Ivana XL

More people should listen to: Ivana XL, live at Sycamore, June 11

Ivana XL is pure talent (a lot of it), and very little organization - a little bit like a female Van Gogh of the NYC scene - or maybe a Syd Barret reincarnation, considering her psychedelic influences and surprising songwriting style, that induces memories of childhood. Ivana finally managed to put out an EP (entitled "Blood") that sounds good (all her most recent releases were just very basic 2 tracks live recordings.) You can listen to some of these tracks here. We've been fans of Ivana for quite some time now and would definitely recommend to listen to her music and see her live, she's playing Sycamore (awesome little venue in Ditmas Park) on June 11. 


Weekly Special #180b: Ivana XL, live at The Outpost, 11.21

Ivana XL’s music sounds like it’d perfectly complement a Tim Burton landscape, as it conjures shadowy forests, stretching fog fingers and creaking attics in Antebellum mansions. Her breathy, beautiful voice floats atop the complex arrangements like a chilly breeze sneaking into the room through a drafty window. The sparse, almost haunted songs sound like something Joanna Newsom might produce if she spent an entire winter in the house from "The Shining" taking Xanax and staring into the snow-blanketed landscape. Though IvanaXL is essentially just one woman with an acoustic guitar, her music brilliantly defies the tones and tropes so often associated with that set-up. The term "singer-songwriter" couldn't be more misleading than in the case of this promising young Brooklynite. - Read David Schneider interview with Ivana here, and see Ivana live at The Outpost (Clinton Hill) on 11.21. 

Published on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:17:14 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Weekly Special #180a: Dead Leaf Echo

Although Dead Leaf Echo began as an “art experiment” in Morningside Heights, this band is far from amateur or unpleasantly bizarre. Dead Lead Echo has worked with a cadre of professional mixers such as John Fryer and Ulrich Schnauss to perfect its dreamy post-punk. The band creates a blossoming world where Cocteau Twins and My Blood Valentine influences swirl and mix with Vladimir Nabokov and Ernest Hemingway love letters. Dead Leaf Echo entices listeners with its shimmering guitar work and closes the deal with crashing waves of hypnotic harmonies. If the wait is unbearable for a full-length record, Dead Leaf Echo will be releasing a 7-inch featuring “Half-Truth” and a previously unreleased b-side “Babyeyes” this fall. - read Nancy Chow's interview with the band here.