Julian Lennon Picks

goldfrappGoldfrapp - Hairy Trees

Goldfrapp are a British Electronic music group known for their visual theatrics and contribution to the popularization of electronic and chill-out music. They were formed in 1999 and consist of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. To date they have released four amazing albums and this week's pick focuses on one of their best from the second album, Black Cherry.

FinkFink - Trouble's What You're In

Over the last year Fink has played some amazing shows from the Big Chill to supporting Zero 7 on tour. He hails from Brighton and his debut album released on Ninja Tune "Biscuits for Breakfast" marked a seismic shift for the label - shelving samples and turntablism in favour of an acoustic guitar and great songs.

gemmaGemma Hayes - At Constant Speed

"I was in trouble back there for a bit but now I think anything is possible.  I achieved waht I've always wanted, an album full of songs that mean something," states Gemma.

She is an Irish singer-songwriter who worked hard to pull herself from the unknown and into the spotlight.  The problem was when the spotlight was shining bright she lost her muse and it didn't seem worth it anymore.  She put herself back into the unknown where she would undergo another self discovery and return with her second album, but this story isn't as easy as said.

After leaving University and quitting her job to focus on her newly signed contract with a cool record label Gemma released a few EPs that were very well received, then came the debut album, "Night On My Side" in 2002.  When it came time to work on the follow up album she couldn't make it happen, it was like all the magic had vanished.  In 2004 Gemma cut herself off from the world and moved to a remote county where she plunged back into her writing.

She then moved to the left coast, Los Angeles where she would hook up with a string of talented musicians, Josh Klinghoffer (guitarist with PJ Harvey), Cedric Lemoyne (Bassist for Remy Zero) and Roger Manning Jr. (keyboardist for Beck).  Into the studio and the magic returned and the new album "The Roads Don't Love You" was born and offered soaring melodies and Gemma's unique voice.

"All of us are trying to figure shit out all the time, this album is saying look, I don't know waht the answer is and I don't care" states Gemma.

Currently Gemma is touring and gigging, check her web page for latest dates and news.

VariousVarious - The World Is Gone

The mysterious British duo confuses with their moniker but their dark music and message is clear. A true mash-up of electronica, trip-hop, dub and industrial, Various is forging their own musical path. The release, "The World Is Gone" from XL Recordings is the full-length album after having a stir of singles in the UK as vinyl-only.

Various has taken the walls down with a combo of pop music that is raw and rugged. The duo that makes up Various are Adam & Ian and they work with a various display of vocal talent.


Billie Rainbird - Rainy Cold Foggy Spring Day

New Comer Billie Rainbird is an intuitive and prolific songwriter.  Her material reflects her native abilities; her beautiful voice, her sensual presence and her abundant melodies.  The music has its origins in her relationship with the piano.  She is self taught and plays entirely by ear.  She was born and raised in a small town in Canada and is influenced by the sounds of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday and the Beatles.  An accomplished writer from an early age, Billie previously authored a novel and a children's book before focusing on songwriting.

Selected from hours of original home demos, her eight song EP combines early influences with a graceful style.  She evokes vivid emotions and evocative appeal in her music and is currently in the studio hard at work on her debut album.

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