After a mini absence from the airwaves we’ve returned with three break through tunes we think you should have a little listen to. Let us know what you think and feel free to suggest any new bands from your local area you think we should be playing on the Walk of Shame.
First we feature long time friends and collaborators to each other’s music, Jenny and Johnny. She is the prolific singer songwriter from Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, and he is a long time band member, boyfriend and writer, Johnathan Rice, of which not as much is said. (Tough gig)
The Album ‘I’m having fun now’ bursts full of insidiously catchy melodies bursting with pop sensibilities that betray the often acerbic lyrics. Drifting in and out of 70’s West Coast style guitars their vocals combine to create perfectly matched harmonies well suited to beach side listening. The pair have announced a couple of side shows following on from their upcoming Laneways performances in Sydney & Melbourne. Get in quick as they’ll no doubt sell out fast! Find out more through their giant pink cassette tape or hit up their website from free MP3’s and more.
Next up from Norway the ever quirky Mr. Little Jeans. Highly glossed, quirky, electro charm oozes from this little bundle of musical joy. Breathless, almost whispered, vocals seductively break over filthy synths and blazing drums juxtaposing her sunshiney pop with a sinister backdrop of beats. Imagine a cross between Kylie & Lykke Li taking only the good bits and leaving behind all of the idiosyncrasies. Sixties girl groups, sunshine & lollipops all spring to mind but that’s not to belittle the little minx. Mr. Little Jeans, real name Monica Birkene, has worked with some of the best new producers in L.A and London, writes all her own materials and plays more than a small part in their production. You can download a free track here and get more info from her facebook page. Also of note is her version of Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies, which will be getting regular air time on The Walk of Shame just for a glimpse of the temptress that lies within Mr. Little Jeans!
Lastly and locally we have the dulcet tones of Lanie Lane. A smouldering bluesy, roosty chic from Sydney who’s carving a name for herself as a voice to be reckoned with. Her bio describes her sound as that of “Erykah Badu singing to herself as she does the housework” and it summarises her sound perfectly. 50’s style southern belle sounds of toiling in the sunsets, tending to bee’s wax and backing key lime pies are conjured up through her latest single What I do. It reminds me of someone, I can’t quite put my finger on, like a cheekiness waiting to be set free, like an itch that can’t wait to be scratched. It’s not just the old school Billie Holiday, Nina Simone or Ella Fitzgerald comparisons that follow her online, but someone newer contemporary and popsy. Maybe I’m missing something, but I really like this song and being a local lass am happy to play her songs as many times as necessary to help her cause. Check out her facebook page for all the info and live listings.