Sumie – Sumie (2013)

Sumie-Sumie-COVERAs winter settles in, many of us are getting ready for an overall quaintness. Domestically seen coziness is typically of female concern. Therefore its quite natural dropping ¬†temperatures cause an¬†increase of releases coming from¬†female singer songwriters. Only question is, which splendor¬†will be the most successful this year?¬†Chances are¬†the new album of the Danish pianist Agnes Obel will end up underneath many Christmas trees. However, the¬†competition field is very strong and, for whats its worth, ¬†mostly Scandinavian. Next to Obel,¬†¬†Ane Brun, Nina Kinert, Titiyo and Laura Marling are just a few names who want to make winter a soothing experience.¬†In the niches of this all-female battle smaller acts are still hoping to make an impact in this scene. The Swedish-Japanese Sumie Nagano is one of them. With a significant marketing buzz her self-titled debut was brought to stores at the beginning of this month. On forehand Sumie‚Äôs CD seems to be at least a fine example of Just-in-Time management. Now let’s hope she musically able to convince as well.

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Howe Gelb – The Coincidentalist (2013)

howe-gelb-the-coincidentalist-jpgOn a certain level, all kinds of interesting dependencies between notions are always to be found. Drunk driving is much less dangerous than drunk walking and meat eaters are selfish and less social, or at least some say so. Naturally one can question the validity if such claims, but lets skip that for a moment. Instead I have a claim of my own, here goes: the Danish landscape is strongly connected the desolate desert scenery we know from American Southwest. There you go. Okay, I have to be honest, unfortunately I don’t have any dataset that supports this in anyway, so to many number crushing fetishists this claim will be ripe for the bin in an instant. Unless.., that dark silhouette standing amidst of a gently sloping Danish field is here to save the day. Could this be Howe Gelb? Continue reading