On Earth, and without drawing too many comparisons to their styles; they most definitely share a skill in writing original songs that engage with the listener on an personal level and pack a powerful emotional punch. Continue reading →