Lindi Ortega recommends Timber Timbre

Lindi Ortega and Timber Timbre

Lindi Ortega and Timber Timbre

Lindi Ortega’s recommendation: “The band that moves me lately is a Canadian band called Timber Timbre. I just love their spooky dark music. I listen their music on a daily basis. The vocals are just so unique and mesmerizing.”

New to Timber Timbre? Lindi suggests you start here: “The album I would recommend is Creep On Creepin’ On. It’s atmospheric, textured, haunting, and leaves you slightly uneasy in the most beautiful way ever!”

Lindi OrtegaAbout our guest author, Lindi Ortega: Hailing from Canada, Lindi Ortega has spent the last ten years earning her stripes and a reputation for being “Toronto’s best kept secret.” She has two EPs under her belt and has opened shows for Keane and Kevin Costner and the Modern West (where have we been? Kevin Costner has a band?) and recently backed up Killers frontman Brandon Flowers on his solo tour. Her latest record, Little Red Boots is produced by Juno winning producer Ron Lopata and is a splendid blend of rockabilly, country and a whole lotta sass. The album has fantastic buzz and recently reached number 18 on the Roots Country chart. Lindi is currently on tour (check her website for a listing of tour dates) and is offering her fiery single Little Lie (video and sound file below) as a free download on her Facebook page.

MP3: Little Lie

Star Anna recommends Cat Power


Star Anna (photo: Hillary Harris) and Chan Marshal of Cat Power (photo: Steve Gullick)

Star Anna (photo: Hillary Harris) and Chan Marshal of Cat Power (photo: Steve Gullick)

Star Anna’s artist and album recommendation: “Cat Power’s You Are Free is the first one of hers I bought. I was in High School and I had just started playing guitar. It meant a lot to me that the songs could be simple without compromising depth or feeling. This was one of the records that really helped me make the transition from garage band drummer to singer/songwriter.”

Star Anna / photo by Vee SawyerAbout our guest author, Star Anna: As soon as we clicked play to listen to For When We Go (mp3 below), we were immediately knocked out by Star Anna’s voice. It has the same controlled urgency that drew us to Lucinda Williams. It’s experienced, it’s soulful, it’s honest and it has won over a couple of big name fans to help spread the word. Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses fame classified her as ‘the real deal’ in this editorial for The Seattle Weekly and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam (who plays guitar on her new album) states that her singing ‘…takes me to a higher place.’ Her first two praise-magnet records won her a Song Of the Day spot on NPR in 2009 (Through the Winter) and she was labeled as one of the ‘Next Big Things’ in On Sound magazine. The new album is called Alone In This Together and it’s on Local 638 Records, the label run by our favorite female North Westerner, Rachel Flotard of Visqueen fame. Buy Star’s album here and check her site for upcoming tour dates.

MP3: For When I Go

(Photo of Star Anna by Vee Sawyer)

Brett Dennen recommends Van Morrison

Brett Dennen and Van Morrison

Brett Dennen (photo: Ben Moon) and Van Morrison

Brett Dennen’s recommendation: “I’ve always thought that Van Morrison is the greatest. Nobody sings like him. He could sing about anything and make it sound soulful. Yet, his songwriting is amazing. Which makes him even more incredible.”

New to Van Morrison’s music? Brett suggests you start here:”I’d cut straight to the chase and recommend the album Veedon Fleece. Songs like Linden Arden and Don’t Pull No Punches are some of his very best. The album puts you in a trance with repetition like a lot of Van’s albums do. He suggests an idea musically, lays down a groove and it keeps getting deeper and deeper.”

Brett Dennen About our guest author, Brett Dennen: We first got turned on to Brett when we heard his Darlin Do Not Fear single get play on KEXP in Seattle. Our obsession deepened when the ultra-talented Tom Freund recommended Brett here on Rock Torch, citing his “…beautiful high voice and lyrics that hit home with an “old soul” presentation.” Dennen is California based and has a sound that gracefully blends the bright, world feel of Paul Simon with the reflective lyrical style of, yes, Van Morrison. His music has recently turned up on television, being featured in a Twitter commercial and on several network shows (Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Brothers & Sisters, and House). Brett’s latest album, Loverboy is one of the best purchases you can make this year, but if our words alone can’t convince you, perhaps Amazon’s lure of selling the album for $5 will drive you. Buy it here on Amazon or from the indie shop Insound, but definitely buy it and enjoy.