Free Music Friday With Amy Ray And Amanda Mair
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we are pleased to bring you two new tracks from female artists. One you know well, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls. She has had a prolific career as a singer/songwriter and is touring to support her newest solo release, Lung Of Love. Amy is playing at the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles tonight and, last we heard, tickets are still available.
Our second female artist for today comes to us from Sweden. Her name is Amanda Mair and the track we have for you today will be the single off of her upcoming self titled debut release, due June 5th. We hope you enjoy both artists and look forward to bringing you more news, reviews and interviews from the world of music.
One of the most recognizable voices in pop music, Amy Ray has never been an artist to rest on her laurels and Lung of Love is no different, featuring tracks ranging from distorted guitar rave-ups to an Appalachian come-to-Jesus throwdown. Lung Of Love was released on February 28th on Ray’s own Daemon Records imprint. Amy is currently touring the U.S. in support of the album.
Backed by Greg Griffith (Bass and Guitars), Julie Wolf (Keys, accordion), and former Butchies Melissa York (Drums) and Kaia Wilson (Guitars and Vocals), the songs have an urgent, bright economy and a pop sensibility not heard on Ray’s previous solo outings. Guest vocalists pop up throughout the record, including Brandi Carlile, Jim James, and Lindsay Fuller.
View the making of Lung of Love video here. ) And feel free to download the new track titled “Glow” from Lung Of Love:
Swedish recording artist Amanda Mair will release her debut self-titled album in the US June 5th on Labrador Records. Produced by Philip Ekström of The Mary Onettes, the album features the new single “Sense,” out Spring 2012. Released in Sweden just last week, the album debuted at #16 on the Swedish charts.
The stateside release follows a slew of critical praise at home and abroad. Mair was recently voted “2012’s Big Breakthrough” by the Swedish Music Industry and Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest daily paper called the album “One of the best Swedish debuts ever.” The 17-year-old wunderkind – who began playing music at age four (she plays piano, bass, guitar, and drums but piano is her instrument of choice)– was discovered by pure coincidence when her music made its way to a Labrador exec before she even had a MySpace page or played in front of an audience.
Now with only a handful of live performances under her belt and still too young to play live without her parents (“I’m looking forward to turning 18 so I can play live shows without my mother and father”) Mair has performed live on Sweden’s biggest television programs and is set to embark on her first proper tour later this year. Check out her performance of “Sense” on Nyhetsmorgon (Sweden’s biggest morning show) from this past weekend by clicking here. And here is a free download of “Sense”: