Devi is a classically trained soprano singer and her vocal range is astounding. You can hear it on her records. At one end there’s the guttural “Throat Dub,” where Devi emulates throat singing. On the other is “Adera,” the intoxicating opener from her first album, Of Matter And Spirit, which is full of heavenly permeations. But nothing beats Devi’s voice live. It fractures time.
Label(s): Houndstooth / Danse Noire / Noise Manifesto
Alex Zhang Hungtai
Alex Zhang Hungtai is a man of many names. As Dirty Beaches, he released several critically acclaimed indie rock albums, mixing what Pitchfork called “grimy, dissonant love songs” with a 1950s greaser look that made fashion editors take notice. But just as he was gaining popularity, he ditched the pomade and began making jazz-inspired music under the name Last Lizard. Recently, he released an album with a trio called Love Theme and popped up on the Showtime reboot of “Twin Peaks” as a member of the fictional band Trouble. In his personal life, Mr. Hungtai, 37, has shown a similar aversion to being pinned down. Born in Taiwan, he moved frequently as a child, living in Toronto, Hawaii and in Queens.
Label(s): Ascetic House / Grain of Sound
Alexandre Bazin is a composer and a current member of GRM, based in Paris, France.
He holds the master’s degree in electronic music and composition from Conservatory in Bordeaux, France.
His work considers the sonic experience drawing on a rich mix of acoustic instrumentation and analog synthesis. As a experimentalist music researcher, Bazin’s compositional projects are primarily concerned with a very personal seal on a music of emotional power. Alex was an half of duo Two Colors.
His music is published by Umor Rex Records and Polytechnic Youth.
Label(s): Polytechnic Youth / Umor Rex / Cezame
Two months ago, Amber Mark clicked and uploaded her first song to Soundcloud. Just like countless aspiring artists, she was dreaming and hoping her bedroom beats and lyrics channeled from her heart might make the requisite ripples online to catch someone’s ear. Anyone’s. Beginning with lickety-quick handclaps and a brooding bass line, her song “S P A C E” keeps the instrumentation and beats unforgivingly spare so that the 22-year-old’s vocals—layered and looped and swirled like a strands of hair round a fidgety finger—are the central focus.
Label(s): PMR Records
Further Reading: Sound of Boston
Annie Hart is part of synth trio Au Revoir Simone. She makes beautiful, intimate, hypnotic keyboard music.
Label(s): Instant Records