One of my recent 'additions' to my music library (and a wonderful discovery) has been German singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Katja Maria Werker - her debut album "Contact Myself" is simply fantastic - released in 2000 Katja's song writing as well as her vocals and guitar work are enthralling and engaging, this album grabs you from the first note and you fall completely under Katja's spell - what's more the engineering quality is excellent - so the impact is even greater when on a system that can present every last detail of the album.
Listen to Katja Maria Werker's "Streets Of Africa" single from the album"Contact Myself".
This album is essential listening for anyone who adores quality female vocals, the sound of good acoustic guitar, and great song writing. Katja has now released 6 albums in total; "Leave That Thing Behind" in 2006; "Dakota" in 2008; "Neuland" in 2011; "Within The Whirlwind" in 2011 (especially notable for being on the Stockfish Records label); and this year "Songs From The Kitchen Table". If you have not heard Katja before find yourself at least a copy of "Contact Myself" - you won't be disappointed, of all her albums (all of which are wonderful recordings) I do still consider her debut her best. Visit Katja Werker's Website or find her on iTunes and Wikipedia.
Watch & Listen to Riverside, the first single from Agnes Obel's debut album Philharmonics.
Agnes is a fantastic piano player, and there is an absolutely haunting ethereal quality to her voice - again some really good engineering of her albums has ensured excellent production quality and her music is captivating and moving. Her voice draws you in and transports you to a place separate from where your physical presence is... She certainly has a je ne sais quoi factor to her music that makes her memorable, entrancing, and uplifting. She writes, plays, sings, records and produces all her material herself. Visit Agnes Obel's Website or find her on iTunes and Wikipedia.
Kristen Mollica. Visit Emma Pollock's Website or find her on iTunes and Wikipedia.