EPII MMDELAI (Self released) A couple of years ago, Annemarie Duff’s first-up full-lengther For Sleep and Creativity did what it said on the tin…drifting, ambient electronica suited for starry-eyed dreamers or reiki therapists’ waiting rooms. Now with three other conspirators (student friend Jess Hix, Danny Webster and philosophy graduate Josh Black) behind her, the music has filled out: not only are Duff’s breathy vocals underpinned by dark, Bjork-ish tones of dread and wonder, but there’s a sparkling, ethereal quality to the synths and a whip-crack depth to the bass and beats
Every band has a story, but in the case of Bon Iver, it’s all but impossible to distinguish the notes from the narrative. Back in October 2007, the same month that Radiohead sent out its pay-whatever-you-please release In Rainbows, a shaggy-haired Midwesterner by the name of Justin Vernon was quietly self-releasing the moody, meditative record For Emma, Forever Ago
Last year’s inaugural Prix Pictet photography award for environmental sustainability produced a stunning shortlist of photos. This year is no different with 12 photographers in the running for the first prize of 100,000 CHF ($97,500).