New Music – Tor Miller, Narcosatanicos, Alo Wala
New arrivals to cheer from Brooklyn, Aarhus and Copenhagen
Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.
From Brooklyn, New York, Tor Miller’s great vintage raspy voice and strong, romantic, detailed songs are setting him up as one to watch in 2015. Now signed to Glassnote, the young gun’s material already has mastered the quiet-loud-quiet approach to songwriting, while his appearances at NYC venues like the Bitter End and the Slipper Room have produced big word-of-mouth rave reviews. Expect a lot of ink about him after his SXSW appearances in March.
The second band from Aarhus in Denmark to feature in OTR this month after Yung a few weeks ago, Narcosatanicos are full-throttle noise specialists with large dollops of dirty psych wig-outs, trippy Krautrock and punky freakouts thrown into the mix. Their self-titled debut album is something else, but it’s their live shows, honed by plenty of oddball excursions at home, which has really got people talking.
Based in Copenhagen, Alo Wala is a bass-tastic coming together of Punjabi-Indian rapper Shivani Ahlowalia from Chicago and Danish production duo Copia Doble Systema and VJ Mad Es. Inbetween activism (Ahlowalia set up a NGO in Guinea Bissau in west Africa) and globetrotting, Alo Wala have hooked up with Buraka Som Sistema’s João Barbosa’s Enchufada label and the recent “Cityboy” EP is a good place to start your exploration of their colourful, bad-ass, all-hands-on-deck sound.