Behind the curious and self-ironic name Lydmor, Danish for “Mother of Sound,” you’ll find the 25-year old, Danish singer-songwriter and producer, Jenny Rossander. Despite her young age, Lydmor has experienced more than most musicians ever will. She has toured most of mainland Europe and Southeast Asia on her own, been on “trust tours” all across the European continent, where she performed, lived and slept in the homes of her fans. She collaborated with renowned European artists such as Arsenal from Belgium and Alle Farben from Germany and has established herself as one of the most promising underground artists in her native Denmark. Exposing herself in the quest of achieving true artistic integrity, she is about to take her career to an entirely new level with the release of her new self-titled album. Stacked with intensity, emotion and personal experience, the album portrays a woman far beyond her age telling stories of love, lust and tragedy with Lydmor’s fragile and yet breathtaking voice, on top of an ambient and oddly catchy, electronic landscape.
STREAM: “I Love You”
Monks Of Mellonwah is a quartet from Sydney, Australia who are quickly establishing themselves on the indie music scene. Formed six years ago by high school friends, Monks of Mellonwah combine various creative energies to create a timeless fusion of alternative, indie and film-inspired rock/pop. Last March, they released their long-awaited debut album Turn The People (Gatcombe Music) as they teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne) and acclaimed engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons). Since its release, the album has received critical acclaim as well as significant radio airplay in the U.S., Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Russia, Peru, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa on such stations as KNRK Portland, KNDD Seattle, KFRQ McAllen, BBC Radio 2 and Triple J. Monks of Mellonwah have also built their fan base from the ground up in the states through live shows by supporting the likes of Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Sevendust and Saving Abel. They are currently touring in Australia and are in the studio recording the follow-up to Turn The People, due out this year.
STREAM: “Tear Your Hate Apart”
Unsigned Canadian singer/songwriter Forest Blakk is raising a lot of eyebrows with his incredible songwriting style and captivating live ability. Blakk, born Jesse-James Cameron, was the lead singer and songwriter for the successful roots/reggae outfit Makeshift Innocence before finding a new path and musical identity. Blakk’s new sound was discovered just before his pseudonym was inspired by the Black Forest in Germany, the birthplace of his favorite author and Nobel Prize winner, Hermann Hesse. Forest Blakk’s past has seen him living on the streets of Jamaica and rising above a difficult childhood to find his path in life, centered around the powerful and emotional music he creates. Inspired by roots, rock, reggae and soul, Forest Blakk blends a multitude of styles into a very organic, yet inspiring contemporary musical fusion. His recently released lyric video for his first single, “Love Me,” has captured the attention of fans and industry alike.
VIDEO: “Love Me”
Born in 2013 amidst the ashes of three totally diverse bands, Melbourne’s Villainettes create music from a dark and strange place. Impressive shimmering synth-like guitars, pumping beats of claustrophobia and bass full of hypnotic grit, drive their sound. With influences ranging from The Stone Roses, Joy Division and The Horrors, the quartet that includes members Michael Lindquist, Jonathan Reisacher, Francis White and Josh Dawes, have a distinct energetic restlessness burning in their souls. Having released their debut EP Love Cuts with legendary producer, Paul “Woody” Annsion (Children Collide, Howl, Black Cab) in October and soon to begin working on their debut album, it’s now time to bring their musical demon to life! They’ve already gained airplay support on multiple Alternative tastemaker stations both in the U.S. and internationally. Their single “Diamonds” has drawn comparisons to The Clash and Kasabian from fans and is beginning to gauge interest from bloggers and A&R executives.