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Melissa Horn - Lät du henne komma närmre (Did you let her come closer?)

Discovered it today. She sings so beautifully, and the lyrics... The refrain kills me. Starts at 0:33.

refrain:

Did you let her come closer?

Was she more beautiful than me?

There are days when I think more of her than of you.

I'm walking beside (you) but am falling behind, can't run anymore.

I've tried to show you with my eyes but it's not me you're seeing

This place is someone elses and I have to find a way out

How should you love someone who has loved someone before?

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I'm pretty sure Julia Stone is a goddess.

I am absolutely loving these breathy female vocals. It took me a while to get it at first. If you know of any songs that are close to the style of Julia Stone, Lisa Hannigan, First Aid Kit, Norah Jones, St. Vincent, Beach House, or Nouvelle Vague (Asteroid Galaxy Tour has the unconventional vocal variety but not really the mellow mood), then please do let me know about it.

Julia & Angus Stone - For You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi2SYzDLgW8 (Coachella 2011)

I love this performance. I especially love that "Hmm!" she gives at 4:56 and then starts gently rocking left and right.

"Heere... I... go... I'll tell you what you already know. Hmm! Heere I go. I'll tell you what you already know. If you loove me, with all of your har-har-heart, my darling love me, if you love me, I will make you a star in my universe. You'll never have to go to work. You'll spend every day, shining your light my way."

That pianist has an uncanny semblance to Regina... wish they showed her face rather than her back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eefVgc_qhxg (studio version)

(live in Paris)

Julia Stone - Winter On The Weekend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpFFGosHlwM

Julia & Angus Stone - And The Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8dfcU8Z-Hs

Julia & Angus Stone - Chocolates & Cigarettes

Julia & Angus Stone - You're The One That I Want (cover)

Angus & Julia Stone - Mango Tree

Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane

Angus & Julia Stone - Paper Aeroplane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en03MHejlxs

Angus & Julia Stone - Just A Boy

Angus & Julia Stone - The Devil's Tears

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YemhxC9OpSw

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The National and St. Vincent - Sleep All Summer (Crooked Fingers cover)

St. Vincent - Marry Me

Beach House - 10 Mile Stereo

(Live on Conan O'Brien)

Lisa Hannigan - Playground Love (Air cover)

Lisa Hannigan - I Don't Know

(official video)

Lisa Hannigan - Lille

(official video)

Nouvelle Vague - Dancing With Myself

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now for something completely unrelated:

Hayley Westenra - Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell cover)

(official)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6SvkMr7LHM (HD, live on New Zealand morning show)

(live)

here's some French electro-pop:

Prototypes - "Je ne te connais pas"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miOpFtbGPpo

catchy...

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quote:
Originally posted by lennonist:

I'm pretty sure Julia Stone is a goddess.

I am absolutely loving these breathy female vocals. It took me a while to get it at first. If you know of any songs that are close to the style of Julia Stone, Lisa Hannigan, First Aid Kit, Norah Jones, St. Vincent, Beach House, or Nouvelle Vague (Asteroid Galaxy Tour has the unconventional vocal variety but not really the mellow mood), then please do let me know about it.

I think you'd like Sharon van Etten:

She has two albums, they're both really nice Big Grin

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Thanks. ;^) And you'be be right. I love minimalistic and mellow indie folk like this. It seems that I'm more partial to soulful female vocals lately, but please understand that I listened to every classical rock oldies boy-band and male folk singer growing up. I'll admit that I dismissed girlie mainstream pop for its commercialism, and maybe to protect my masculinity--I became a feminist after taking a sociology class that made me realize how unfairly patriarchal and sexist society is; John Lennon's social justice agenda also had an affect on me. It took me a while to discover that women have a presence in folk and rock too, so this is a fairly recent but developing infatuation. ;^P

I liked the song "For You" by Sharon Van Etten. It's funny that the name of the song is "For You", maybe that is what prompted you to recommend it. (The style of "Consolation Prize" reminds me of a singer on Youtube named Shelley Green, but she deleted all her music a few years ago, promising new material, which never came. There are two lovely original tracks by her that are still up on http://www.myspace.com/shelleygreenmusic/music - "Track 32" kills me, and "My Balance" is nice too.) I will be sure to check Sharon Van Etten out more extensively sometime. :^)

<off-topic>Goddamn, my thoughts are so scattered and crowded all the time. I need to journal and write more often. I've forgotten how to think because I read and consume media so much. I feel like I ceded my thinking power to reporters and just nod or shake my head. I'd like to try a week-long experiment where I go without using any electricity and do some writing and reading and walking in the park and maybe some urban exploration, which may seem against my principles, but I don't like bugs so too much hiking would irritate and freak me out.

But no, I have to do some more homework, lab reports, presentations, attending boring lectures, and studying for now. What have we come to. The humanity is missing. And it's so possible to make this meaningful again. Two more weeks and one week of hell (final exams) until temporal freedom, relatively. blergh, sorry. </off-topic>

edit: lyrics for Shelley Green at http://lyrics.wikia.com/Shelley_Green

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Hee, I was in record shop in Paris and Julia and Agnus Stone's cd randomly caught my attention and made me wonder what kind of music they make. Guess I'll find it out now! Big Grin

Lately, I've listened to Agnes Obel and Anna Järvinen, and liked them both a lot. They're not that 'new' - Agnes' album came out two years ago - but as Agnes is Danish and Anna was born in Finland and grew up in Sweden, I thought they might be new acquaintances to non-Nordic stixers.

Agnes' song 'Riverside' played in some episode of Grey's anatomy, I think, and that's a lovely, mysterious and enchanting piece. The whole album, 'Philharmonics', is a real beauty!

From Anna, I've been listening to her newest album 'Anna själv tredje'. My favourite song right now is 'Uppåt framåt på finska' (yay Finnish!) but I like the other songs as well. Definitely worth checking out.

/Offoffoff/ lennonist, I know the feeling! I used to write a lot and really like it and actually be quite good at it, but I haven't been able to write anyhting decent in months, years maybe. I can't find the required peace inside my head. I hate that. There are words somewhere, but they just won't come out. I'm so afraid that they are gone for good. So yes, a week or too as a hermit in the woods wouldn't hurt right now. Just leave me there with some food, fire, pen and paper and some musical instruments! I would very much like to find out what I am actually thinking and feeling, and being able to express it creatively would be a nice bonus./Offffff/

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wow, Agnes Obél is really good. Great pianowork and amazing lyrics, very natural and effortless.

(handy links for passerby 'stixers)

Agnes Obel - Riverside

[official music video]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5UG2QiK9q8 (live performance - Le Live)

(lyrics in description)

Agnes Obel - Just So

Agnes Obel - (I Keep A) Close Watch (John Cale cover)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BxXZ1gH3pM

I will definitely have a listen through her whole album.

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I'm liking this song by Anna from that album:

Anna Järvinen - Lilla Anna

I'm pretty sure that's an organ playing on it? It brings back some good memories of

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale (1967)

It also reminds me of something else, but just what hasn't crystalized in my mind yet. Seals and Croft, maybe? Not sure.

The production and musical arrangement on her songs is really good--soft and subtle, at least on the few that I listened to:

Kom hem -

Svensktalande Bättre Folk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGgwsG1Qhbs

Vals För Anna - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhA7ImOsFrU

I'm a little out of my depth, as I don't understand Swedish/Finnish. I'm able to appreciate the lyrics by Agnes Obel a whole lot more.

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Angus & Julia Stone are a brother-sister duo from Australia. Julia is two years older. Julia is 26, and Angus is 24 now, I think. They're acoustic, folk, blues singer-songwriters. "Big Jet Plane" was the first song I heard by them a long while ago, and their performance at Coachella renewed my interest in them. "Big Jet Plane", "For You", "And the Boys", "Mango Tree", "Black Crow" "You're the One that I Want" are their most popular songs.

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