Australian-born pop singer Betty Who makes vivacious yet bittersweet music that calls to mind divas such as Whitney Houston, Robyn, and Katy Perry. Born Jessica Anne Newham in Sydney, she began playing cello, piano, and guitar as a child, and moved to America with her parents when she was a teenager to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts performing arts school. She then went to the Berklee College of Music for more training as a cellist, but really wanted to focus on being a singer/songwriter (she began performing her own songs at age 16). While at Berklee, she met producer Peter Thomas, and the pair began writing and recording material together. Drawing inspiration from the songwriting skills of Joni Mitchell and Carole King and the epic synth pop of M83 and MGMT, they came up with a sound that was equally nostalgic and contemporary on songs like “Somebody Loves You,” which Who wrote shortly after Houston’s death. The song became the first single from Who’s self-released debut EP, The Movement, which arrived in April 2013. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
Joywave is an American indie rock band from Rochester, New York, consisting of members Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Sean Donnelly (bass), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards), and Paul Brenner (drums). The band is best known for its collaboration with electronic music project Big Data, “Dangerous“, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Also achieving considerable popularity is Joywave’s “Tongues”, featuring KOPPS; as of July 2014, the official music video had surpassed 150,000 views on YouTube. The song has also reached over 850,000 plays on SoundCloud and has been featured on FIFA 15.
Great Good Fine Ok
Just two days ago we posted about Blood Cultures, a mysterious new act with little if none biography available. And today comes yet another; “You’re The One For Me” is the debut of the faceless Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok, a band name that undeniably carries a positive vibe. And so does their music. Their sound is a pinwheel of glistering synthesizers and beautiful falsetto vocals that come ready-made with earwormy hooks satiated on happy pills. But fascinatingly, this joyous mix of maximalist synth-pop and R&B is juxtaposed by a weird but thought-provoking video of a woman making a bizarre sandwich of every ingredient imaginable. The video, directed by The Wild Honey Pie, do raise some important questions, but I leave does up to you. -http://ifoundmusic.com/2013/10/10/great-good-fine-ok-youre-the-one-for-me/