Reflective music for a day off, with coffee
If you haven't heard of Emiliana Torrini, give her a listen. She grew up in Iceland, and has an Itallian mother, but sings a lot in English.
No, she doesn't sound just like Bjork. Seriously. (I kind of like a little Bjork, but a little bit of her crooning goes a LONNNG way.)
She not only has a fascinating voice, but she surrounds herself with very good accoustical guitarists, drummers, etc.
Then she has very... interesting videos put together for her.
Remember, about a lifetime ago, when the idea of musical videos was to provide the artist's visual perspective of what his or her music was about? How the good ones told a story?
Two of Emiliana Torrini's videos do that, and the music gets stuck in my head:
"Sunny Road", and
"Heartstopper". Both are done completely differently, using computer animation in the first and paste-up paper and stopped camera animation in the second.
Not to say that she hasn't done a fluff video as well--
Tamara could probably appreciate the completely fluff piece: "Unemployed In Summertime," about not really minding in the least that one is not working when the weather is fine. (And, really-- that's about all you can glean from the song/video.) (And Tamara, before you deny that you could appreciate fluff, think back real hard to some of those hair bands of the '80s you listened to. Heh.) Actually, I'm not much of a fan of that one, though.
At any rate, she's on my MP3 list. Album is Fisherman's Woman, from Rough Trade Records.