Der Plan is so crazy it just might work

Der Plan – Wie der Wind weht When we posted Andreas Dorau’s new single last week we noticed that he had a pretty special band playing for his 50th birthday party – yes, he had persuaded Der Plan to get back together, one thing led to another and they have produced a rather wonderful new…

SWIT’s Week: Our 13 BEST tunes from around the world.

We’re back and this time we’re hungry, hungry for big tunes and huge hits. So, without further ado about nothing we bring to you, the good burghers of SWIT, these 13 excellent musical extraludes from Meridian Brothers, Strand Child, Magana, Post Lovers, The Would Be’s, Andreas Dorau, Jimena Dominguez, Bertrand Burgalat, Clouds, Páll Ivan frá…

Meridian Brothers run circles around most bands

Meridian Brothers – ¿Dónde Estás María? It’s my first time hearing Bogotá’s Meridian Brothers and “¿Dónde Estás María?” is strikingly original – overlaying Latin Americana (I just invented that expression) with chamber music, folk and surrealistica (I just invented that expression as well). The result is a joyful noise. Love the statues in the video….

SWIT’s Long(ish) Player Of The Week: Talk Show Host – Not Here To Make Friends

Cool tunes, blistering guitars, clever lyrics, self-depreciation, live fast…die sometime – yes it’s the new EP from Toronto’s kick-ass Talk Show Host. The five track EP was engineered by John Dinsmore (PUP, The Strumbellas) and Olive t’Servrancx-Bierman (Skip the Use’s Matt Bastard) of Electrik Box Studio, mixed them in France. Artist Harley Haskett did the…

I can’t beleaf how good Strand Child are

Strand Child – Misterio Misterio (Späti Palace) is the new single from Strand Child. It’s a lo-fi so-fi, slacker summer jam with just a touch of marmalade and maybe even a little ginger. It’s the turning of the seasons. It’s a tuneful spoonful too. Any song that can make people bury their phones, take their…

We’ll sing a hosanna in honour of Magana

Magana – Inches Apart SWIT favourite Magana is back with “Inches Apart”, lacing a truly beautiful melody with heartbreak, sadness and regret. Is this a dream of how things used to be or never were? The video for the song, by Lauren Finerman, is fantastic. The single includes two cracking remixes – “Golden Tongue” by…

Super World Interview Time: MimiCof

Kyoto-born, Berlin-based MimiCof, who’s also been releasing music under her name Midori Hirano since 2006, has a new album – “Moon Synch” – out on Alien Transistor and it takes her in a different direction (see below). We absolutely love the record and we were delighted when she did this interview for us in May….

Going places with Post Lovers

Post Lovers – Going Anyway Not sure we’ve featured the same artist twice in one week before on SWIT, so this is a second and a first – this is the other side of Post Lovers – this is Going Anyway – sixties-tinged/garage/surf pop, its a perfectly carefree summer travelogue with a video to match….

Take a bow Mr. Andreas Dorau

Andreas Dorau – Liebe ergibt keinen Sinn Here is “Liebe ergibt keinen Sinn”, the insanely melodic new single from the legendary Andreas Dorau. It’s from his new album “Die Liebe und der Ärger der Anderen” (staatsakt label) and frankly my dears it’s 3.48 of perfection, albeit the video comes in Kurzversion at only 1.22 –…

It’s a stamp of approval for Post Lovers

Post Lovers – Melbourne “Melbourne”, by Athens’ Post Lovers, is the latest addition to Inner Ear’s 7-inch series “A Distant Victory Singles Club”, it’s my favourite so far as well. Love the vocals, the guitar, the downbeat delicious sadness, well it’s the whole vibe of the thing Your Honour. SWIT YouTube Playlist Week 28 SWIT…

Brilliance the thing is with Jimena Dominguez

This is exceptionally good, this is “Guarani Song” by Argentina’s Jimena Dominguez on Polvo Bureau – it’s like she’s taken a shower of rain and turned it into a song, a dreamlike meditation with beautiful echoes of modern Japanese classical music. What a talent. The video is intriguing, including a scene where some naked men…

The secret life of Bertrand Burgalat

“Les choses qu’on ne peut dire à personne” (“the things we can’t tell anyone”) is the first single from Bertrand Burgalat’s new album on Tricatel. It’s a beautiful, regret-tinged, classic pop tune and probably the catchiest thing you’ll hear today. There’s a little frisson of excitement too, embrace the skeletons in your closet today! Love…