Tracing the Footsteps of Scott Walker

Scott Walker is a truly atypical musician of our time. Albums like 1995’s Tilt and 2006’s The Drift exhibit a weirdness far more distinct and separate from the forced stylistic oddities associated with most so-called independent and alternative acts of the contemporary scene. His recently announced, as of now untitled record with label 4AD is […]

Cloud Nothings: Original and Never Getting Old, or Memory vs. Slightly Older Memory

Throwbacks to styles of music from previous decades and generations have been toyed with a lot in the past decade within this thing we’re going to call “indie” music. Whereas it can be fun to relive (or live for the first time) something from another time period, emulating a retro style just for the sake […]

From Little Norway to Nagahama: A Q&A with Lemolo

While THE BOMBER JACKET was on hiatus for the summer, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood hosted its 16th annual Block Party: a three-day music festival featuring over a hundred artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Each day, local radio station KEXP selected a handful of bands to play an additional set during its live broadcast […]

Maragitas for Eskimos on the Atoll

After the drums kick in at the beginning of the album Explota El Cuerpo (Blow Up the Body) by the Madrid-based band Margarita, the guitar melody shoots out quickly over a dark night sky with prismatic colors streaming down to Earth from its tail. Stray notes twinkle here and there, passing through stars’ phosphorescence as the shooting […]

Dirty Beaches and the Ashes of Time

He remembers those vanished years as though looking through a dusty window pane. The past is something he could see, but not touch, and everything he sees is blurred and indistinct. These words appear on the screen at the end of “In the Mood for Love,” a film widely considered to be Hong Kong director […]

The Strafing Run: A Musical Journey With Swiss Alps

Hello there, dear readers! This article, I’d like to take you on a journey to Swiss Alps. Not to THE Swiss Alps, but to a local band with a great sound that happens to be called Swiss Alps. They may be based in State College, Pennsylvania, but their sound is good enough to reach a […]

Voilà! Five New Sounds from France

It’s never easy to find music in a language you don’t necessarily know how to speak or read. American musicians are the main characters in music journalism all around the world, but it’s rare to find articles written in English about international musicians. The language barrier is a problem, but with the help of Google […]

Old Soul, Young Folk: Willy Mason

It’s a sweltering night in the middle of July in New York City. The narrow and crowded Two Moon Art House & Cafe in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope is hosting a night of folk music. Musician Kristin Andreassen is entertaining a modest audience of around 20-some people, opening for a surprise act that the show’s curator announced […]

Shearwater’s Animal Life

Shearwater vocalist Jonathan Meiburg’s unique voice is capable of evoking a wide range of emotions in a way that is notable in the age of mediocre “emotive” singer-songwriters. Meiburg begins the song “Dread Sovereign” off his album Animal Joy with a tenderness to his words that possesses a strong sense of urgency, and as the song […]

Listen to the Artists from Volume #2, Issue #14

Listen to nine tracks from the artists in this week’s issue below via 8tracks.com/thebomberjacket.