When you describe something as piano pop, what are the names that most quickly come to mind? Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, and Fiona Apple are pretty good examples of the genre, though even these artists have all branched out at some point and stretched their limits as musicians. There also seems to be a bit of a stigma when approaching music which seems so ebulliently emotional. But Aurora, IL-raised singer Andrea Dawn seems less concerned with anyone’s preconceived notions and more concerned with singing until her voice cracks and the darkness seeps away into the dawn. I may be overstating it a bit but this is anthemic stuff–the sound of an orchestral catharsis. It also doesn’t hurt that the opening to this song bears a striking resemblance to “The Way We Get By” by Spoon. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a great melodic piano line. Check out “Peter and the Sheep” from her album Theories Of How We Can Be Friends which came out earlier this year on Waterloo Sunset Records.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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