Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Spotlight Artist June 10 2009 - Monzano / The Little Hands of Asphalt

We're a little late for our weekly Spotlight artist, so this time we'd like to present two artists for you.

Monzano's record High Horses & One Trick Ponies from 2007 is one of those records you're bound to eventually fall deeply in love with. Their blend of cute pop melodies and progressive post-punk aestethics, analog synths and the most heartfelt lyrics this side of the atlantic, is almost as catchy as a certain pandemic. This record deserves a broader audience. Songwriter and singer Sjur Lyseid likes to keep himself busy. This spring he released another record with his solo-project The Little Hands of Asphalt, called Leap Years.

The Little Hands of Asphalt

The melodies are in the same vein as Monzano but the inspirations seems to come from different places than with Monzano; bands and singer/songwriters like Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams and Elliot Smith. Complimented with the beautiful voice of Marit Falkum Enerhaug and several other fabulous musicians makes Leap Years one of the best norwegian records this year.


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